Sunday, April 26, 2020

STAB’s Justin Taylor is Central VA.’s Finest & National Top Prospect

Quietly class of 2022 standout Justin Taylor from Charlottesville’s St. Anne's-Belfield has already put himself onto the radar of multiple mid and high major colleges and universities.

The dead-eye, 6’5 shooting guard; Taylor was already invited to attend the USA Basketball Junior National Team Minicamp in Atlanta this 2020 spring/summer. Annually, the mini-camp feature’s many of the top prospects from around the country.

Justin is widely considered one of the top players in the country by multiple ranking and scouting services – ranking as high as #49 recently on 247Sports. Even though the actual camp is now in question due to the current situation across the country – it takes nothing away from his body of work which you can check out below.

When you see Justin take the floor the first thing you notice is his confidence as a shooter. He's a natural perimeter player who is a high percentage 3-point shooter. Taylor see’s the floor very well and can transition from scorer to passer easily.

He's got an innate feel for the game and is in constant motion on the floor, looking to make a play. Justin can shoot it off screens and off the catch and is an athletic enough finisher with size for the position.

He can pull-up or get to the rim and requires little space to get his shot off. Very unselfish and team oriented, high character kid who rarely turns the ball over – consistently making high IQ plays. What we like most is that he isn't afraid to play defense. Bottom-line he plays the game the right way and will be a valuable member to any college teams with his skill set which will only get better over the next two years.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Pennsylvania National Breakout Player of the Year: Savon Sutton

Quite possibly the best feature of Sutton a 6’4, class of 2023 PG’s game is how he always plays with an even keel. He rarely shows emotion and his overall decision-making is at an elite level. In addition, he is one of the few prospects in the country that brings an honest effort at both ends. He is a solid on-the-ball defender and he is even better as a help-side defender. He has gotten stronger finishing around the basket and his ball skills have improved as well.

He continues to displayed his ability to quietly dominate a games and he led his team in every major statistical category scoring, rebounding, assists, steals & blocks this past high school season - all while playing within his team's system.

The future NIKE EYBL guard does it all with a blue collar attitude and a high level understanding of how to play the game. He makes an immediate impact on every game, where his combination of toughness and basketball I.Q. allow him the ability to perform and give his squad whatever it needs that day.

There is a consensus among college scouts that what makes this kid special is his ability to adapt his game and figure out how to fill his teams needs that leads to victory; some nights it is scoring other nights it is a defensive stopper and then again it may simply be running the squad without turning the ball over. Although he may need to continue to improve his strength in order to transition smoothly to the high major level, he brings so many other positive intangibles to the table that he will find ways to contribute while this aspect is fully developed.

At 6’4 he has ideal size to operate as a big lead guard and the shooting, scoring and creativity to move down a number and carry the squad on the offensive end. Sutton already has several colleges inquiring about him but is tracking as a Power 5 Conference Player. Look for him to breakout this summer if he is ultimately able to step onto an EYBL floor.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Knasir ‘Dug’ McDaniel 2022 - Making Pure Point Guard Play Great Again

Knasir ‘Dug’ McDaniel’s is a powerful guard who is one of the nation's best, plays the way that a point guard should play while leading the defensive charge for his mates. He has very good quickness and handles the ball as if connected to his hand while being very adept at creating for both himself and his teammates as he shows tremendous floor vision and good passing ability off the dribble.

McDaniel places a great deal of pressure on opposing defenses by getting into the paint. Off of his penetration, he gets the ball to his teammates in places where they can score easily. He also has the strength and muscle to take contact at the rim, adjust in the air, and finish.

Although he is at his best in the open floor, he is still very effective in a half-court set. He has a wide array of dribble moves in his arsenal, but none more explosive than his right to left cross-over dribble. He is a versatile player inside the lane because he punishes rotating defenders with his passing ability, doesn't need much space to pull-up off the dribble, and is an excellent finisher inside for a player his size.

While being an adequate three-point shooter when his feet are set he will have to improve his jump shot range by fine tuning his mechanics - He is certainly at his best when picking his spots and letting the game come to him. What may be most impressive about ‘Dug’ is his work on the defensive end of the floor. While many of the nation's most talented players are disinterested in that side of the court, he is just the opposite. He is very aggressive on that end of the floor and has a unique ability to pick-up and turn the opposing ball-handler for the entire length of the floor. He is also an effective rebounder for his size and has no fear of getting in there mixing it up.

‘Dug’ who plays for the nationally ranked PVI program out of Virginia roles the ball out for the NIKE based Team Takeover and currently has high major interest from multiple schools with offers from Florida, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, George Washington, George Mason and Mt. St. Mary’s.

2023 6'8 Tyler Smith New Star of the Lone Star State

Tyler Smith stands 6’8 out of Texas, and will be running with Team Griffin on the NIKE Circuit when play resumes. Smith is a big and powerful combo-forward in the mold of former MSU Star Miles Bridges. He is explosive with very good body control, can make plays off the bounce, and is also a very underrated passer.

He is a beast in transition where his big body, combined with his top level athleticism, makes him incredibly tough to stop. He can also utilize his length and bounce in a half-court set, the ability to beat defenders off the dribble and finish around the basket. He has a good natural touch as a shooter, goes diligently to the glass on both ends, and has plenty of winning intangibles that have many considering him as the top player in Texas in the class of 2023.

Smith has a frame that oozes potential and one that scouts loves – he has extremely long arms and he is extremely bouncy. He can fill the lane and finish with authority or drain a 3-point shot. His shot is smooth and easy (gets great lift on his shot), once this becomes a consistent part of his game be will become extremely difficult to stop.

Keon Henderson 2021 Collects First College Offer - Many More to Come

PG Keon Henderson plays alongside the number one player in the country in the class of 2022 Emoni Bates. But the 2021 rangy point guard who has improved all aspects of his game recently collected his first Division I offer from Denver University.

Keon loves to push the ball in the open court; breakdown his defender and shows terrific vision – as a lead guard Henderson’s passing is special in the open court. He is an outstanding athlete who affects the game with his penetration, assertiveness, and IQ. 

College recruiters are saying Keon Henderson is one of the more intriguing prospects in the Midwest due to his perimeter skill set, energy, and motor. If his jump shot beyond the arch comes around, his upside is immense.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe Announces His Final 3

We will only have to wait a few more days to find out where the super talented forward from Orangeville Prep, Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe will be attending college.  Moncrieffe has announced he’ll be making his decision the Friday February 21st.  

It has been confirmed that he no longer considering any other schools outside of these 3 and his arrival at any of the finalist will make for a major recruiting haul for the respective institution. Each are an excellent fit and each present an opportunity for him to step on the floor immediately and contribute.  

Those who have not seen Matthew he is a very athletic wing who is wiry and stronger than he appears. He can beat defenders off the bounce and has an excellent mid range game. He can get to the basket on the break and in the half court set where he finishes above the rim. Moncrieffe can also hit the open three when his feet are set and in the flow. He welcomes contact and can finish with either hand and or draw fouls.

He’ll be a welcome addition to any of the rosters he finds himself on at the end of next week.