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Posted On: 04/17/18 4:04 PM
While there were a lot of prospects on display at the event, here are some of the prospects who showed that they have a high upside on the second day of the two day Session 1 in Los Angeles. Keep an eye on these guys over the course of this grassroots season as they are capable of making big names for themselves by the end of their high school and club careers.
Dixon was one of the most impressive performers in the 15U pool. He has a balanced game as he is able to shoot the basketball from deep as well as attack the rim. In addition, he has desirable length as well as a good first step. He has the ability to be an elite level defender as well as a top tier guard who can create at will. He has an extremely bright future.
McDowell is another 15U prospect who stood out as having a lot of the pieces necessary to play this game at an elite level. Despite his youth, he understood the importance of competing for the neutral space as he worked for deep seals and provided an available presence for his guards. In addition, he showed that he can play around the perimeter and inside the 3 with efficiency. He is athletic and got up and finished exclamation points on multiple occasions.
Dockery is long and does not look like he is done growing any time soon. Long and athletic guards are the trend right now. However, what makes him even more impressive is his feel for the game despite his youth. He makes his teammates better, chooses his gaps well, and can shoot the basketball. Dockery will make a name for himself if he continues on this trajectory.
Christopher was the most impressive athlete that I observed while at the Session 1 in LA. He is smooth, long, and moves well vertically as well as laterally. In addition to being a superb athlete, he has a good feel for the game and can score the basketball in an array of ways. He had a number of highlight reel dunks and finishes in addition to letting it fly from mid-range and deep. Christopher is a high level player.
Allen is deceptively fast and athletic. In addition to having good footwork and a soft touch around the rim, he is explosive and makes help side defenders pay if they decide they want to rotate. Team Eleate was one of the most impressive teams in the event due to the way they share the basketball. That included Allen. He got a lot of touches on the block and demonstrated a good feel for the defense. He was willing to move the basketball when help side came which created shots for his teammates.
Walton is big and strong. Further, he attacks the rim hard with relentless aggression. Further, he demonstrated that he has a nice drop step baseline and middle as a means of creating shots for himself. He was also solid on the glass and played with a high motor on both ends of the floor.
Ezewiro could have had a couple of posters made just on day 2 due to his highlight reel dunks. In addition to playing above the rim, Ezewiro is physically gifted. He is strong and tough to move on the block. Moreover, he moves well without the basketball and is able to compete for space due to his size and strength. Ezewiro has a high ceiling and is worth keeping an eye on over this club season.