The semifinals of the PYBL had a little bit of everything- blowouts from dominant shooting, back-and-forth affairs, dominant post play, great perimeter scoring- there was something for everyone. The intensity ratcheted up for each team with a championship berth on…
The semifinals of the PYBL had a little bit of everything- blowouts from dominant shooting, back-and-forth affairs, dominant post play, great perimeter scoring- there was something for everyone. The intensity ratcheted up for each team with a championship berth on the line, the effort on both sides of the ball but specifically on the defensive end- was palpable.
’26 CG Jasiah Cannady-City PYBL
Cannady showed why he was named the Boys Elite MVP early on in this game, putting on a show offensively with a mix of finesse finishes and shooting. Cannady has the total offensive package: pull-up midrange J, swishes from the wing, side-step threes, reverse layups, euro-step inside hand finishes, floaters, drop-offs to the big- he has a very advanced offensive game. He responded to questions about his defensive ability by fighting through screens, getting underneath his matchup whenever he picked up the ball, deflections, etc. Glimpses of play-making ability show the upside that he has despite advanced skill development. If he continues on this path, I think he will be the name to beat at the top of his class the next few years.
’26 F TJ Moultrie– Anne Arundel
Moultrie does a little bit of everything for his team on both ends of the court, guarding 1-4 defensively while being able to play on or off the ball offensively. Everything he does is a high-percentage look at the rim or beyond the arc, his pace and long strides allow him to get wherever he wants to on the court.
’26 CG Parker Robinson– Anne Arundel
Robinson is a shooter, and a phenomenal one at that, but after watching him for a few minutes you start to notice how well-rounded he is as a player. He’s efficient with his dribble when blowing by a defender on a hard closeout, using his pivot effectively to finish with either hand in the paint or hit a leaner from the short corner. Whenever he picks up his dribble he patiently kicks out before getting it back and operating in the midpost, finding cutters or corner shooters with regularity when faced with a double-team.
Additional names that impressed:
’27 G Luke Arulefelo– PG County
Can play on or off the ball, scores well in the paint, physical finisher through contact, aggressive mentality on both ends
’28 G Matthew Parker– City PYBL
Performed very well for a guard playing up, shoots tremendously well from the floor, knocks down contested looks