- Last Updated: 2:20 AM, May 20, 2012
- Posted: 2:19 AM, May 20, 2012
Whenever Jaquan (Son Son) Lynch saw Lincoln coach Dwayne (Tiny) Morton, his blood boiled. The Thomas Jefferson star wanted to beat him and the Railsplitters at all costs. Leroy (Truck) Fludd of Boys & Girls felt the same way.
Now they’re playing for the renowned coach, who runs the Juice All-Stars AAU program. And they’re not alone – Lynch’s Jefferson teammates Patrick (Stink) Brown and Kareem Johnakin are also on the team, which features Lincoln standouts Isaiah Whitehead and Shaquille Davis. Basically, it’s a PSAL Brooklyn AA all-star team, the best players from the city’s top division.
“That’s what I want Juice to be,” Morton said. “Most of the guys are friends. They are from the same neighborhoods, they just wear different uniforms.”
For a variety of reasons, that hasn’t been the case in recent years, but it worked out this summer. Fludd, whose father played with Morton at Lincoln when the two were in high school, left the Metrohawks for Juice because the Nike circuit doesn’t allow current high school seniors. He also attended Morton’s middle school. Jefferson coach Lawrence (Bud) Pollard, close friends with Morton, suggested to his players they play with Juice as well.
“During the season everybody is my enemy,” said the uncommitted Fludd. “Now we’re all friends.”
The group has gotten off to a solid start on the AAU circuit and had another productive day on Saturday. It reached the i.S. 8/Nike Spring Classic quarterfinals after picking up a pair of wins over the Raising Champions and New Jersey-based Playaz Club-Seniors. The second victory was impressive, beating a team that featured FIU-bound forward Jerome Frink and St. John’s commit Darrick Wood. Fludd led the way with 19 points, Davis had 17 and Lynch eight.
“We all come together at the end of the day,” Fludd said. “We all know each other’s game and we know each other plays.”
While the crux of the team spent the winter looking to beat one another, the transition to playing together hasn’t been difficult, Morton said. They all know one another well, have a mutual respect for each other and complement one another. Lynch has been able to work on his point guard skills with finishers like Whitehead and Fludd and his 3-point shooting has opened up the floor for Davis, a slashing guard.
“When I see Truck dunking, I remember when he did that on us; when Isaiah is hitting 3-pointers and gets in a groove, I remember that, too,” Lynch said. “When I’m scoring, I’m sure they think the same thing.”
There is plenty of trash-talking that goes on. Fludd has told everyone to call him “31” – because he won three city championship and one state crown. Lynch counters that his Jefferson teammate Thaddeus Hall dropped 30 on him twice during the year. And Morton said part of those championships still belongs to Coney Island, because Fludd is a Coney Island kid.
When the summer ends and the players go back to their respective schools, everything will go back to the way it was. Lynch, Brown and Johnakin will see Morton, Whitehead and Davis as the enemy.
For now, though, they all have a common goal, to get better and win as much as they can.Follow @NYPostsports