Posted On: 04/9/17 7:44 PM
By the time Sunday rolled around at the Spring Kick Off, just about every player had done something impressive.
Let’s take a closer look at a few of the many who made an impression with their play this year.
Jaedon Bowles, 6-4 2019 wing, Seventwenty Kingz
One of the more versatile players at this year’s Kick Off, he was extremely effective with his in-and-out game and showed a top-end ability to change direction. He can also shoot from long range, which combines well with his size and speed to make him a threat from all over the floor.
Calvin Fugett, 6-0 2017 guard, Colorado United 17U
With a lightning-quick first step, he gets up to top speed in an instant and rapidly changes direction rapidly with ease. The standout at George Washington High School in Colorado was a big boost for his team during the final rounds on Sunday, pacing the offense with his athleticism and court visions as well as picking up timely steals at the defensive end.
Jaelen House, 6-1 2018 guard, Las Vegas Prospects 16U
The son of former NBA player Eddie House, his pedigree preceded him and he backed every bit of his reputation up and quickly became the talk of the tournament. Whether he was slashing to the basket for an acrobatic finish, shooting a 3-pointer of the catch or dribble, or harassing opposing guards down the floor, he was spectacular.
Luke Johnson, 5-11 208 guard, Colorado Titans 17U
Possibly no other player saw his stock rise this weekend as much as Johnson, who spent the winter making a name for himself as the point guard for Longmont High School. Even amidst the rampant athleticism at the Kick Off, the tricky lefty used his basketball instincts and ball skills to either score or put his teammates in good positions to do so, and he rarely missed a long ball.
Daylen Kountz, 6-2 2018 guard, Colorado Hawks 17U
He was as dynamic a player on both Saturday and Sunday as nearly any other. He did a good job of turning defense into offense and at the offensive end, he adept at getting into the paint and using his vertical and reach to get off shots from high above the defense.
Kwane Marble, 6-3 2019 guard, Colorado Hawks 16U
He began to turn heads immediately when play began on Friday night and continued to assert himself as one of the players to watch throughout the weekend. Marble gets past defenders with ease and grace, but has the athleticism to finish violently and with either hand once he reaches the rim.
Dalen Ridgnal, 6-4 2019 guard, Kansas City Spurs 16U
Several observers’ player of the night in Friday night’s opening round, he plays with great energy both on the perimeter and in the post. His smooth jumper belies his exceptional dunking ability and all weekend he showed a simultaneous feel for both that convinced many in attendance that he possesses a versatile skill set that can take over games.