Eric Izquierdo (ATL HOOPFEST 2019 Standout Coach)
Eric had to be the most composed coach in the building. His team was down 15 at one point, and not once did he look phased, lose his cool, or even seem to worry. In the timeouts Coach Eric would calmly talk to his players, tell them to pick up the intensity and continue to watch as if he know the tide would turn. Jalen Harris picked up a steal that lead to a break away dunk and the rest was history. A timeout was called after that play and the Flames ended up going on a run that would eventually have them win the game. Still Coach Izquierdo, was not phased as they picked up the win and he casually walked off the court. Post game I had to address him and let him know that, it was wild seeing you be so calm with your teams back against the wall, and he responded by pretty much saying, “I know my team, I know the dogs I have and I know the more the opposing team talks and gets hyped up it will only fuel my players more”. I liked hearing that because he let the kids make mistakes, he let the game go one and he trusted in his team to go to work vs making change after change and blaming the game on bad officiating and small things like that. Confidence, and poised would be the words I use to describe Coach Eric style which lead his team to a championship. MATHURINE
ATL HOOPFEST 2019 CHAMPIONS
ATLANTA HARDWOOD CLASSIC 2019 CHAMPIONS
SHOWCASE OF CHAMPIONS 2019 RUNNER UP
GAME RECAP/PLAYER STANDOUTS
#6 Jalen Harris I GA Flame
Harris continues to make strides for GA Flame and gets better each time I watch them perform. Starting out as a energy guy, Harris is slowly turning into a consistent 2 way player. One who gives you production and energy on offense and defense? He plays at such a high level, it almost gives him an extra burst of speed energy and athleticism most his age are not able to keep up with. He knocked down a couple of threes, but also likes to attack the basket and get the easy layup. Harris is a very coachable kids who does all the little things and should have a bright future as well.
#2 Ja’Ron Ford I GA Flame
Really showed off his aggression and quickness this game. He has a quick first step which allows him to blow by his defender and he gets to his spot at will, showing off his mid-range pull up. Also a kid whose football roots carry over as you can see him with his head on a swivel on defense and the ability to make a play on the ball at any given moment. He did a good job of making plays for others and good things happened when the ball was in his hands. A true PG with a lot of time on his side, Ford has a good feel and understanding for his game and position.