by: Ethan Reece
2022 Caden Fitzgibbons (NC Spartans)
Whether in transition or the half court, Caden was getting to the basket. He relentlessly attacked, utilizing his long frame and quickness, not to mention his effortless ability to elevate and play above the rim. He capitalized on a lot of opportunities created by his defensive activity as his team set up their full-court pressure. His natural athleticism and fluid control of the ball allow him to be such a strong finisher.
2022 Isaiah Ramanazi (NC Spartans)
A key position on the court is the 6th man. Isaiah was the ultimate 6th man this morning, playing his role to perfection. He knows what his team needs and how to provide it. Played with a lot of energy, operating as a ball-handler and good decision maker while providing a strong scoring threat as well spotting up from deep or penetrating the lane.
2022 Tajahri Cave (WS Lions 2.0)
You rarely see guys that get after it on the defensive end as much as Tajahri did in a convincing Friday morning win. A pesky defender that knows how to move his feet and stay in front. Just his defensive presence alone makes him an intriguing guard, going after every loose ball. But he also leads the offense on the other end as the primary ball-handler and does a good job of using his body, staying balanced to finish or pull up.
2024 Zain Mahmood (Bounce Elite)
Zain not only had one of the most physically mature frames to display, but he did it against 2023s. Naturally strong and with great feel for the game, he moves so well as a big and sees the court. Showed the ability to put it on the floor and finish or knock down jumpers, was loud and talking it up on defense
2022s Omari Bryson and Jalen Burnett(Next Level SC)
Hard to mention one without the other as they form a very formidable backcourt duo. Both guys were unstoppable in a hard fought win over a solid Carolina Gaters. Whether it was spotting up, pulling up or getting to the basket, these guys were simply shotmakers. They know how to put the ball in the hole and both play with a high IQ, finding each other and feeding big man Lawrence Bartee
2022 Jackson Helms (Carolina Gaters)
If there was a loose ball or shot going up, Jackson was going to get it. Made so many effort plays that you just can’t teach, all about wanting it. Created a lot of second-chance opportunities in the first half for others, then came alive in the second half getting to the basket and making threes. Best rebounding guard I’ve seen so far