Posted On: 04/9/21 5:41 PM

Francisco’s Geico Takes: IMG Acad. vs Sunrise Christian (Risen UP)

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 Kennedy Chandler 6'1" | PG Sunrise Chrisitan | 2021 State #14 Nation KS 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. 

On the Rise

Tamar Bates Tamar Bates 6'4" | PG IMG Academy | 2021 State FL (IMG Academy)

2021, WF, 6-foot-5, 175 pounds

Joel’s Take: Bates is a late-blooming wing-type who excels in transition. The lefty scorer excels in transition due to his slashing ability and bounce. He gets a good lift on his jump shot, has a quick first step to the basket, and he has improved his shooting with deep range. He gets his shot off quickly and overall his scoring package is evolving to all three levels.

Basketball Player

Gradey Dick Gradey Dick 6'7" | SF Sunrise Christian (KS) | 2022 State #31 Nation KS (Sunrise Christian)

2022, WF, 6-foot-7, 195 pounds

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