Posted On: 04/27/21 9:19 AM
This past weekend a lot of Utah Grassroots programs found different venues to play and showcase their talents. With the right platform the right school and coaches can call. At times players might not play in a heavy exposure event but still play at a high level. Here are a few names who have been making noise increasing their stock this past weekend.
6’3 G Mason Bendinger | Utah Prospects
Mason is starting to make a noticeable jump in his game, and it is really showing at the defensive end. While competing against some of the best guards in the country this past weekend against the likes of Team Loaded and Upward Stars Mason was holding his own. his lateral movement and physical nature has really increased. Mason is defending and racking up steals and hauling in rebounds. On the offensive end he is trying to punch down a lot of opportunities at the rim. He has that wiggle that gets him enough space out in the perimeter to get the long balls off, but he also has the quickness to get to the rim. He’s really starting to shoot that mid=range pull-up at a high percentage.
6’6 McCoy Langston McCoy Langston 6'6" | SG Copper Hills | 2022 State UT | Utah Premier | McCoy is playing at a high level and he has been an intriguing prospect because he can play multiple positions. McCoy can play 1-3 at a high level and he can score on the ball and off the ball. He is a player that you have to account for because he will make you pay from deep or take it to the rim on bad close-outs. He is a fundamentally sound player that is unselfish but can score when called upon. Could be a great get for a D2 or a small school looking to add a versatile player. 6’9 C Malick Diallo Malick Diallo 6'9" | C Juan Diego Catholic | 2024 State UT | Mountain Stars | The mature freshman has not been running with his age group as he has made his way up to the 17U team which has provided an interesting 1-2 punch on the blocks for the Mountain Strs. Malick is skilled on the blocks as he can go to his go to moves almost all the time and he never looks uncomfortable. His shot has a little hitch to it but it goes in. He is a threat out beyond the three. Strong body that can continue to improve in strength, but his wingspan really makes it difficult to get good looks at the basket when he is in the paint. Great timing on both ends rebounding and finishing. 6’5 F Tobey Schmitt Tobey Schmitt 6'4" | CG American Fork | 2021 State UT Utah Premier | Tobey is an athlete that really knows his role, but you can see his growth as he is starting to show more of his game out in the mid area of the floor offensively. Tough strong defender that is looking to find a roster as a 2021 grad. Tobey can get up and down the floor and is a serviceable SF that can guard and switch and is just active. Sleeper pick-up for the right school. Has the body and physicality to play right away at a small school. 6’0 PG Quentin Meza Quentin Meza 6'0" | PG Cyprus | 2023 State UT | Utah Prospects | Quentin has been a player that can score and can get up and down the floor and let it fly and also get in the lane at the high school level. Seeing him really grow his game and IQ at the highest level is just going to increase his stock. He is lighting it up and he is taking the right shots and making the right plays. Quentin is starting to use different gears to give himself space, he is making decisions under pressure all while keeping his vision up. He creates space for himself to get shots off and he also uses his quick first step and he can create for others. Defensively he is out there competing and has an endless motor that impressive especially for a guard that exserts so much energy.