Super 16 - Saturday Recap I
The Memorial Day Super 16 Showcase is well underway, with u16 and u17 action taking place at Connecticut College, and already a number of players have managed to stand out:
Dustin Cole, MB Nation - A year ago he was an undersized scoring guard, but now his transformation to a pure point is virtually complete. He ran the show to perfection on Saturday morning and led MB Nation to a spot in Sunday's Elite 8.
Elijah Rogers, Expressions Elite - Very quick point guard with legit range on his jumper, Rogers makes a living by coming off high ball-screens. Simply put, he scored whenever he wanted to as the opposition just had no answer for his playmaking ability.
Matt Barr, MB Nation - He opened the tournament with a bang, going for 21 first half points and finishing with a team high 31 with a series of deep jumpers and tough drives to the rim.
Jahlil Askew, Drive 4 Stardum - His name will be a new one to the prospect list following this weekend as the long and athletic lefty slashed and made quick work of opposing defenses in the mid-range area.
Daniel Garvin, CBC - The athletic forward was extremely active around the rim on both ends of the floor, getting second chance points and blocking shots, while also making a couple drives up the gut of the defense.
Kurt Steidl, CBC-Donnelly - It was an impressive showing for Steidl as he had his total inside-out game going, scoring from all three levels with open threes, pull-ups, and drives to the cup.
Casey Woodring, CBC-Donnelly - Likely headed to prep school, but not necessarily opposed to last minute opportunities in 2012, Woodring did what he does best and that's drill shots from behind the three-point line as he made virtually everything that left his hand.
Jaylen Blakely, Boston Titans - His game is his ability to break defenders down off the dribble and he made plays for himself and others - flattening the defense and converting a couple of up-and-under finishes with high degrees of difficulty.
Remi Ferrall, CT Gold - Another player who will make his debut on our prospect list following this weekend's tournament, Ferrall is a big body inside who will bang but can also step out and knock down elbow jumpers.
Shawn Strickland, Drive 4 Stardum - He's heading to Taft next year and he should make an immediate impact thanks to his quickness, two-way playmaking ability, and competitive spirit.
D.J. Stewart, GHPA Youth - Physical defender at the guard position and pass first point guard who overpowers defenders to get into the lane and then finds his teammates for easy buckets. Also a very good rebounding guard.
Hilal Dahleh, Greater Boston Lions - The undeniable leader of the team, Dahlel is a big guard with a heady floor game. He made catch and shoot threes while also working his way into the lane to find teammates.
Curtis Hyman, CT Roughriders - He's a physical body around the paint but with a mobile six-foot-six build, that's enough to command plenty of attention. He was productive and rugged and still has plenty of time to develop since he's only 2014.
Juwan Gooding, Expressions Elite - Lefty guard showed deep shooting range out to 25 feet and while the long ball was the basis for his game he did his fair share of slashing from the hash mark while also utilizing his quick hands defensively.
Dakim Murray, Bomb Squad - Another still available senior, Murray is a wide-bodied forward who isn't afraid to throw his body around on the offensive glass. He creates space, bullies opposing defenders, and finishes play at the rim.
Jordan Butler, CT Select - His physical tools capture your attention at first glance and this morning his production was equally impressive. He was a defensive force inside the lane, blocking four shots, and converted his fair share of interior points as well.
Jehveney Beckford, CT Select - A man among boys in the paint, Beckford plays far bigger than his listed height. He's incredibly active on both ends and also able to bulldoze defenders off the dribble.
Brandon Marshall, Drive 4 Stardum - An undersized big man who attacks larger defenders and fights through contact, Marshall is a very good offensive rebounder who brings consistent energy to his club.