Jaylon Tate, PG, Meanstreets – It was a very impressive championship Sunday for Tate. The athletic point guard did a great job in both the semi-finals and finals of getting to the rim and also of finding teammates. On top of it all, Tate also was hitting jumpers, which isn't something he is known for. Between making clutch free throws and big defensive plays, it was a huge day for Tate and his team won because of it.
Moshawn Thomas, PF, Meanstreets – Not typically a big scorer, Thomas had a good weekend putting points on the board and using his athleticism and length to make plays. Also Thomas showed improved hands and a desire to make things happen. It was definitely a step in the right direction for Thomas who hasn't always had huge production numbers on the big stage.
Jubril Adekoya, PF, Meanstreets – He just does such a great job of battling and finding a way to make plays. Adekoya went up against taller and stronger opponents all day long, but his hustle, motor, and desire helped him not only hold his own, but get the best of them. He still has limitations, but Adekoya just finds a way to get things done and helps his team make all the needed plays to win games.
Tony Farmer, SF/PF, All-Ohio Red – Farmer was very solid facing the rim. The combo forward drove his man both going right and left, and just found a way to be productive. He isn't the most skilled kid shooting the basketball, but his athleticism and strength were on display. Farmer is beginning to round into form, and is showing more signs of being comfortable on the wing.
Nigel Hayes, PF, All-Ohio Red – It was a good weekend overall for Hayes, but an especially good Sunday. He used his athleticism to be a facto rebounding the ball, and then skill wise made some good things happen offensively. Add in that he played hard and showed a very good motor, and Hayes was someone who played with a purpose.
Paris Lee, PG, Mac Irvin Fire – There are very few on-ball defenders in the country who are better than Lee. He has length, quick feet, and very active hands. Lee showed that off several times taking the ball from offensive players and also in general just causing havoc on the defensive end. Add in that he can make a shot or two, and it was a very good showing for Lee.
Jabari Parker, SF, Mac Irvin Fire – Overall it wasn't a great weekend for Parker by his standards. He just couldn't get his jump shot to go down, but still he found a way to impact the game. Parker was a beast blocking shots at the back end of the Mac Irvin press, and then did just enough on offense to be a major factor. He will play a lot better more often than not, but the No. 1 overall player still found a way to make a major impact.
Bronson Koenig, SG/PG, Wisconsin Swing – Koenig did what he does best which is make open shots and then also get others involved in a smart way. Koenig wasn't necessarily on fire shooting the basketball, but he did have some moments with his pull up jumper that were impressive. Also in transition he found teammates well. Still Koenig struggled to break down the defense off the dribble, but overall it was a solid showing.
A.J. Riley, PG/SG, Illinois Wolves – A tough as nails player, Riley was getting things done on both ends of the floor. He was getting to the rim and making plays on offense while being an effort guy who made things happen on the defensive end. Not a great athlete, he made up for it with desire and helped the Wolves to an impressive showing.
Jahlil Okafor, C, Mac Irvin Fire – His minutes were limited some because of the pressing style that his team employed, but when on the block he was productive. Okafor scored over either should and showed big time rebounding ability with his strength and hands. He needs to continue to work on his mobility, and at times he wasn't dominant, but still there is so much ability here.
Jae'Sean Tate, SF, All-Ohio Red – This is just a bulldog of a player. Tate is relentless on the offensive glass and also showed an ability to make shots and overall was just as productive as any player in the event. A good athlete he can guard multiple spots, and continues to make improvements.
Raymond Doby, PF, St. Louis Eagles – Strength, athleticism, and toughness define Doby. He plays down low and does so with a lot of effort. Offensively he scores both facing the rim and off of post moves and then he is a good rebounder because of his frame and athleticism. He needs to continue to stretch out his range shooting the basketball, but it was a good weekend for Doby.
Jordan Barnett, SF, St. Louis Eagles – Barnett has the size and shot making ability with his athleticism to really explode this spring and summer. He made several threes and also showed some aptitude for scoring off the dribble. He was a fairly nice surprise with his strong play.
Cassidy Ryan, PF/SF, CIA Bounce – An inside-outside scoring threat, Ryan is a lefty who gets things done. He is fine shooting in the mid-range, and then is good going to the rim. Add in a versatile presence on the defensive end, and Ryan is a Canadian who many are going to become a lot more familiar with.