Castle Players Strut Their Stuff at the Gym Rat

announced May 29, 2015

The Gym Rat released its tournament recap yesterday and named its All-Tourney Teams. Although the Castle Knights did not win the “Chips”, our players were certainly recognized. In the 17U bracket, Jordan Lee (Cardinal Hayes) and Michael Laster (Collaborative) made the tournament team, with Cheich Kone, George Pena and Vinace Zoungrana gaining honorable mention accolades. At 16U, Malachi DeSousa (Kennedy Catholic) and Victor Potter (Monsignor Scanlan) received all-tournament recognition. The 15U unit had Jordan McAllister (Monsignor Scanlan) and Souleymane Koureissi (Iona Prep) making the top team, with Hasan Ringer getting the honorable mention nod. And, our 14U team was also well represented with Lee Mosley (Lab School) and Ty Rivers (Cobble Hill) getting tapped for the all-tournament team and Yassine Sakhi making honorable mention. We are very proud of all of our players and congratulate those who gained recognition.

The following are the write-ups regarding our All-Tournament players:

Jordan Lee, 6-6 Wing, Castle Athletics/Cardinal Hayes H.S.: A long, athletic wing who finishes at the rim with either hand. Has a nice high rlease and can shoot out to the 3-point line. Has a nice mid-range game. Elite-level athleticism that should get him a D-1 scholarship. Defensively has ability to get deflections and rebound his position. Looking at prep, some interest from LIU and St. Francis (N.Y.).

Mike Lestor, 5-11 point guard, Castle Athletics/ICE School: A floor general with ability to make teammates better. He is left-handed dominant but can go right. Has an explosive first step going left and finishes at the rim. Shoots out to 3-point range with high-arcing shot. Changes speeds well and gets deflections on defensive end.

Malachi DeSousa, 6-5 small forward, Castle Athletics/Kennedy Catholic: Plays bigger than his size, particularly on the defensive end. Has a nice and advanced offensive game. Capable of playing guard or either forward position. High court IQ. Exhibited a well-developed mid-range game. Hearing from some Ivies.

Victor Potter, 6-7 power forward, Castle Athletics/Monsignor Scanlon H.S.: Very high motor and very physical player. Dominates on the backboards, and finishes well around the rim. Gets off his feet and is an effective rim protector. High-level athlete. When he gets near the rim, he dunks everything. Played up an age level.

Jordan McAlister, 6-3 wing, Castle Knights/Msg. Scanlon H.S.: Aggressive player who goes hard to the hoop and either converts or draws fouls. Strong player who uses his physical gifts to slash. Good scorer who is difficult to defend in the paint. Can finish at the rim. Showed ability to take over a game.

Souleymane Koureissi, 6-7 center, Castle Knights/Iona Prep: Already good size and looks to have strong potential. A developed shot-blocker who rejects or alters more than his share of shots on the defensive end. Clearly someone to watch. He has the potential to be a special player.

Lee Mosely, 6-2 forward, Castle Athletics/ Lab School: A very athletic front-court player. Attacks the boards, particularly to great effect on the offensive end. Strong enough to catch and finish around the bunches. Showed an ability to put up points in bunches here. Plays with a high motor.

Tylique Rivers, 6-4 post, Castle Athletics/Scanlan School: A big man who runs the floor well. Gets out on the break, can catch and finish strongly against contact. Very strong rebounder who uses his length for a purpose on both ends. Showed good hands, catches everything thrown to him. Also already has good footwork.

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