No player had a better weekend than 2015 G Jalen Brunson, who in his first run with the Mac Irvin Fire may have thrown his name in as the best guard in his class.
The 6-foot-1 lefty point guard, simply put, can do everything on the court. He stroked threes all weekend and took care of the ball as usual-with his caliber handle and feel for the game, turnovers are few and far between. Brunson made 2014 C and number one overall recruit Jahlil Okafor a happy man, consistently feeding him in the post while still spreading the ball around to everyone else.
Though Brunson is a scoring point, by no means is he a selfish player. He knows when to pick his spots and is rarely wrong, whether it's a turnaround jumper or taking the ball to the hole. His 31 points in a win over the St. Louis Eagles had the entire gym buzzing.
Safe to say, Brunson will be a national name very soon, if he isn't already. The Stevenson guard could easily be the next Trey Burke. It's scary to think he has two years of high school left.
Tyler Ulis - Point Guard, Class of 2014
The 5-foot-8 Meanstreets star and other top Illinois floor general in action this weekend didn't disappoint. He plays much bigger than his size, smoothly running the offense while knocking down shots as necessary.
At Marian Catholic, Ulis plays the primary scorer role, but in AAU play his ability to control the pace and flow of a game shines. He takes care of the balls and makes great decisions, scoring when needed but not dominating the ball. Coaches are beginning to look beyond Ulis' height and taking notice of his all-around game.
Ulis is one of the most consistent players on the AAU circuit, and although his stat lines are generally solid his impact in a given game is better gauged by how much better he makes his teammates. And as usual, he took care of business. Look for more offers to come his way this summer as he enters his senior year.
Vince Edwards - Small Forward, Class of 2014
All-Ohio Red's 6-foot-6 wing flashed a well-rounded game this weekend. Though Edwards doesn't do one thing in particular, he's active on both sides of the ball and on the glass, doing a bit of everything.
Edwards passes the eye test, with a lanky frame and quick first step. He's a solid ball-handler and passer, and at his size that makes him even more of an asset. On the perimeter, he can create and mismatches given his ability to score inside and out.
Edwards played with a high motor on Saturday and doesn't need the ball in his hands to be effective. He crashed the offensive glass and was willing to do the dirty work, not flashy but generally efficient.
The Middletown, Ohio product continues to draw interest from around the Big Ten and should have no problem competing in the physical conference. His signature will be a hot one as the open period approaches.