Posted On: 03/2/21 1:08 PM
On Friday February 26th I attended the 5A Apollo Hawks at the 5A Williams Field Black Hawks.
Here were some observations from the three games I viewed:
#1 Williams Field freshman class is impressive.
#2 Three freshman from Williams Field stood out in the freshman game.
Conner Lamont SF 5’11 2024 Williams Field
-A slasher can shoot it from mid to the 3 and post up too. He moves well without the ball and plays a cerebral game. He made some nice full court passes that led to scores and defends inside and out.
Jaxton Payne Jaxton Payne 6'3" | PF Williams Field | 2024 AZ Williams Field
-A highly skilled 4-man can shoot it consistently to the 3pt line. He is very strong to rebound inside and uses his girth and is very young for his class.
Kody Landeryou SG 5’9 2024 Williams Field
-He can score it from all 3-levels and plays a smart game. He has a nice 3pt shot plus can get into the lane and use the floater.
#3 Two freshman from Apollo stood out in the freshman game.
-The younger brother of Jaxton Payne Jaxton Payne 6'3" | PF Williams Field | 2024 AZ Williams Field -A highly skilled 4-man can shoot it consistently to the 3pt line. He is very strong to rebound inside and uses his girth and is very young for his class. Kody Landeryou SG 5’9 2024 Williams Field -He can score it from all 3-levels and plays a smart game. He has a nice 3pt shot plus can get into the lane and use the floater. #3 Two freshman from Apollo stood out in the freshman game. Adam Mohamed Adam Mohamed 5'7" | PG Apollo | 2024 AZ Apollo -The younger brother of Ahamed Mohamed Ahamed Mohamed 5'10" | PG Apollo | 2022 State AZ is a pure PG with great open court speed. He is a very good advanced passer and can drive and kick with the best of them. He is tough on the ball defensively and brings that same toughness as his older brother. Jordan Moreno Jordan Moreno 6'0" | SF Apollo | 2024 AZ Apollo -A long lefty is skilled from mid-range and in and rebounds well in his area. He is crafty inside the lane to score it with ball fakes and plays with a high IQ. #4 Two freshman from Williams Field stood out in the JV game. Jordan Kidd Jordan Kidd 5'6" | PG Williams Field | 2024 AZ Williams Field -A pure PG who plays the game between the ears. He has a nice handle and like Montez Taylor Montez Taylor 5'8" | PG Williams Field | 2021 State AZ , not many are faster then him end to end. He has a tight crossover and is hard to stay in front of him. He can change speeds and blow by defenders to get to the cup. He makes many extra passes, playing an unselfish brand of ball and he can pull-up and hit the 3. Jase Kooima Jase Kooima 6'1" | SG Williams Field | 2024 AZ Williams Field -A scoring guard has a nice looking shot. His 3pt stroke looks pure and then plays off of it and can get into the lane. He is an aggressive rebounder and is not afraid to mix it up inside. He made a few nice passes off the pick and roll and plays a cerebral game. Varsity game: #5 Apollo is one of the smaller playoff possible teams in the state. Maybe the smallest. Give Coach Marin credit for finding ways to win despite their shortcomings. #6 Williams Field best players are currently their seniors, which usually bodes well for the playoffs. #7 Both teams futures will be just ok with Apollo’s strong group of sophomores and Williams Field’s deep group of freshman and a couple sophs. #8 Here were the Varsity standouts: Williams Field 54 Apollo 40 (unofficial stats) Williams Field LeRoy Williams LeRoy Williams 6'6" | PF Williams Field | 2021 State AZ Williams Field (10 pts 8 rebs 1 blk) -A low post beast is a hard cover. The lefty is extremely physical and strong to rebound and will occasionally block shots. He uses his big wider shoulders and girth to gain position inside the paint and go to work. He can rip through with his left hand and score it through contact or get fouled. Montez Taylor Montez Taylor 5'8" | PG Williams Field | 2021 State AZ Williams Field (17 pts 3 rebs 1 ast 1 stl) -A jet quick undersized guard had it all going. He was on fire from the 3pt line with 5 made and he rises high to get great elevation on his shot. He is the fearless team leader and the Black Hawks go as he goes. He can drive and kick plus uses the floater well. Williams and Taylor both will be on their way to Sauk Valley CC. Isaiah Bronson Isaiah Bronson 6'0" | CG Williams Field | 2024 AZ Williams Field (7 pts 1 ast 1 stl) -Another fast guard has quick feet to stay in front of his opponents. He can shoot the 3 with a lightning quick release and uses a burst to get into the lane to score. He can shoot it from mid-range and when Taylor graduates, Bronson will lead them in scoring next season. JD Bradford JD Bradford 6'2" | SG Williams Field | 2023 State AZ Williams Field (7 pts) -A long and lean soph is a new player for me. He moves well and looks the part around the court. He gives a hard ball fake then can get to the cup and score it through contact with his long limbs. He is active on defense and a sneaky good passer. Khari Dunn Khari Dunn 6'6" | PF Williams Field | 2021 State AZ Williams Field (10 pts 7 rebs 1 blk) -A high motored forward with nice athleticism. He can score it around the cup and is very active inside. He has a good second jump to corral the boards and runs the floor like a wing. His activity took a lot of pressure off the other players. Apollo Ahamed Mohamed Ahamed Mohamed 5'10" | PG Apollo | 2022 State AZ Apollo (11 pts 6 rebs 2 asts) -A lightning quick scoring lead guard has a mean pull-up off the dribble from mid-range. He has a real burst and speed in the open court. He is feisty to grab rebounds in traffic and he quick on the ball defensively. He has a nice catch-3 and gets into small places with his tight handle. Lashy Perez Lashy Perez 6'2" | CG Apollo | 2023 State AZ Apollo (7 pts 2 rebs 2 asts 1 stl) -A true combo guard is hard to guard. He can get into the lane sometimes it seems at will. He has a shifty handle and it is hard to stay in front of him. He can score it with a nice layup package plus hit the catch-3. He loves driving and kicking it out to open shooters and he could of had close to 7 assists. He can slow down a little at times but his talent is unquestioned. Jordan Bombolis SG 6’0 2021 Apollo (7 pts 5 rebs) -A sturdy framed scorer from the perimeter. He can pull-up from mid-range plus hit the 3pt shot. He understands how to hesitate and get into the lane. He is crafty around the hoop and hustles on the defensive end. Bobby Holcomb Bobby Holcomb 6'0" | SG Apollo | 2023 State AZ Apollo (7 pts) -A skilled guard who can shoot it. He gets a clean look from mid to the 3pt line and plays with a high IQ. He knows how to free himself up moving without the ball and is always shot ready. He is part of the talented younger group that has a bright future. Joshon Person Joshon Person 6'0" | SF Apollo | 2022 State AZ Apollo (4 pts 2 rebs 1 ast) -A tough undersized forward does a lot of the dirty work on the team with very limited size. He can hit the face-up shot from about 15-feet and he can rip through and score it through contact. He is a glue piece to the puzzle.