The Second part of our Weekend Notes is Complete! As luck has it, The Hoop Summit presented by Jabari Johnson was only a few miles down the road from The Elite 32. Let’s take a dive in on the storyline and standouts that were at DuncanFieldhouse.
Through The Hoop! Ft Quevian Adger & Wade Taylor
Points need to be put on the board to win (obviously) and it’s easier to gain more than the opponent when a team holds players that have a knack for pilling up the scoring column. BMM nabbed a narrow victory vs Dallas Showtyme in what was the best game of the day. ‘20 Quevian Adger filled the scoring column up with 23pts. Adger plays with a lot of confidence, can hit shots in a multitude of ways and talent hasn’t been in question on the rising senior. If this is foreshadowing what Atlanta will look for him, his recruitment should blow-up.
The most anticipated matchup came between YGC36 & Urban DFW and it was a good evaluation game for the staff. When Wade Taylor of Urban DFW is put in a role to score the ball, he’s efficient and dynamic. He lit it up from deep, Showcased big-time range and displayed his speed in the open court.
2020 Joey Madimba made plays consistently off the bounce at the Hoop Summit. Initiating fastbreaks after securing rebounds and in the half-court got to the lane and made the right play. Rising Senior Jadaun Slack showed off a nice mid-range game and shot the ball well when left open. The burly, strong forward will do himself some good this week if he’s hitting shots consistently from the perimeter.
Hmmmmm, the 22’s Storyline makes a quick return as another crop were on display. Impressed with guard CJ Ford for Urban DFW’s 16U. He hit big shots, was solid defensively and was able to be effective on the offensive end, getting to spots to make plays. Cason Wallace for ProSkills showcased his attack-dog style of play as he found his way to the cup. Cason’s athleticism, size and downhill capabilities allows him to be effective in 16u division. FOE’s TJ Caldwell played well. He has good length combined with fluid athleticism and promising in-between game. A player that’ll bloom late and can make things interesting. Kalen White out of Desoto has came some ways and is becoming a consistent contributor for Urban DFW 15’s. His feel for the game has improved and he is understanding how to use his size and length to make plays on both ends. BMM’s Cruz Davis is most notable for the game winning 4point play made against Dallas Showtyme but he was steady when being the primary ballhandler. The southpaw possesses long arms, a clean shooting stroke and tools of becoming an upper echelon guard in his class till the end.
Showtyme – Ft Dallas Showtyme
Despite the score not going their direction, we saw strong play out of Julien Smith & DayDay Hall of Dallas Showtyme. Hall exploited mismatches on the block and his high motor allowed him to clean up and gather second chance opportunities. Smith is reliable from deep. Not swayed by the moment and hit momentum shot after momentum shot from three point land.
Wasn’t the best of scoring outputs for premier ‘21 prospect Harrison Ingram but he still made an impact in this game. We wrote in the Elite 32 where we feel Ingram is as steady and reliable that they come as far as production. Ingram made a couple plays showcasing sneaky explosiveness, found open man in transition and was impressed how active he was on the defensive end. ‘20 big man Gethro Muscadin is a rebounding machine. His high level activity, mobility allows him to nab double digit rebounds each game this weekend. Holds offers from Auburn & Wichita State. VCU and several others showing interest.
KJ Pruitt, 2020 PG – Urban DFW: Effective when utilized as primary ballhandler and initiator of offense. Made plays for others off the bounce and showcased maturity to run a basketball team.
Chase Ross, 2021 2/1CG – Urban DFW 16U:Athletic lefty with a nice stroke from deep. Chase is a prospect to keep an eye on throughout the year to see if it’ll click.
Chrisdon Morgan, 2021 PF – Urban DFW 16U: Footwork and skill has improved. Scored through face-ups and rim running.
Juan Reyna, 2021 PG – Nike ProSkills 16U: Lefty, Skilled guard that’s a dependable shot maker from deep. Reyna boxscore stats didn’t pop out but he was able to get to spots and make reads.
CJ Noland, 2021 Wing – Nike ProSkills 16U: Posses a big frame. Noland is a power athlete that hits shots from the perimeter. Don’t let his footballish built frame fool you, Noland has game!
Damon Nicholas, 2021 SG – YGC36: Has steadily improved as the year has gone. Damon knows how to play off the ball but now showcasing ability to attack closeouts and put the ball on the floor and make a play.
Jalen Posey, 2020 PG – Texas Legion: Holds ideal size at PG spot and sometimes we leave wanting more but talent is no question in regards to Jalen Posey. Very long, good ball skills and can defend multiple positions.
Duncan Powell, 2021 PF – BMM: We’ve seen Duncan in the black and white before, actually that was the uniform we were accustomed to seeing. Duncan played for BMM on Sunday and the talented forward scored on the block, top of the key and finisher in open court. His presence caused problems for opposing frontline defenders.
Andrew Laczkowski, 2020 SF – YGC36: Notable for shooting the ball and let’s not trick ourselves, that’s his biggest strength but in order for Andrew to get those shots, he works hard early to get space to take them. Moves very well off the ball and has great understanding of spacing.
Clayton White, 2021 C – 1ten Basketball: Developing big man with size and ability. Used size to create shot on block.