Posted On: 04/19/21 2:00 PM

The Chi-Town Tip-Off took place Friday, April 16th through Sunday, April 18th. The event, which featured over 250 teams and some of the top programs in the Midwest, was one of the biggest events of the young grassroots season. My focus this weekend was on the 2023 division, which featured many talented players, including several talented big men. In this article, we take a look at the Best 2023 Bigs I had an opportunity to see. 

Bennet Briles 6’8 PF Rush Academy - There are sleepers and then there are guys people have been taking complete slumbers on. Briles is a homeschool product so perhaps that accounts for his novelty, however, the forward was marvelous this weekend. He showed a nice touch from about 15-18 feet, ran the floor relentlessly, and showed the willingness and ability to protect the rim from the 4 spot. 

Isaiah Akinyele Isaiah Akinyele 6'5" | C Merrillville | 2023 State IN 6’5 PF Indiana Game (featured image) - After about 3 possessions Akinyele had me thinking about former MSU Spartan Andre Hudson. A bruiser with a purpose, the lefty used his body to carve out space masterfully to get to his spot. Once there, he was able to finish around the rim. He

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