Team Takeover wing DJ Harvey takes flight against Boo Williams
After a rocky 2014 season that saw Team Takeover finish 9-7 in the ultra competitive EYBL, all eyes would be on the team to see how they would rebound as the 2015 EYBL season kicked off this weekend at Boo Williams Sportsplex. Takeover did more than just rebound, they sent a strong message that they are indeed a early threat to take the 2015 EYBL crown as they brought the brooms out in Hampton, finishing 4-0 to kick off their 2015 campaign. The 2015 team may not be as star studded as the 2014 team, however the early reviews are they are clearly a better more cohesive unit. The chemistry is evident as guys know their respective roles and under the guidance of head coach Keith Stevens, they rarely step out of bounds of those roles. The unquestioned standout was DJ Harvey (DeMatha). He pretty much had his way, using his well documented explosiveness to get to the basket, knock down jumpers from all over and be a pest on defense, all weekend I saw Harvey (15.5 points/3.8 rebounds) come out of no where to block countless shots, especially to stop opponents fast break opportunities. His potential is scary. Tyler Scanlon (Westfield) (6.5 points) was another player who impressed me. He doesn't have the athleticism of a lot of players, but he is tough, fundamentally sound, smart and a knockdown shooter having made 50% of his 3-pointers in Hampton. He simply knows how to play the game and is the type of player that will always be an welcomed addition for any team. Big man Corey Manigault (Paul VI) (7 points/3 rebounds) was a steady presence in the paint for Takeover all weekend. Complimenting the guard play with production inside on offense to keep the defense honest as well as controlling the boards for most of the session. The x-factor was Christian Matthews (National Christian Academy). The high energy wing averaged 11.8 points and 4.3 rebounds including a 16 point 9 rebound performance in a blowout of Seattle Rotary. With all of the attention focus on DJ Harvey and the injured VJ King, expect more of the same for Matthews as Takeover progresses through the EYBL season. All in all, Takeover looked strong and definitely looks to be a tough out on the road to Peach Jam. Stay tuned!!!!!
Head Coach Keith Stevens talks with Chris Lykes #3 (Gonzaga), Mamadi Diakite #22 ( Blue Ridge ) and Nehemiah Mack #4 (Susquehanna Township)
Takeover athletic 6'9 forward Mamadi Diakite finishes the lob against Seattle Rotary