Posted On: 04/15/21 8:01 PM

Francisco’s Geico Takes—Arizona Compass vs Montverde Academy (On the Rise)

FORT MYERS, FL—Each and every season one of the events I look forward to is the Geico Nationals. The combination of high-level talent and effort never disappoints—and this year’s version of the event was no different. Whether it was the potent point guard play of Tennessee-bound Kennedy Chandler or the immense potential of 2022 Jalen Duren Jalen Duren 6'9" | PF Montverde Academy | 2022 State #2 Nation FL , each and every game did not disappoint. 

Workman-like performance

Malik Reneau Malik Reneau 6'7" | PF Montverde Academy | 2022 State #110 Nation FL (Montverde Academy)

2022, PF, 6-foot-8, 215 pounds

Joel’s take: Reneau came off the bench and provided a spark off the bench. He was the beneficiary of some slick dimes from Creighton-bound Ryan Nembhard Ryan Nembhard 6'0" | PG Montverde Academy | 2021 State #131 Nation FL . Reneau has long arms, soft hands, and can convert with either hand. He has a big frame with good length and he rebounds well in and out of his area—not too mention he dropped in a nice baby hook.

Fearless Lefty

Alden Applewhite Alden Applewhite 6'7" | SF AZ Compass Prep | 2021 State #126 Nation AZ (Arizona Compass)

2021, SF, 6-foot-6, 230 pounds

Joel’s Take: The Mississippi State-bound wing-type can

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