Here is Part 2 of the standout guards that were at the #BOTBFL Showcase.
Cayden Daughtry (5’7/CG/’27/Somerset Academy Canyons )
There were some tough guards at the camp, as you see in my previous article, but one of the most skilled guards in the building was Cayden. He is a creator off the bounce and can get his own as well as distribute to open teammates that he has created scoring opportunities for with his dribble penetration. He is an adept pick-and-roll initiator with three-point range and the ability to get to the line. He is crafty with the rock and with his finishes. Cayden can switch between being a scoring threat and a facilitator at the one, and he can slide over and be a flat-out scorer at the two. He is an emerging prospect that I enjoyed watching, and I look forward to seeing his development as he gets ready to step onto the high school scene. He was definitely one of the best at camp when it came to guard play, and what impressed me the most was his creativity in creating off-the-bounce.
He is an adept pick-and-roll initiator with three-point range and the ability to get to the line.Terry J. Drake
Kyroe Jordan (5’5/G/’27/Hawthorne)
KJ is a lefty PG that is shifty and can dance with the rock. He is a pass-first PG that excelled in orchestrating offensively. He plays both ends of the floor and brings a lot of activity when he is on the floor. Defensively he is quick with his feet, has active hands, plays the passing lanes, and harasses the ball-handler extensively. Offensively, he keeps the ball moving but is also good at breaking defenders down with the dribble and making plays for his teammates. He wasn’t the most explosive or flashy player, but he was a player that ball-handlers did not want to face and teammates enjoyed playing with because of his willingness to distribute the ball around.
KJ is a lefty PG that is shifty and can dance with the rock.Terry J. Drake
Lunden Knights (6’0/Wing/’27/Franklin Academy Sunrise)
Lunden must have thought he was at a party or a daycare as he was dancing with the rock and rocking defenders to sleep. He can flat-out score the rock and was a nightmare in iso situations. His scoring prowess was second to none as you couple his handles with his size, and the results were Lunden getting whatever he wanted when he wanted. When it came to scoring, he had the full bag open, and the scary part is that he has so much more to add to the bag over the next couple of years. There is not much to say about his scoring ability, but he can get it done at all levels and in various ways. I like his versatility and his positional size. As he continues his journey in the game, being able to use the attention that will be on him to make others around him better will be something he will need to add to his game. Keep your eyes on Lunden, as you will hear his name a lot more.
He can flat-out score the rock and was a nightmare in iso situations.Terry J. Drake
Miles Morrell (5’4/PG/’27/Victory Christian Academy)
Miles had a tremendous showing over the two days. He shot the ball really well from behind the arc and was one of the top shooters in the entire camp. He is a very unselfish player who knows how to facilitate and get his teammates involved. One of the fascinating things about Miles’ game is that everything he does creates opportunities for his team. He has excellent vision and passing skills and sees things faster than many of his peers. He is a PG that is trustworthy to handle the responsibility of being a floor general. He stands 5’4, which could be a concern as he gets ready for life in high school, but I encourage him to control what he can, which is his development as a player. He was hands down one of the brightest young lead guards in the camp.
Miles had a tremendous showing over the two days.Terry J. Drake
Falco Prophet (5’7/PG/’29/IMG)
Falco is a young prospect who could have been playing up one division at camp. He is a listed PG but is very versatile at his young age. He showed the ability to do a lot on the offensive end of the court with the ball in his hands. He is good off the bounce and finishes well at the rim; he can post smaller players and shoot the trey ball exceptionally well. I am excited about his development because he has so many tools that he utilizes now, and I can only imagine what he is going to look like in 2-3 years. He is definitely a name to keep an eye on as far as the 2029 class. In his age division, he was hands down the best player on the court and the most consistent and productive. However, as I do with all kids at this age, it is vital that he continues to stay in the gym and keep honing his fundamentals and developing the tools in his toolbox. But make no mistake about it, he is one of the up-and-coming in his class.
Falco is a young prospect who could have been playing up one division at camp.Terry J. Drake
Brandon James Wilkins (5’5/PG/’27/Allaphatta)
Brandon is a small PG but was getting to the paint and making some tough shots. He was not afraid to challenge the interior defense of opposing teams, and his attack off the bounce often led to confusion with defensive rotations. Brandon was at his best when he was slashing through defenses and infusing his teammate with his energy and effort on both ends of the floor. The 5’5 height listing might be concerning to some as he prepares for life on the high school level, but I encourage Brandon to stay focused on his development in the lab.
Brandon is a small PG but was getting to the paint and making some tough shots.Terry J. Drake
Josiah Gillard (5’9/G/’28/Foundation Academy)
Josiah caught my eye first playing with his class before having the opportunity to play a game in the 2027 division. The first thing that stood out was his aggressiveness on the defensive end of the floor. His wingspan aided him in being a defender, which made life difficult for ball handlers. Offensively he was highly poised for his age and played under control. I was really excited to see Josiah hit a defender that was closing out with a shot fake and one dribble mid-range jumper. That one play was an indicator of how he played the game, which is simple. He makes the right plays and plays with a good IQ. He was tough in the open court as he utilized the change of speed move to throw off defenders’ timing, then he often quickly accelerated, gaining the needed advantage so he could get to the cup. He took a slight step back when he moved up to the 2027 division, but he still played within himself and showed production.
The first thing that stood out was his aggressiveness on the defensive end of the floor.Terry J. Drake