Posted On: 12/5/17 5:34 PM
When you think of an elite defender. You think of a player who accepts the challenge of guarding the best player on the opposing team. A player who would rather stop you from scoring than putting up a 20 piece himself. A player who thrives when there is 15 seconds left in the game and his job is win the game by stopping the opposing teams best player. Here are a few guys who are willing to step up and take that challenge.
Emani continues to show an ability to slash and make plays around the basket. His length allows him to do a number of different things offensively. Emani has worked on his jumper. His mid-range pull-up game looked great and he stepped in and knocked down the long ball with consistency as well. His footwork and passing coming off ball screens was also something that looked strong. He got to the basket when he wanted too while showing creativity with his finishes. Strong defender known for his slashing ability on the offensive end of the floor.
I got a chance to talk with Emani and his father and he highlighted some parts of his sons game and also how AAU season was going along with the recruiting process.
“I am considered one of the best playmaking, highly skilled defenders in the 2020 class. I have a very high basketball IQ. I made varsity last year and with limited minutes averaged 4 assists, tough nosed defense with only 4 points per game. This year in Fall League, 8 points per game, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals and hard nosed defense.”
What parts of your game are you working to improve for the upcoming season?
“I am currently working on my mid range, high percentage shot, aggressive penetration to the basket as well as my speed with the ball. I am the starting point guard for the Washington Supreme AAU team, playing for Coach Jermaine. Our team went undefeated in league play, lost maybe two games in tournament play. We traveled to Anaheim, California to compete in the Double Pump, Best of the Summer National Tournament and won the championship. We then traveled to the Las Vegas classic and made it to the Final Four teams.”
How is recruitment looking for you early on?
“I currently have a couple of schools showing interest: Kansas and Montclair. I have had several prospect camp invitations since the national championship but have been unable to attend due to scheduling.”