Posted On: 07/20/21 12:28 PM
The adidas 3SSB Championships were the first major shot circuit event for the city of Omaha, and it did not disappoint. The talent was elite, the crowd showed out, and the competitiveness in each game was palpable. Here are the some of the best performances from Southern region prospects over the weekend:
Annor Boateng | 6’6″ SF | Arkansas Hawks 15U
I have only been scouting high school basketball for a few years now, but the most impressive athlete I have ever seen at the 15U level was Boateng this weekend in Omaha. There were several thunderous dunks on which he took off from outside the lane. He is a great leaper off of two feet or just one, and can finish well with either hand. Boateng was physical inside, finishing and-1 after and-1, and was able to beat his defenders off the dribble with quickness and excellent lower body flexibility. He didn’t shoot many threes, but he did knock down a big one that sent it to overtime in one of the best games of the weekend. He already has three SEC offers (Arkansas, Mississippi State, Texas A&M) and that is only the beginning.
Daniel Culberson | 6’0″ PG | Arkansas Hawks 15U
The tough, high-motor lead guard for the Hawks was a major reason for their trip to the semifinals. Culberson handled pressure well because of his combination of strength and ball-handling prowess. He could turn the corner and explode to the rim for a bucket, but was always scanning the floor, ready to kick it out if the defense over-helped. He didn’t jack too many threes, but when the ball found him on the perimeter in a scramble situation, he knocked them down reliably.
Jakari Livingston | 6’4″ SF | Next Page Force Gold 17U
What caught my eye to begin with was Livingston’s movement away from the ball. He had several well-timed cuts that led to baskets for himself or for teammates. It was clear that he was reading the defense and creating plays without the ball in his hands. He had success as a ball-handler, too, especially when he got into the lane and dropped it off to his big when the defense collapsed on him. Livingston can hang in the air for a long time, which helps him finish around size in the paint.
Cameron Wallace | 6’7″ SF | Next Page Force Gold 17U
Wallace is a natural slasher who can also handle the ball and attack from the perimeter. He almost caught a few bodies on plays in which he attacked immediately off the catch to beat his man, but the bigs fouled him hard and sent him to the line. It wasn’t all just straight line drives either. He mixed up the pace of his drives, and showed off a really nice euro move that allowed him to split defenders and slide into space around the rim. After his performance at the Championships in Omaha, Wallace is drawing some interest from Texas Tech.