May 13, 2008

Hoya Targets Show Growth in TYBS Part 1

May 13, 2008 - This past weekend, DC Assault's Take Your Best Shot (TYBS) boasted a slew of reputed Georgetown recruiting targets. In a nutshell, each young man's development goals are being realized, to various degrees. A brief synopsis of their play in the tourney, held at Hoop Magic Sports Academy follows. Additionally, all-tournament teams and championship game action coverage are linked. Individual articles on all these players are forthcoming.

Take Your Best Shot Title Games Coverage

Take Your Best Shot 17u and 16u All Tourney Teams

Terrell Vinson - Vinson's migration to the perimeter is continuing, as he is more comfortable facing from 15 feet+ than last year. He is not quite as comfortable defensively in that area, but is improving in that too. Vinson is still willing to battle around the tin.

Expect Terrell to tighten his handle before graduating next year, as well as continue focusing on competing as a half court three man in college. Resultantly, he will need to continue getting stronger and working on his drop steps/up and under moves.

Named First Team 17's All-TYBS.

Isaiah Armwood - Though he likes Georgetown generally, it's somewhat unclear as to how hard this junior is being recruited by those on The Hilltop, led by Coach John Thompson III (more on that in Armwood's individual article). During TYBS action, Isaiah continued to wow the crowd via rim rattling dunks, either in the break or on the baseline in half court sets.

He still needs to improve his ball handling - particularly in the open floor and also half court situations that call for more than two strong dribbles. Armwood's jumpshot from 15+ has improved, but also needs strengthening, as does his body. Nevertheless, Isaiah showed a willingness to battle players stronger then he, a point that needs to be applauded.

Named Second Team 17's All-TYBS.

Joshua Hairston - A sophomore, Hairston is becoming the small forward he's projected to be in college. Adding to his willingness to post and attack the rim, Hairston can hit mid-range jumpers (though it needs to improve), and finishes nicely in fastbreak situations.

In addition to working on his jump shots consistency and range, Hairston has pledged to work on his handle, thereby allowing him more freedom in terms of getting his shot. Assisting in that effort will be continued foot/lateral quickness work, which will also benefit him defensively in college.

Named First Team 16's All-TYBS.

Check out Part 2 tomorrow, when three more Georgetown recruiting targets and their TYBS play are presented. Per usual, robust and informative discussion of this article and all things Hoya Basketball will occur on this site's message board, Premium Court.

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