Best of the Best Part 2

Best of the Best Part 2

Sunday was the second and final day of the 2015 Best of the Best event. On this day, we saw some of the top freshman and sophomores in the state of Florida showcase their talent. Here is who stood out. 2018 Forward Darius Days (The Rock)– Days was arguably the best player of the day. He produced at several aspects of the game including: scoring, rebounding, blocking an occasional shot, playing with good energy consistently, and showing a ton of athleticism. From the opening warm-up session, Days set the tone that he would be a force all day and he was. He has some intriguing defensive versatility because of his wide frame, solid foot speed, and his overall aggression. His motor is his key. When he felt challenged by an opposing player, he responded well. There where times, however, that he seemed to play down to his competition, and we’re assuming, because he wasn’t being challenged like he was during one of the afternoon sessions going back-and-forth with Oakleaf’s Nassir Little. Days is a capable slasher, but would be well served to improve his handle and his ability to get in and out of his dribble quicker. Additionally he’ll have to improve his jump shot and expand his range– especially if he wants to play as a combo forward who can stretch the floor. He took a couple of three pointers, so we’re assuming he’s trying to develop that area of his game. Overall, Days’ athleticism, motor, and versatility make him a player to watch in Florida’s 2018 class. 2018 Point Guard Elijah Weaver (Oldsmar Christian)– This was the second...
Best of the Best Part 1

Best of the Best Part 1

This weekend the Lake Brantley Field House was the venue for the Best of the Best Showcase. Saturday saw juniors and seniors from all over the state compete. Below are the players that stood out to us. 2018 Point Guard Elijah Weaver (Oldsmar Christian)– Weaver has been a hot commodity as of late with many colleges coming by to see him in action. Today he showed flashes of the upside many college coaches are buzzing about. For us, his day was slow to start but by mid day he seemed to catch his stride. Weaver already has good positional size at 6’4″. He has good passing instincts and sees the floor well. We liked his ability to attack the paint and either find a teammate close to the rim or slashing to it from the perimeter or baseline. He plays with good poise and control and is pass first. Offensively, he still needs to improve his jumper from mid and long range. From what we saw today, he has a tendency to use stepbacks as his go-to shot. He also needs to improve his play off the ball, but on it, he has playmaking ability. Elijah seemed a bit mechanical at times with his dribble, but he he can use his size well enough to get to the rim. With Eric Hester on his way out, Weaver looks to be a fitting replacement for Oldsmar. 2017 Wing Michael Akuchie (St. Thomas Aquinas)– Akuchie looked great in the early morning drills making shots from mid and long range. When his shot is falling he’s an intriguing prospect. He has positional size,...
Each 1 Teach 1 Presents The Nike Premier Exposure Camp

Each 1 Teach 1 Presents The Nike Premier Exposure Camp

The Tampa Elite Sports Center was the site Saturday afternoon for many talented rising freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Here is who stood out to us today! Gervon Dexter— Dexter is a 2020 power forward who showed a ton of promise. Standing 6-foot-7-inches and 250 pounds, Dexter already possesses a thick frame and played hard throughout the event. While he’s still very young, he has physical skills and instincts that made this young prospect a potential gem. He blocked shots at the rim and from behind showing good timing and a good first jump. Dexter also showed the ability to get in a low stance and guard out to the perimeter. He rebounded pretty well– although we would like to see him try and box out more– and finished above the rim when he had the opening to do so. He played with good physicality and showed he belonged on the floor. His offensive game is still very raw and so is his court awareness. He attempted to score from the post, but lacks post moves to be effective. Also, when the double team would come he didn’t show he knew where to go with the ball. Additionally, his stamina will have to get better as he appeared out of gas early on. While there are definite areas that must improve, Gervon gives you a lot to be excited about and will be a player to keep an eye on. Andreas Fuller— Fuller is a 2018 guard with a solid frame. Fuller’s most impressive side of the floor was his defense as he was one of the better on...
Peach Jam: The Recap (Part 2)

Peach Jam: The Recap (Part 2)

Our Peach Jam recap continues with a look at another handful of players who stood out to us this past week in North Augusta. In this part we’re going to feature a few of the players with versatility, size and athleticism at their position, and skill. Kevin Knox II (2017 6’7″ SF– Each 1 Teach 1 17U): Knox has had a breakout spring and summer. The one thing that really stood out this past week about his game is his ability to make smart basketball plays and be efficient on the floor. Knox can do a little bit of everything and it’s his versatility that allows his natural athletic abilities shine even more when he gets his hands on the basketball. While he needs to continue to improve his jump shot– including adding consistent range– he is able to make the occasional three point and score below the arc. He is more of slasher who is smooth getting to the rim. His handle will need to continue to tighten, but he already shows natural ability taking his man off the dribble– which should only get more impressive as he really pouts together his total game. The Tampa-native passes well and consistently made good decisions with the basketball. It’ll be interesting to track just how much he improves over the next six months given his rise in just the last few. Trent Forrest (2016 6’4″ CG– Georgia Stars 17U): From one versatile player to another, recent FSU-commit, Trent Forrest, proved why he was a prized recruiting target for the Noles in the rising senior class. Forrest is a legitimate combo guard who...
Peach Jam: The Recap (Part 1)

Peach Jam: The Recap (Part 1)

The 2015 Nike Peach Jam is in the books and it proved to be another great year full of young talent and promise that the game of basketball is in good hands. With that, as our friend Paul Biancardi asked, “what do you know, what did you see, and who do you like?” Well, here is part one of our best answer to those very questions… Jayson Tatum (St. Louis Eagles– 2016 6’8″ SF): Minutes after competing in a semi-final ballgame that saw teammate, Jordan Barnes, hit an incredible three pointer to defeat Team CP3 at the buzzer, the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year sat down courtside and announced his decision to become a Duke Blue Devil while Coach K and staff stood tall over the crowded court. Tatum was a big part of his team’s comeback win over a CP3 team that many would have picked to win prior to the tip off. Tatum is by the far the best mid-range player at the Peach Jam and even in the 2016 class. While many players will disregard developing this area of the floor in their offensive game, Tatum has made it his comfort zone. While watching him work the middle of the floor assures you that the art of the mid range game isn’t quite dead at the high school level, he will need to continue to develop his slashing abilities– which he is more than capable of doing. He tends to settle for jumpers as opposed to using his skills to attack the rim or if he can’t do that, then pass the ball out and...