Posted On: 04/18/21 2:34 PM

Fran’s Geico Takes: Montverde Acad. vs Sunrise Christian (Part 2)

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. 

Bates has competition

Jalen Duren Jalen Duren 6'9" | PF Montverde Academy | 2022 State #2 Nation FL (Montverde Academy)

2022, PF, 6-foot-10, 240 pounds

Joel’s Take: Emoni Bates gets an absurd amount of attention, and yes, he can back it up. However, Duren is right there as a player and prospect in my opinion. Whether you like the Chris Webber or Bam Adebayo comparison, that is up to you. However, this kid has the tools to be special. Magnetic hands, explosiveness, and an uncanny passer are just a few of his traits. Once his shooting range expands as well as his face-up skills (off the bounce), his upside is right there with Bates. 

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