For a good basketball team to distinguish itself among the elite teams, there is one thing it needs more than anything else — a No. 3 scoring threat.
For every Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant there is a Derek Fisher, and formerly a Glen Rice, to take the pressure off the top two scoring options.
Such is the case for the Cru recreation basketball team out of El Centro. Robert Christiansen and Vincent McSee are the clear-cut top two scoring threats, but stepping up as the No. 3 is Javar Beaver.
In four wins at the SOS Baller Jams tournament in Brawley last weekend, the 15-year-old Beaver totaled 85 points to go with 11 steals, earning team MVP honors and leading the Cru to the championship.
"I really think some of those other teams went in there over confident and didn't really take us seriously," said the 5-foot-8 Beaver. "So we kind of used that. For me, I just went in hoping to do the best that I could and try my hardest."