The East Coast Basketball League has announced the 2018 All-Star Rosters as they head into their conference playoff championships this weekend.

Southern Conference

Chris Moore – Prime Time Players
Terell Smith – Prime Time Players
PJ Heath – Prime Time Players
Anton Grier – Carolina Crusaders
Sam Dotson – Carolina Crusaders
Trey James – Carolina Thunder
James Richardson – Carolina Thunder
Alex Brown – Carolina Thunder
Mike Couvson – Augusta Eagles
Daniel Quarles – Augusta Eagles
Octreyvius Roebuck – SC All-Stars
James Murray – Charlotte Tribe

Northern Conference

DeShaune Greene – Hampton Roads Warriors
Caleb Henderson – Hampton Roads Warriors
Robert Pinkston – Petersburg Cavaliers
Kenard Moore – Winston-Salem Certified
Marsharee Neely – Winston-Salem Certified
Jamarr Hardy – East Carolina Cardinals
Kendall Ham – East Carolina Cardinals
Will Griffin – NC Coyotes
Corey Evans – NC Coyotes
Danny Sanders – Hickory Hoyas
Justin Glover – Hickory Hoyas
Avery Patterson – Rowan County Bulls

The ECBL All-Star Game for 2018 will be live streamed on NetCast Sports on June 30, 2018.


Well, you really couldn’t ask for a better opening day for the BCBA Summer League – at 6:30pm, Greensboro Day will tip off against High Point Christian Academy, two national level basketball programs who are already loading up for a solid 2018-19 season.

In a double header, will live stream today’s games, including not only the GDS/HPCA match up, but also Calvary Day vs the BCBA All-Stars at approximately 7:30 pm. The live streaming sports network will also live stream several games from the league on June 19. Games for this year’s summer league are played at Calvary Day. There are games played over the next two weeks on multiple days with area high schools.

By Alex West

The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament is over, but some of the 64 seniors who came out to play made a big impression on NBA and international scouts over the four days.

Most NBA people I talked to said that this was the most talented field they had ever seen in Portsmouth, which is quite a feat considering six players from last year’s tournament were selected in the 2017 NBA Draft. Naturally, the success of last year’s field was an encouraging sign for many players who were hoping to snag an invite to the Combine next month. So it stands to reason, if this the best field, more of these players would play in the NBA than in any previous tournament.

But who will make NBA rosters next season? Here are seven players who have the skills and the resumes to do just that:

Jaylen Barford, Guard, Arkansas

Jaylen Barford was a revelation for me. I had seen the Arkansas Razorback senior play a few times during the season and his physicality had always stuck with me, but seeing him in person took that to another level. Barford is built like a halfback and uses his athleticism and strength to get to the rim, even through contact. He is a great shooter who can knock down NBA-range threes, even off the dribble. Most teams are no doubt aware of what the 6’3 202-pound point guard will bring to the table, but after averaging 19.3 points per game and bringing home the tournament MVP, he is likely getting a second evaluation from many teams who need a strong, high-energy scoring guard to bolster their bench.

Kendrick Nunn, Guard, Oakland

Kendrick Nunn had one goal in mind for the PIT, show scouts he was a scorer who lived up to his reputation. And after averaging a tournament-high 20.7 points per game, he seems to have done just that. Nunn’s performance had everyone in Portsmouth buzzing and a few scouts I talked to even said Nunn might be worthy of a mid- to late-second round selection, and would 100% be on a Summer League roster this July. One of the big weaknesses in his game was his defensive effort (which could be downright lackadaisical at times during his senior season in Oakland), but he was locked in and showed some nice perimeter defense, even creating a few steals. He will likely receive a Combine invite, which will only strengthen his stock heading into the draft.

Kenrich Williams, Wing, TCU

Prior to coming to Portsmouth, Kenrich Williams was already making appearances as a second-round selection on a lot of mock draft boards. After a bit of a slow start in his first game, he played well averaging seven points and eight rebounds, although he was probably a lock to attend the combine no matter what his showing was at the PIT. He is a tweener who can guard two to four (he registered two steals per game during the tournament) and will be a potent rebounder and three-point shooter, as well as a threat in transition.With a strong combine showing, it is entirely possible that he can play his way into the early second round.   

Jeffrey Carroll, Wing, Oklahoma St.

Jeffrey Carroll knows how to play basketball; he has a high IQ and always puts himself in good position on both sides of the ball. This knack for being in the right place at the right time was really on display this week as Carroll proved himself to be a potent transition scorer, filling the lanes and knocking down threes for his team. He is a solid team defender with an NBA ready body who has shown he can play well as a part of a system and is a reliable shooter who moves well without the basketball. Seniors like Damyean Dotson and Josh Hart earned their playing time for similar reasons and there is no major hurdle for Carrol to clear to find himself in the same successful situation.   

Gary Clark, Forward, Cincinnati

Gary Clark is in a similar boat to Kenrich Williams in that he has already shown up in a number of mock drafts. While his PIT showing wasn’t spectacular, the former Cincinnati Bearcat forward and AAC Player of the Year has a substantial resume as a quality player, leading the NCAA in Box Plus/Minus and Win Shares per 40 minutes. He is a proven shot blocker, although his length may prove to be a weakness in the NBA and a hard-nosed rebounder who can serve as a rim protector and small ball defensive workhorse.

Justin Tillman, Forward, VCU

Justin Tillman is a throwback center who LOVES to show his toughness around the basket, both as a scorer and rebounder, averaging 18.3 points and 13 rebounds per game at the PIT. He showed a nice touch with both hands (particularly a very nice righty baby hook, which was his go-to move) as well as an advanced understanding of using his frame to create space. He isn’t an overwhelming athlete and at only 6’7 he might struggle to function as a fulltime five, making it hard to nail down where he will fit best. But his high motor and general grittiness will be hard to overlook for teams who are looking for a forward who can play in the low post.

Kyle Washington, Forward, Cincinnati

Like his Cincinnati teammate Gary Clark, Kyle Washington is a quality defender who is a threat to block shots all over the court. While he picked up a few early fouls in games this past week, he was still was effective in getting a hand on several attempts as well as altering several more. He also showed an impressive offensive game, averaging 16.7 points per game and knocking down three triples to go along with his 10.7 rebound per game, making him an enticing combo forward who can protect the rim in small lineups. But Washington is EXTREMELY left-hand-dominant and will need to develop even a rudimentary ability to score with his right or opponents will force him away from his dominant hand.


Loaded Portsmouth Invitational Field Kicks Off 2018 NBA Draft Process

By Alex West

The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament is just around the corner. Over the past few seasons, players such as Robert Covington, Pat Connaughton, Royce O’Neal, Josh Huestis, Bryn Forbes (which is to say, players who will be contributing significant minutes during the playoffs) have all cut their teeth in Southeast Virginia.

The tournament, with invitations extended to seniors only, gives scouts an opportunity to have a final look at some prospects before the draft process begins in earnest with the NBA Combine next month. A few players from this year’s list have already crept onto Mock Drafts the web over, and are looking to cement a higher selection; others hope to show they have the skill to make it onto a Big Board. Here’s who to watch for, when the tournament kicks off next Wednesday:

Keenan Evans, G, Texas Tech

The Red Raiders made a deep postseason run this year and Evans was a huge reason why, averaging 18.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting (38.5 percent from three-point range). He is a shot-maker who isn’t afraid of the big stage, perfect for a team looking for a spark plug for their second unit. He is extremely adept at drawing fouls, getting to the line 241 times this season (6.7 attempts per game, 18th in the NCAA) and is a maestro scoring out of the pick-and-roll (1.134 points per possession, 97th percentile).

Despite running the offense for most of his junior and senior seasons, he only averages 3.2 assists per game, prefering to get the job done himself in most situations. He will need to show his ability to control the flow of the game and set the table for others to truly catch on in the NBA. He also had an injury toe that plagued him for much of Big 12 conference play. The full extent of the injury is unknown, but sources close to the situation revealed after the tournament loss the toe was broken ( The accident injury help from an expert from Mike G Law was needed. While the situation might be well in hand, lower body injury concerns are always red flags for NBA teams. And they try to hire best Ithaca Lawyers, to make all necessary procedures to protect themselves form some bad career effects.

Jaylen Adams, G, St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure’s Jaylen Adams might not be a household name for casual college basketball watchers, but the Atlantic 10 co-Player of the Year made fans sit up and take notice with his scoring barrage during conference play this season. The point guard poured in 21.2 points per game and posted an impressive 123.9 offensive rating while shooting an impressive 43.6 percent from three on 6.1 attempts per game. He is an elite tier spot-up shooter (1.333ppp 98th percentile) and is proficient pushing the ball in transition (ranking in the 91st percentile in points plus assists at 1.553), both skills that can make him a valuable contributor at the next level.

But Adams has a high hurdle to overcome, or perhaps I should say a height hurdle. Standing only 6’1” and lacking elite athleticism will make NBA life tough for the Bonnies’ star. He will need to showcase his ability to defend larger players as well as run a pick-roll-offense with lengthy defenders in his face to find a coveted backup point guard role.

Gary Clark, F, Cincinnati

The 2018 AAC Player of the Year, Gary Clark has an NBA-ready skill set. He can shoot threes, play defense, protect the rim, and run the floor making him an ideal small ball four (or super small ball five). This season, he averaged 12.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.1 assist to go with 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks and lead the Bearcats to a two-seed before their unceremonious Round of 32 exit against a frisky Nevada squad. Clark is incredibly effective in transition (1.388 ppp, 93rd percentile) and can give his team a boost in second-chance buckets (1.34 ppp, 85th percentile), two underrated areas for bench players to contribute. He is also an advanced stats darling, leading the nation in defensive rating (81.6), defensive win shares (3.5), and box plus/minus (15.5).

The real issue for Clark is his lack of a defined position. He has the body of an NBA three and the skill set of a four or five, making it difficult for the 6’7” forward to make a strong case for a high draft position. However, with the success of players like Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (another 6’7” hustler for the Brooklyn Nets) playing both forward positions, he may find a successful niche because of his high-energy play style and defensive versatility.

Zach Smith, F, Texas Tech

Another Red Raider making the list, Zach Smith might be best known for his insane, SportsCenter-leading dunks:

And with good reason. The 6’8” power forward can jump out of the gym and is a legitimate threat to put opposing players on a poster both in transition and in the halfcourt. A broken foot cost Smith much of his senior season, but he was an effective defender, allowing only 98 points on 125 possessions (0.784 ppp, 76th percentile) this year. If he can continue to defend this well, especially in isolations against other forwards, and can continue to run the floor as a threat in transition, he will find a place as a rim-runner.

The obvious concern with Smith stems from the foot injury which sidelined him for a good portion of January and February. He is an incredible leaper and foot concerns have robbed highlight real dunkers of their lift since time immemorial. He looked fine for Texas Tech to finish out the season and a strong showing at the PIT might give NBA teams a lot of hope for the future.

Kenrich Williams, F, TCU

In his senior season at Texas Christian, something unlocked for Kenrich Williams: his passing vision. He was always a decent passer for a wing, but this season he has made that a central part of his resume, tallying an impressive 3.9 per game. He spent a lot of time initiating the offense at the top of the key and created looks the way a point guard would, by dragging defenders toward him using the dribble. He has a very high IQ, finding cutters and shooters all over the floor, and can even run a pick-and-roll as the ball handler. On top of his ability to initiate, he is also a tenacious rebounder at a 15.7 percent rate, better than probably top five selection, Jaren Jackson Jr.

While he can do a great many of things on the basketball court, Williams is not a great scorer in his own right. He will have to rely on his spot up shooting ability (39.5 percent from three on 3.6 attempts) and his offensive rebounding (2.8 per game) to get points. He is also one of the older prospects in this draft, turning 24 early in his rookie season. Teams might shy away from his unique skill set in favor of a younger, more malleable prospect.

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In an effort to expand on last summer’s popular USA Basketball 14U National Tournament, USA Basketball today announced the launch of the 2018 U.S. Open
Basketball Championships. This youth initiative is intended to add opportunity, standards and quality to the
youth basketball environment.

Offered through USA Basketball’s Youth Development division, the U.S. Open Basketball
Championships is an inclusive tournament structure in which existing basketball tournaments meeting USA
Basketball approved youth development standards will serve as qualifying events for the 2018 U.S. Open
Basketball Championships. The qualifying process will require teams to compete in one of the USA Basketball
certified tournaments throughout the United States. Leading up to the U.S. Open Basketball Championships, it
is expected that approximately 3,000 teams, 36,000 players and 6,000 coaches will take part in the selected
qualifying tournaments across the country.

In addition to following established development standards, the U.S. Open Basketball Championships
will require all coaches to possess a valid USA Basketball Coach License.
The top two finishing teams from each group and division of a qualifying tournament will earn a bid to
enter the U.S. Open Basketball Championships. For information on player eligibility or to register a team for
pre-approved qualifying events, visit

The 2018 U.S. Open Basketball Championships will consist of six groups of play: eighth grade boys,
eighth grade girls, 13 and under boys, 13 and under girls, 12 and under boys and 12 and under girls.
Additionally, each age or grade category will offer two divisions to provide for varying levels of
competition and ability. The Stars division will be offered for established and competitive club teams that
regularly compete regionally and/or nationally. The Stripes division is offered for newer and/or locally based
recreational teams seeking compatible competition.

“The game of basketball continues to grow in popularity both here in the United States and globally. As
the national governing body for basketball in the United States, USA Basketball is fulfilling its responsibility to
promote and develop the game, to provide opportunities for competition, and to set standards for youth
basketball. The U.S. Open Basketball Championships, and other complementary initiatives, are based on
common standards so that we can continue to enhance the integrity, safety, and enjoyment of the game,” said
USA Basketball chairman, retired General Martin Dempsey. “The U.S. Open Basketball Championships’
competition structure is designed to be inclusive and impart proper youth playing standards throughout the
United States. By providing boys and girls and their coaches with quality playing options, USA Basketball can
help ensure that young players and their coaches will experience the game in fun, safe and developmentally
appropriate environments.”

The 2018 U.S. Open Basketball Championships for qualified boys teams will be held June 30-July 3,
and the girls championships will take place July 19-22. Both the boys and girls championships will be hosted at
the Pacers Athletic Center at Grand Park located in Westfield, Indiana.

USA Basketball is accepting applications from event operators interested in hosting a 2018 U.S. Open
Basketball Championships qualifying tournament at:
The U.S. Open Basketball Championships will incorporate youth basketball guidelines established by
joint working groups developed by USA Basketball and the NBA, which can be found at In 2016, USA Basketball and the NBA partnered to established three expert
working groups focused on health and wellness, playing standards, and curriculum. The joint working groups
developed the first-ever youth basketball guidelines aimed at improving the way children, parents and coaches
experience the game, with a specific emphasis on promoting player health and wellness.

Nike is an official partner of USA Basketball’s Youth Development division, which is tasked with
developing youth basketball initiatives that promote, grow and elevate the game.

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The bigger story coming out of Monday night’s game between the Duke Blue Devils and Miami Hurricanes concerns the health of freshman Marvin Bagley. However, let the issue with his shoulder not cloud the fact that the super-freshman set yet another program record. Continue reading “Marvin Bagley breaks yet another Duke record with his latest outstanding effort”


By Brandon Blakney

The first week of January is upon us again which means two things, a new year and the return of the annual Hoop Cities Invitational!

This years field is stacked with a mix of programs from the Triad and the Queen City set to battle it out on a four game slate. Let’s settle in and preview the matchups, along with some key players to watch!

Liberty Heights vs Westridge

Hoop Cities is kicking things off with a bang two of the top emerging programs in the Hoop State will slug it out.

Both programs are relatively new to the hoops scene but they’ve established ground quickly as both squads boast multiple division one prospects. These teams met last season and the Cardinals of Liberty Heights edged the Golden Knights by one point.

Liberty Heights may be more battle tested than anyone in the field, they play a brutal national schedule. This group features a loaded backcourt with tons of versatility, their guards play multiple positions which allows this talented trio to play towards their strengths.

Westridge, (10-4), also boasts a talented backcourt but the Golden Knights play more of an inside- outside game. This group is coming off consecutive losses in the Western Kentucky Hoops Classic, and we expect Coach Lowe’s group to come in hungry to compete.

Players to watch

Liberty Heights

6’5 2018 Michael Wynn (ECU commit)

Wynn is a dog and over the last several months his stock has exploded through his play on the Adidas Gauntlet as well as his recent play with Liberty Heights.
At 6’5 he’s got great size for the point guard position Wynn utilizes his length and explosiveness to finish over defenders at the rack. Wynn is a natural playmaker; not many guards see the entire floor like this kid, Wynn always looks to advance the rock and make the extra pass, Wynn is also a knockdown shooter from deep the defense will be burned if caught slacking.

6’0 2018 Chris Martin (unsigned)

Martin is the most important piece of this roster due to his versatility and his role as the ultimate X- factor on both ends.
Whenever this group needs a bucket Martin is the guy and he wants the ball in the final seconds with everything on the line. Martin continues to prove he is one of the top remaining guards in the 2018 Cycle; Martin has a dangerous first step off the dribble, in the lane Martin is a crafty finisher and posses the floater all guards must have, Martin is also an exceptional rebounder at the guard position his ability to crash boards is underrated. Martin really gets after it defensively as well with quick hands and nice footwork he wreaks havoc on opposing ball handlers. Martin’s recruitment has picked up late and he’s caught the eye of several division one programs.

6’0 2019 Davier Dixon

Dixon has really come into his own this season it’s obvious the combo guard is playing with big time confidence.
With the skills to truly slot in at either backcourt spot Dixon is a combo guard in every sense of the word, he can fill it up or create for others depending the personnel on the floor. Dixon transferred into the Cardinals program last year and took some time to get adjusted, but now Dixon understands his role and embraces it. Dixon can be a spark plug with his instant scoring ability, Dixon is unselfish with the rock and looks to make the right basketball play. Currently the Junior holds an offer from Southern Miss but expect that list to grow.

6’3 2019 Caleb Burgess

Long and rangy guard, the bigger the stage the better Burgess performs it’s been fun to watch his progression this season.

Burgess loves the game and plays with passion everytime he laces up, currently Burgess has offers from Hampton and Winston- Salem State. Providence and Tennessee have also shown interest in Burgess’s services. Offensively Burgess is a three level scorer; Burgess is usually one of the best shooters no matter who’s on the floor, when he sees the ball go in Burgess can really heat check it, Burgess strong finishing ability and precise passing make him a pick N roll maestro.

6’7 2019 Zach Shumate

A new school finesse forward Shumate is a key cog in this rotation his shooting ability opens the floor up for these quick guards.
Shumate is a true stretch four he might be the best shooter on the team and that isn’t a knock to anyone, this kid can seriously stroke the leather. Shumate has added depth to his game recently and looks more comfortable on the dribble drive. Shumate is sneaky athletic and he could prove to be a mismatch knightmare for the Cardinals.

6’8 2018 Steven Randle

Randle could be the best long term prospect in this contest he’s got major upside in a game that caters towards bigs who can shoot the ball.
Randle is already an all around solid forward; Randle has added range on his jumper , he looks confident spotting up on the elbow, and down low Randle is a load he finishes strong with either hand. Randle’s mix of length and explosiveness off first jump should earn him shotblocker and rebounder at the college level. Randle holds several D1 offers currently and whoever signs this kid will get an immediate contributor on both ends.

Walkertown vs Greensboro Dudley

Two teams in different conferences and divisions, not completely familiar with one another in their styles of play.

Walkertown (8-5, 3-1), comes in on a three game win streak, the Wolfpack feature one of the top sophomores in the state at point guard. Coach Kevin Thompson has a deep basketball pedigree and it seems he’s got all this talent on his roster clicking together in the new year.

Dudley (10-3, 2-1), is a proud basketball program with a rich winning tradition, the Panthers come into every contest expecting to take the opponents best shot. For years Dudley has been in the upper echelon of Greensboro programs. This year the Panthers rely on senior leadership and experience. Dudley is a disciplined group and they will scrap every possession, they will make the opponent work for every bucket.

Players to Watch

6’0 2020 Jalen Cone

Cone is a top five prospect in all major NC service rankings and heavily considered a top 50 prospect nationally in the class of 2020.
In his sophomore campaign Cone has been near unguardable no matter who’s checked him, Cone is coming off one of the greatest performances in Frank Spencer tournament history. In the three- day winter classic Cone scored 107 total points. Virginia Tech is one of his several offers, Kentucky has already had Cone on campus as well and the Dennis Smith comparisons continue to grow.

6’5 2018 Tim Boulware

Boulware hasn’t been a huge name on the recruiting radar there isn’t much intrigue for 6’5 power forwards, but this dude is a gamer for sure one thing you can’t measure on paper is heart.

Boulware is the defensive anchor for the Panthers down low and he plays bigger on the boards than his height gives. Boulware has soft hands and nice touch around the rim he could have a big day matched up with this thin Wolfpack frontline.

WS Prep vs Faith Christian Assembly

The hosts of the tournament Ws Prep (7-3), come into this contest red HOT after winning the prestigious Frank Spencer Winter Classic.
Prep is another group fueled by guard play, this group of perimeter players is truly exceptional. Coach Gould has his group amped up to defend their home court and easy wins don’t exist in the Phoenix’s gymnasium, Faith Christian Assembly better be ready for a dog fight.

Faith Christian Assembly (2-8), haven’t won a contest in several weeks, so they will be come into this one starved for a win and with nothing to lose.
The Lions have have competed hard through their gauntlet of a schedule, they kicked their season off in late October with a trip to Mouth of Wilson, to take on hoops powerhouse Oak Hill Academy. Added in with some of the top prep programs in the Carolinas the Lions have played a slate worthy of anyone.

Key Players

6’2 2018 Daivien Williamson

The ETSU has played out of his mind so far in a big senior season, Williamson has already landed hardware his school had never seen after his MVP performance drove WSPA to their first Frank Spencer title.

One of the most polished all around scorers in the entire state Williamson is simply a walking bucket. Williamson has gotten better every season and this year he’s averaging 21 points per game, a true gym rat, Williamson doesn’t just rely on natural ability he’s a student of the game. In front of his home crowd we expect a big game, this is another step in the quest to that elusive state title.

6’2 2018 Justice Goodloe

Goodloe “The Point Guard” is the unappreciated engine of this offense, this backcourt doesn’t work without him he’s the stability.
This kid is a true pass – first point guard and in a generation where they’re a dying breed, Division one’s should be pulling the trigger yesterday because Goodloe’s stock is buy now. The “pass first” label isn’t a knock on the offensive ability, Goodloe is a capable double- digit scorer but understands he’s surrounded by scorers. Goodloe leads the Phoenix in assist with seven per game game.

6’3 2019 Marvin Reed Jr

Reed comes from a basketball pedigree he’s the son of a coach and truly understands the game, he leads by example with his toughness and non stop motor.
Reed is one of the better perimeter defenders in the Bull City and he truly relishes strapping up on the opponents best players. Reed understands his strengths and doesn’t force the issue offensively, he’s also an above average rebounder at 6’3. Saturday the Lions will need a game on both ends from their team captain!

Reynolds vs Independence (Charlotte)

The nightcap of the event pits two very proud programs against one another in what be a clash to remember!
Reynolds (8-4), may be playing their best ball of the season right now, the Demons are riding a three game winning streak and the momentum of a title run in the Pepsi Bracket of the Frank Spencer.

This group took some lumps last year but they’ve grown a year older and have gained serious confidence as a unit. Coach Billy Martin is one of the most respected basketball minds in the triad, the Demons are well coached, disciplined and play hard for one another.

Independence ( 12-1, 4-0), come into this showcase ranked fourth in the Hoop State and boast a absolutely loaded roster.

The Patriots loan loss came at the hands of a talented Carmel Christian team back in mid december, it was a clash of queen city titans and it was decided in the last minutes. Since then the Patriots are back to rolling, Coach Preston Davis and his group have won their last three contest by double- digits.

2019 6’3 Mysta Goodloe

Goodloe is a key reason for the Demons run of late he earned all tournament honors at the Frank and, on the season he’s averaging career highs in almost every major statistical category.

Goodloe’s game looks sharpened all around he’s been playing both guard positions on the Wing, Goodloe is has improved on his decision making with the rock and he’s been on fire from deep.

2018 6’6 Larry Borland III

Borland is the Demons best player and has been a reliable inside presence all season for this group.
It will be interesting to observe the matchup between he and the Patriots big Matt Smith, Borland is a straight glass eater on the boards on the season he averages six boards on the year. Borland is a strong finisher down low and he utilizes solid intangibles and athleticism to flourish offensively, this season he averages 16 points per game.

2018 6’5 Jamarius Burton

When you talk about stock risers I’m not sure any player on the list tops Burton, the 6’5 combo guard has had a breakout senior year and the recruitment trail has become friendly.

Burton has improved on perimeter shooting and paired it with his natural athleticism, at 6’5 Burton is a natural slasher and an explosive finish off the bounce. Burton is a strong physical guard, this season he’s distributed the rock more efficiently than ever as well. Hofstra is the latest to show strong interest and they will be in the stands to see Burton Saturday.

2019 6’6 Matt Smith

Smith is the beast in the middle for Independence he averages a double- double on the year and no one has really had an answer for him. Smith is quicker than most bigs and he’s extremely athletic, he runs the floor fluently and Smith usually beats his man down in the open floor.
Smith is also a natural shot blocker on the defensive end, he’s averaging almost three blocks a contest! Burton will bother majority of the shots he doesn’t swat away and his length and vertical could cause serious issues for the Demons guards.