Posted On: 05/30/18 10:00 AM
Here is a look at the top Class of 2019 forwards from last weekend’s Prep Hoops Show-Me Showdown in St. Louis:
Nick Zeil 6’8″ KC Pacers: A solid post player from Park Hill who does an excellent job in the lane at sealing his man and getting great position. He really sits down and has the ability to finish when he gets the ball. He is a tough competitor who does many things to help his team win games. He boxes out on every shot, he is a great screener and sets a physical tone the moment he steps on the floor.
Braden Wiggs 6’6″ Machine Elite: A big-bodied post player from St. Charles High who has very good offensive skills around the basket. It’s hard to get around him when he sets up shop in the blocks and starts to wheel and deal. His footwork his good and he has a nice shooting touch around the basket. He has a good power game, plus he can mix in some finesse moves as well.
Michael Englebert 6’5″ Marcus Denmon Elite: A versatile combo forward from Park Hill who is a very valuable player because of his ball handling and passing ability. He is a very unselfish player who you can run offense through because of his court vision and high basketball IQ. He is always moving and the offense always runs smoother when he is on the floor.
Landon Pasley 6’3″ Dominators: I was impressed with this combo forward from St. Joe Central after watching him for the first time this weekend. He is a positionless forward who does many things well. His footwork was excellent as he scored several inside buckets on post ups and drives from the high post. His is a very unselfish player who delivered many pinpoint passes throughout the weekend.
Austin Porter 6’4″ All Missouri Attack: A versatile combo forward from Marshfield who has a solid perimeter skill set. He can shoot it, pass it and handle the ball. I was impressed with how he was able to find the open man on offense. He has good mobility and played well with and without the ball.
Paul Otieno 6’7″ KC Pacers: A raw and very athletic post player from Sunrise Christian who made quite an impact throughout the weekend as a rebounder and shot blocker. He did a good job of sealing the middle when he was on the court as he played with a high motor. Had a couple of nice dunks in traffic.
Azyah Brown 6’5″ St. Louis Shooting Stars: A big-bodied post player from University City who had some very productive moments with his hard work and physical play. He did a good job on the offensive boards and he also had some impressive rim runs during the weekend.