Posted On: 07/7/21 8:47 AM

AAU basketball too often neglects the forwards.  In a curious reversal the taller, post-friendly players get bypassed and overlooked (see also ignored) by the hungry, spotlight-seeking guards.  This dynamic becomes even more pronounced once the college coaches enter the gymnasium.  On this first Friday of the LIVE period, @PrepHoopsTN will feature the best forwards and their productivity.

Featured starter for the EAB 17u outfit, Somtochukwu Cyril Somtochukwu Cyril 6'9" | PF Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (HHCA) | 2024 State TN registered 15 rebounds!  A day after Somto added another Division 1 offer, this time from Oklahoma State, he also recorded 6 blocks for his victorious EAB unit.

Daniel Cochran Daniel Cochran 6'6" | PF Brentwood | 2024 State TN (Brentwood) helped Stars Nashville 15u Thursday night with 18 points.  Thanks to Cochran and Jett Montgomery Jett Montgomery 6'0" | PG Independence | 2024 State TN , the Stars comfortably rolled to a win in their weekend debut.  They play twice Friday.  The Stars Premiere 15u team is coached by former Belmont Bruin Jeff Laidig.

Look for rugged forward Rodney Broadnax Rodney Broadnax 6'5" | PF Cleveland | 2023 State TN (Cleveland) to return to action next week, after missing half a year with an injury. 

Daniel Bale (White House Heritage) scored 22 points Friday morning to help his Stars Basketball-Nashville 17u team at Best of the South.  Last winter Bale won 9AA District MVP.

Drew Brillhart Drew Brillhart 6'3" | SF Bearden | 2024 State TN (Bearden) followed up last night’s win with another strong game, this time scoring 15 points against The Family.  Brillhart starts for a deep Emerald Force 15u team.  They also run out Taj Kimber, Tyler Lee Tyler Lee 6'5" | PF Fulton | 2024 State TN , and a host of other top Knoxville talent.

Tyler Lee Tyler Lee 6'5" | PF Fulton | 2024 State TN and Drew Brillhart Drew Brillhart 6'3" | SF Bearden | 2024 State TN are tough defenders…will rebound all around the rim,” shared Emerald Force 15u Head Coach Jazz Kimber.  “They also can knock down shots from anywhere on the court.”

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