It was a high-scoring affair on Thursday between Pinnacle and San Joaquin but the stars were out, showcasing why these two teams can be so potent with their talented prospects. Nico Mannion for Pinnacle and Jalen Green kicked off the first quarter, scoring almost every point for each team. Both teams started to slow down but the outside shooting for Pinnacle took over. Pinnacle was also to slow down Green for the most part in the second and third quarter, developing a double-digit lead and controlling much of the game after the second quarter.
In the end Pinnacle’s offense was too much, knocking down the open jumpers and getting out in transition when possible.
2020 6’6 Jalen Green (33 points)
– Green is ranked by several as one of the, if not the, top prospect in the country for 2020 and he showed why early. Green is an incredibly athletic and a gifted scorer, with a great burst and ability to score no matter where he is on the floor. He covers a lot of ground with his length and finds the small openings to score the ball. Even though he plays up-tempo and can play as the dominate ball handler, he plays within himself and under control; fantastic body control. His wingspan and versatility on the floor makes him one of the best prospects in the country and when he gets going, he simply can’t be stopped.
2021 6’6 Jaden Geron
– only a sophomore, this 6’6 prospect displayed a pure stroke on the floor, an area where he seems confident in early on and can only get better
2022 6’3 Joseph Hunter
– Hunter is a young prospect and is still raw at times with his overall game, but that will only come with time as he develops. When he develops his strength and his understanding of his offensive capabilities, Hunter is one to monitor.
2020 7’0 Braxton Meah
– he has the length and size that certainly intrigues programs. He may lack in strength but he makes plays around the rim, can throw it down and finish strong, and showcased his hands on the floor. Active on both ends of the floor.
2019 6’3 Nico Mannion (33 points, 7 assists)
– Mannion came out firing and displayed his jumper, inside and outside the arc. He has that quick-pull trigger and understands what it means to be open, while also being very confident. He has a smooth release and can be very dangerous from three. But when he isn’t knocking down jumpers, he can either finish attacking the rim with his underrated bounce or use his vision to find his teammates. Mannion also has his head up and plays with great ball control; it seems like the game just slow down for him. He has a deadly crossover and handles the ball fantastically with both hands; he has a very high IQ on the court.
2020 6’10 Tosh Baker
– a big man that also plays football, Baker uses his frame to carve out space. He may not be the most offensively gifted but shows flashes, makes himself available, and knows how to get the ball on the rim. Defensively, Baker is active and keeps opponents in front of him, while also showing an understanding of help defense. Moves well on his feet.
2019 6’2 Trent Brown
– came in averaging over 20 points a game, Brown is a guard displayed an ability to find ways to score on his own. He is a gritty guard that can finish through contact, hit the outside shot, and find ways to get to the free throw line.