Posted On: 04/15/21 6:00 AM

Who were the 10 most impressive performances I saw from prospects outside of Illinois at the event in Lincoln?  Check them out in #LiveSZNKickoff: Scotty B’s Top National Performers!

 

Evan Barber (Rogue 16U)

Barber lit the nets up to start the weekend.  The Oklahoma point guard was outstanding for Rogue running the show at the point doing absolutely whatever he wanted.  The southpaw works well around ball screens manipulating them to get what he wants out of them.  Sound pull up jump shooter from mid-range and three.  Does a nice job of creating space to get it off.  Solid passing feel making dishes in the half court.  Solid athlete that has a bright future in the 2023 class.

 

Ciaran Pedulla (Team Buddy Buckets 16U)

This Edmond Memorial point guard made an impression and even more so when we realized he was playing up as a 2024 prospect.  The 6’1” point guard has super deep range on his three point shot regularly dropping them from NBA distance.  Competitive guard that that also gets in the lane for spinning layups.  He has that “it” factor that another Pedulla had wearing the Buddy Buckets uni!

 

Luke Gray (Team Buddy Buckets 16U)

Later in the event it was another 2024 playing up that took the game over.  That was power forward Luke Gray.  The long and angular four man is a nifty finisher around the hoop that shot a high percentage making acrobatic layups, hitting the offensive glass, and finishing dump offs.  Also made an impact on the defensive end with his shot blocking and mobility switching.

 

Khalif Bettis (MN Chill 16U)

Apple Valley in Minnesota has produced some players over the last decade!  One to watch moving forward is 2023 6’4” small forward Khalif Bettis.  The Minnesota Chill forward ran the floor hard time and time again for scores in transition.  Quick slashes from the wings where he often converted scoop shots or acrobatic layups.  High-motor forward that brings defensive versatility.

 

Jerome Brewer (NEBC 17U)

Brewer is a 6’8” power forward with a great physical frame.  Built like a defensive end he can play with both power and finesse.   His go to game is when he faces up from the mid and high post area taking his man off the bounce with powerful spin moves.  Brewer gets to the charity stripe at a high rate which allows him to rack up easy points at the line.  Quality rebounder and also is a solid defender being able to check skilled fours on the perimeter and take on more intimidating big men inside.  Contests shots both in the paint and beyond the arc.

 

Jevon Porter (MPJ Elite 17U)

Younger brother of Michael Porter who his team is named after has already committed to Pepperdine.  Lorenzo Romar is getting a good one as the 6’11” five man has great length and skill.  His passing at the center position was the skill that caught our eye the most.  He dished the rock out of the post finding cutters and shooters.  Porter can even handle it in the open floor at his size which is very rare.  As a scorer mostly mid-range shots and quick post moves for hooks.  Did stretch it out to drain a corner three on one occasion.  Shot blocking presence swatting shots in bunches.

 

Parker Friedrichsen (Tulsa Hawks 17U)

Friedrichsen is a 2023 prospect who plays on the 17U level and already holds a handful of D1 offers.  Long and lanky build at 6’4” with a frame that he should continue to grow along with being able to add strength.  His advanced skill set jumped off the floor at us.  He understands the nuances of the game being able to get separation on his shot, set defenders up, and get to his spots.  Plus jump shooter with a feathery touch and his athleticism shines off the bounce with how well he scores on drives and in transition.  Mid-major prospect with high-major potential.

 

Jay Dawson (Nebraska Supreme 17U)

Dawson is the lesser known of the two Nebraska Supreme standouts.  He opened eyes with his athleticism including exploding for one of the best dunks of the weekend.  The two guard from Omaha Central brings versatility as a two way player defending, scoring, and dishing the rock.  Made quite an impression with his play.

 

Isaac Traudt (Nebraska Supreme 17U)

Traudt is a national top 50 recruit.  I hadn’t seen him in a year and was surprised to see how bulked up he was in his upper body.  He drained a couple mid-range jumpers and was aggressive with quick and decisive post moves where he slammed home dunks.

 

JV Seat (Team Buddy Buckets 17U)

Seat is a thick bodied shooting guard from Edmond Memorial who stands at 6’3”.  The rising senior was a straight bucket getter all weekend long with the way he scored it.  Creates off the bounce for both jumpers and drives.  Was one of the more productive scorers we saw at the event.