Category: PLAYER REPORT

Standout Player: 2023 Ethan Blackman (BMM)

Ethan is 6’7 with a frame that can take contact and finish in traffic. Despite his size, he is deceptively bouncy and has good feet. He is quite good at facing up his defender and blowing by him to get to the rim. He can use a spin move as well to separate from the defense while getting to the basket.

He is a terrific passer and demonstrates a nice feel for the game. His jump shot is solid out to 15-feet and he has generally a soft touch.

During one contest he had his offensive skill set on full display as he had a game high 20 points in a variety of ways. He made two shots from 3 point range. He did the majority of his damage in the paint as well as mid-range jumpers.

He is a tough match-up.

He has been able to garner buzz with his play thus far this spring as we head into the summer recruiting period he will be a name that continues to get more coaches attention.

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Elite Defender: 2023 PG KeShun Brown (HoopLyfe Academy)

KeShun Brown played the KC Live Period as if he was trying to win the defensive player of the year award. In most situations of the evaluation period, it is more offensive and defense is sometimes optional. That is not the case with the 5’8 KeShun. He takes so much pride in his defense it is refreshing to witness.

He drew 9 charges this past weekend which was the most of any player. He is exceptional help defender and uses his speed to beat guys to the spot.

Defense is his calling card but he is not just regulated to one side of the floor.

He pushes the ball in transition and if he is not picked up he will be at the rim before some defenders cross half court. He can slash with his great burst of speed and break swipe attempts from reaching defenders in the lane and finish without any problem.

KeShun has a nice touch and body control. He can also penetrate and kick to open teammates with either hand while making a difficult pass look easy.

KeShun plays with energy and is a treat to watch.

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Top Passer: 2023 Giovanni Mack (Phenom Boys-PIP)

The 6ft PG is a true floor general and really shows leadership ability in running a team. He has really matured his game from playing an end line to end line type of speed paced game. He is now playing with so much poise and composure it shows the work he has put into his game.

Giovanni is a true leader and has the proper mentality to play the point and run a team. In addition, he has great vision and is a very good passer in the open floor.

He finished with a game high nine assist in one contest during the KC weekend leaving many watching in amazement at his passing and overall unselfishness.

His game seems to grow game to game as he is taking what his coaches are giving him and then executing on the floor.

He can really push the ball down the court and he gets wherever he wants with it. He gets into the paint at will and can get it to the rim with his athleticism and explosion.

Giovanni can score but I want to see him make his perimeter jumpers consistent all game along with making the 3-point shot so defenders can not back off him at all.

He is off to a tremendous start in AAU as I predict he will continue his solid play throughout the rest of the summer.

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Future Prospect: 2029 Ayomide Pinder (Gym Time Hoops)

One of the biggest surprises of the weekend was seeing a 2029 player on the floor for a 17U AAU basketball game.

At first glance, Ayomide didn’t look like a 5th grader playing high-level basketball versus players he looked like he belonged on the floor which he proved all weekend long.

I watched the entire game he played from start to finish witnessing him score double-figure points on a variety of moves and shots.

Although a bit small, he is very quick and athletic. Ayomide is a true leader and has the proper mentality to play the point and run a team.

He can really push the ball down the court and he gets wherever he wants with it. He gets into the paint at will and can get it to the rim with his athleticism and explosion.

In addition, Ayomide has great vision and is a very good passer.

He can also score but he may need to improve his perimeter jumper and extend his range out to the 3-point line so defenders can not back off him at all.

This is a prospect to continue to monitor as something very special can be in store in the not so distinct future.

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Standout Performer: 2024 Anthony Gause Michael Porter Jr. Elite (MPJ)

The baby face assassin. We were blown away with Anthony’s poise for the point guard position but also his scoring ability.

Anthony used his length, skill, and athleticism to dominate all weekend.

He averaged 20+ PPG during the weekend but scoring was all he did as he also contributed 11 assists as well.

He is developing into a better shooter who gets great lift and his release is solid. 

He’s an outstanding student (3.7GPA) and his performance (great competitor) on the court exemplifies that as well. He makes great decisions with the basketball in the open court and is a tremendous passer. 

I am excited to continue to watch the growth in his game going into and thru the summer as he seems poised for a huge session.

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