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Posted On: 07/8/18 1:06 AM
The AZ Club basketball league had a number of top performers in the 16U category from the 1st day. Below are 10 of the top performers from the first day of action!
Gonzalez definitely had the top performance as he scored 15 and 29 in both of his games. He is a top tier shooter from deep who is continuing to learn how to use his athleticism and length to create for himself inside the 3.
Thompkins is transitioning to more of a true PG role, especially in the absence of Marcus Libman. Thompkins managed the tempo of the game well and got to the rim whenever he wanted to. He has good speed and change of direction. Further, he finished well at the rim.
Ribakare might have the highest ceiling of any prospect at the Arizona Club Basketball League in the 16U division. He is lengthy and bouncy with a soft touch around the rim. He is extremely coachable and does all of the little things. Ribakare was always talking on defense and ensuring that guys were in the right help side spots.
Nichols is one of the most improved players I saw from the spring until now. He is lengthy and athletic. However, he was extremely raw. He is finishing better around the rim and mid-range. Further, he is making better decisions with the basketball.
Dimik showed a really nice hesitation on multiple occasions. He has good change of pace and direction on the move which froze the defender and allowed him to get to the next level with ease. Further, he played with a lot of energy and did little things to impact the game.
Gai controlled the glass and executed the sets well. Within a lot of the 14 high sets he was responsible for setting a lot of screens and constantly moving without the basketball. He played hard and lived within that role.
Kur is another lengthy prospect with a lot of upside who did little things to ensure that the Salt Lake Bounce were successful. He does not play with an ego and sits in a stance well defensively. He is length and moves his feet well laterally.
Thompson was in foul trouble during the 1st half; thus he did not get a chance to show what he could do. However, in the 2nd half, he was arguably the best point guard in the 16U division. He has good change of pace and manages the game well. Despite being undersized, he scored the ball and attacked the rim well.
Warr is strong and physical. He has a good basketball IQ and plays with a lot of efficiency. He took the shots he was supposed to shoot and made the majority of them. Defensively and on the glass, he provided good value for Salt Lake Bounce.
Camili struggled early with turnovers against a really physical and long Factory team. However, as he the game progressed and his confidence grew, he made a number of solid plays for himself and his teammates. He finished well around the rim and got into the paint well.