Posted On: 06/1/21 12:13 PM

There were plenty of long-range bombs, high-rising dunks, and crafty crossover dibbles at the Grind Region Memorial Classic in Kansas City. But nothing brings a smile to a coach’s face quicker than a dive on the floor or a sprint out of bounds after a loose ball, a drawn charge, or a fearless contest at the rim.

Effort makes a good player great, and it wins everyone favor in the eyes of a coach.

Here are some guys who stood out for their all-out effort in the 16U ranks of the GRMC (in alphabetical order):

Sam Leatherwood, 5-foot-9 guard, GABL Future – Hoisington, Rockhurst HS:

Does this guy get after it or what? Leatherwood plays with extreme passion, leaving everything he has on the floor. Once he contested a ball in the air and wound up going entirely over the back of an opponent, coming down in an impressive handstand on the other side. He runs the floor, dives for every loose ball, and defends with intensity.

Isaiah Lyons, 5-foot-8 guard, KS 94x50 Elite, Topeka West:

Lyons is tough. A 2024 who played up in KC, Lyons plays the game at high speed and with a quiet intensity. His facial

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