Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mark Lewis on USA Trials!

In a follow up to the blog on the local kids that did not make the USA u17 team this year, Recee' Caldwell and McKenzie Calvert, here is a great article by Blue Star Media's Mark Lewis on a Dozen kids that did'nt make it.


Here is what he said about Caldwell:

Another 16U gold medalist from last year who didn’t get a return engagement with the U17 squad was point guard Recee’ Caldwell (San Antonio, Texas – U17 Trials). The youngest participant in this year’s trials found herself in a deep pool of floor leaders that had everyone courtside guessing as to who might get the call from the committee in the end. To her credit Caldwell demonstrated some depth and versatility to her game that should keep her among the elite in the 2014 class. While noted as a scorer in her own right, it was her defense in Colorado Springs that had everyone taking notice. Active and aggressive, she turned ballhandlers again and again. She maintained good spacing but was still harassing both passes and sloppy ball skills. Several opponents found themselves playing laterally or looking to enter the ball early which is no way to impress those selecting the final roster. Offensively this time around the 5-8 standout was more content to create opportunities for her teammates and deliver the ball than look for her own. One of the difficult challenges of the trials for a point guard is finding that balance between facilitating other’s looks and taking advantage of your own and she may have erred to some degree in that decision. None the less, Caldwell has demonstrated a capacity for assuming and delivering in a role which is a hallmark for USA selection that may well lead her back to another roster in the near future.

Here is what Lewis said about Calvert:

McKenzie Calvert was one of the invitees that will benefit from her experience from the trials. Calvert, the 5 foot 9 guard from Cibolo, Texas, has a very high basketball IQ, she communicates well with teammates on the court. Calvert can create for herself or teammates off the dribble. She is an explosive quick guard who can get her own shot with ease and she loves to attack. Calvert is a playmaker with a keen sense of her surroundings to find the open man. Calvert used body and quickness during the trials to be a lockdown defender. Calvert played with a lot of energy and was a handful at both ends of the floor.