Posted On: 09/12/18 11:35 AM
Moving on to the Class of 2020, a class that really stole the show at the Top 250 expo this past weekend. The event included some of the best players in the state all competing in one place in front of college coaches. Here are some of the top scorers on the day.
TJ Bamba – Lincoln
TJ Bamba is going to have a big year. He was easily the best player at the expo and took down our MVP honors and it doesn’t stop there. He is a physically imposing player that makes the right plays for his teammates and himself and the game comes easy to him. He played above the rim and when the defense got tired of him getting to the rim for easy dunks and finishes he showed them an improved jumper. What really stood out about TJ this past time seeing him was his willingness to make his teammates better. He could’ve easily scored almost every basket for his team but he decided to get others involved. He is one of the best penetrators in the state and Lincoln will have a scary team this upcoming season.
Sebastian Cole – Cherry Creek
Sebastian controls the pace which is a bit different than other guards that was at the expo. He breaks a defender down and then easily gets to the paint. He scored when he wanted to and he showcased that it could come from either a finish around the rim with shot creating capabilities, on a mid-range pull-up after he gets to his spot or on a 3-pointer. One of the surprises is how he finished off the All-Star game, he went down the lane and dunked the ball easily with both hands. He’s shows elite athleticism, is careful with the ball and makes the right plays and is a pure point guard that has the ability to light it up. Like what I seen out of Sebastian as far as maturity.
Kwaheem Brown – Lincoln
Not many players get to the rim as easily as Kwaheem does. Once he’s there it’s a for sure basket as he is an ultra-athletic wing that jumps over defenders. He had multiple high lying finishes and is full of energy as he gets the crowd into it. Kwaheem also showed off the ability to consistently knock down jumpers if that’s what the defense gives him. He is a volume shooter that is aggressive on the offensive end. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands and is a tough player to guard as he is versatile. His willingness to move without the ball and high energy generated multiple easy baskets and once he gets the ball on the outlet, it’s showtime.
Reece Johnson – Resurrection Christian
Reece is a prospect I was very curious about as he is an unknown commodity going to Resurrection Christian. I was excited to see how his play would translate with bigger, faster and more talented players than what he is accustomed to, but he fit in seamlessly and made it look easy. Reece is an efficient scorer that takes what the defense gives him. He can score on the perimeter and also has the size to go inside and bang with the big men. He is a shot creator that finishes well around the rim with soft touch but can defend the defense as well. On a loaded team he stood out with his ability to score in bunches in such an efficient manner. He shows above average athleticism and has good footwork and once he gets comfortable can light up the score board.
Taylor Harris – Pueblo West
Taylor was one of the biggest surprises coming out of the 2020 class as he really took over the day. His ability as a playmaker with deceptively athleticism and advanced ball handling skills is what really stood out. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands as he has a nice first step, superb fluidity and surprising finishing capabilities. He also sees the court in a different way and has an understanding of where his players will be and gets it to them no matter the angle. He can score in a number of ways and is very efficient. He gets sneaky baskets as they come in easy ways with his hustle and just being in the right place at the right time. He has a great offensive skill set and terrific body control and you saw that throughout the day as he was the team’s best ball handler despite being a bigger guard.