The Great Western Classic is one of the top West Coast youth basketball events. Hosted by recruiting legend Tim Davis, the event takes place Thursday, Dec 8th thru Saturday, Dec 10th at Nets on Fire in St George, UT The…
The Great Western Classic is one of the top West Coast youth basketball events. Hosted by recruiting legend Tim Davis, the event takes place Thursday, Dec 8th thru Saturday, Dec 10th at Nets on Fire in St George, UT The event featured over 80 teams ranging from 4th grade up to 8th. Here’s at look at some of the top point guards and point forwards from the event.
I initially did a double take turning on the film, as I didn’t remember Richins being the smallest player on the court when I watched him in person. Then I was quickly reminded why, as the little guy started making some big shots. Richins showed a nice burst and the ability to get into the lane. Despite his size he showed an advanced understanding of angles being able to get shots up over taller opponents for layups.
Ross should come with theme music. The jitterbug PG hit more than his share of moves, buckling a couple of ankles and hitting one opponent with a ridiculous 1-2 in and out dribble. In addition to the handle, he has good shooting ability hitting a threes in catch and shoot situations and off a little bit of pre shot movement.
I had to create an entirely new category for Moike. He is a big physical body, yet he makes such nimble passes. Watching him live you get an idea of his willgness to find open teammates and his understanding of when and where to deliver the ball. What impressed me most when watching on film was his ability to deliver dimes on the move, without getting called for the charge, a feat not necessarily that easy of a player of his size.
I was really excited to get another look at Kaufusi and learn more about his game this weekend. I learned two things, he’s tough and has a lot of pure PG skills. Playing through some bumps and bruises, I thought he did a good job of facilating the offense, not allowing the ball to stick for ODE. He has a good looking stroke on his jumper and showed that he can get paint touches on drives.
Thank goodness for the film from the 7outz Network this weekend. Pack jumps off film almost literally and figuratively. The jitterbug PG seemed to always be moving even in dead ball situations. He was more than energy, as his actions led to buckets on the offensive end. Pack knocked down threes and showed the ability to get to the hoop, play through contact, and finish drives. He has good PG instincts, getting the ball out of his hands to hit teammates ahead of the pack.
I like to call Monroe the human press breaker, as the PG seemed to always be being double and trippled teamed in the backcourt. To his credit, he did a remarkable job of beating the pressure more than a few times. He has good speed, and showed the willingess to create for others once he broke into the frontcourt. He displayed good knowledge of the game and a strong PG IQ, hitting teammates with on time on target passes.
I really liked Koskie’s overall game. He has some grab and go ability mixed with some outside shooting. The point forward could have easily made the game easy for his teammates, with his ability to throw them open for easy layups. He was a threat scoring as well, as he walked into his share of three point buckets from the top of the key.