Roundtable: Fun Factor

The summer period has come and gone, and now is the time to reflect on the past several weeks. The national team will spend abundant time processing recruitments, rankings, player expectations and so on, but let's keep the topic simple.

Here’s the question we posed to our scouts: Who was the most fun player you watched this summer? Not necessarily the best and not necessarily a rising senior, just someone you consistently enjoyed watching during your travels.

Evan Daniels — A couple players come to mind. Wenyen Gabriel, Edrice Adebayo and Javin DeLaurier immediately come to mind just because of how hard they play and the energy that they bring to the court. Each of those three guys runs the floor well, gets after it on the glass and uses his athleticism around the basket. With that said, the guy I enjoyed watching the most was probably De'Aaron Fox (pictured above). He's such an electric athletic with great speed. He's terrific in the open court and every part of his game seems to be improving at just the right time.

Brian Snow — For me it was Bruce Brown. Brown put a solid, but not elite, BABC squad on his back all summer and really played well. What makes Brown so much fun to watch is his non-stop motor and the incredible toughness that he brings to the floor every single time. Brown isn't a great shooter but knows how to score and, while he isn't a point guard, he makes others better. Overall he is just great to watch, and is the type of kid who helps a college team accumulate a lot of wins.

Josh Gershon — I had the most fun watching Wenyen Gabriel. About 14 months ago when I first saw him he was just a baby who had a chance, but you couldn't peg him on being elite, at least so soon. But the jump he made over that time period was extremely impressive and while that made him fun to watch, so did his game in general. He's grown to about 6-foot-10 with is very good size for his position, and he's still at the very beginning of what he will one day be physically. Gabriel has legitimate ball skills, good athleticism, an attacking mindset, can knock down shots and defends. He impacts the game in numerous ways every time out and has become one of the more enjoyable players to watch in the 2016 class.

Rob Harrington — The answer obviously will depend on when you saw a given player, but for me Kyle Guy was the guy (no pun intended) I enjoyed watching most. During the summer I tweeted a comparison to former Florida State and NBA performer Bobby Sura, and that’s precisely what I love about the future Virginia Cavalier’s style. Guy plays with a reckless abandon that can result in some poor decisions, but he’s unpredictable and applies a great deal of pressure to opponents. He also takes and makes big shots, displaying the gumption I love to see from young athletes.


Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this article


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