Los Angeles, CA - The UA Association made a stop in LA this past weekend. With a number of teams fighting for position in the UA Finals in July, there was some very competitive basketball on display. Here are some of the standouts from the 17U teams:
2020 6’4 PG Jalen Suggs (Grassroots Sizzle) was spectacular in a 4th quarter comeback for his team that fell short. With his team down 18 with 7 minuets left in the 4th, Suggs singlehandedly cut the deficit down to 2 points before his team went on to lose by 4. Suggs displayed an ability to switch to another gear when he took over the game, making plays on both sides of the floor. He got going from deep first, every shot that left his hand was good. He’s pulling up effortlessly from beyond NBA range. After the defense started to closeout hard, he began using the head fake to drive by and get to the basket. This kid has a high IQ and he’s very talented. Suggs handles the rock well and possesses good court vision. He finished the game with 30 points and 9 rebounds.
2019 6'3 PG Isaiah Wong (We-R1) was impressive in a showdown between he and Jalen Suggs. In the 4th quarter they went back-n-forth exchanging baskets. Wong has a crafty handle that allows him to get anywhere on the floor. He has a nice stroke from mid-range and deep. Wong has one of the smoothest pull up jumpers I saw all day. He also has a sneaky athletic ability as he threw down some jaw dropping finishes.
2018 6’6 SF Tyreese Davis (KC Run GMC) didn’t do a lot of damage scoring the ball but he was effective on both ends of the court. He can handle the rock, get into the lane, & finish with either hand. He also possesses the ability to make plays for his teammates off the drive. He's only averaging a little bit over 11 points per game but he's doing it shooting 48% from the floor.
2018 5'7 PG Damien Daniels (KC Run GMC) is a very scrappy guard and he's tough. He's a pest on the defensive end. On the offensive end he gets his team going. His size doesn't stop him from attacking the basket and finishing amongst the trees.
2018 7'0 C Keenan Fitzmorris (KC Run GMC) was spectacular from the perimeter against Sports U. He went 3-4 from 3. He stretches the defense which allows his guards to attack the basket. What was more impressive about this kid was his energy on and off the court. He's always positive and he hustles on and off the court. He wasn't backing down from the matchup against Nazeron Reid.
2018 6'1 PG Jahvon Quinerly (Sports U) was fantastic in a win over KC Run GMC. He finished with 33 points and he did it inside and out. He shoots it well from deep whether set or off the dribble. When he was attacking the basket he either was finishing or getting to the line. The duo of him and Reid is one to reckon with.
2018 6'11 C Nazreon Reid (Sports U) was good even though he had a tough shooting performance. He can handle the rock and push the break. He made a number of moves that was surprising with his size. He has the ability to create space with this handle to get his shot off or attack the basket.
2018 6'2 PG Devon Dotson (Team Charlotte) was impossible to stop once downhill. He made a living in the paint whether he was finishing at the rack or dishing to a teammate. Dotson gets a lot of "Hockey Assist". I say that because he gets the defense off balance when he drives then kicks the ball out and that man makes the extra pass for an open shot. Dotson is a tough guard and he converted some tough finishes around the rim. This kid is also a pest on the defensive end as he averages over 3 steals a game.
2018 6'5 CG Eric Ayala (We-R1) makes a mean 1-2 punch alongside Wong. Ayala does a god job of attacking the basket and drawing fouls. He rebounds the ball well on the defensive end as he averages over 5 rebounds per game.
2019 6'5 PG Bryan Antoine (Team Río), one of he more skilled guards. He can finish in traffic with either hand. He's a righty but had a few lefty floaters and a lefty tip-in. He has a good pull up jumper that he gets good elevation on which makes it hard for defenders to block. He also stops on the drop of a dime which leaves the defense off balance. Antoine knocked down a few 3-balls as well.
2019 6'5 SG Scottie Lewis (Team Río) is an underrated shot blocker for his size. On the offensive end he's deadly with the ball in his hand. Lewis has a good change of direction which allows him to get into the lane at will. Like Antoine, Lewis also shoots the ball well off the bounce.
2017 6'3 CG Naquante Hardy (Atlanta Xpress) is a serious scoring threat each time he touches the ball. Hardy can score the ball inside or out. He plays at his own pace but what was more impressive was seeing how he has developed his playmaking ability for his teammates.
2018 6'9 PF Marcus Littles (We-R1)
2018 6'6 SF Aaron Wiggins (Team Charlotte)
2018 6'7 F Isaiah Kelly (Atlanta Xpress)
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