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Posted On: 09/24/18 3:04 PM
This past Saturday, Prep Hoops invaded Park School as players from Maryland, D.C. and even Virginia came together to compete. The gym had plenty of talent and players got after it aggressively for five hours that consisted of a dynamic warm up and games. Here are some of the underclassmen shooters that stood out.
Willie Rivera Jr. | Eleanor Roosevelt ’22
While there seemed to be a countless amount of talented underclassmen, Rivera Jr. was arguably one of the most impressive players in the entire pool of players, no matter the class. The 6-foot-1 freshman is a pure scorer from all three levels, but has innate ability to shoot the deep ball whether its off the catch or after breaking his man down off the dribble. His array in both of these areas were on full display Saturday.
Saxby Sunderland | Flint Hill ’22
Sunderland is another highly anticipated freshman in the DMV area. With a good overall feel for the game, Sunderland was aggressive every time the ball touched his hands. The 6-foot-1 guard shot it well from deep off the catch in the half court. In the open floor, Sunderland had plenty of plays that resulted in nice finishes around the basket, but to show his full arsenal, he’d pull the trigger from three in transition with efficiency as well.
David Brown | McDonogh ’21
Brown was one of the best scorers we saw Saturday. He consistently scored from all three levels in almost every situation you can think of. Brown showed high basketball IQ and attention to spacing on the floor when he didn’t have the ball. Because of it, he had his share of catch-and-shoot opportunities beyond the arc.
Devin Ceaser | St. Mary’s Ryken ’21
Ceaser came out with one goal in mind Saturday and that was to put the ball in the basket as much as possible. Fortunately for him, the bounces rolled his way and he proved himself to one of the young point guard prospects to watch this season. Ceaser was a dynamic play maker with the ball and effectively created separation to get his shot off both from three and the mid-range area. The 5-foot-10 guard counters his lack of size with his speed and ability to create off the bounce with the same efficiency as he does in catch-and-shoot situations.
Noah Batchelor | St. Maria Goretti ’22
Batchelor is an athletic, 6-foot-7 freshman with nice length. He’s always looking to finish strong around the rim, as he showed throughout the expo when the opportunity presented itself. Where his value is going to skyrocket as he develops is the fact that he can shoot it from outside as well. Batchelor has good footwork in pick-and-pop scenarios and buried a couple three’s in those instances. He also understands rythym of when to take a shot from deep. You never really see him rush a shot from three, he always makes sure his feet are set and his shoulders are balanced.