“The Platform” held it’s final session in Virginia Beach last weekend, featuring some of the top AAU programs on the east coast. The event had teams ranging from sixth to eighth grade, and was a great preview to the AAU…
“The Platform” held it’s final session in Virginia Beach last weekend, featuring some of the top AAU programs on the east coast. The event had teams ranging from sixth to eighth grade, and was a great preview to the AAU season and what teams will look like this spring.
There were so many standouts ranging from Virginia to Georgia and everywhere in between. There are still two more sessions, with one happening at U-Turn in Richmond on March 5 and 6, and one at the Virginia Beach Sportscenter April 15 and 16.
Here’s a look at part two of the standouts, looking at some of the top kids in “The 8”.
Kadyn Turner-Scott | Team Loaded 919 14U
Turner-Scott was a joy to watch throughout the three sessions, as he may have stood out early but he got better and better every time that we saw him and he looked like one of the top players in The Finale. The 6’4” wing has good size already and he has a versatile skillset to go along with it, making him a matchup nightmare and very intriguing moving forward. He can put it on the deck and get to spots to make shots, he can make shots from all three levels and he can play and guard multiple positions too.
Jye Dawkins | Team Loaded 919 14U
Dawkins was one of the top players in “The 8” throughout the The Platform and was a big reason that 919 was just a couple of points away from the championship game, and he’ll be a fun player to watch moving forward. He’s a natural bucket getter who can fill it up in bunches and has a game that translates to the next level as he is shifty off the bounce and can create space, he can knock down shots from deep and in the midrange and he has good feel off the bounce too.
Brady Burnette | Team Loaded VA Red 14U
Burnette was the unsung hero of the Loaded VA Red team that made it to the Final Four, as he is not only a great glue guy but also a great floor general and leader for the group as well. He knows his game and plays within it and has a great IQ, he is an excellent shooter from deep who can knock it down consistently off the catch and get to spots off the bounce and he gets it done consistently on both ends of the floor.
Amani Asane | Team Loaded VA Red 14U
Asane made a name for himself from day one in The Platform and continued to produce on a consistent basis and a show a lot of upside moving forward. He’s a well built guard with good strength for his age, he’s fluid with good end-to-end speed and some shift off the bounce and he’s able to get where he needs to get off the bounce to fill it up. He has an advanced game for his age and will be a player to watch in the Nova area moving forward.
DeAaron Walker | Hoop Dreams 14U
Hoop Dreams made their debut at The Finale and it was clear early on that Walker may be one of the most high upside players in the entire event. The 6’6” forward already has good size but he isn’t just bigger than most players his age, he has great versatility and athleticism to go along with it. He can run the floor and catch and finish but he can also handle the ball in transition, he can catch on the perimeter and rip and get to the rim, he can face up and work out of the mid-post and he can play and guard multiple positions too.
Malachi Ashtford | Hoop Dreams 14U
Ashtford was one of a number of impressive guards for Hoop Dreams that you’ll hear a lot about in Kentucky moving forward, but it was his grit and production level on both ends that was impressive. The 5’10” lead guard plays with moxxy and toughness as he sets the tone on both ends of the floor, he is lightning quick and can get in the lane at will and he can hit shots from different areas as well. He’s the type of guard who can compete early in the high school for minutes and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him lead a very successful program moving forward.