The Pulley Panther 16U squad is the one referred to as the 16U EYBL team because they played in seven games in EYBL events. This weekend they went 6-1 in Chicago with three big blowouts, three reasonably close games, and then a loss in the final.
The team has two PHD players: Austin Slaughter of Grand Forks Red River in North Dakota and Aloung Kang from Sioux Falls Roosevelt in South Dakota. In the close games the roles were pretty clear. Austin is about the seventh man for the team and plays in both hands while Kang is further down the bench and saw his first action with eight minutes to go in the game. Here is what we saw from them:
Aloung Kang (SF Roosevelt). Kang came off the bench and played about the last eight minutes of the game. His highlight was two late jumpers made showing a really nice goose neck release and the contested makes were sunk from the arc and from 16-feet. Kang seems to have a scoring touch in a good wing frame. He likely has played around the basket some too meaning he will rebound but is also very comfortable facing the basket and putting down a dribble and release an attempt. Has the build and agility to be a very good defender.
Austin Slaughter (Grand Forks Red River). We’ve now seen Austin play some point guard in the past and make athletic plays, and this weekend his job was to play in the post and try and fight with a guy two inches bigger and 50 pounds heavier. We thought Austin did a nice job moving his man off the block and offensively he was active and tried to be engaged but never really had a chance to face the basket and make a play to the rim. We’ve seen the skill work in the past and while it’s raw there is potential there, but he’s also learning how to be a role player moving off the ball and being a key defensive piece. There is a lot that Austin can do because of his size and agility but there is still rawness to his game that is developing.