Grassroots Tip off Classic
“Sim Card” Players that Impressed:

2017 Douglas Elks – 6’4″ Ravenscroft – WCBA
Skilled fundamental guard. Douglas is consistently in an offensive stance with his knees bent and showing his hands on the perimeter. He has a fluid release on his jump shot that looks effortless. Drives for his teammates and plays on balance in the paint. Possibly his best characteristic on the floor is his body language, no matter the score, time, or situation he exudes positivity in all settings.

2017 Donte Tatum – 6’2″ Cary – WCBA
Donte plays with a great motor allowing him to flat out fly in transition. Plays above the rim effectively despite not being an inch taller than 6’1. Defensively he has great instincts and uses his lateral quickness to make plays on and off the ball. Attacking guard that likes to get to the rim using his athleticism to score through contact. Would like to see more of his ability on the perimeter when unable to get to the basket.

2017 Blake Walker – 6′ Wilson – TMP
Blake did all the little things that enabled TMP to have the kind of success they had this past weekend. With a quick first step, he was able to breakdown his defender and get into the paint without the need for a ballscreen. Played off two feet, drove and kicked to teammates, and got to the rim regularly all weekend.

2018 Aaron Nesmith – 6’3 Porter Gaud – TMP
A long active scorer from the wing, Aaron displayed a soft touch around the rim. Making a name for himself by being the benefactor of TMP’s good guard play. Exhibited the ability to make the open catch and shoot three and apply pressure on the rim when needed. Aaron’s activity around the offensive glass produced extra possessions, opportunities, and baskets for TMP.

2018 Jake Lanford – 6’8″ Porter Gaud – TMP
Jake played with a toughness that most players his age do not develop until later in their career. Passes the eye test with at 6’7 and a frame to match. One move that grabbed my attention is when Jake caught the ball it on the block without having to give up his seal, took one dribble to the midline then countered back to the baseline using a right hand jump hook.

2017 Cle’von Greene – 6′ Grafton – BWSL
Tough minded, scrappy guard with tremendous upside. Playmaker at the guard position who was able to display his skill set with a well-balanced BWSL team. Didn’t get rattled when relieving pressure as a ball-handler and scored it the paint with a multitude of ways.

2018 Trey Cousin – 6’2″ Burlington School – Mid State Magic
With a nose for the ball, Trey put up some notable offensive numbers. Shot the ball well from 3 with an appropriate heavy left foot allowing him to step right into his 3 ball. The basketball had a way of finding him around the rim with tip-ins, transition leak outs, and 50/50 balls. Would like to see Trey development another level of athleticism, but at his young age he has plenty of time to do so.

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