Here is Pt. 2 of the Summer Final outstanding players:

Ibrahim Wattara 6'6' '20 NY Rens Gold (Mount Saint Michael Academy NY) ' I caught the Rens Gold team twice over the two days of the event and after the first one I was intrigued by Wattara. The odd thing is I misidentified him because he usually runs with the Rens 2020 group and the number he was wearing had a name attached to it that was roughly his height. Early on Sunday though I looked through the score sheets based on a conversation I had with Norm Eavenson of Middle Atlantic Scouting Service and lo and behold Wattara was playing up so I watched him a little closer in his afternoon game. He had a scintillating 19pts getting to the basket with athletic moves and good body control including a sweet reverse with a defender hanging on him though no foul was called. His short game from a jump shot perspective is real good as he hit a couple pull ups in the paint and an off the bounce runner along the baseline. He rebounded well getting 5 in the contest and he has a mean streak on the defensive side hounding opponents inside and out which I like. He still needs to work on his handle and passing skills but he has some serious upside.

Quentin Metcalf 6'7' '19 Global Squad Japan ' In two games at this event Metcalf really impressed with his inside out game and his good motor allowing him to make plays from knocking in a three to blocking a shot on defense this young man, who I was told goes to school on a military base in Korea, can definitely play the game. The Global Squad group had 6 teams here and joining Japan was Australia, China, Denmark, UAE and a USA group and the talent level is actually pretty good. Metcalf to me was a slight cut above as he was physical inside grabbing close to 10 boards a game and playing tough defense while blocking a couple shots for good measure. His offensive game was solid as he could get to the basket and finish with strong straight up drives thru contact yet was nimble enough on the perimeter to knock down a few treys with a smooth looking jumper and he surprised me with his ability to throw touch passes to open teammates for scoring opportunities. One of the Global coaches told me that generally the American youngsters that appear on these foreign rosters head for Prep School when they return home. Metcalf has been abroad since he was 9 yrs. old as I was told but I know of one D-1 coach who would take him as a 2019 recruit in a heartbeat.

Matthew Anderson 5'11' '20 Virginia Premier (Loudoun County HS VA) ' In a 16u quarterfinal contest on Sunday morning I expected to find a player or two from NX Level Grey from NY and I did but the young man who stood out to me more was Anderson an unassuming looking kid with an even keel killer game. I was impressed by his workmanlike demeanor as he controlled tempo and dished off multiple deft passes that led to scores. When he wasn't dishing the rock he was scoring it with a smooth and feathery jump shot from deep. He finished with 19pts 7asts and banged home 5 treys in a 70-68 triumph to earn a semifinal berth. His fearlessness in the face of mounting desperation pressure as NX Level battled back from a double digit deficit was a thing to behold. He is thin and could definitely use some upper body strength but this kid is a basketball player that makes winning plays and you can never have enough of those guys.

Jeremy Montrose 6'0' '21 NX Level Grey (St. Francis Preparatory School NY) ' I knew I would find someone I liked on this team and Montrose fit the bill with a no nonsense approach and a motor that seemingly had no off switch. They listed him as a SF but he played like a PF getting inside to get his points (19pts) with brutish force and the strength to finish or at least get to the line. He had multiple offensive rebounds in the contest and at times he just stole the ball from a Premier player who got a bit careless and went in to score or dish it to a weakside cutter. His rebounding skills were uncanny as he showed good positioning to box out and also unique timing to slice in and beat his man to grab the OR as he grabbed at least 11reb in this tilt. Passing wise he had several nifty feeds to his teammates and wound up with 4asts by my count. He was tough on defense being able to slide laterally to keep opponents from establishing position in the post and quick enough on the perimeter to defend an outside shooter with really good close out skills. He doesn't handle it great and that may be a direct correlation behind him playing inside but he's young and has time to improve on that particular skillset.

Christian Clover 6'2' '21 K-Low Elite (The Haverford School PA) ' A few weeks ago I was told hatClover was going to have surgery for a back problem but in viewing his play in a game last weekend and the two games I saw here in the 15u semi's and final it did not appear to me that he's having an issue and I couldn't get any further info so I have to believe that this might be something that is a possibility but not definite. In the two games as I mentioned his play was really really good as he scored it at all three levels going for 23pts 2 treys in the semi and following that up with 18pts 2 treys in a double OT loss to We R1 in the final. He has a solid shot with a quick release that he is comfortable shooting off the dribble as he has excellent body control when driving the ball then pulling up from midrange or closer. He has a smooth baseline move that he uses to get to the basket as opponents have become wary of his pull up abilities. His handle is already good and getting better and while he sometimes is ball dominant he can find open teammates with crisp passes. He also can get in trouble when he leaves his feet prematurely, which a lot of young players do, and this causes him to force some passes that end up as turnovers. Defensively he is rather opportunistic getting steals in the open court by picking off errant dishes and he is strong enough to pressure ball handlers and force them off stride. I'll keep track of this surgery talk as he is poised to play a major role in the Fords attack this coming HS season.

Darrius Davis 6'4' '21 ITPS Wildcats (Teays Valley Christian Prep WV) ' Davis earned Class A 1st team honors in the WPIAL in western PA last year at Propel Andrew Street HS as a frosh but recently announced he was transferring to TVCP in West Virginia. Watching him perform in the 15u semi's vs. a strong K=Low team I came away impressed as he led his team with 19pts 2 treys and lots of hustle plays so he'll be missed in the PIAA. Davis was active inside for most of the contest grabbing tough rebounds and making acrobatic twisting layups to keep the Wildcats within striking distance in a game that neither team could mount a decisive run and that saw K-Low survive 52-49. His outside jumper was a little off kilter in his shooting motion but it generally found iron with a chance to drop in but his at the basket shots were smooth even thru contact. He helped bring the ball up vs. pressure and ran the floor with a fluid gait with the skill to cut on a dime like a wide receiver in football. Defensively he was also very good as he used his long arms to disrupt passing lanes and his strong frame to keep opponents from getting comfortable. Despite the setback Davis acquitted himself very well and I may have to trek to WV to check on his progress this season.

Gary Brooks 5'9' '20 Role Model Elite (Red Lion Christian Academy DE) ' Throughout this 16u title game their were players for this team I liked such as 6'3' '20 Donovan Mack (Tower Hill School) and 6'1' '20 Nasir Brown (St. Elizabeth HS) that I liked but for some reason I kept coming back to Brooks, the coaches son, who clearly was the engine that ran this group. He was instrumental in leading a second half comeback to secure the chip at the Summer Final. Being the shortest guy on the roster he showed a big heart in running this collective as he got into the lane with his strong handle and great use of the angles he needed to penetrate and make plays. Those plays might be straight drive layups or the tried and sure dish for a basket after he drew the defender to him and poof! Ball out of his hands teammate thanking him for the pass. He showed a real easy release from the perimeter as he knocked down 3 treys on his way to 19pts. His defensive intensity helped to keep his teammates focused as he showed real moxie in getting up in guy's wheelhouses and forcing them to commit several turnovers and poor plays overall. I know Delaware gets overlooked at times because it's a small state but there is talent there and while some of it may be raw it's worth a look see for sure.

TaQuan Woodley 6'7' '21 We R1 UAA (Sts. Neumann-Goretti Catholic HS PA) ' This South Jersey native probably should have played more as a frosh but N=G still won their 5th straight state title with Woodley playing a complimentary role. That will change this year of course and his play this spring and summer portends to a huge increase in production and prestige for the talented youngster. In leading his squad to the 15u chip in double OT Woodley had 16pts but his real value in this game was the intangibles he brings on a nightly basis. While he has excellent touch around the basket and shoots it at a high percentage it's the little things he does that helped this team to that chip. He is a subtle passer that can hit the diagonal pass with surprising accuracy for scoring opportunities for his mates. He is a reliable screener that will give up his body and absorb the contact to free up his teammate. He is an excellent shot blocker for one so young and he does it with quickness and leaping ability as well as succinct timing. He rebounds the ball on both ends using his lithe frame to squeeze into tight spots and out jump his opponents and he can box out effectively and get the carom with an explosive first jump. He also plays really good defense as he can disrupt passing lanes with his long arms and quick feet but he also can body guys in the paint and he challenges everyone who tries to bully him at the rim. His shot blocking prowess is really good of course so that helps. This young man is definitely a must watch talent that is worth the opportunity to catch him in action.

Special shout out to K-Low Elite Blue which captured the 17u championship with a fine effort from multiple players as they finally won a tourney after 4 semifinal losses and 3 quarterfinal ones as well. This team under HC Justin Scott got better all summer long and this was a well deserved ending to their Grassroots careers. 6'6' '19 Khalil Turner (Sankofa Freedom Charter HS PA) had a great season but he had a lot of help from guys like 6'3' '19 Rodney Carson Jr. (Girard College HS PA), 6'8' '19 Keeshawn Kellman (Perkiomen School PA), 6'4' '19 Tahj Campbell (Mastery Charter North PA) and many others as they ended the summer live period on a high note. This ends our coverage of the Summer Final.