Posted On: 04/12/21 5:10 PM

There were a number of great performances at the Live SZN Kickoff in Lincoln. Defense, hustle, rebounding, creativity…it was all on display among the 15U teams.

Here’s a look at some of the top 15U defenders in Lincoln last weekend (in alphabetical order):

John James, forward, Columbia Supreme:

Maybe the springiest player among the Lincoln 15Us, James can leap out of the gym. He’s got a thin, wiry frame that lets him knife through traffic and find position to make plays. He can jump over the pack and get his hand on balls above the crowd. He blocks shots by getting off the floor with lightning quickness. He picks off passes in the open floor because of his anticipation and break on the ball, as well as his leaping ability.

Jeremiah Johnson, guard, Next Level Up (pictured):

Johnson was probably the best defender of all the 15Us. It may sound like an exaggeration to say he could steal the ball whenever he wanted to, but it sure seemed like it. He obviously values defense as much as offense, if not more, and he’s found his strong suit. He attacks ball handlers and has a rare kind of quick

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