The Lance Stephenson sponsored team is always solid seemingly year after year. They don’t play on a major shoe circuit so they usually don’t get the attention they deserve, but head coachHasani Stewart had his guys once again in top form on Saturday, knocking off Team Melo in their last pool game to win their pool in what many would consider surprising fashion.
They don’t have quote unquote stars but they are loaded with talented kids who when given an opportunity to play against bigger name programs, usually thrive. The players of the day for Born Ready was former Thomas Jefferson star Isiah Deas (Coastal Academy, NJ ’16). The lanky wing has put on some much needed muscle as he is not just a shooter now, he was confidently attacking high major talented players and proving that he can play with and against anyone.
Another talent for Born Ready Elite was guardTravis Cox (Frederick Douglass Academy ’17). He is just as athletic as Deas, but playing in the PSAL “A” Division, he doesn’t get the opportunity to show what he can do at times. He was able on Saturday though to finish above the rim, while also showing a nice stroke from long range.
The dagger shot in the game against Team Melo was converted by Ronald Jefferson (Christ the King ’16). Had Jefferson been nearly anywhere else outside of the Middle Villago CHSAA power he more than likely would’ve been a player most known. He did get the chance to show off an impressive left stroke from long range, and while known primarily as a shooter, his ability to handle the ball against pressure defenses all day on Saturday, while also showing he can convert attacking the basket in one on one isolation spots proving to be key in Born Ready’s success.
Instead of advancing to the quarterfinals on Saturday night though, Stewart decided his team had done enough, and with their game not scheduled until 10:20 at night, he made the decision that their tournament was over, forfeiting their playoff game feeling his team had shown just what they were capable of.