Posted On: 07/27/19 10:17 PM

WICHITA, Kan. — The second day of the Grind Region Finals took place on Saturday with several standout performances in the 17U division at the Wichita Hoops Athletic Facility in Wichita.

Here, Prep Hoops takes a look at several players outside of Kansas who raised their profile in Saturday’s second round of games.

3 — Quajon Young, 5’9, G, 2020, Mandarin, North Florida Canes

Young brings terrific speed, athleticism and quickness to the floor and has the ability to attack the basket off the bounce. Canes team struggled to make shots, but he showed toughness and a strong all-around game.

 

 

23 — Erwin Aloouidar, 6’3, Staton, North Florida Canes

Aloouidar struggled a bit shooting the ball in the contest we saw, but he plays a tough, aggressive brand of basketball. Is a good defender with quick feet and plays extremely hard, diving on the floor for loose balls and hustling back on defense. He has a nice handle and showed good playmaking skills, setting up teammates and stopping on a dime for pull-up jumpers in the mid-range.

 

22-Brody Gish, 5’11, G, 2021, Doherty, Pluto

One of the top shooters in the gym Saturday who made a splash early and often. He has terrific form and is quick to find room and get his shot off. He has a strong frame and set solid screens and then rolled to the basket or popped out again.

 

 

13 — Aaron Jacob, 6’7, F/G, 2021, Chapparral, Boykins Basketball Academy

Jacob is a talented forward who does a little bit of everything well, showcasing a well-rounded game and skill set on Saturday. He has a long, rangy frame with good bounce and can attack the basket off the bounce, take the ball coast-to-coast off a defensive board or step out and shoot an outside jumper. 

 

13-Val Leone, 6’3, G/F, 2021, Fowler, Pluto

A composed, pass-inside player who runs the floor and looks for easy buckets in transition. He impressed several times with his improvisation with the ball and his help defense off a switch. He has great size and played strong as a forward and showed he was comfortable as a wing player who moves off the ball as he slips to the basket. 

 

35-Edward Speller, 6’5, F, 2021, Lewis-Palmer, Pluto

A solid post player who keeps the block and mid-range area a few feet out well defended. He had several highlight blocks even more highlight finishes around the rim. He also impressed with his step back 3-pointer from the corner and with his all-around hustle in transition and getting back on defense.