Posted On: 10/26/18 12:39 AM
The Battle in Bullhead specializes in giving prospects in remote areas the opportunity to compete against other elite competition and get exposure. The following prospects are small college prospects who schools should know and have on their lists.
Battle in Bullhead: Names to Know
Kade Juelfs 5’11 PG 2019 Lee Williams
Juelfs absolutely wowed me throughout the event due to his attention to detail and skill set. He was one of the most fundamentally sound guards at the event. He rarely made mistakes, and he did whatever his team needed in order to win games. Further, he was one of the top shooters at the event.
Juelfs is not a great vertical athlete. However, he is quick laterally, and he is strong. He could find a home for himself at the mid to low NAIA or NCAA D2 levels.
Jason Amador 6’0 PG 2019 Parker
Amador has decent length and much like Juelfs, he makes good decisions with the basketball. He plays within himself and makes the plays that are expected of him. He makes the right reads and puts the ball on spot to shooters while knocking down open threes. At times, he is too comfortable with this role as colleges will look for him to be more of a playmaker.
With that said, Amador can play at multiple lower levels due to his high basketball IQ and ability to run an offense while hitting open 3s.
Tucker Humble 6’3 PF 2019 Kingman
Humble needs to morph into a true 2 or 3 in order to have a true shot at playing at the next level. However, he showed enough flashes that demonstrated that he should be on college coaches radars. He was one of the top athletes at the event with a lot of spring in his bounce.
Further, he finished the ball well around the rim and had a better handle than expected while being able to hit open threes. He is a project but Humble has a lot of upside especially if he is open to the idea of redshirting.
Nathan Lawsen 5’11 PG 2019 Kingman
Lawsen is stocky and shot the lights out of the gym throughout the event. Stocky guards who can bully the opposing ball handler while hitting 3s have a spot at the next level.
Lawsen still needs to be more comfortable going both ways, and like all undersized guards, he needs to improve his mid-range jumper as well as his ability to find the right kick outs on drives. With that said, he plays with passion and confidence while having a college ready frame.
Jacob Leslie 6’5 PF/C 2020 MALC
Leslie is the only non-senior to appear on this list. He had the best footwork on the block out of any of the big men prospects at the event. Further, his mid-range jumper was solid. On the defensive end, his motor was above average and he rotated well to protect the rim.
At 6’5, Leslie will need to transition to a 2-4, depending on the level, in order to truly maximize his potential. With that said, if he is able to shoot the basketball and improve his quickness to the point that he can play the 3, Leslie becomes a mismatch nightmare due to his solid post presence.
His progress over the next year should be carefully monitored by NAIA and NCAA D2 and below colleges as he has the potential to be a solid prospect at that level.