The 2nd annual IndiHoops Tip-off closed out Sunday with competitive, heated play in all age groups. The Showtime Ballers stood alone in the 17U bracket, defeating Stampede in overtime. Point guards Sylvain "Frenchie" Francisco (unsigned senior) and 6-1 2020 Naseem Khalid were the difference makers for Showtime.
Francisco was fantastic throughout the event, utilizing his speed to beat defenders to the rim, athleticism to finish above the trees and his jumper to keep defenders off balance. He has high major tools, confidence and motor to match. Khalid is a tough, hard-nosed player with great feel on both ends of the floor. He consistently got his feet in the paint, creating havoc for the defense as he found open cutters and shooters. He finished well and defends on a high level.
Other top performers:
2018 6-7 WF Nassir Little (1 Family) The big wing knows how to fill the stat sheet. He plays both ends, rebounds in traffic, tough on the break and mixes his inside/outside game. He has range on his jumper but doesn't settle.
2019 6-7 WG Elias King (Stampede) Always known as a shooter, King has improved on the defensive side and doing a better job rebounding the ball. He shot it well with range and does a great job using two dribble pull-up.
2018 6-0 PG Kyler Jenkins AC Georgia) One of the newest names coming out of Georgia. If he can duplicate his IndiHoops performance over the live periods more college coaches will start taking notice. He shoots the ball extremely well and with a quick release. He defended well against the Francisco/Khalid backcourt and used ball screens well. Claims offers from Air Force, Middle Tennessee, Rice and others.
2020 5-9 PG Sharife Cooper (AOT) He's the catalyst to the success of AOT. Cooper is crafty, has terrific vision and don't be fooled by his size - tough. The young guard was tested against some of aforementioned guards and more than held his own.
2019 6-6 WG Isaac Okoro (AOT) If Cooper is the leader, Okoro is the motor for AOT. He plays at a non-stop pace and affects the game all both sides of the ball. He acts as the second ball handler, top rebounder and defender for his squad.
2020 6-7 G Scotty Barnes (Thunderstruck) The long, slender freshman had a great weekend. Barnes doesn't let his slight build deter him from attacking the basket and the rim. He is very good with the ball, has good passing instincts and showed defensive competitiveness. Top 20 caliber players in this class.
2018 6-7 WF Kamani Johnson (Stampede) Great motor! He was the reason the Stampede came out of a couple of close games with wins. He was relentless on the glass, got out in passing lanes and on the break. Showed improvement on his jumper when not slashing to basket.
2018 6-7 F Emmitt Williams (E1T1) What's there not to like about a player that plays hard on every possession, tough to keep off the offensive glass and defends multiple positions. Williams makes winning plays and loves the dirty work. There was a good chance that E1T1 would have been in the championship but had to leave early after quarterfinal win.
2018 6-3 CF Anfernee Simons (Team Breakdown) Simons play with pace, doesn't force the action but does a good job of taking advantage of defensive breakdowns. He shot the ball well and with considerable bounce finishes above the rim in traffic.
2018 5-10 PG Nick Honor (E1T1) If Williams is the inside threat, Honor was certainly the outside threat for E1T1. He consistently drained the deep ball and when defenses got tight he has solid handles and strength to get in the lane.
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