Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Devin Hightower - Time to Give him R-E-S-P-E-C-T

The best “AAU Program” in the country MSE National Select is not an AAU program at all; so when you see a player suiting up for this group you must pay attention – enter Devin Hightower from Ohio who plays traditional club ball with the Oakland Soldiers; but most recently was sighted at the King James Tournament in Akron, OH playing with the USA National Select Team a year up!

Hightower is a big/strong combo that is also a terrific play maker and underrated scorer. He has shown the ability to attack the rim through contact on the break and in the half court set. Hightower has the ability to simply overpower smaller guards and out quick bigger ones. When Hightower gets his shoulder by a defender on a drive he usually scores or sets up a teammate.  We also like his prowess to advances the ball in transition and convert buckets efficiently in the paint area with either hand. Again, he has very good court vision and is proficient locating open teammates with a very high rate of success and often in prime scoring position. Defensively, he has the potential to be a lock-down defender with his strength and lateral quickness.

Devin was not afraid to run his team and was one of the youngest players on the floor in the King James with a top 2019 squad; he earned the respect of his teammates through his team play and effort.  Devin Hightower is clearly one of the most underrated players in the class of 2020 mainly due to his unselfish nature and his sincere desire to make those around him happy.  In this “me first world” of competitive basketball Hightower is a breath of fresh air; he is the last of dying breed – the consummate teammate.  In the right system he could operate as a primary scoring two or as a playmaking one; why? Because he is coachable and his primary focus his winning – what a concept huh?

When the opportunity presents itself to see Hightower as the primary focus the nation will find that he is a great player in his own right. Stay tuned as Hightower’s best days are in front of him and will be here before you know it. 

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