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Posted On: 10/15/18 1:42 PM
Below are some of the Honorable Mentions from the Prep Hoops Arizona Sweet 16.
Cassius Carmichael 6’5 SF 2019 Ironwood
Carmichael has improved his game tremendously. He has a tremendous feel for the game and is a monster on the offensive glass. Further, he anticipates well and seems to get his hands on a couple of passes every game. Moreover, he has improved his ability to attack the rim and shoot it from deep.
Malik Smith 6’3 SG 2019 Ironwood
Smith was without a doubt one of the top athletes at the event. He is strong, quick, and explosive. However, the thing that stood out this weekend the most was his shooting. He did not miss a shot from deep and had multiple games with 3 or more threes.
Kolby Lathrop 6’4 SF 2020 Ironwood Ridge
Unfortunately, Lathrop was injured in the first night of action. However, he did enough to make an impact prior to the injury. Ironwood Ridge should be excited by his potential. He is long and skilled with a really high upside as he continues to improve.
Dischon Thomas 6’8 PF/C 2019 Hillcrest
Thomas was one of the top big men at the event. He is long and athletic. Moreover, his ability to use his strength to corral rebounds and finish around the rim makes him intriguing to NCAA D1 coaches.
Connor Jackson 6’1 PG 2019 Hillcrest
Jackson was one of the strongest and most explosive guards at the event. He has tremendous upside which has aided him in getting plenty of attention at the NCAA D1 level. As his game continues to develop, he has all of the athletic tools to be an intriguing college prospect.
Marcel Galloway 5’11 PG 2020 Verrado
Galloway dictated the tempo for Verrado and demonstrated an ability to attack the rim as well as connect from deep. Verrado was competitive in all of their games which was due in large part to Galloway. He makes good decisions with the basketball and makes those around him better.
Anthony Garza 6’8 PF 2019 Shadow Ridge
Shadow Ridge lost in the 1st round which pushed them to the consolation bracket. However, Garza’s performance this weekend was solid. He is tremendous on the glass and finished extremely well around the rim. If he got a catch near the rim, it was a guaranteed two points. He is much improved and will make noise this year.
Tramane Lee 6’4 PF 2019 Apollo
Lee doesn’t do anything that will make it on a highlight tape. However, what he does do is compete. While others will get more love and attention, his physical mentality is key to Apollo’s success. He pushes opposing teams around on the glass and on the defensive end. His presence aided Apollo greatly in winning the championship.
Jimmy Causley 6’5 SF 2019 Tolleson
Causley has everything needed to play at the college level in terms of size and athleticism. With that said, he needs to be more consistent in other areas. While at the event, he was able to go left and get to the rim at will at times. Further, he hit a couple of mid-range jumpers as well.
Travis Hamilton 6’4 SF 2019 Verrado
Hamilton does it all for Verrado. He does all of the dirty work that no one else wants to do. He competes on the glass and for 50/50 balls. Due to his effort, he typically leads the team in scoring as he ends up with the rebound or loose ball near the rim. Further, he is a capable shooter.
Jaeden Bailey 6’4 SF/PF 2019 Williams Field
Williams Field was impressive in all facets. However, Bailey stood out the most out of anyone in the group. He scored the basketball efficiently and aided the team in securing multiple possessions due to his motor and commitment to competing. Williams Field is going to be extremely tough this upcoming season.
Gabriel Nyawumenya 5’11 PG 2019 Apollo
Much like Lee, Nyawumenya does not get much attention due to the bigger name prospects on the team. However, make no mistake about it: This kid is the glue to the team. He locks up on the defensive end of the floor, rarely makes mistakes on offense, and knocks down threes. He is a key X-Factor that makes Apollo what they are: Tough.
Ezekiel Thompkins 6’4 SG 2020 Apollo
Thiompkins is another Apollo prospect who was solid this past weekend. He is far from a finished product, but he keeps growing and getting more and more confident. He was solid in spurts on the defensive end and made better decisions with the basketball.
Camden Plewe 6’1 PG 2019 Williams Field
Plewe stood out to the Prep Hoops Staff due to his shiftiness and craftiness. He was tough for opposing guards to stay in front of. Further, he made good decisions with the basketball and made those around him better.
Caleb Cochrane 6’4 SF 2019 Williams Field
Cochrane played hard but started the event a little slow. He picked it up in the 2nd day of action and was much more effective. Between these guys, Williams Field should be prepared to have a huge season.