I made a pit stop in the birthplace of the Indy 500 and these young prospects were driving and kicking it into gear at a high level. Here are some of the top names in pole position this weekend. Knowing…
I made a pit stop in the birthplace of the Indy 500 and these young prospects were driving and kicking it into gear at a high level. Here are some of the top names in pole position this weekend. Knowing and understanding your role on a team is what can set players apart from the rest. Below are a group of guys that played their roles well and checked all of the boxes to help their teams be successful in Indy.
Will Spurgeon | 5-Star
Spurgeon is a smooth floor General who wields the ability to set the table for others and score via off-ball movement. The 5-Star guard was efficient in scoring in space more than not he found himself in the right spots. His consistent and quick jumper was on display and made for; pull-ups when ran off the line, open lanes when getting downhill, and balanced offense for 5-Star.
Ryan Baxley | Ball By Design
Baxley is a reliable guard who is most effective when pushing the tempo for BBD. His pace and vision in the open court made for; easy buckets in transition, defensive scrambles resulting in mismatches in the half-court, and free-flowing offense throughout the weekend. The vigilant guard has a knack for making the right decision and seeing the play before it happens. His high-level awareness at the lead guard position was on display as he proved to remain upbeat even when under pressure.
Thaison Martin | Chapman Basketball Academy
Martin is a high-energy player who gets it done on both ends of the floor. The CBA guard has a “never give up” attitude and leaves it all on the floor. His ability to shut down scorers and turn defense into offense was impactful. His activity in the passing lanes made for pivotal points in transition. The ball hawk was also impactful on the offensive end. He was lighting it up for threes and spacing the floor with scoring passes. He was making the defense pay with crafty one-dribble pull-ups.
Brandon Harper Jr | Chapman Basketball Academy
Harper Jr Is a do-it-all prospect at the wing position. His balanced attack consists of; driving and kicking to shooters, finishing over the top of smaller guards, and hitting catch and shoot threes on ball rotations. The sure-minded guard did his damage on the defensive end as well with his activity on the boards, leading the break and making high IQ decisions resulting in scoring plays. His commitment to being in the passing lanes was extremely impressive. Harper Jr displayed high school ready intensity which was contagious for CBA South.
Keshon Mims | Team Illinois
Mims is a wiry forward who impacts both ends of the court. The mobile forward has a great motor and rarely is the last man down the court. His hustle and intensity anchor Team Illinois’ defense. His hustle leads to chase-down blocks and stopping opposing teams’ fastbreaks in their tracks. The dynamic forward proves to be versatile on the offensive end; breaking down his matchup via dribble, using crafty finishes around the rim, and finishing through contact. The two-way wing has a growing offensive bag and a high ceiling going into the high school level.