5’10 ’23 Matt Kirby (Team Push)
There are numerous underrated pieces for Team Push, including Kirby. He’s truly as smart and fundamentally sound as anyone on the roster. Kirby is an excellent defender with the quickness, anticipation, and positioning to constantly harass opposing ball-handlers. He forces turnovers at a nice rate, pushes the break in transition, and understands how to set up others with consistency. Though undersized, Kirby really shined through his IQ, toughness, and decision-making.
6’5 ’23 Kaleb Hedgepeth (Team United GSO)
It’s easy to appreciate the balance put forth by Team United GSO, and Hedgepeth is a massive part of their overall identity. He’s a strong, skilled, fairly athletic forward prospect with a well-rounded game and quality feel on both ends of the floor. Hedgepeth showcases useful offensive versatility, and is capable of causing matchup problems for opponents. He rebounds well, pushes the break in transition, and finishes nicely around the basket. His game continues to blossom.
6’2 ’25 Ty Sanders (Carolina Riptide)
While there were plenty of contributors in this showing, it’s difficult to ignore everything Sanders brought to the table. He’s a smooth, reliable shooting threat from midrange or beyond the arc, but also makes plays off the bounce for himself and others. Sanders displays great vision and looks to set up others whenever possible. He moves well without the ball, rebounds effectively, and makes his presence felt defensively.
5’10 ’23 Micah Jones (Strong Center)
There are quite a few enticing floor generals on display, and Jones might be as impressive as anyone in the building. He’s smart, heady, and very tough with the necessary quickness to overwhelm opponents on both ends of the floor. Jones handles the ball well and tends to get wherever he wants off the dribble; he consistently locates the open man and makes the corresponding pass. He scores the ball as needed, but primarily looks to set up others and harass opponents at the point of attack.
6’1 ’23 James McCreary (NC Spartans)
Though somewhat unassuming at first glance, McCreary is a legitimate player and true gamer who really knows how to compete on both ends of the floor. He’s a polished, efficient three-level scorer who can cut, spot-up, or create his own shot off the bounce. McCreary is extremely tough and plays through contact at all times. He can set up others, defend his position, and rebound bigger than his size. McCreary is the type of guy who people would rather play with than against.
5’11 ’22 Johnakin Franklin (Carolina Riptide)
As the lone unsigned senior on this roster, Franklin continues to showcase a game worthy of attention from next-level coaches. He’s a fairly balanced guard with the ability to apply scoring pressure and find ways to set up others. Franklin utilizes his quickness to make his presence felt defensively. He also possesses a nice midrange pull-up and makes solid decisions with the ball in transition.
6’2 ’23 Gavin Bullock (BSA Supreme)
After recovering from an injury for most of the travel ball season, Bullock seamlessly returned and immediately stood out as a difference-maker. He’s a natural glue-guy who plays much bigger than his height would imply on both ends of the floor. Bullock is fairly versatile and can comfortably operate as an interior or perimeter player based on matchup. He shot the ball well, made extra passes, and consistently made hustle plays in this showing.
6’7 ’23 Kahlif Barnes (New Light Disciples)
Accounting for all of his performances this weekend, Barnes is definitely among the most productive players on display. He’s a big, strong, mobile post prospect with the necessary blend of toughness, athleticism, and low-maintenance to cause a ton of problems for opponents. Barnes applies nonstop pressure as a finisher, constantly running the floor, positioning himself for success, and finishing whenever possible. He’s also an elite rebounder and the type of guy who can carve out a role with basically any team.
6’3 ’22 Tyson Bombick (NLPB 803)
The NLPB 803 group continues to perform at a notable level, and that includes Bombick—who seemingly couldn’t miss from beyond the arc in this showing. He plays hard and understands how to operate within the framework of the team structure. Bombick willingly makes hustle plays, looks to set up others, and works hard defensively.
6’0 ’22 Asil Hoyle (Team EAT)
There are a lot of useful pieces on this Team EAT squad, and Hoyle is quietly shining as a prospect worthy of attention from college coaches. He’s a fairly balanced offensive player, offering solid ball-handling, passing, and ability to score from all levels. Hoyle displays nice feel and understands how to make reads with the ball in his hands.