The J.D. Lewis Fall League culminated in a final championship played between the Celtics and the Mavs after several weeks of solid play. You can read up on some of the top performers of the entire league with our previous scouting reports here and here.
The Championship game saw the Celtics open an early lead, and the Mavs couldn’t close the gap. Powered by Rodney Moore, the Celtics pushed the ball up the floor looking for transition buckets and got back quickly on defense, which forced the Mavs to try and work the ball in the half court. The Celtics also doubled Dominique Reed, preventing him from being able to get looks in the post. Finally, the Celtics pulled away and won 91-57.
Dominique Reed (C/F, 6’5”, 2012)
Solid set shooter with range to about 18’. Has a high release and good rotation on the ball- smooth. Primarily a back to the basket player. Needs to improve strength and ability to finish around rim. Did a good job several times today of getting deep position in post and was able to muscle his man under the rim with out the ball. Needs to improve perimeter defense and speed. Good rebounder- always goes after ball with 2 hands.
Shaquille Dance (F, 6’4”, 2012)
Long and athletic. Very good shot blocker with good timing. Had several times where he had a flurry of blocks on the same defensive stop. One of the most athletic players on the floor. Also one of the only players who I saw set a screen in the game for either team. Needs to improve on the glass and must play hard at all times. Looked too relaxed and bored at times. Pretty good passer for a post player Has potential- was used as a post this game primarily, but I could see him making the transition to the 3, if he could develop a jump shot. Still a little raw offensively, but is right there defensively. Had a rim rocking slam dunk in the second half on the break.
Chris Clemons (PG, 5’1”, 2015) – Millbrook
Scoring machine- floaters, set 3’s, pull- ups- he can score in a variety of ways. Excellent ball handler, who showed the ability to break his man down off the dribble and get to the lane. His size limits his ability to finish, but he has an effective floater in his arsenal and is a good passer- had several drives and dump downs to the post for easy baskets. Quick release on jump shot. Quick player, who is a high light waiting to happen.
Voted MVP of the league.
Rodney Moore (G, 6’0”, 2013) – Clayton HS
Great shooter, especially from 3- very good form. Hardly ever misses when left open. Strong and patient. Stands too much on offense and needs to improve shot selection. One of the most gifted and talented players on the floor.
Javier Gonzalez (PG/SG, 5’11”, 2012) – Village Christian Academy
Good 3 point shooter. Showed active hands on the defensive end. Needs to improve ball handling.