6’2 ’25 Kaleb Evans (Lexington)

Despite some ups and downs as a team, Evans shined as the clear, undisputed leader of this group. His ability to run a team while consistently generating (and converting) shots from all levels makes him a difficult matchup for opponents. Evans came out and hit several three-pointers off the bounce before altering his approach and attacking the basket with increased consistency. He’s a quality athlete and plays well through contact. Evans rebounded well for his size.

5’11 ’27 Zaiyir Phillips (Huss)

Although there were several standouts for this group, it’s simply impossible to ignore everything Phillips brings to the table. In this particular showing, he didn’t hit shots at his usual percentage yet still managed to impact all facets of the game. Phillips looked to set up others whenever possible while maintaining a strong presence as a defender and rebounder. He’s a smart decision-maker who knows how to play with pace and unselfishness. Phillips continues to highlight a mature approach to the game.

6’4 ’26 Ben Houpt (South Meck)

It was easy to be impressed with South Meck, and Houpt stood out as an obvious reason why. He’s a smooth player with the creation skills and scoring polish to apply pressure in a variety of different ways. Houpt possesses excellent mechanics and is comfortable asserting himself off the catch or bounce. He’s also a quality rebounder, active defender, and showed improvement as a playmaker with this group. Houpt should be poised for a highly productive season.

6’2 ’25 Amare Anderson (Greer)

It didn’t take long to appreciate Greer’s approach as a team, which certainly includes Anderson and the leadership he provides. Guys like Mikey Williams and Isaiah Henry comfortably burdened the scoring load while Anderson dictated the action as a playmaker. He’s a quality athlete and defender with a high motor and strong nose for the ball. Anderson is already clearly a college-level player, but his stock should continue to climb going forward.

5’11 ’25 Zamarius Gladden (Huss)

Though this specific contest was cut short for Gladden, he still managed to highlight a lot of appeal. He’s slightly undersized but incredibly tough and knows how to naturally outwork opponents through his incredible energy and physical approach. Gladden handles the ball with poise, sets up others, and picks his spots when available. He hit jumpers at a strong percentage from beyond the arc while touching the paint and making his presence felt at the point of attack defensively.

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