South Charleston (W.Va.) guard Brandon Knapper and his Black Eagle teammates recently took part in the West Virginia boys basketball state tournament. And despite being hampered with foul trouble, and having one of his worst performances of the season, there's a lot to like about the quick guard.
What To Like: Knapper is extremely quick, both on and off the ball. With the ball in his hands, he orchestrated the offense well, and made sure his teammates were in the proper position. When sliding over to the off guard position he became more of a scorer, searching for an open shot.
Early in the contest, while in transition, Knapper remained calm and never forced anything. His court knowledge and awareness was impressive for a younger player.
What Is a Concern: Knapper played the majority of the first half in foul trouble, and exited the contest after picking up his third personal with 3:05 remaining. He quickly exited the third quarter with more foul trouble, and re-entered late in the contest. Things weren't going his way, and that showed in his game. While on the floor in the second half, Knapper rushed shots, many of which were contested.
His body language easily showed a frustrated, worn down player who knew things weren't going his way. This can be a quick fix, though, something that's likely to come over time as he matures as a player.
Overall Analysis: Knapper is definitely an intriguing prospect, with plenty of upside and room to grow. Only a sophomore, time will allow his game to develop. The intangibles are there -- athleticism, leadership and shooting ability. As Knapper grows as a player, many of his concerns can be corrected.
BlueGoldNews.com will continue to follow the recruiting of Knapper throughout this summer and high school career.