The TTO Report — Team Takeover Recap from Peach Jam/8th Grade Finale

This past week Team Takeover ascended on North Augusta, South Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia, for two separate events who were similarly showcasing some of the country’s top talent in various age groups.  Eager to show their prowess across the board were TTO’s ranging from the class of 2019 to 2023.  While the 17’s were the only group to bring home the coveted hardware there were strong performances from the 14’s, 15’s, 16’s, and 17’s.

The 14’s (class of 2022) entered the MADE Hoops 8th grade finale at the Augusta Convention Center in Augusta, GA with two teams; Team Grant, and Team Oladipo.

TTO-Oladipo (14’s) – Head coach Keith Thomas

Victor Oladipo was in town to support his guys who had a strong showing but eventually lost in a wild one on a last second three pointer in overtime to Team Teague in the first round of bracket play.  Paul Lewis who will be attending O’Connell in the fall was the teams top performer.  Derrick Key (Fairmont Heights), Devin Dinkins (Gonzaga), and Dylan Williamson (DeMatha) were also integral pieces in TTO-Oladipo’s success.  Coach Keith Thomas calls Key the teams glue guy.  Dinkins is one of the purest lead guard’s in his class and it’s no secret that Steve Turner is getting a gem. Williamson enters the fold at DeMatha where a year of learning behind Jahmir Young and Justin Moore should prepare him to take the keys. Jason Moore, younger brother of TTO-17 G Justin Moore is the loan 2023 player on the squad and led the team in scoring the their crushing OT loss that knocked them out.  Moore attends Accokeek Middle School and will be a prized recruit entering HS next year.  Stephan Walker (Coolidge) also had a solid week in Augusta.  Christian May (Paul VI) was injured and missed all of the games in Georgia aside the bracket play loss.  TTO-Oladipo has qualified for four Final-4’s and won the Memorial Day Takeover event.

TTO-Grant (14’s) – Head coach Antoine Gaither

TTO-Grant faired a bit better then the Oladipo squad as they made it to the 8th Grade Finale Final-4.  It was their 4th Final-4 appearance this year. They had also won one title. The team was led by Knasir “Dug” McDaniel who will be attending Paul VI this coming year and Judah Mintz, who is set to enter his freshman year at Gonzaga. Christian Watson (St. John’s) and Jerrell Roberson II (DeMatha) manned the front court for TTO-Grant and both have incredibly high ceilings as they get set to embark upon their WCAC careers.  Jacoi Hutchinson, who is in the class of 2023 was the loan player “playing up” on the squad. He was another key figure.  Shane Lancaster (St. John’s) was a late addition to the squad but added a lot in many departments.

The 15’s, 16’s, and 17’s entered Peach Jam, part of the Nike EYBL at the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, South Carolina.

TTO-15’s – Head coach Bryan Hogg

The TTO 15’s were one of 12 of the 60 15U Nike teams who qualified for Peach Jam.  They entered pool play as the 10 seed and made it to the final 4 before they fell to eventual champions Houston Hoops 68-60.  Guy Faunterloy (St. John’s) was the most impressive 15.  The crafty power guard showed off his athleticism and led TTO in scoring in North Augusta.  Malcolm Dread (Gonzaga) and Avery Ford (Paul VI) were tremendous in the post for TTO.  Ford had an incredible showing as he consistently finished around the rim, and was a major presence in the paint.  Dread who goes 6’3″ had no problem guarding guys who had him him by 4-5 inches.  The athletic wing was the glue guy who was asked to do everything.  Erik Reynolds (Bullis) continued to excel in transition and showed up big.  His ability to score and create were on display.  Victory Naboya (St. John’s) utilized his size well on both ends and Chace Davis (St. Andrew’s) put together a solid tournament as well.  Jalen Miller (Bishop Walsh) was the defensive stalwart often tasked with guarding the opponents top player.  Coaches were impressed with his effort.

TTO-16’s – Head coach Doug Martin

The TTO 16’s were one of 16 of the 56 Nike 16U teams to get the Peach Jam invite and entered as the #5 seed.  Their run would end in the Elite 8 to eventual champion Woodz Elite (AR) in a wild 70-68 overtime game that saw TTO erase a 16 point second half deficit to take a multiple possession lead in the waning minutes.  In OT Woodz would prevail.  Takeover was led by Paul VI 2021 wing Trevor Keels, the only 2021 playing with the 16’s. He led the team in almost every statistical category.  Keels picked up a South Carolina offer on his trip.  Canin Reynolds (Landon) and Chuck Harris (Gonzaga) played a dynamite back court.  Dimming Stevens (Wilson) showed off his deep range and budding athleticism.  Myles Stute manned the post for TTO and continued to show the jumper he has been working on, which compliments his interior play.  Paul Smith’s breakout summer continued as the DeMatha big built off his phenomenal Capitol Hoops Summer League.  Ishmael Leggett was the glue guy for the 16’s who locked in defensively and did a bit of everything on the offensive side.  Doug Martin credits assistant coaches Blair Mills, Morello Vest, and Lamar Butler with much of the team’s success.

TTO-17’s – Head coach Keith Stevens

The 17’s seemingly had eight guys who could have been considered “the guy” at any given time. Much has been written about the true team culture of Takeover.  In the eight games TTO played at Peach Jam they had one individual scoring effort of 20+ points. With seemingly no guy to key in on defensively, any player could take over at any time, and there was no weak link to double off of.  Armando Bacot Jr. was named Peach Jam MVP as he showed up huge on the biggest of stages.  Bacot averaged 11.6 PPG and 12.1 RPG at Peach Jam and showed up against the country’s best.  Bacot shot 54.1% from the field and averaged 1.9 APG, 1.4 SPG, and 1.1 BPG. DeMatha 2020 C Hunter Dickinson showed why he is one of the best in his class.  Dickinson averaged 11.4 PPG while shooting 64.5% from the field and 68.8% from the line.  He added 4.9 RPG and 1.8 APG. Justin Moore (DeMatha) was one of 3 Takeover players to average double figures throughout the eight Peach Jam games.  Moore, who has battled injury in prior EYBL seasons went out with a bang.  The future Villanova Wildcat averaged 10.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1 steal per game and shot 86.4% from the stripe. PVI 2020 G Jeremy Roach who won a gold medal with Team USA in Argentina a week before Peach Jam averaged 7.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 3.4 APG. His HS back-court mate, 2019 G Anthony Harris averaged 8.1 PPG, 3 RPG, and 2.4 APG. Casey Morsell (St. John’s) who embodies TTO with his team first, win first mentality, was TTO’s 6th man at Peach Jam.  Yes, a UVA commit came off the bench and Morsell played with a passion that was undeniable.  Morsell averaged 6.0 PPG while shooting 57.1% from the field. DeMatha 2019 Jahmir Young built off his superb EYBL season at Peach Jam where he led the team in scoring in two games including the championship when he dropped 16 points on 5-5 FG, 3-3 3-point FG, and 3-4 FT’s.  Young had the individual TTO player high at Peach Jam of 20 points versus Indy Heat, another game where Young’s efficiency was on full display as he went 7-10, 2-3, and 4-5. Gonzaga 2020 F Terrance Williams averaged 4.9 PPG and 3.0 RPG off the bench. EJ Jarvis (Maret) had a few big dunks off the TTO bench and added a spark in spot minutes.

Bacot and Dickinson played phenomenal together, utilizing an unstoppable high-low game that saw both guys take turns manning both posts.  Their willingness and ability to look over the defense and find each other was instrumental in establishing TTO’s interior offense.  Head coach Keith Stevens noted how their plan was to play inside out.  TTO returns three players next year; Hunter Dickinson, Jeremy Roach and Terrance Williams.

Thanks to D-1 Circuit for information used in this article.