J.P. Tokoto, SF, Wisconsin Playground Warriors – It was just an explosive weekend for Tokoto. He was able to get out in transition quite a bit, and on Sunday playing against tired bodies his dunking and athletic exploits were on display in a big way. Tokoto led his team to the tournament title, and rattled the rims at Indiana in the process. Still needs to work on the skill game, but athletically he is equal to any prospect in the country.
Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin Playground Warriors – Before going down with an injury Dekker was probably the best player in the entire tournament. In a morning win he was simply unreal passing, shooting, playing defense, and getting to the rim. At his size with his skill level he is a tough match up, and Dekker is always playing hard. An ankle tweak ended his tournament early, but Dekker made a big impression when he was healthy.
Tanner Plomb, PF, Wisconsin Playground Warriors – Without Dekker on the floor, Plomb really stepped up. He is a skilled forward who can really shoot the basketball. In a blowout win over Eric Gordon, Plomb was on fire from three, and then on hard closeouts he drove by his guy and got to the rim. Not the biggest or most athletic guy, Plomb knows how to play and has an excellent skill set.
Ray Lee, PG/SG, REACH Legends – Lee had another solid outing. He can get to the rim almost at will, and also has the ability to make shots in the mid-range. A very good athlete, Lee should be an excellent defensive player as well before it is all said and done. His outside shot was okay in this one, but things were mostly going to the rim where his lightning quick first step makes him tough to handle.
Jodan Price, SF, REACH Legends – Price is a long armed shooter with good size, and absolutely no conscious about missing a shot. He hit a few threes, showed that he is very capable of stretching the defense. Also Price showed that he can take an ill-advised shot or two. If he can do a better job with his shot selection, then his shot making ability will standout even more.
Zak Irvin, SF, Eric Gordon All-Stars – It was a very good day for Irvin. He stepped up on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. With a solid handle, a nice ability to make shots, and long arms Irvin has the tools to be a very good player. Now he just has to learn to be consistent with his effort. However on Sunday he brought that to the table and was more consistent with his play. Irvin had a good showing at proved that he is more than capable of producing on a consistent basis.
Collin Hartman, PF/SF, Eric Gordon All-Stars – Would still like to see Hartman do more than be a spot up shooter, but there is no question that the kid can really shoot the basketball. At his height it is definitely a weapon, and he had games where his shot was really falling. Hartman's next step is to find a way to create for himself, but with a great release, he is a more than capable long distance shooter.
Demetrius Jackson, SG/PG, MBA Select – A very athletically gifted guard, Jackson looks comfortable on or off the ball. It is clear after multiple viewings now that he is far more comfortable going to the rim as opposed to shooting from deep. His outside shot wasn't falling on Sunday, but still he was productive using his strength and athletic ability to create opportunities off the bounce. Also Jackson shows a desire to defend, and with long arms and nice athleticism he could be a lockdown guy at the next level.
Justin King, PF/SF, Meanstreets – King is a bit of a role player on his team, but he stepped up big on multiple occasions. At the moment offensively he is all interior, so he is undersized, but has long arms and is very active to go along with being fairly athletic. He will need to develop more wing skills or grow, but there are things to like with him for sure.
Tyler Wideman, C, Meanstreets – Easily the most productive player at the 15 and under level was Wideman. He is a man-child on the interior and someone who is always playing with a high energy level. Wideman struggled at times from the foul line, but it was his ability to finish through contact as well as rebound that really allowed Meanstreets to dominate the tournament. He is limited some going forward, but Wideman is already savvy down low, and as his body gets into better shape he will be tough to handle.
Drake Harris, SG, Meanstreets – Harris wasn't his usual completely dominant self on Sunday, but part of that had to do with the fact that his teammates were stepping up around him. He still scored when needed and showed the athleticism that makes him such an intriguing prospect. Also for a big time scorer, Harris is sometimes too unselfish, so as his game matures he will have to release that being aggressive is important. Overall it was a solid day in which Harris made some big plays, but he did it mostly passing as opposed to scoring like usual.
Don Henderson, SF, Meanstreets – As fate would have it Henderson ended up on the foul line twice with two seconds to go in games where he needed to make free throws. With the game tied in the quarter finals he made one of two to give Meanstreets the win, and then down one in the semi finals he made both to advance them to the finals. Henderson did more than that though, he was an athletic energizer and someone who was key in getting Meanstreets the tournament title.
Perry Poindexter, PF, Eric Gordon All-Stars – Poindexter was the best he has ever been in the game against Meanstreets. He used his athletic ability and long body to make plays on offense and defense. He led the team in scoring, rebounded well in and out of his area, and even blocked shots. Now he needs to get stronger and bring that effort every game, but Poindexter has a world of potential.
Taylor Persons, SG, Eric Gordon All-Stars – Along with Poindexter, Persons was the best player on the floor for EG10. He made shots, plays with a swagger, and got to the rim and finished with success. Not a super athlete, Persons will have to become a great shooter, but his confidence and leadership stood out to go along with making plays all over the floor, especially in the first half.