Posted On: 10/31/17 1:05 PM
There were a number of talented wings at the Battle in Bullhead event. Joe Heath and Ajang Aguek let the way with this particular group. However, there were a couple of prospects who improved their stock greatly and showed that they should be legitimate candidates for the next level.
Battle in Bullhead: Top Wings
Joe Heath 6’3 SG/SF 2018 Mohave
Heath is as tough as they come. Regardless of his performance, one thing any coach can rely upon is that he is going to play all out and try to do all of the little things. With that said, he performed extremely well and his stock is going to continue to rise. He can score the basketball well and create for others. While a number of coaches have to wonder whether a prospect’s skill set will translate to the next level, they won’t have to do that with Heath. He is a good teammate and a hard worker which translates to every level.
Ajang Aguek 6’7 SF/PF 2018 Ironwood
Aguek had the best day out of any of the players in the event. He showed why a number of colleges are getting more and more interested in him: versatility. He scores the basketball in an array of ways and can play multiple positions on the court. Further, Aguek played a lot of wing and post while even bringing the basketball up the court in the point guard role a couple of times.
Travis Moreno 5’11 PG/SG 2018 Grand Canyon
Moreno is more of a point guard as well, but played on the wing for the majority of the event. He impressed me due to his ability to score the basketball in an array of ways. He had a nice floater and a couple of nice mid-range jumpers. Further, he shot the basketball well from deep. In addition to scoring it well, Moreno is a solid on ball defender, and he is strong.
Bret McGowan 6’3 SF/PF 2018 Coconino
McGowan had a number of surprising finishes. He will need to transition to more of a true 2 or 3 in order have a higher ceiling at the next level. With that said, he is extremely strong and plays really hard. He is a tough on ball defender and does a good job in help side. McGowan will have a big season and could potentially be a contender for the 4A Grand Canyon player of the year.
Keaton Rodgers 6’4 SF/PF 2019 Sandra Day
Rodgers was one of the more impressive players at the event due to him demonstrating much increased versatility. In the past, he has been labelled as an undersized 4. At the event, he demonstrated an ability to potentially play the 2 or 3 at the next level. He has a solid handle and an explosive first step that is aided by his toughness and strength.
Matthew Ruggles 5’8 SG 2019 Kingman
Ruggles is built more to be a point guard, but he played more of a wing and looked more comfortable on the wing at the Battle in Bullhead. He shot the basketball well and had a smooth stroke. Although he was not overly aggressive, he had a nice day and demonstrated that he is a threat from deep.