Posted On: 07/21/21 3:30 AM

These four young men below stood out thanks to a combination of skill and physical gifts. They’ve earned their specific claims with consistent play and an obvious lean that makes their game standout. Meet the best of the best in our four categories: Best Athlete, Best Driver, Best Passer, and Most Physical.

Best athlete 

JJ Hernandez 

The young men from FOE Louisiana or Tarrant Elite might like a word with me after this, but Hernandez earned this spot on day 1 and never let it go. He was one of the few athletes in attendance that consistently finished above the rim. The Chicago native was a terror in transition showing off speed in his 6-6 frame. He’s more of a wing than a true big, but that didn’t stop him from swatting and altering shots during the three-day event.

Best Driver

Max Howery

Howery wins this title with a combination of quickness and strength. He’s able to blow by guards with a hesitation dribble and score before defenses adjust. Guys like Benjamin Price earned consideration, but it was Howery’s accuracy at the rim that sealed this title. 

Best Passer

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