Battle of the Bridges: Future Stars Game

ScoutKentuckyPreps.com spent Saturday in Sellersburg, Indiana covering the Battle of the Bridges All-Star Games. The BOTB annually pits the top prospects in the city of Louisville against the best players in Southern Indiana. The Future Stars Game, played by non-seniors, had good efforts from several talented Kentucky players - including Daniel Ross, William Bryant, and Braxton Dunbar.

Daniel Ross, PF/C, Jeffersontown HS –Ross was a man amongst boys in the paint in this contest. When he gets the ball on the block the only person that can stop him is himself. A gifted football player on the gridiron, Ross is built like a brick house at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds. Do not be fooled though, he has sneaky athleticism to go with his stocky frame. Great hands, quick feet, and a deft touch around the basket make the junior a tough match up when he brings it 100%. Ross picked up the MVP trophy for the Kentucky squad after scoring 11 points and pulling down a number of rebounds.

William Bryant, F, Moore HS – Bryant was a prospect that Scout Kentucky Preps had not had the chance of seeing extensively before the Future Stars Game. Now, he is definitely one that we will keep an eye on in the future. He impressed with his athleticism initially, namely getting up for rebounds at a head and shoulders clip above others in the lane. As the game wore on and some of his teammates lost a step, Bryant only got better. His shot is somewhat unorthodox, but he dropped in a handful of three-pointers and had several other buckets from in close. The 6-foot-4 wing hit the glass hard from the opening tip and also had a nice open court dunk in the second half. Bryant finished with a team-high 18 points.

Cody Russell, G, Jeffersontown HS – Russell showed a penchant for getting in the passing lanes and picking up steals. He has great anticipation skills as seen from the three steals he had in the third quarter alone. The 6-foot-3 guard is thin and lacks strength, but he makes up for it with his hustle on both ends of the court. He has sharp handles and made several nice drives to the hoop that resulted in a lay up for himself or one of his teammates. Russell netted 16 points and did it in impressive fashion.

Michael Parrish, G, Fern Creek HS – At 5-foot-6, Parrish is a player that you might take lightly if you have not seen him on the court before. However, when the lights come on he is all business. He is a dart out on the floor and utilizes great quickness to harass opponents defensively. He gets into the lane when he wants to and has no fear of taking the ball at much taller defenders once he is there. Parrish collected a dozen points and a handful of steals while we were there. In one of the best sequences of the day he stole the ball from his opponent, drove the length of the court, and was fouled while attempting a daring lay up over an Indiana post player. He hit both free throws and then proceeded to steal the inbounds pass and put in another lay up.

Braxton Dunbar, F, Ballard HS – Dunbar is a typical Ballard High School basketball player. At 6-foot-4, he is long and extremely athletic. He made a couple of buckets in the contest and finished with 8 points, but it was his effort in other areas that made him stand out. He racked up at least 6 blocks on the defensive end and altered several more shots. One block in particular was sent from the baseline off of the opposite wall behind the Indiana bench. The forward had several other swats that brought the crowd to their feet to go along with a strong rebounding effort. Overall, Braxton is a good looking prospect with loads of potential.

Jalen Wesson, G, Butler HS – Wesson showed off a high motor in the Future Stars Game. He is quick and consistently beat his opponents up and down the floor. A 5-foot-9 point guard, Wesson is in his comfort zone when he is in transition with the ball in his hands. He had several nice finds in the open court and also had a good looking 3-point play on a lay up and foul off of a drive.

O'Brien Hobbs, G, Fern Creek HS – Hobbs and the aforementioned Parrish are going to make a solid backcourt tandem at Louisville (KY) Fern Creek High School over the next couple of years. Hobbs, a 5-foot-8 backcourt player, has the ability to play either guard spot effectively. He is extremely quick, gets up the floor in transition, and plays scrappy man-to-man defense. He had his perimeter game working and hit several threes. Hobbs finished with 13 points in an efficient outing.

Desmond Dorsey, G/F, Jeffersontown HS – After a strong summer, Dorsey did not have his "A" game on Saturday but was still a factor for his team. A little passive at times, Dorsey needs to learn to turn it on and keep it on. He disappeared sporadically on offense, but brought the intensity on the defensive end. The junior was able to get into the passing lanes and disrupt the flow of the offense on more than one occasion. Dorsey, a 6-foot-3 wing, altered a couple of shots and showed his athletic ability on a few rebounds. He also had a nice assist on a pass out of the post for a wide open three-pointer.


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