Posted On: 04/9/17 11:36 PM
Spring Kick Off (2017): All-Tournament Team 17U
Might have been the best 17U point guard we saw throughout the weekend. Kid can handle it, is an explosive ball handler able to create stuff and get to the bucket. A creative finisher around the rim. What separates him however is his shooting ability. Was one of the better pure shooters we saw throughout the weekend. Can really stroke it, and is able to create tough chances off the bounce and make them look easy.
Sam Bannec, 6’3, 2018, Billups Elite
One of the premier players in Colorado, Bannec is a good finisher in traffic. Nice all-around game. Can create his own shot off the bounce and has a nice mid-range jumper that he sets up off the dribble. He’s an elite shooter from the perimeter.
Hume is a player who stands out in part due to his ascension as a player over the past few months and he has earned a reputation as one of the state’s premier prospects. He has tremendous length for a wing player and is active defensively around the basket, but also comfortable moving his feet on the perimeter as well. Has as smooth free throw stroke and is capable of attacking the bucket as well.
Luke Johnson, 5’10, 2018, Colorado Titans
It was tough to pick a kid from the Titan team who had several players step up at key moments throughout the tournament. But Johnson might have been among their most consistentperformers. He’s generously listed at 5’10, but doesn’t let his stature hold him back. He can handle the point guard duties, plays under control and with poise and is an elite shooter with a quick trigger who has the ability to get the ball up and over bigger defenders.
Daylen Kountz, 6’3, 2018, Colorado Hawks
The state’s premier players in the 2018 class, Kountz helped lead the Colorado Hawks to the Spring Kick Off (2017) tournament championship as his squad won a hard-fought battle over SSA Elite Black. He is a smooth shooting guard able to get his own shot off the bounce, can get all the way to the bucket and finish around the rim and has a smooth left-handed stroke.
One of several 2017 players in the field, Lottie is a talented point guard who is dynamic with the ball. He can really handle it and has the ability to carve out a path to the bucket where he is a creative finisher. Wants to go right, but even knowing that doesn’t make it easy to stop. Displayed good leadership qualities for Billups Elite.
Luke Martin, 6’7, 2018, The Force
Really like this kid, might have been the best stretch 4 prospect we have seen over the weekend at the 2018 level. Can shoot the 3, has a great size and frame with long, rangy build. Has a nice feel for passing the ball and made some terrific feeds. Has great hands, catches the ball wherever it is thrown. Can also finish high above the rim. Seems to prefer playing along the baseline and on the wing at the offensive end of the court, but defensively, he is willing to defend in the paint and gets on the boards. Good feet and athleticism allows him to hedge out well and defend screens and pick-and-rolls.
Momar Fall, 6’8, 2018, Colorado United
Fall is a strong, powerfully built post player who has an old-school big man game. Is as strong as they come but game is still kind of raw. Helped lead United to a semifinal game against Colorado Hawks Nations.
Adam Thistlewood, 6’6, 2018, B & B Basketball Academy
Has terrific size and length for a wing and has seen his stock rise in recent months. He is a versatile, inside-outside player who does a little bit of everything — rebound, defend, pass, shoot and is able to attack the bucket off the bounce. His play has started to turn the heads of college programs as he has heard from several low-major Division I programs.
Really like this kid’s game. He’s a long, lanky left hander that has a diverse skill set and all-around game. His team didn’t necessarily have the best weekend but had some nice individual pieces. Wingett has the ability to shoot the 3, and has nice size for a wing player. Can handle the ball, get to the basket and is a terrific passer with a good feel for the game
One of the better unsigned seniors in Kansas, Wycoff has reclassified and plans to attend Link Prep in Branson, Mo. He’s an elite shot creator, able to get his own shot off the bounce at nearly any time. He can play both guard positions and as he showed over the weekend leading SSA Elite to the championship game, is a winner.