The Great Western Classic took place Wednesday, Oct 5th thru Saturday, October 8th. The event featured over 40 teams ranging from 2nd grade up to 8th. Here is a look at some of my standouts from the event. Charlie Cummard…
The Great Western Classic took place Wednesday, Oct 5th thru Saturday, October 8th. The event featured over 40 teams ranging from 2nd grade up to 8th. Here is a look at some of my standouts from the event.
Cummard is a Hooper. He was one of the tallest players on the floor but played a lot with the ball in his hands, showing terrific perimeter skills, including slashing and passing off the dribble. The Wing made enough shots, to be a threat from the perimeter, while overall showing off a versatile offensive skill set.
Rangy forward with good ball skills. He was at his best when he slashing to the basket. Afridi had a knack for finding teammates, showing the ability to draw two and kick. His faceup game was border line advanced as he did a good job of using jab steps to keep defenders at bay before attacking the rim. On the defensive side of the ball, he altered several shots, collecting a few blocks along the way.
Loved Tapusoa’s toughness. Saw him in one of the first games of the event, and you could see he was battling a few bumps and bruises. That didnt stop him from competing. The PG has a really good feel for the game and a little flash to go with it. He delivered a sick no look pass on Saturday to set up a teammate for an easy bucket. He has an advanced finishing game, showing the ability to make off hand layups using a same leg, same hand techique.
Cuff was so much fun to watch, his wiggle is advanced and he’s a willing playmaker. He did a terrific job of freezing defenders with hesitations, allowing him to attack the basket. The jitterbug PG showed a surprisingly good burst when attacking the cup.
Seufale was best low post player I saw. A big bodied banger, he showed good footwork and a soft touch around the rim. He was the biggest player on the floor, but he also was the best rebounder, cleaning the glass in volume for his Wolfpack club.
Livingston is probably going to make a few of my list, which is fitting as he was able to do several things on the court. He hit a three in the game I saw, showing the ability to stretch the floor. It was difficult to get an exact height, but he was one of the taller players on the court, using that advantage well when mixing it up for rebounds. Livingston has a decent handle for his size, showing glimpses of grab and go ability, several times going end to end to score.
I’ve seen Mulford a few times, and I knew he could shoot it. He really impressed me with his handle and finisng ability. Loved the aggressiveness he played with, Mulford is crafty and plays with a shiftyness that allowed him to get to the rim and finish, usually with a strong hand scoop. He also made the occasional 30 footer as a reminder of his shooting ability.
Knight is going on my all high energy team for sure. The forward, is a maximum effort guy that played with good speed and power. He didn’t finish every drive to the rim, however I liked the ease at which he was able to get there, and loved that fact that he would compete for the rebound if he missed. He has a good frame, and showed surprisingly quick second jump ability.
If I’m ever going to battle, I’m taking Grayson Mulford with me. The 4’7 PG is a floor burn waiting to happen. He was terrific giving max effort on both sides of the ball. Mulford got a ton of on ball steals, turning several into easy transition buckets for his team. He showed a little toughness taking it to the hoop, while relentlessley competing for every loose ball.