Posted On: 05/5/18 6:28 PM

Some protect the rim, some protect the paint. Here’s a look at some of the days top defenders that I was able to catch in action.

Blais Keita (2019)- KC Pacers Blue

Blais is built like he could walk onto a college court tomorrow and be a force. He was terrorizing opponents down low with his long, athletic, muscular frame. He anchors the KC Pacers defense and allows them to take more risks out on the perimeter.

Jun Murdock (2019)- River City 17U

River City’s pressure defense plays right into Murdock’s strengths as a prospect. He can move very well laterally and is motored up which creates issues for his opponents.

More of the same was on display today, his activity on the defensive side of the ball created opportunities for River City as they had an impressive first day.

AJ Dickerson (2019)- SSA Elite Black 17U

AJ’s defensive intensity paid off right away getting a steal that turned into transition points right away in the first game of the day.

He continued to impact teams on the perimeter leveraging his quickness and athleticism to contain the ball handler on the opposing team.

Kael Kordonowy (2019)- River City 17U

Kael was a force in the paint for River City in all games Saturday, rising as a notable rim protector this weekend. The River City guards were able to pressure the ball consistently as Kael helped alter/block shots in the paint.

Kael is an impact player in the paint on both sides of the ball.

Anthony Twiggs (2019)- KC Premiere 17U

Anthony worked hard on the defensive end Saturday using his quickness to cut off potential drives to the basket and disrupt the opposing defense’s flow.

He had very active hands and consistently put pressure on the ball, not taking plays off.