From the Sideline

David Rose MDC Impressions

Part 1

Best Player (In attendance)

6'7 '18 Landers Nolley (Team Loaded)

Landers Nolley created the most buzz the entire weekend at the David Rose MDC. Nolley is a silky smooth athletic wing that can easily score from all three levels on the court. We were impressed with his ability to score off the dribble and his consistency from the 3-point line. Nolley has a quick release and advanced ball handling and passing skills for his size/position. He is an elite scorer, but made plays for his teammates throughout the event. Nolley will be a highly coveted prospect and has a chance to play at the next level after his collegiate playing days are over.

Best skillset (In attendance)

6'5 '18 Trey Wertz (Team Loaded)

Playing along Landers Nolley, it's easy for a lot of players to get lost in the conversation. Wertz continues to make the next jump. Standing a lengthy and growing 6'5 frame, Wertz has really enhanced his ball handling and passing skills. While he is not an 'explosive' athlete, Wertz did a superb job of changing speeds, using the hesitation and stop and go dribble to get to the rim anytime he wanted. What impressed us was his ability to make the extra pass and find open teammates. He definitely set the tone for the team's unselfish play.

Stepping it up big time

5'9 '19 Lloyd Latta (Charlotte Nets)

In the David Rose MDC 16U championship game, the battle between Lloyd Latta and Team Loaded's Jalen Cone was spectacular. It was definitely worth the price of admission. Latta is a jet quick point guard that is difficult to contain in the half court. While he is super athletic and has the ball on a string, we were equally impressed with his high basketball IQ and understanding of the game. He made one winning play after another and we were impressed with his court leadership and poise throughout the weekend. Latta may have been one of the smaller guards, but man did he play with a big heart.

Scoring PG

5'11 '20 Jalen Cone (Team Loaded)

Listed a generous 5'11, Jalen Cone is blessed with tremendous bounce, athleticism and matching skill set. In one sequence, he was on the receiving end of an alley oop pass for a slam-dunk. On the next play, Cone dribbled down and stopped on a dime and elevated for his patented pull up jumper. For his class, there may not be a better scoring point guard that has mastered the midrange game as well as Cone. He has great elevation, extension and follow through on a picture perfect jumper. In addition, he is relentless in his pursuit of attacking the rim. He can score from all three levels and is one of the most difficult guards to contain for his age/grade.