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Posted On: 05/27/21 12:47 PM

I round out my coverage from the Havoc in the Heartland with notes on some of the better defensive players in the event. One common theme with all 4 names below is they have the mechanics in terms of defending their own position. While not everyone has the shot blocking skills on this list, all 4 showed they could actively shut down an opponent on the defensive end. Take a look and see who stepped up.

Landen Johnston (2021) Sport-Prep Nothing But Athletes Inc.

Johnston was one of the few 2021s I saw in Indianapolis but he was impactful in their game against Chicago Lockdown. Plays straight up, fundamental defense-focused more on moving laterally than using his hands. Only 6'1 but showed he could contest shots at the rim. Really good feel for the game and awareness of where he needs to be defensively. Surely impressed college coaches looking to add a guard in this upcoming class.

Emondrek Erkins (2022) Y&R 16U

Erkins was an animal against Team Flyght and their athleticism. Standing 6'8 with a wirey frame, Erkins has incredible length and a long wingspan to cover plenty of area. His shot blocking was what really impressed me early on as

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