Posted On: 04/16/18 11:04 AM
This list breaks down the players that featured an all-around great tournament in Denver. The players made the list because they were able to do multiple things really well on the court.
Kristion Johnson 2019 PowerHouse Hoops Nebraska Wing
Johnson stands out as soon as you sit down to watch his game. The biggest things that stick out are his high motor, a good handle of the rock, and finishing package in the paint. He thrived transition using good defense to turn into great offense. Johnson is a player college coaches at the NCAA D2 level will want to keep close tabs on. He projects to the NCAA Division II level, but I would not be surprised if he received Low Major looks at the NCAA Division I level.
Cameron Le Van 2020 Colorado Chaos Point Guard
Le Van is not big in stature, but man did he come but big for Colorado Chaos all weekend long. Chaos went on a deep run in the 16U bracket in large part due to the great play of Le Van. At the Point he spreads the ball to his teammates very well. He also shot the ball lights out from all three levels on the floor. Le Van scores because he finds ways to get open off the dribble or moving well without the ball in his hands. He projects to the small college level.
Kobe Stroughter 2021 Las Vegas Prospects Point Guard
Stroughter did a great job of creating off the dribble to get open looks for teammates and himself. He played up at two years with the 17U squad and you would have never known it with his play on the floor. He plays with great confidence and swagger. Stroughter is going to be a name to keep track of in the 2021 Class.
TJ Bamba 2020 Billups Elite Wing
Bamba was one of the best 2020 Wings at the event this weekend. He attacked the rim fearlessly delivering thunderous slams. Bamba also has a nice layup package that was on full display this weekend. The athleticism and drive of Bamba will grab colleges attention on the Adidas Circuit this year.
Erik Humphries 2021 Salt Lake Bounce Guard
Humphries filled it up for Bounce all weekend scoring at all three levels. He is a sniper from deep that can get hot in a hurry. Humphries is a guy small colleges will want to have on their radar out of Salt Lake in the 2021 Class.
Isaiah Tshimanga 2020 Colorado Premier Wing
He plays with a high motor for Colorado Premier. They ask him to do a little bit of everything for their 16U squad. What made Tshimanga standout this weekend so much was his defensive focus, which led to great offense in transition. Over the weekend he garnered a ton of steals using his quick hands and high basketball IQ. Tshimanga scored the ball well getting to the rim using his quickness. He appears to be on track for a monster summer.
Ty Robinson 2021 Colorado Hawks Wing
Robinson first caught my eye with a poster dunk. The more I watched him play the more he showed me how good he was overall. Robinson scored the ball well from three-point range to go along with his strong finishes. He played really hard on defense as well using his athleticism and length to be a problem. Robinson was one of the better finds this weekend.
Jaden Gale 2020 Billups Elite Wing
Gale had one great weekend showing off his skill set. After sitting out during the high school season due to Colorado rules, Gale is set for a monster summer with Billups Elite. Gale is a super athlete on the Wing with good length and size at 6’7. The way he attacked the basket was off the charts. Gale was also a problem defensively because of his length. He projects to the NCAA Division I level.
Ronnie DeGray 2019 Billups Elite Wing
DeGray was one of the best players at the event in Denver this year. For many years DeGray has been regarded as a top prospect in the state of Colorado. DeGray has turned into a killer attacking the basket with a scoring mindset. What separates DeGray from other prospects is his ability play both ends of the floor at a high level. DeGray wants to guard the opposing teams best player and does everything in his power to stop his opponent. DeGray appears to be set for a huge summer. DeGray projects to the NCAA Division I Mid Major level, but don’t be surprised if he goes even higher with a big summer.
Luke O’Brien 2020 Colorado Miners Wing
O’Brien is a prospect flying under the radar in Colorado. He had a huge weekend scoring the basketball at all three levels. At 6’4 he can handle the ball to create openings for good looks at the basket. O’Brien is starting to fill out physically making him even tougher to handle. The mid-range and three-point shot are where O’Brien makes his bread and butter. The shot of O’Brien is super smooth. He was one of the best scorers this weekend in Denver.
Lucas Moerman 2020 Pluto Prospects Post
Moerman has been a breakout player the last two weeks starting in Oklahoma City at the Route 66 Kickoff and continuing this weekend in Denver. Moerman rebounds the ball at a high level with a good build at 6’8. He is a raw prospect still developing each game. The upside of Moerman is off the charts when you evaluate his size and progression. High NCAA Division II programs will want to keep close tabs on Moerman. Over the next year, he could continue to raise his college projection with growth.
Dalen Ridgnal 2019 KC Spurs Forward
Ridgnal is a hidden gem colleges should know about heading into the two live periods in April. He stands at around 6’6 at the four spot. What makes Ridgnal so good is the high motor he has at all times on the floor. Defensively, Ridgnal contest every single shot opponents shoot blocking many and adjusting even more. On offense, Ridgnal uses his athleticism, length, and burst to finish around the rim. He also has developed a solid mid-range shot. Ridgnal projects to the NCAA Division I Low to Mid Major level.
Devin Carter 2020 Colorado Hawks Wing
Carter had one impressive weekend with the Colorado Hawks. What has his stock rising so high in the Colorado 2020 Class is the all-around game he brings to the court. Carter was a pest on defense exploiting the passing lanes for easy buckets on the other end. If the opposing player Carter was guarding did not have a good handle he ripped him. Carter has the dawg coaches are always wanting in his game. On offense, Carter was best at getting to the rim. What makes him so tough offensively is his quickness off the bounce. He created a ton of openings for his teammates and himself. Carter is also a good shooter from mid and three-point range. He put together two very impressive performances in the two games I saw him play. Carter projects to the NCAA Division I level.
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