Notes from Grassroots Tip Off Classic Part 1

C/O 2016 Deshawn Patterson (5’9, Point Guard, River City Reign)- During this tournament Deshawn showed his ability to run a squad and get everybody else going. Even though he can knock down shots of he is own he looked to pass very often and made good reads to put his teammates in the position to score. His on court communication with his coach and players is something that you love to see from a player that plays his the P.G spot. Deshawn also is a very fierce competitor, he doesn’t back down from any challenge and brings an enthusiasm to the floor on both ends and throughout the entire game.

C/O 2016 Jay Huff (6’10, Forward, Carolina Flyers)- Jay has a very high amount of potential , he can step out and knock down the three point shot and even though he has a slender frame at this point, he battles inside with anybody hes matched up with. He has good hands especially for a player his size and passes the ball well from the high post area as well as making good reads to pass out of the post when he is double teamed. Jay is definitely a player that will continue to progress and will be getting plenty of offers before it’s all said and done.

C/O 2016 Jordan Sheppard (6′, Point Guard, Team Vision)- Jordan has a very good IQ for the game, he displayed his IQ especially in pick and roll situations. He knows when to : pass, shoot, split the defenders, etc . when coming off the screen, which causes issues for his opposition that attempts to guard him. He has nice length and a floater that he makes with consistency, as well a midrange shot that he knocked with consistency. He’s not the fastest player you will see but he is very smart and knows how to change speeds and direction to keep defenders off-balance.

C/O 2016 Kendrick Baird (6’4, Forward, East Coast All-Stars)- Kendrick has a lot of potential and raw talent, he gets after it on both ends of the floor and has very high motor. On the defensive end he blocks shots and rebounds the ball very well, he sometimes can be overlooked because he is constantly doing the small things for his team that get overlooked. Also has good athleticism which he uses on the offensive end to get rebounds and finish plays above the rim

C/O 2016 Justin King (6’1, Point Guard, Fayetteville Elite)- Justin had a very good showing at the tournament, he displayed the full package of his game and also showed why he was such a big factor in Terry Sanford winning the 3A State Championship. Justin shows good patience on the offensive end of the floor and did a great job of getting his team into their sets, when he’s open he knocks down the outside shot with consistency. He also got to the basket with ease, and displayed nice athleticism + strength which helped him finish through contact and above the rim.

C/O 2016 Davion Mintz (6’4, Point Guard, Charlotte Nets)Davion had multiple high scoring games throughout the tournament, as a taller Point Guard he uses his height to his advantage by shooting over smaller defenders any time he wants. He also has good athleticism which was on full display as he threw down multiple dunks during the tournament. Even though Davion took on more of a scoring role for this event, he still looked to get his teammates involved and is not a selfish player at all. Numerous schools at the MM level have already offered and you can definitely tell why with the way he played at the event.

C/O 2019 Joey Baker (6,5, Wing, Team Felton)- Simply put, Joey Baker has star potential and is a young man that schools at the HM level should begin to track now, he knocks down shots from the outside at a high level but is not afraid to attack the rim at any time. His ball handling skills are advanced for his age and height, as well as his IQ for the game, Joey also protects the paint well by blocking and altering shots when guards come inside. He is somewhat slender at this point but that mostly due to his age and physically development so as the years go on he would more than likely add more muscle to his frame and has a chance to be a very special player.

C/O 2016 Raekwon Long (7’1, Center, PSB Select)- Raekwon displayed the full package of his game as well during this tournament, he did everything that you want from your center. He blocked shots, rebounded well, altered the shots that he didn’t block and finished plays inside when his guards got him the ball. Although he still has some raw areas of his game Raekwon played very well and was a huge part of the reason his squad performed so well through the tournament

C/O 2016 Ray Kowalski (6’3, Shooting Guard, PSB Select)– Ray can flat out shoot it, he has a very smooth shooting stroke and release his shot rather quickly so that defenders do not have much time to contest it. He also displayed a nice shot fake and a one dribble pull up jumper from mid-range that he knocked down with consistency throughout the event. He has as a solid frame and is would be classified as what I would call a physical defender as he makes his opponents work to get any type of free space .

C/O 2016 Eric Young (5’10, Point Guard , East Coast All-Stars)– Eric was productive for his team, especially in their game against the NC Blazers, he knocked down the trey ball with consistency and finished plays at the basket very well. He was just as impressive on the defensive end by applying constant pressure and coming up with numerous steals, Eric has good lateral quickness and quick hands that’s really makes things difficult for whoever he is guarding.








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