Posted On: 04/24/18 10:00 AM
The Factory has consistently been one of the top teams in Arizona dating back quite some time to when they were known as the Magic. Coach Mullins has two teams that are loaded with potential, once again. While both teams have experienced success early, their ceiling is higher than the vast majority of Arizona club teams.
Factory 16U has started the club season strong. They have lost two tournament games, with both coming in the semifinals of the respective tournaments. The group is led primarily by Dominic Gonzalez. Gonzalez has demonstrated that he is far more than just a shooter. As a sophomore, he averaged nearly 16 points per game for the Ironwood Eagles. However, he is showing improvement in decision making and scoring abilities.
In addition to Gonzalez, Marcus Libman and Zeke Thomkins have been featured guards. Libman has provided the team with a pass first point guard who has a high basketball IQ. He is a capable shooter who is also a tough on ball defender. With that said, his biggest attribute is that he makes his teammates better due to putting them in the right spots offensively where they can be productive. Thompkins is long and capable of creating for himself around the rim.
Factory is also extremely long with prospects who have extremely high upside. Specifically, Sunday John, Basil Ribikare, Curtis Nichols, and Opulley Taban; are prospects who stand out. They are athletic and have good length. While this Factory team is good right now, they have a lot of upside as these prospects are capable of being highly sought after college players. Further, they have a couple of younger prospects on the roster who are intriguing in Miles Guliford and Jeffrey Goodere.
The Factory has a strong history of talented teams. This should continue despite the teams slow start at their first live period. With recent changes to the roster, some of the players are having to take on new roles and bigger responsibilities. With that said, there is plenty of talent on this roster.
The most sought after prospect on this roster is Emmanuel Taban, who has multiple NCAA Divison-I offers. His attraction is quite simple: He is a 6’7 guard who has an extremely high IQ and moves well. His versatile skill set mixed with his ability to shoot the basketball at an extremely high rate makes him quite valuable to next level suitors.
In addition to Taban, Factory possesses lengthy prospects in Cameron Katal, Ajang Aguek, and Cedric Bridges. Bridges has been the most consistent of the prospects as he is strong and plays with a lot of confidence. With that said, Aguek and Katal have the highest upside of the 3, in that order. That is saying a lot as Bridges as good of an athlete as there is in AZ. Aguek has shown spurts of being a low to mid NCAA Division-I prospect. He is a capable shooter who has good length and feel for the game.
As far as guards are concerned, Josh Holloway has led the group thus far. He pushes the ball well in transition, is a good athlete, and is shoots the basketball well off of the dribble. Further, Tyrese Eugene and KJ Patrick have played strong in spurts for the group. Eugene has not shot the ball well from deep, but has been solid defensively and does a great job of making help side pay with his on time and on target passing. Patrick, at this point, is a score first guard who shoots the basketball well from deep.
As the guard play continues to improve, this team has the pieces to be a problem on the nation level.