Hoop Test NW Recap: Top Shooters in 2020 Class


Posted On: 05/8/18 5:00 AM

This past weekend, Iron Athletics and Roots Sports Academy hosted the Hoop Test NW tournament in Kelso, Washington. Throughout plenty of good basketball, the following players showcased the best shooting ability of those in the Class of 2020:

Tanner Toolson, 6’2, Iron Athletics Sixers 17U, Union High School

Son of former NBA player Andy Toolson and younger brother of Jake and Conner Toolson of Utah Valley University, Tanner Toolson is a 6’2 shooting guard with a high basketball IQ and high potential. The Iron Athletics Sixers run a play to get him a three-point attempt at the beginning of every game, and Toolson usually knocks it down. Not only does he knockdown threes in bunches, but he does so with fundamentally-sound form.

Hunter Ecklund, 5’11, Iron Athletics Sixers 16U, La Center High School

Hunter Ecklund will not shoot as many threes as the other players on this list, but he drains them regularly when he does shoot them. In addition to his three-point ability, Ecklund showed the ability to consistently make midrange pull-up jumpers. His composure and smart shot selection help to increase his shooting percentages.

Brad Lackey, 6’0, Iron Athletics Sixers 16U, Union High School

Brad Lackey can score in a multitude of ways, but chief among them is the three-point shot. Willing and able to shoot the three-ball on the move, off the dribble, or stationary, Lackey finds ways to get loose against most defenses. He has been showing this spring that he is ready to do some damage in a key role for Union High School during summer ball.

Dylan Valdez, 6’4, Vancouver Grizzlies, Columbia River High School

The only non-guard on this list, Dylan Valdez is a stretch-big that shot it as well, if not better, than any player at Hoop Test NW. With multiple threes in each of his four games, and several more mid-range jumpers, Valdez helped propel the Grizzlies to a second place finish in the tournament.