The lunch break was much needed fuel for everyone and this next group of standouts found their second winds in my afternoon standouts!
Greensboro, North Carolina- You guessed it yes we’re still rocking here at Proehlific park and I’m still holding things down on court two! We’re over halfway through these games and there has been a lot of drama in several nail bitters recently, the morning was dominated by guard play.
The afternoon however is headlined by two big men that stole the show for their respective sides.
6’8 2020 Alex Holt (Team Phoenix Elite)- Truly a walking double double at this stage, Holt showed poise around the block, he’s a reliable low post scorer on the block and can really anchor the middle. Holt finished with a double double in his first game that included 12 points and a number of rebounds on both ends.
Holt has a polished back to the basket game and advanced footwork, he understands positioning and will bury his man on the block. Holt can also step out and knock down the three point shot, Holt has a high motor and he runs the floor better than the average big.
6’8 2020 Cheick Traore ( Charlotte Aces)- Traore came up huge in an overtime victory over a talented Charlotte Royals side in a battle between these two QC rivals. Traore is a real glass eater, he gets nice lift off the ground, and his high motor and length make Traore a serious problem on the boards
Traore was the strongest player on the floor, and he utilized that strength to embed himself deep in the paint. Traore has added some new moves to his post game which allowed him to carve out space for some clean looks, Traore remains an above average shot blocker as well capable of locking down the paint area around the basket.
6’3 2020 Quame McClendon (PSB Elite Brim)- A Strong stocky built wing prospect, defenders seemed to bounce off McClendon when he attacked the cup. McClendon got going early with some quick buckets in transition, he’s a tough matchup in space off the bounce, McClendon is shifty and utilizes the entire floor.
On the drive McClendon strands his man on the hip and explodes to the basket, he also flashed the three point stroke. McClendon can finish with either hand at the rack, he showed impressive body control evading defenders on his way to the rack.
6’1 2019 Themus Fulks (Team Phoenix Elite)- Fulks has been a walking bucket since I’ve had the pleasure of watching him, and well before I’m almost certain. Fulks is a menace in the paint, he’s quick and has real twitch evading and euro stepping defenders.
It’s obvious Fulks has put in some overtime work on the jumper, he looked streaky shooting the rock from mid range and beyond. Fulks typically a score first guard also looked comfortable making decisions in pick N roll sets, he carved up defenses and took whatever they gave. Still unsigned at this stage, low level division ones and all division two’s should take a very good look here.