In a letter to Greensborosports.com……
FROM THE PROUD PARENT OF A PAGE PIRATE BASKETBALL PLAYER MITCHELL OATES:
MY SON SCORED 35 POINTS (TOURNAMENT HIGH SCORER) AND HAD 6 ASSISTS IN THE LAST GAME AGAINST NORTHERN. THE PREVIOUS GAME, HE SCORED 11 POINTS (TEAM HIGHEST SCORER) AGAINST GREENSBORO DAY. IN HIS FIRST GAME, HE HAD 16 POINTS, 8 REBOUNDS, AND 6 ASSISTS.
STATISTICALLY, HOW DID HE NOT MAKE THE ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM? HIS HEAD COACH DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHY HE DIDN’T MAKE THE TEAM AND I DON’T EITHER.
WHAT DO I SAY???? HE ASKED ME “WHAT MORE DID THEY WANT?” WHAT WAS THE TOURNAMENT MVP PLAYER’S STATS LIKE?
I hope the Oates the family didn’t mind me printing their letter here at the site. They have some valid questions…..
Mitchell Oates did all he could to help the Pirates and I can tell you, I like his game. I watched Oates play against Ragsdale earlier in the year and I couldn’t believe waht I was seeing. This kid has improved so much over last year. I can get tired watching him play because he not only scores and dishes off assists, he slices and penetrates so much it almost hurts to watch him heading into traffic.
Oates(#10 for the Pirates) uses so much energy you wonder where he gets it all from. He is very solid and we saw him coming on in the second half of last season, as he and Christian McCain stepped up to help lead the Page Pirates to the Metro 4-A Conference tournament title in the finals over Grimlsey.
The effort by Oates is there and the numbers to back up Mitchell Oates are there.
Here’s what hurt his chances of getting on the first team All-Tournament squad. Greensboro Day won the title, so as always the Champions will eat up a number of the first team spots. I believe GDS got two spots plus the MVP and the Pizza Hut runner-up Ragsdale landed two spots and Northern Guilford, the third-place finisher in the tourney, grabbed the final spot.
The selection committee was looking not only at the overall numbers, but where the kids’ teams finished in the tournament. Whose spot does Mitchell Oates take? That’s a hard call. Jonathan Frye of Northern had good numbers and he led his team, the Nighthawks, to a third place finish as they beat Page in the consolation game. Do you pull one of the kids from Ragsdale, or do you take one spot from Greensboro Day?????
This is a good one for crowd discussion. It’s a hard deal to take away from the kids that are on the first team already, but with an eight-team field of competition, why not have a second team and maybe Mitchell Oates gets on first team and one of the kids from the first squad goes to the second, or maybe Oates makes second team All-Tournament.
Excellent food or fuel for thought and maybe by having a second team All-Tournament squad this might open the doors up for some other kids too…….
I hope the Oates family doesn’t mind us using this topic for open discussion and if they do we can take this post down and start another one. They are good people, and Mitchell deserves and needs the exposure.
This is such a good topic and it is very timely so I wanted to get it up and in the mix here this morning.