It was an absolutely dominant weekend for Darius Garland who at times was simply unguardable. Garland showed his deep shooting range, consistently making shots out to 28 feet, while also being a major problem in pick and roll situations. Garland's best quality is his ability to make shots, but his feel for the game and ability to make others better looked much improved as well. All weekend Brad Beal Elite leaned on Garland to make everybody better, and he did just that with consistency. Garland even showed more athleticism than in the past with an impressive tip dunk. Overall it was an extremely impressive showing from Garland, and he is the biggest reason while Brad Beal Elite shared the 17 and under title.
Future Louisville Cardinal Courtney Ramey was extremely impressive all weekend. The biggest thing about Ramey is he never gets sped up by opponents. He is always playing at his own pace, and is in total control of the game. Ramey was the driving force in his Ramey-Jets United team sharing the 17 and under title. What stood out all weekend was his ability to defend. Ramey is one of the top defenders in his class, and also he is an excellent rebounder for a point guard. Beyond that he made shots, and got into the lane at will, and just made life extremely difficult for every guard matched up with him.
Recruiting: Ramey is committed to Louisville
Already a top 40 prospect, Patrick McCaffery was extremely impressive at the 16 and under level all weekend long. A solid athlete with a very high skill level, McCaffery can do a little bit of everything on the basketball court. He is a very good passer who can run an offense, he shot the ball very well, and then despite not being strong, he is more than willing to mix it up on the glass and grab rebounds. Add in some blocked shots, and McCaffery showed the total package as a player all weekend long, and proved to be one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2019 class.
Recruiting: McCaffery is considered a very strong lean to Iowa where his dad is the head coach
It was a monster weekend for point guard A.J. Green. The son of a Northern Iowa coach, Green has grown at least two inches in the last year, and that has turned him into an even better prospect than before. Green's best quality right now is his ability to make shots from all over the court, but he is definitely more than a shooter. Green has a good feel for the game, has good length, and also can get to places on the court with his quick first step. Now that Green has grown to 6-foot-3, he looks like he can play on or off the ball, and should be considered one of the best point guards in the 2018 class.
Known for his impressive talent, Kahlil Whitney seemed to put it all together consistently over the course of the weekend. Whitney has great length and athleticism, and now his skill level is catching up. Playing at the 16 and under level, Whitney proved to basically be unguardable for the majority of the tournament. He was getting to the rim and finishing with authority, scoring from the mid-range, and also did a tremendous job on the glass. The scary thing for Whitney is the upside remains even higher with his game.
It was a good weekend for All-Ohio Red at the 17 and under level and the biggest reason for that was the play of Foster Loyer. The point guard from the state of Michigan is as tough as they come, and Loyer was the catalyst all weekend for strong player. Loyer was absolutely on fire shooting the ball, and at times put the team on his back because of his ability to get hot from deep. Also he is a high IQ player who makes all the right plays, especially in transition. What Loyer lacks in size, he makes up for in toughness and feel for the game. Add in his shot making, and he led All-Ohio into the semi finals.
Recruiting: Loyer is committed to Michigan State