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After winning the 7th, 8th and 9th grade championships at harlem's new york shock exchange tournament, the following is a write up appearing in the websitenewyorkshockexchange.com.

"Harlem Kings, Kips Bay Show and Prove

Bring the top grade school and junior high school basketball players on the East Coast to City College with its rich basketball history, have them play in front of that NYC crowd with Harlem as the backdrop and some fly gear (with the Shock Exchange Baller Boy logo affixed) as the pay off, and what do you get? Shock Exchange Comes to Harlem, of course. Friday, the first day of the tournament, began as more of a curiosity. Everyone wanted to know who the Shock Exchange was and if the tournament would live up to the hype. Well it did, and then some. The turn out was absolutely crazy, the atmosphere electric, and the teams and coaches all rose to the occasion. By Saturday, everyone was "in it to win it", scouting the competition, checking standings, calculating the road to the Chip for the 5th time, and trying to gain every edge possible - hey if you ain't cheatin' you ain't tryin'.
As everyone looked for an early indication as to were their teams ranked, the Harlem Kings put everyone on notice that they are a force to reckoned with - sweeping the 13U, 14U, and 15U divisions - a feat we will probably never see again. Kips Bay also tried to get greedy, taking the 16U Chip and falling just short to Sam Casell All-Stars (who let him back in the NYC) in the 12U finals. The full results are below:
16U: Kips Bay 1st Place, Playaz 2nd Place; 15U: Harlem Kings 1st Place, Coast 2 Coast 2nd Place; 14U: Harlem Kings 1st Place, Playaz 2nd Place, 13U: Harlem Kings 1st Place, Gauchos 2nd Place; 12U: Sam Cassell All-Stars 1st Place, Kips Bay 2nd Place.


What the Street is Saying

The Harlem Kings are Huge . . . Literally
During the weekend I watched all four courts intensely to see if I could spots any trends. What I noticed from the beginning is that the Harlem Kings were bigger than every other team in each age group they participated in. The size differential was very noticeable, even compared to the so-called "elite" programs who can usually match anyone "tree-for-tree". Not only were they bigger, they were stronger, more athletic, and basically unflappable. I watched their body language and their facial expression and their kids never seemed phased at tip-off or when the game was on the line. They took everyone's best shot and came away with the haute couture in all three divisions they participated in.
"Kings" is a fitting name for this club, because "heavy is the head that wears the crown". It is much to early to predict a changing of the guard uptown, but their performance does represent a shot across the bow, of sorts. However, the Spring Fling and ultimately the AAU Nationals await for them to prove or disprove any talk of "elite" status."

 

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Following Dennis Green's performance in the Maryland Invitational Tournament, basketballspotlight.com featured him in the below profile

 

Player Profile: DENNIS GREEN

Team: Harlem Kings
Height: 6’0
Position: Point Guard
Event: Maryland Invitational

Evaluation: Green is a strong point guard that has the score first mentality right now. He has good speed and the strength to get anywhere on the floor. He’s a streaky shooter from the perimeter but will take the big shot and wants the rock when the game is on the line. Defensively he slides his feet whether well and uses his strength once again to cause disruption. At times Green is also willing to stick in his inside for a rebound or two.


Further comments from basketballspotlight.com after the Maryland Invitational Tournament:

Dennis Green: Guard (Harlem Kings)- Green was very impressive at the point. He has the size, handle and scoring ability to be a big time guard in the near future. Green can bully his way to the bucket or shack up defenders with an array of crossover dribbles.

Thaddeus Hall: Guard (Harlem Kings)- Hall is a lefty that either handles the ball or finishes in transition. He’s very athletic and can create his own shot off the dribble. In the game against Team Philly he was always a threat because of his speed and scoring niche.

Cody Jenkins: Guard (Harlem Kings)- Jenkins is a little frail right now but he still handles the pill against the pressure. He handles the ball well in traffic and sets the tempo.

 

BasketballSpotlight.com Feature | All City Youth Classic Recap: Showcase Game

In the first game of the All City Youth Classic Thaddeus Hall erupted for 46 points but it wasn’t enough as the East All Stars defeated the West All Stars 116-109 in the showcase game. Dennis Green led the winners with 26 points while taking home MVP Honors.

 

Standout Performers

 

Thaddeus Hall Guard (West)- He didn’t get the win but Hall put on a dominant performance. He scored in every way possible. He drained treys, attacked the basket, scored in transition and drop buckets in the lane. Hall had the ability to hit the glass and push the rock up the floor himself. When he was truly feeling it from the perimeter he launched shots from well behind the 3-point line. He’s slowly emerging as a name to recognize.

 

Dennis Green Guard (East)- The strong guard had another impressive performance. He got into the lane whenever he wanted and scored at the cup or knocked down his pull jumper. Green’s size and body control allowed him to be a constant force in this contest.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Harlem Kings Sweep NY Shock Exchange

 

 

Hall Had A Huge Weekend

 

This weekend The Harlem Kings were successful winning in every age group 7th, 8th and 9th Grade in the NY Shock Exchange up at City College. First the 7th Grade Defeated a very Strong and good Gauchos team (7th Grade) By 12. The 8th Grade Led by Thaddeus Hall Chris Valasquez and (Winston Mcloud New Heights-Harlem Kings extended Family) went down to the wire with top Ranked 14u Playaz from New Jersey, The Kings pulled out the win by 3 in double Overtime. Last, the 9th Grade Kings Led by Sidiki Johnson and Javon Dawson who both had a great performance beating a very talented Coast 2 Coast team from L.I, the kings pulled it out by 1 in the final seconds. (basketballspotlight.com)

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Rebounds Super Regional Recap: 13U Division Harlem Kings Wear The Crown

Harlem Kings Win 13 and Under

 

Andrew Wilson scored 22 points and Shaakir Lindsey chipped in 19 markers as the Harlem Kings defeated Westchester Hawks 75-48 in the 13 and Under Championship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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During the Weekend of March 29th, the Harlem Kings 7th grade team won the Super Regional Tournament in New Jersey. The win qualifies the team for the AAU National Tournament." The Harlem Kings 8th grade team, reached the semi-finals of the competitive Spring Fling Tournament at Seton Hall University. The Kings had impressive wins against Fairfield County All Stars, and nationally recognized Philly's Finest and NewHeights.

 


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