Fayetteville, AR — The Collision in the Ville brought the competitive spirit out of everyone. This event was filled with thriller games, buzzer beaters, shocking upsets, high-speed talent, elite ball-handlers, deadly sharpshooters, unstoppable bucket getters, and dominant postmen. Here take…
Fayetteville, AR — The Collision in the Ville brought the competitive spirit out of everyone. This event was filled with thriller games, buzzer beaters, shocking upsets, high-speed talent, elite ball-handlers, deadly sharpshooters, unstoppable bucket getters, and dominant postmen. Here take a look at some of the most impactful game-changers from this action-packed weekend.
Tito Lazo | Olive Branch, MS | Point Guard | Team Clutch 2026
Tito Lazo put his stamp on each game with his dynamic playmaking capability. On the defensive end of the court, Lazo displayed amazing competitiveness, he did everything possible to make his assignment a none factor when playing on the ball. Lazo used his cat-like reflexes to spot every pass in the air before snatching it away, Lazo even had a game where he picked up 4 steals in one half of play, all by blasting through the passing lane and anticipating where the next throw would land. Offensively, the 5-foot-7 floor general picked teams apart with his electric open court speed, Tito was an absolute blur with the ball in the fullcourt and halfcourt, busting through defenses with a powerful and super explosive first step and shedding defenders with an elite change of direction and change of gears, showing the ability to turn the corner at a moments notice. Lazo also showcased an exceptional balance of scoring and facilitating. Master drive and kick artist, Tito’s passing may have been the most impressive aspect of his game. A pure dime dropper that can really make some jaw-dropping throws, zipping fast passes through traffic and hitting his teammates directly in their hands. Tito Lazo put fear in the hearts of defenders anytime the ball was in his hand, he played the game of basketball like a game of chess, always thinking three and four steps ahead, moving his pieces, and directing teammates on where to go with intentions of creating or opening up more scoring opportunities for everyone, including himself.
Savion Anderson | Memphis, TN | Shooting Guard | Bryson Warren United 2026
Savion Anderson quickly stood out as a confident bucket getter that can wear a team down with his natural scoring instincts. This eighth-grade prospect played with great control of the game and good pacing. Anderson kept his eyes down the floor at all times, giving him the chance to slow the game down or speed things up, showing a complete understanding of when to push the ball in transition and when to set up a halfcourt offense. Savion Anderson also showed a knack for getting to his spots on the right side of the floor for pull-up jumpers, easing by defenders with good shiftiness and throwing them off-balance with misdirection and change of pace dribbles. On the dribble-drive, Anderson’s phenomenal length at his position made handling, passing, and shooting the ball look easier than most when playing in traffic. Whenever Bryson Warren United 2027 needed a bucket the most, Savion was called upon and came up big, drawing contact and making an and-one layup play that gave his team a late-game victory.
Jaytee Johnson | Mustang, OK | Shooting Guard | I4 Thundercats 2026
Jaytee Johnson was one of, if not the most deadly, lights-out jump shooter of them all. Johnson got hot in a hurry and began to drill three-pointers in bunches, knocking down four straight long-range bombs on four straight possessions the first three coming from the same wing just slightly further back each time, two came off the dribble, the next one came off the catch, and then he hit another from the left corner off a spot-up jumper, showing tremendous upside as a pure shooting specialist, especially from beyond the arc. Johnson ended the first half with 5 made three-pointers in a matter of 3 minutes, but he didn’t stop there he continued his success into the second half where he just couldn’t miss and drilled at least another 5 trays finishing the game with 10 threes made in total with great efficiency. Jaytee had a pure shooter’s touch, he even received a lucky bounce every now and then, everything he touched turned to gold.
Karl Johnson Jr. | Conway, AR | Shooting Guard | Hooplife Academy 2027
Karl Johnson Jr. led Hooplife to a remarkable comeback, upset victory by making the biggest plays of the game on both sides of the ball, forcing on-ball steals, turnovers in the passing lanes, and backcourt violations. He continuously scored from his hot spots in the mid-range, he properly utilized pump fakes to get his defender off their feet, he attacked the basket in transition with a full head of steam, he drew countless timely fouls, and also nailed the free throws, all in the closing moments of the games leading to an insane ending to a hard-fought competition, Karl Johnson really saved his team in the second half of play.
Tristian Ladd | Moore, OK | Point Guard | Team Buddy Buckets 2027
This Buddy Buckets standout lead guard proved to be an elite floor general that played with a natural feel for the game, made others around him better, and understood how to run a team effectively. Offensively, Ladd made great decisions with the ball, everything ran through him first and any time Tristian was allowed to touch the paint he was able to make anything happen whether it was a bucket or an assist. Very savvy for a ballplayer for his age, smooth and unpredictable off the dribble, never knowing when he’ll shoot or pass. While watching Tristian Ladd play, you can’t help but admire his poise, he played at his own pace and never once allowed the defense to speed him up or get him out of character. Ladd seemed unphased by pressure and stifling defense, he consistently got to his spots, dribbled with his head held high looking to set a teammate up, and used his off-hand perfectly to keep space for a quick floater or dump-off pass. This kid was easily one of the best passers and ball-handlers in the entire tournament.