Posted On: 04/1/17 12:10 AM
The Prep Hoops Route 66 Kick Off began on Friday night with a bang. Several players made a name for themselves on opening night. Get a look at the players who stood out below.
Ben Pyle 6’6 2018 Kansas Select Wing
Pyle was big time from the tip for Kansas Select. He is a long Wing who can score the ball at a high level from all three phases. He exceled driving to the rim and creating with the basketball. He finished strong around the rim including a couple of thunderous dunks. Pyle looked like a Division I prospect on Friday night. He does a great job of playing hard non-stop on both ends and using his height and body size to his advantage. Pyle was an excellent passer.
Dylan Vincent 6’2 2018 Kansas Select Guard
Vincent did a little bit of everything for Kansas Select. He was most effective with the ball in his hands creating at the combo guard spot. He saw some time at the Point and at the 2. Vincent shot the ball well from mid and deep range. He could see some low major Division I looks by the end of the summer.
Elisha Brantly 5’11 2018 BTR Point Guard
Brantly was really effective at the Point Guard spot scoring with the ball in his hands. He shot the ball well and was a great presence on the court with getting past defenders with his speed. Brantly is receiving small college interest.
Austin McCullough 6’4 2017 Greenwood Elite Wing
McCullough is an unsigned senior, who somehow has been overlooked. Any college coach in the building would have been intrigued by his play on the floor. He shot the ball extremely well from three-point range. He has toughness about his game, which separates him from others. The hustle of McCullough allowed him to dominate the boards. JUCO’s should give him a strong look as he could turn into a nice player with two years of development.
Tre Vallar 6′ 2018 Greenwood Elite Point Guard
Valler put together a great performance for Greenwood Elite in their opening game of the tournament against Memphis Magic. He handles the ball well with a college body. He plays with great pace. He knows when to pass and when to shoot. Vallar was best creating with the ball in his hands with strong drives to the rim.
Joe Cooper 6’2 2019 Memphis Magic Point Guard
Cooper has a great handle of the basketball with great upside to his game. He is non-stop doing work on the court. The crossover of Cooper had defenders on their toes. He plays hard on both ends of the floor. Cooper was one of the most talented players on the court on Friday night. Cooper attacked the rim fearlessly. He holds multiple Division I offers.
Ray’Shawn Dotson 6’8 2017 Texas Tigers Gold Forward
Dotson shined bright at the Prep Hoops Route 66 Kick Off. He battled in the paint and did a great job of fighting for rebounds and positioning. Dotson finished really strong around the rim, even if contact came. He projects to the JUCO level and would have a chance to really elevate his game at a JUCO after two years.
Keaston Willis 6’3 2019 Bandits Elite Wing
Willis is an explosive young Wing out of Texas who nearly ripped the rim off with some of his thunderous dunks. It speaks to how aggressive he attacks the rim throughout the game. Willis is a little to early to project, but is certainly a college player with great potential. Keep an eye out for him.
Bryson Lynn 6’1 2018 Bandits Elite Wing
Lynn shot the ball lights out from three-point range. He really dominated from start to finish scoring a team high in points. He is not super athletic, but knows his roll as a shooter from behind the arc. Lynn spaces the floor really well and finds his spots perfectly in the defenses hole. Lynn was one of the best shooters on Friday night.