Posted On: 04/29/18 10:47 PM
LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Midwest Live tournament in Lawrence, Kan. featured several standout performances. Here, Prep Hoops takes a look at several guards who stood out this weekend.
Jamonte Black, 6’4, SG, 2019, Rock Bridge, MIssouri Team Carroll
Black recently picked up his first offer from Missouri State and showed why on Saturday. He has terrific size and athleticism with a big, strong frame. He has developed into a knock down shooter and shows the ability to handle the ball and attack the basket as well.
Drew Bortz, 6’1, G, 2020, Topeka (Kan.), Kansas Hoggs
A scrappy, hard-nosed player, Bortz impressed on Saturday with his tough, physical brand of play. He took on a challenge at the defensive end of the court, and offensively showed the ability to carve out a path to the basket and finish tough chances in the paint.
Cevin Clark, 5’11, G, 2019, Arkansas City, Heat
Clark has long been known for his outside shooting as he has the ability to light it up from long distance. He has a quick release, can shoot off the dribble a little and is comfortable from a few feet beyond the arc. But he has also developed into a more well-rounded offensive player as well, capable of creating off the bounce, pulling up for the mid range or getting all the way to the basket.
Montana Griffin, 6’2, G, 2019, Burlingame (Kan.), Kansas Cagers
Griffin is coming off a huge junior season at Burlingame and shows a diverse skill set as he has good size and length and is a strong athlete. He struggled with his shot at time on Saturday, but showed the ability to attack the basket, defend and was active.
Garrison Pope, 6’1, G, 2019, McLouth (Kan.), Kansas Cagers
Pope has a good, natural feel for the game and brings a terrific basketball IQ to the floor. He can handle the ball a little, is an active defender and often finds himself in the right place at the right time. He shows good form, balance and confidence in his outside shot.
Brock Smith, 6’3, G, 2019, Republic, MIssouri Team Carroll
A strong, and physical guard who defends, rebounds and is willing to do the little things, Smith is a well-rounded offensive player who can knock down open shots and score in a variety of ways. He went for 19 points in the first half of his team’s win over the Chicago Demons on Saturday en route to 21 points. He is hearing from several Division II programs as well as Division I Central Arkansas.