Posted On: 07/15/21 3:00 PM

We discussed the 2023 standouts at the Battlezone Tournament. Now, let’s talk about some rising juniors who are on their way to seeing their recruitment take off at their respective levels. Part 2 of my sleepers report. 

Battlezone LA: 2023 Sleepers, Part 2

Nate Simon, 6-0 2023 PG, Jurupa Valley/ Multilevel 16u

One of the quickest players in the gym, Simon also happens to be one of the flashiest playmakers. He comes off the pick-and-roll a threat to score or make passes to either the strong or weak side, using his eyes to misdirect defenders. And he's unafraid to take shots from well beyond the college three. 

Jermaine Patton Jr., 5-7 2023 PG, R.O.N. Institute/ The Magic Sacramento 16u

Whenever The Magic needed a play down the stretch, they went to Patton, a super-quick undersized guard who has the ball on a string. He repeatedly broke down defenders to get into the paint, and when double teams came, he dropped off nifty passes to cutting teammates, or finished over interior defenders with a nice runner package. Patton is also a formidable on-ball defender, despite his diminutive stature. 

Cristian Zamora, 5-11 2023 PG, San Pasqual/ Coastal Elite 16u

Zamora is a

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