by: Ethan Reece

2025 Jack Sullivan (Carolina Riptide)You don’t see many guys in this age, especially AAU, that can impact the game so much without being a scorer. But Jack fills so many other roles for this team and shows no concern with anything except winning. He’s a tough gritty defender who plays with a high motor on every possession, irritating opponents. Their team is so evenly balanced as well with scorers that Jack stands in and runs the offense facilitating for others.

2025 Jackson Powers (NC Rise)Jackson has a really nice blend of characteristics between an old school big man with some modern basketball principles. He’s a bruiser inside that posts up, works with his back to the basket, and controls the paint with his rebounding. He works in today’s game as well with his ability to put the ball on the floor when needed, especially to escape trouble, and he has the confidence to step out to the elbow or top of the key and knock down a shot when the defense is crashing inside. He’ll be fun to watch this spring and going forward at Davie.

2025 Stephen Lamb (NLPB 336)From what I’ve seen this weekend and last, Stephen is on a mission this spring and has proven it every time out. His role is really as the stretch forward but he’s definitely the best playmaker on his team and is called upon to carry out those requirements consistently. He’s a deceiving athlete and has an array of moves he can put to use, whether it be spins, euros or fakes but he gets to the basket habitually with strong finishing touch.

2024 Nylan Battle (NLPB)Nylan’s a big bodied guard that’s not afraid to use his body and has the mindset to match that approach. His team likes to get out and run which plays to his strengths, as he consistently runs the court and crashes the glass and can put down tough finishes. I like that he’s lefty, which changes most defenders’ approach, and he really makes a point to not settle. He can hit the shot but he’s so much stronger getting downhill putting the defense in help situations.