Tuesday, November 24, 2015

6-foot-10 Charles Bassey P2Ball.com #2 Prospect 2019 - Shows the Middle School World What the Next Level Looks Like with MVP Performance

Charles Bassey continues to impress claiming MVP honors in 1st HS Tournament

Many players come through the middle school ranks with aspirations of excelling at the next level, earning a high major scholarship, and a very select few have the dream and the requisite talent to make it to the professional level.
We are not talking about a 6’6 center who plays bully ball who doesn’t translate, we are not talking about a athletic wing with point guard size; we are talking about a 6’10 talent with a real shot at future stardom.  He hails from San Antonio, Texas by way of Nigeria – he has been in the states less than 6-months to date but has already made a name for himself on the national circuit by those in the know.
He is Charles “Big Ticket” Bassey; former coach and current basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla after viewing Bassey stated that “He takes your breath away”.  So one might think that with the influence of sneaker companies and the pull of powerful AAU club programs such a talent would be playing at a national power – to the contrary Bassey’s path St. Anthony Catholic High School in Texas, NOT the NY/NJ power one might first think when hearing the name.

Why does it sound crazy that such a talent be given time to adjust to a new country and a new culture before having to deal with the pressures of being a basketball star or the “next big thing”? The answer is rhetorical in nature – at 6’10, with a skill set, functional talent that transitions, a frame that is built for the game and begs to be further chiseled. Players like this who make sense can allow the 6-foot, 3-men and the 6’6 power forwards who have maxed out their size and keep adding to their youtube highlights opposed to their games to have all of the lights, cameras, and action their days are close to over and his is simply just beginning.

Charles was still playing soccer when he was 12-years old standing 6’5 and had never heard of youtube, camps, AAU, and had never touched a basketball for that matter. Now having had the opportunity to see him in person and understanding the circle, training, and group that he handling his development his time is clearly on the horizon. He will be a secret no more – as will be the case as the years go on at every level, new talent will emerge seemingly out of nowhere as grade school stars who believe they have already made it disappear into oblivion. Bassey calmly made his high school debut less than a week ago dropping a triple double of 20-points, 10-rebounds, 10-blocks in front of unnamed NBA scouts.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Lighting Strikes Twice - Meet The Show Runner 2020 PG Ahron Ulis; He's Up Right Now

Ahron Ulis, the younger brother of Kentucky’s PG Tyler Ulis; is a solid lead guard in his own right.  We like the size and length as well as his ability to score off the catch or dribble with three point range. We saw his ability to create his own shot especially when making decisions working off on ball screens.  He was verbal, communicated on both ends, and ran the team - even in a camp setting he got  teammates involved. 

Ulis has a tight handle with a variety of dribble moves that includes change of pace and directions on a dime – his continued work on a high level where he can constantly test himself and hone his skills will make Ahron one of the nation’s elite guards as well. Ulis has an excellent basketball IQ to go with his speed and quickness which is still developing and the ceiling remains high in this department as well – you see the wheels turning while he thinks through situations and makes plays. 

He competes at a high level and was consistent in every game when it came to production and taking care of the ball. Ulis can make a play at end of clock situations for him or others and hits free throws in clutch situations. He is a solid shooter mechanically and percentage wise; with range to 20 feet to go along with his sweet mid-range pull-up package. 

But just like big brother, Ulis passes the ball on time and on target, he get the ball to teammates where all they have to do is step in to their shot. We also loved the use of the shot fake to get the defender out of position before or after he picks up his dribble. He has the feel and style of a young Johnny Dawkins when you watch him operate. 

In transition he can be a one man fast break with his ability to push the ball at high speeds where he is always a threat to score the ball or drop off for an easy basket – the array of finishes will only be enhanced with added size and athleticism, the frame already has some intriguing length to work with in the future. Defensively he is quick enough to be disruptive on the ball with his active hands and quick feet.

So often the lineage of star siblings create pressure and unfair expectations – in this case Ashton is a star in his own right and has a certain set of tools that will impress scouts, entice colleges and universities, and a pedigree to achieve on the highest level.  After seeing Ulis this weekend anything less would be uncivilized.    

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Carolina Three Put on Show at MSHTV Camp: They are Good, They are Bad, and for the rest of the country its Getting UGLY

The Middle School Hoops TV weekend camp attracted players from all over the country; North Carolina was headlined by their Big 3; each represented their home state in their respective age groups putting in work over the two day event.

Jaden Springer (2020) - The more you watch, the more you like, when it comes to evaluating Springer. He is quickly developing the quintessential frame for the 2 or the 3 and the skills to boot. He is a very good athlete with deceptive speed and quickness off the dribble. His offensive game is polished as he can dominate his opponent in a number of ways. His jump shot is deadly in the mid-range, but it's not as proficient from the stripe as it could be – but that too is improving at a rapid pace each time we see him; primarily we are seeing the confidence to shoot it off the bounce and catch and it looks sound mechanically and he is getting into it in rhythm showing a natural stroke. 

However, his step-back space creation jump shot was borderline pro-esque. His fundamentals are very good and he always gets into a triple threat position before attacking his opponent. He can finish with either hand off the bounce with the left becoming more proficient – he is even looking to dunk in traffic and in transition. If a smaller and/or quicker defender gets into him, he has the savvy to post him up and attack. His pivot work in the paint area was smooth and he has a tremendous knack of finishing plays with contact. 

He moves well without the ball and there isn't any real wasted motion to his game. Overall, on the offensive end, Springer isn't your flashy highlight type of player, but the tangibles ie. the “skills that pay the bills” - efficiency and production are high-level and one of the best in class. Defensively, he picked up his man full court and with his length and feel, along with never ending motor makes him an outstanding defender now and will translate to the next level as we suspect him to be a multiple position defender as even in the worst case scenario with this young man we are clearly looking at a 6’6 athlete at worst; when that’s is your basement look for the nation’s top prep school to be soliciting him for his services come 2016.

Carter Whitt (2021) - Whitt is one of the unique individuals (Jason Kidd is an example that comes to mind) that has the ability to dribble with the ball as fast as he can run without it. He may not have blazing speed (he is deceptively quick), but he more than makes up for it with his ball quickness. It is rare in today's game of scoring point guards that a player at the position can impact a game to the extent that he does without having to shoot the ball. 

It is refreshing to watch his teammates sprint the floor in transition knowing that there is a good chance that their efforts will be rewarded with a scoring pass from Whitt. He has great court vision, has every pass in the book and he delivers it with perfect timing. He is a confident leader that seems to always make the “right play”; in today’s middle school game, high school for that matter there are very few that can be said about.

Every player in the country would want to play with Carter Whitt. He honestly can dominate the game by passing the basketball. He is the best passer that I have seen in the class of 2021 hands down. Carter also has great size, a strong handle and unbelievable court vision. He makes excellent decisions in heavy traffic and he delivers the ball to teammates while they are open not after the defense recovers. In transition he advances the ball up the floor on the pass or dribble. He plays with an open mind as he probes the defense and makes it pay as soon as he recognizes a mistake whether it be for himself or a teammate. He has leadership skills, excellent disposition, and the basketball IQ to run the team. He understands how to get open by using his size and providing the passer with a target hand when being denied. He passes over and around traps and double teams and he is great at using pass and shot fakes to move the defense out of position. 

He scores on mid-range pull ups and slashes in the lane. He must work to improve his perimeter shooting from distance but proved he can make the open shot trey ball with needed time and space. At the end of the game he wants the ball in his hands and has the confidence and toughness to make late game free throws. He is an above average athlete and but not the speedy lead guard that the “Youtube World” is accustomed to; but his feel for the game make him a special player and one that trantions well to the next level.  He has flair, swag, and a personality on the court mind you and he is one that can double – double it anytime out.  We are not talking about the Westbrooks or Kyrie Irvings of the world when describing STYLE of play with Whitt; he reminds more so of the likes of Mark Jackson, John Stockton, Jason Kidd with respect to his play – can’t think of a better 3 lead guards to be compare too than that and that is what makes Whitt special; he is a throwback.

Jaden Bradley (2022) – Bradley may be the most unique prospect in the country in the 2022 class; he battled Bryce Griggs to a standstill and their match-up and made his statement for nations best at the MSHTV Camp after MVP Honors in the Middle School All-American Game a few shorts weeks ago.

The lengthy wing with an incredible reach has quite the offensive arsenal. He is a tad unorthodox, athletically that is, but he did have a number of strong finishes in the paint area during the weekend. His versatile game can hurt his opponents inside and out. He doesn’t have a love affair with the 3-point shot, but it goes in more often than not when he decides to let one go. It's a deliberate release, but it has an excellent arc to it and it always lands softly. 

He can handle it well in the open court and his passing ability is very underrated. Although he can hurt his opponents from the perimeter, he can be a beast in the paint area as well usually finishing off offensive rebounds with high percentage put backs that in a few years will be resounding dunks. Due to his perimeter skills and up-fakes, he was able to get to the rim off the dribble on a consistent basis.
Although he often was by far the best talent on the floor, he played with a high motor and was just as dominant on the defensive end blocking shots and hitting the defensive glass. If Bradley can continue to develop a post-game-a jump hook would be nice-he will be a nightmare match-up at the next level a few years from now.  Where did he come from?  Who care he’s here now and he’s got next!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Marcedus Leech Answers the Call on the First Ring - -Nation: ANY QUESTIONS?

M. Leecch raanked #8 in the Country overall & #2 SG by P2bball.com

Marcedus Leech out of Missouri showed up to the Middle School Hoops TV Camp and put on a show the entire weekend, averaging an eye-popping 41.5 ppg - Leech is arguably the most prolific offensive player in the 2019 class and he operates with a pro-style offensive skill set; he possesses one of the quickest and most potent step back moves that we have seen at the high school level.  His is able to work into a jumper and/or off the drill when using it – his frame is prototypical basketball 2Guard and he has the tools, size, skill, and length that it will take to succeed on the next level.  He is fearless attacking any type of defense and has the ability to go on some amazing runs when he gets heated up. His advanced skill level and competitive drive set him apart from his peers as he seems to thrive when most others wilt with the game is on the line.

The elite two-guard impressed all weekend long with his toughness and athleticism from the guard position. He plays with reckless abandon on defense and is able to dictate the tempo with constant ball pressure; he turned more than his share of turnovers into easy baskets after coming up with a steal. He is a perfect fit in a full court up-tempo pressing style. Leech excels in the transition game using his explosive quickness to put pressure on the defense by getting the ball in a scoring area before the defense can get set. He is nearly impossible to stop once he gets up a head of steam. His frame can absorb a bump, and can still add weight while maintaining his athleticism and quickness, and still finish at the rim going over or through the opponent.  Leech qualifies as a bigtime dunker and finisher combine that with a silky smooth jump shoot – Leech is a threat from behind the arc, but rarely settles for a contested jumper and also work the mid-range where he can easily elevate over his defender to get any shot that he wants. We loved his energy and tenacity; the kid is a winner that loves to compete and he never stops giving his all on the court.  

Immediately after the big time performance from this weekend; Kansas University was contacted on his behalf and he has already been on campus to view practice – this is a realistic look for Leech with continued growth and physical maturity.  Marcedus Leech who attends Poplar Bluff High School, where he may be the team’s top prospect as a freshman is a player that you must keep an eye on as he has the potential to be one of the best in class when it’s all said and done – the kid is special and proved it all weekend long.

Stay tuned to P2Bball.com as we will be releasing the exclusive Leech mixtape from the MSHTV weekend in THIS WEEK!

P2BBall.COM 2015 - 2021 Top 100 National Player Rankings

1 Zion Harmon, 5'5,PG, Washington, DC 
2 Ryan Conway, 6'0, SG, Maryland 
3 Trey Patterson, 6'7, WF, New Jersey
4 Malik Thomas, 6'2, SG, California
5 Donnell Harris,6'4, F, Florida 
6 Tommy Anderson, 6'0, PG, Las Vegas 
7 Caleb Furst, C, 6'5, Indiana 
8 Seth Wilson, 6'1, WG, Ohio
9 Paris Dawson, 6'0, SG, Arizona 
10 Carter Whitt, 5'10, PG, North Carolina 
11 Jia Smith,6'4, F, North Carolina 
12 Jalen Hall,5'9, CG, Washington, DC
13 John Lawson, 6'4, WF, Tennessee
14 Jalen Blackmon, 5'10, CG, Indiana 
15 Rueben Fatheree, 6'5, PF, Texas
16 Zach Blackwell, 5'11, SG, Maryland 
17 Trevor Keels, 6'1, WF, Washington, DC
18 Khalil Brantley, 5'4, PG, Georgia 
19 Meechi Johnson, 5'7, PG, Ohio
20 Justin Ebor, 6'5, CF, California 
21 Jayden Brown, 5'10, SG, New Jersey 
22 Anthony Sayles, 5'9, SG, Illinois 
23 Latrell Moore, 6'0, WG, Texas
24 Noah Pebbles, 6'3, F, Ohio 
25 Patrick Baldwin, 6'2, CG, Illinois 
26 Malcom Dread, 6'2, WF, Maryland 
27 DJ Jackson, 5'9, PG, California 
28 Chris Ford, 6'2, F, North Carolina 
29 William Jeffers, 6'3, WF, Pennsylvania 
30 Keon Henderson, 5'9, PG, Michigan
31 Jaden Hameed, 6'0, WF, Ohio
32 Kennedy Chandler, 5'7, PG, Tennessee 
33 Jalen Smith, 5'8, CG, Florida 
34 Paolo Banchero, 6'0, CG, Washington
35 Julius Elerbe, WF, 6'2, Maryland 
36 Adrian Griffin Jr., WF, 6'2, Illinois 
37 Camden Blount, 6'2, F, Georgia 
38 Jacory Wallace, 6'2, F, Michigan 
39 Jadun Michael, 6'4, F, North Carolina 
40 Jon Soundheim, 6'3, F, Virginia 
41 Dallan Coleman, 5'8, SG, Texas
42 Rasheed Dupree, 6'1, WF, Virginia 
43 Brayon Freemen, 5'10, SG, Maryland 
44 Drake Booker, 6'1, WF, Las Vegas 
45 Chris Evan, 6'0, WF, Pennsylvania 
46 Kevin Miller, 5'6, PG, Illinois 
47 Khalil Farmer, 6'0, WF, Pennsylvania 
48 Zaire Wade, 5'8, SG, Florida 
49 Tristian Jefferies, 6'0, F, New Jersey 
50 Justine Williams, 6'0, F Pennsylvania 
51 Ariel Goddott, 6'3, C, Virginia 
52 Christian Moore, 5'10, Virginia 
53 Ahmad Harrison, 5'9, Maryland 
54 Zachary Williams, 5'11, F, California
55 Jaden Jones, 5'11, WG, Texas 
56 Marcus Moore, 5'11, WF, Canada 
57 Patrick Baldwin, 6'2, CG, Illinois 
58 Darius Johnson, 5'7, PG, Virginia 
59 Saveon Jackson, 5'10, F, Washington DC
60 Noah Rittingger, 5'9, PG, West Virginia 
61 Devin Martin, 6'0, F, Texas
62 Thaddius "Popo" Franklin, 5'9, SG, Florida 
63 Jalen Whiteside, 5'8, CG, Michigan 
64 Milos Uzan, 5'7, PG, Las Vegas
65 Malik Mossouri, 6'0, F, Maryland 
66 Travis Burress, 5'11, CG, Georgia 
67 Christian Clover, 6'0, CG, Pennsylvania 
68 Jalen Miller, 5'8, PG, Maryland 
69 Shane Dozonie, 5'11, F, New Jersey 
70 Elijah Hawkins, 5'2, PG, Washington, DC
71 Jermain Davis, 6'2, C, Washington 
72 Afombi Begonzi, 6'1, WF, Washington, DC
73 Willie Forman, 6'3, F, Tennessee 
74 Michael James, 6'5, Florida 
75 Al Fattir Connor, 5'7, PG, New Jersey 
76 Jake Koverman, 6'2, F, Maryland 
77 Jaylen Brown, 5'9, PG, Tennssee 
78 Tyrone Washington, 5'7, PG, Arizona 
79 Shane Nowell, 5'8, SG, Washington
80 Justin Hall, 6'3, C, Georgia
81 Jamari Jones, 5'10, G, Florida
82 Laquin Staton, 6'2, PF, Washington DC
83 Reginald Tinsley, 6'2, PF, Maryland 
84 Noah Clifford, 6'4, C, California 
85 Jaquan Harris, 5'8, PG, New Jersey 
86 Isaiah Thompson, 5'7, PG, New York
87 Tre, 6'2, F, Connecticut 
88 Makail Cottingham, 5'9, Ohio
89 Jalen Curtis, 6'2, F, Washington, DC
90 Michael Onyeukwu, 6'3, C, California 
91 Eric Williams, 6'6, C, Louisiana 
92 Zaakir Williamson, 6'3, F, Pennsylvania 
93 Dimitrios Stragalinos, 6'1, SG, California 
94 Keno Lilly, 5'9, SG, Washington, DC
95 Trey English, 5'7, PG, Maryland 
96 EJ Speight, 6'2, C, Washington, DC
97 Jack Courneya, 5'9, WG, Utah 
98 Andre Crawley, 5'8, PG, Maryland
99 Langston Love, 5'9, F, Texas
100 Trey Thomas, 5'7, SG, Washington, DC

He Aint No Joke; Bryce Griggs Dominates MSHTV Camps makes Claim for Nations #1 Spot

Byrce Griggs walked into the Middle School Hoops TV Camp with a reputation and is eyeing the #1 spot in the nation in this year’s 2022 ranking.  Watching the Texas native in person we were more than impressed; Griggs is a confident scorer that is in attack mode on both ends of the floor. He is a strong and physical wing that has not met a shot he didn't like or can’t make. 

A shot creator in transition that knows how to get the ball to the rim. A underrated athlete that can get into the lane at will with his craftiness, ball handling ability, and strength that allows him to dribble through contact and draw fouls. Griggs has great command of the ball as he kind of hops or skips when he is attacking off the dribble. He uses the hesitation, between the legs and spin moves to get by his defender. He likes too also bounce into a pull up jumper after one or two dribbles when he gets the defense on its heels with his quick first step. 

Griggs is an exceptional passer and makes excellent reads often seeing plays before the develop because he possesses excellent court vision and IQ. At times he will take chances with the ball by trying to make a great play in traffic and more times than not he is successful – his “highlights” are forced hotdogs plays rather they are fundamental right plays that are executed on a high level with a little flair at times. 

Showed a good three point shoot off the catch or dribble when he is set, we love the elevation, the high release and follows through. Also, Bryce does a great job of using the shot fake to lift his defender at the start and end of drives. Defensively he attacks the ball with active hands and he really works to stay in front of the ball handler in order to cut off scoring drives. Griggs proved to all in attendance that the hype is real and that he is a big time talent that can take his game to the next level when the lights are at its brightest.  He has a very serious, pro like approach to his game, he expects a lot from himself and those on the floor competing with him…he demands it; this demeanor and attitude will surely keep Griggs in the conversation for top player honors for years to come.