Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Top National Talent on Display for USA National Select Team In New Jersey

Tyler Pearson (Center) Overland Park, KS:  Standing 6'8 Tyler is a naturally powerful with a strong frame and the potential to add plenty more muscle mass down the road, Pearson’s is also athletic and very fluid for a youngster of his size. He runs the floor very well, craves out space, rebounds well, and has very good shot-blocking instinct already at such a young age.

Whereas he is still learning the game, especially on the offensive end, his skills and understanding are very raw. His hands undoubtedly will get softer as he develops an offensive identity and figures out what his niche is going to be on that end of the floor.  The bottom-line for Tyler is that he's got all the physical tools to be a high-major prospect, most specifically size, and is one of the better young shot-blockers you'll find at this stage. Playing in the National Select system will only serve to advance his progression even more expeditiously. 

Keon Henderson (PG) Detroit, MI:  Henderson is a point guard with excellent quickness and natural PG attributes. He pushes the ball on the break where he can finish around the rim with a clear path. He will also not hesitate to advance pass after receiving an outlet pass. He has a nice feel for the game and smooth passer and a good open shooter including a nice rhythm dribble pull up and floater. He has good first step and likes to spin off defenders to complete drives as well. Henderson is also very good at turning the corner in pick and roll situations where he is a drive, draw and kick passer. Henderson is relentless on defense and is one of the best on the ball defenders at the position.


Jamonte Smith (CG) Roanoak, VA:  Smith is a smooth combo guard who can play either position. He has an overall solid game, he's not great at any one aspect but is good at a lot of things. He can shoot it with range to the 3-point stripe. He's a good athlete who has been trained in multiple aspects of the game at a very high level. Smith possesses a good basketball IQ and you can tell he's been well coached. Solid  rebounder and a good defender for his position; an overall solid prospect who projects to be a point guard as he gets older. He should turn out to be a very good high school player at the next level.

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