Posted On: 05/30/21 7:53 PM

With clubs from across the Midwest gathered to do battle at the Grind Region Memorial Classic, there were countless good performances deserving recognition. But a handful of players stood out.

A few 2024s actually were among the top players in the 16U comp over the weekend in KC. But we’ll save mention of them for another list.

Here is the Grind Region Memorial Classic 16U All Star Team (in alphabetical order):

Christian Hughes, 6-foot-1 guard, Gateway Knights, Kirkwood HS:

Hughes is a consummate point guard. He’s a strong leader, both in word and in deed. He gets his teammates the ball and coordinates the offense, but he’s equally effective attacking the basket himself. He’s got surprising athleticism, with good hops and quickness. He gets to the basket and finishes without making it hard on himself. He buries the 3-pointer with quick release and feel for open spaces.

James Lee, 5-foot-10 guard, MPJ Elite, Battle HS (pictured):

One of the most electric ball handlers at the KC event, Lee was as entertaining as he was effective. He’s got brilliant start-and-stop and crossover moves to go with his blow-by quickness. Any defender by his side is immediately left behind. Lee can get

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