Posted On: 04/25/18 8:51 PM
The Adidas Gauntlet Silver Division proved to be a solid field of under-the-radar talent. Who were some of the underrated players who delivered breakout performances? Here’s a handful of names:
Angel is an impressive prospect on the wing, and was arguably the best player on the SDA 17u Elite team. He has grown about three inches since his freshman year, and has a wingspan approaching 7 feet. Angel consistently knocked down shots off the catch when his feet were set, and his release is as quick as they come. He is also starting to add some scoring off the dribble. Becoming more consistent off the dribble will be critical as teams close out faster and take away the three. Additionally, continued improvement guarding perimeter players will only further boost his stock. Still, Angel is rapidly moving into the upper tier of 2020 prospects in the San Diego class, and possibly beyond.
The smooth scoring guard had a strong weekend, highlighted by his three from the left wing to seal Gamepoint’s win over Team Eleate. Milling, who is from Poway but has lived in France the past five years, showed dramatic growth year over year. He shot it well from three and displayed a very polished mid-range game. He needs to continue to improve attacking with his right hand (very left-hand dominant), but with his physical growth and the growth in his game, he’s probably garnered himself some D1 interest this weekend.
Mozga caught the attention of several mid-major programs with his smooth pull-up jumper and improving range on his jump shot. His commitment to defense, however, is an area where he’s made major strides in recent viewings. He needs to tighten his handle and play with a lower center of gravity (too upright on drives), but he has the size and scoring ability on the wing that lower D1 schools will covet.
Mojus has always been known as a good on-ball defender. This weekend, however, he looked like an elite on-ball defender for long stretches. He has very good lateral quickness, understands how to cut off drivers and uses his feet, not his hands. As a result, Mojus bottled up several potent scorers over the weekend, giving his team opportunities to win. Offensively, he has improved his shooting from three, though he is still streaky in that area. Adding a more consistent jump shot is the next step for Mojus, but he definitely raised his stock heading into the second live period.
Riascos’ on-ball defense and motor proved pivotal in the team’s wins over Gamepoint OC and the San Diego All-Stars. Riascos has excellent lateral quickness and active hands and doesn’t quit on plays. Despite being the smallest player on the floor, he actively pursues rebounds in and out of the paint, which allows him to trigger the fast break. Offensively, Riascos is limited to straight line drives in the halfcourt, but needs to develop a consistent jump shot and play with better pace.