Championship Sunday is always the most exciting day for me, it’s a chance to see which players can still perform at a high level after competing in 5-6 games in a short time span. With that being said, here are the players who stepped up and stood out:

2020 6'6 Forward Trey Pittman – Wilson Elite 17U

Pittman displayed the ability to get the done by all means necessary on the offensive end of the floor. He has a textbook jumper, can really shoot it, rebounds well, and the ability to handle the ball. He caught my attention In the opening moments of Wilson Elite's match up with Team Wall when he grabbed a defensive rebound and drove coast to coast finishing with a beautiful euro step layup on the other end. At first glance I thought he was a big man, but he is more a 3/stretch 4 hybrid! Just happens to be the tallest player on his squad. Any player with his size and ability, coaches should love to have because he can be used in many different ways depending on the match up.

2019 6'4 Point Forward Darquez Flowers – 17U Team Premiere

I loved his game because he was the best player on the floor but he didn't make it all about him. He is physical at 6'4, a jack of all trades. He guarded the 1-4, played on the wing, but then also initiated the offense for a large portion of the game. An unselfish player, he didn't mind setting his teammates up or feeding his teammate who had the mismatch. Scoring wise he uses his physicality at the rim, and off the ball screen he showed he can pull up in the midrange.

2022 6'2 PG Korey Richardson – Upward Stars Southeast 15U

Upward Stars 15U won the 16U bracket, and the 2022 product Richardson was the head the snake for his squad. A young athletic pg, he can get out and finish in transition and in the half court he finishes at the rim ambidextrously. Also showed he can hit from deep in the championship game knocking down two first half threes. With the talent Richardson already possesses as he matures and gets better, he's guaranteed to be a problem these next few years. Showing he can run a squad, using his athleticism but also playing with pace. He can be legit!

2021 6'1 Combo Joshua Beadle – Upward Stars Southeast 15U

Joshua is athletic, active, and can score. He is fast and aggressive when getting to the rim. Also a lefty, he has a unique style of play. He knocked down 3 three pointers, showcasing a nice shooting stroke. The duo of Richardson and Beadle was dynamic all week for Upward Stars. He also will be a legit prospect giving his ability to fill the stat sheet up with ease.

2019 6'3 Guard Keonte Bradley – Team Wall 17U

Bradley is relentless, whether it's attacking on offense or defending. Bradley noticeably has quick hands on the defense end getting steals and deflections. Bradley brings passion to the game which is a joy to watch. He gets after it when he is on the floor, it won't be a question if Bradley plays hard. Top that with the fact that he can also score, he's a good get for coaches looking for a guard in the 2019 class.

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