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Posted On: 01/18/21 10:09 PM

The Bishop McGuinness Classic featured a plethora of talent from top-to-bottom. Most of the teams were elite in the scoring department, but only a few were elite defensive squads.

There were a handful of players that displayed superior defensive awareness and skill-set. Those attributes have become an underappreciated aspect of the game in an offensive-driven era.

Here are the players that stuck out on the defensive end of the floor.

Jaylon WhiteJaylonWhite5'11" | PGNorman North | 2021StateOK, Norman North, 2021

White was the heart and soul of his Norman North squad. He led the team in nearly every aspect, but what ultimately propelled the Timberwolves to winning the Bishop McGuinness Classic was White’s defense play and leadership, which influenced his teammates to play hard-nose defense as well. On the first night of the tournament, the T-Wolves forced eight turnovers via steals, and White recorded 3 of those and played a part in two other steals.

Sean FranklinSeanFranklin6'3" | SFChoctaw | 2021StateOK, Choctaw, 2021

Sean FranklinSeanFranklin6'3" | SFChoctaw | 2021StateOK was one of the best players in the tournament, but not solely because of his offensive game. He thinks defense first and how he can steal possessions from the opposing team. His clutch defensive plays helped propel Choctaw

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