Posted On: 10/14/16 6:10 PM
The Colorado Chaos Basketball Club’s 14th annual Rocky Mountain Fall Showcase All-Star Games tipped off Saturday at Legend High School, featuring the top high school hoops players in the state. Spectators, college coaches and scouts gathered to watch the five-game event put on by Chaos director Dave Matthews, where freshman, sophomore, junior, senior and top 20 games set a perfect stage for the state’s top prospects in the region to exhibit their skills, talents and how well they match up against other elite players in the state.
Players graduating in 2017 tipped the fourth game of the day at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday. Here are a few seniors who stuck out:
The white team, coached by Alameda’s Marquette Williams, beat the black team coached by Grandview’s Mike Rogers 101-91. The game’s co-outstanding players were Emmanuel N’tula of Kelly Walsh in Wyoming, with 15 points and eight rebounds, and Legend’s Blake Fields with 17 points.
Emmanuel N’tula, Kelly Walsh (Wyo.): This 6-4 forward showcased his extreme athleticism and serious hops in the senior exhibition game. He was a very all-around skilled player and contributed to his team in a variety of different ways. He’s very fast in transition, handles the ball well, has good aim from behind the arc and finishes well at the rim.
Blake Fields, Legend: Fields was all over the place on his home court. The 6-2 guard was a big scoring threat in this game and also served as a tough defender. He had good shots from mid- to long-range and penetrated the lane well.
Matteo Busnardo, Mullen: Busnardo was an excellent shooter, especially from the outside. The 6-0 guard made good opportunities for himself from the perimeter, was quick off screens and posted some tough, physical defense.
Noah Beatty, Vista Ridge: The 6-2 point guard displayed great ball handling skills and passing, and was not easily pressured by defenders. He had great court awareness and was able to really control the tempo of the game. Beatty served as a playmaker for the white team, sharing the ball well but also took charge when he needed to.
Jeffrey Gary, Sand Creek: Gary was very athletic and explosive to the rim, showcasing a one-handed jam very early on in the senior game. He was very tough driving to the basket and making contact with defenders. At 6-4, Gary also has great length and finishes above the rim. He also made some nice outlet passes.
Oscar Maldonado, Northridge: 6-4 Maldonado had great movement on the court, was very athletic, finished above the rim and handled the ball well. He can hit tough shots, but also dish to his open teammates.
Jackson Ehrlin, Rampart: Ehrlin was the tallest guy on the court in the senior game at 6-8, and overall one of the biggest guys in the tournament. He was a physical defender and helped his team out with some coverage. On offense, he consistently finished at the rim and could hit long range shots as well.
Nick Holmes, Overland: Holmes controlled tempo of the game while exhibiting good ball handling, and finding, then passing the ball to open guys. The 6-3 shooting guard was strong pushing the ball and finishing in transition. He definitely has some long range on his shooting skills.
DeShiloh Stanley, Pueblo South: 6-0 Stanley had great ball movement and quick, sharp passes to teammates in the senior game and shot well under pressure.
Asad Yousef, Overland: Yousef was one of the fastest guys on the court in the senior game. This 6-0 fast-paced player handled the ball well and had a nice touch on the ball at the rim.
Check back for more game recaps from the 2016 Rocky Mountain Fall showcase throughout the week.