Posted On: 04/16/18 9:00 AM
Jayshawn Moore (6’4/REACH)
Moore came up big in a semifinal matchup against the Family, dropping 15+ points for the game. Jayshawn is one of the better shooters in the state and he lived up to that reputation by burying three shots from beyond the arch. Known as more of an off-ball prospect in his role with East English, the lengthy 6’4 guard showed some improvement in his ability to create his own offense. On 3-4 possessions Moore was able get some separation off the bounce before hitting a midrange jumper or forcing the opposition to foul once he got into the paint. Jayshawn’s best basketball is still ahead of him, once he adds a few pounds of muscle mass he’s going to a load to handle with his combination of size, length and skill.
Jalen Terry (6’0/The Family)
Let me tell you, Terry looked every bit of a top 100 player in the country on Sunday in the semis versus REACH. The athletic guard put on an absolute show, scoring at all three levels and playmaking for others while finishing with 18 points and 4 assists. As a scorer, JT showed tremendous range nailing two threes from 27 feet out, one a stepback off the dribble that didn’t even look possible. The athletic guard also displayed a tremendous handle, as weaved through 4 REACH defenders on one notable possession with an array of crossovers and hesitations before finishing an up and under layup where he seemingly hung in the air forever. His scoring prowess is well respected, but Jalen also showed some nice vision when helpside defense arrived, finding teammates for kickouts or dumpoffs that resulted in buckets.
Matt Allocco (6’2/C2K Elite)
My first time viewing Matt was this weekend and I came away impressed. He doesn’t necessarily pop out in the layup line with athleticism, but come game time he gets it done. Allocco has good size for a lead guard at a legit 6’2 with solid length and he put it to use. Matt pushed the pace in transition, repeatedly putting defenders on his hip and simply imposing his size to gain his space where he would find his wings for layups at the rim or finish with the left hand once he got into the chest of the defender. His jumpshot mechanics are a bit funky, but it goes in. Allocco hit a catch and shoot three from the right corner and hit two midrange pullups when going left. Really solid guard that can run an offense and control pace.
Colin Golson (6’5/REACH)
A prospect like Golson is so valuable in today’s game. At 6’5 and 220, the sophomore is the perfect small-ball 4-5 for the uptempo AAU game. Colin put his stamp on the game against The Family, going for a double-double while being effective in a variety of ways. Offensively, was nearly unstoppable from the high-post area where he simply used his combination of size, strength, quickness and footwork to take defenders off the dribble and finish at the rim on 2-3 possessions. Golson is also very mobile for a prospect of that size and he displayed that on one possession where he was able to blow by a defender from the corner and get all the way to the rim before converting. Defensively he’s strong enough to control the paint and did a good job staying with guards when switched out to the perimeter. He used his superior strength to control the glass on both ends and did a good job altering shots as well.
Luka Eller (6’8/C2K Elite)
Eller had very strong outing against The Family where he scored double digit points and displayed versatility. Luka has a good looking perimeter stroke, as he buried a triple off pick and pop action and that seemed to open up his game. The defense started closing out hard after that, and the stretch 4 attacked that closeout with a hard dribble drive that resulted in points at the charity stripe. Eller also had a nice day on the offensive glass, cleaning up the garbage and finishing through contact. He had a very good defensive play where he came up with a steal when he switched on to a guard before taking it coast to coast and finishing with a dunk.
Ryan Rollins (6’2/The Family)
Ryan has one of the smoothest and most fluid skillsets in the 2020 class, but that’s not what impressed me the most on Sunday. Rollins was dialed in on the defensive end, where he has extremely good feet and great length to really be a disrupter with his on-ball defense. He forced several tough shots and beat offensive players to the spot on several occasions throughout the day. Offensively, Rollins showed a very nice handle and lethal pull-up jumper from midrange. While’s he’s not as assertive as he needs to be looking to generate offense, his long term upside may very well be the best of the 2020 class at the guard spot.
Tyson Acuff (6’2/REACH)
While there were bigger names in the semifinal matchup between The Family and REACH, Acuff had the biggest performance with 27 points and 4 assists in a dominant game. The 6’2 floor general was absolutely lethal off the high ball-screen game, where he attack sagging coverage with acceleration before finishing at the rim with either hand over and over. When the defense made the adjustment to blitz the screen, Tyson took what the defense gave him and found the open roll man with consistency. Being totally candid, he was simply unstoppable…….the defense either had to concede a layup by Acuff, a layup by the roll-man or foul Tyson where he converted at an high rate from the FT line. The sophomore PG also did a great job in transition, where he pushed pace and found Jayshawn Moore for a few triples. Really love Acuff’s size for a PG at a legit 6’2 and close to 190 pounds. Once he gets his body into the opposition its extremely difficult to stop him without fouling. While he’s not an elite jumpshooter, Tyson did knock down a pull-up three off the dribble in what was the best performance I viewed during bracket play.