Stock Up Showcase: Top Ball-Handlers/Playmakers


Posted On: 03/7/17 2:16 PM

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The Stock Up Showcase in Westminster on Sunday featured dozens of players with wide arrays of talent. As such, our evaluations have been broken down by specific skill sets exhibited by those in attendance.

We’ll have new evaluation pieces throughout the week. Next up, a look at the players who most impressed with their abilities to handle the ball and make plays.

Payton Egloff, So., Regis Jesuit: Egloff was without a doubt the top shooter at the Showcase (which we will highlight tomorrow), but were also impressed with his ability to handle the ball and set tempo in various settings. He’s calm and poised when double teams come and he’s a skilled passer. With continued work becoming more explosive, it’s easy to see Egloff becoming a strong pick-and-roll ball-handler because of his tight dribble and ability to pull up quick.

Noah Harrison, So., Gateway: One of the younger players at the Showcase, Harrison seemed to have a solid command of the game and was routinely calling plays and controlling the pace of the game. He showed the ability to score but shined when he utilized his court vision to set up his teammates.

Michkaleke Baker, Jr., Gateway: Currently 5-foot-9 but expecting to grow to as tall as 6-4, he was one of the more explosive players at the Showcase and displayed his ability to score above the rim and block shots on the defensive end. When he got the chance to run the fast break, he was deadly in the open floor. Baker is another player who can handle the ball in different settings.

Angelo Garcia, Sr., Vista PEAK: Despite coming in at 5-foot-8 and roughly 130 pounds, he spent the entire day showing his impressive ability to handle the ball through contact and affect the game with the ball in his hands. He also shot the ball well from 3-point range and has good hands at the defensive end of the floor.

Christian Davis, So., Mullen: There wasn’t a player at the Showcase with more highlight-reel plays than Davis, who routinely showed the “wow” factor whether he was finishing around the rim and finding his teammates with behind-the-back passes. The 5-foot-10 sophomore also used his length effectively on defense, getting into passing lanes and tipping balls.

Jackson Lamb, So., Dakota Ridge: The 5-11 Lamb profiles as a good small-school point guard. He’s got easy mechanics as a catch-and-shoot player, but he also handles the ball well and keeps his head up in transition. Good toughness, with decent footwork and a good, compact build.

Others: Chaz DuHart, Sr., Rangeview; Isac Argueta, Jr., Glenwood Springs.