OTR Florida Memorial Day Classic – Folds Names to Know – May 30, 2023
Florida Memorial Day Battle- Names to Know
By: Josh Folds
24’ G Nate Smathers– Nate is a consistent outside shooter who had a quick and high shot release making it difficult to guard. Nate has a solid frame and helps with rebounding while on the defensive end. Nate had a productive overall weekend and seems to have great upside to his overall game.
24’ CG Caleb Jones-Dicks– Caleb is a flat out dog who can go from start to finish. Caleb was one of the highest scoring guards from the weekend and is someone who you want to have the ball when you need a bucket. Caleb is a matchup nightmare for the opposing team and is a 3-level scorer who also uses his body well when attacking the rim. Every time I see him play, he simply gets better and better. Expect his name to continue to cause a buzz in the gym this summer.
24’ G Niko Bavaro – I always like trying to find players who have great upside and potential. Niko is one of them he had a great weekend. Niko is a 6’3 sharpshooter with a solid college ready frame. A strong wing defender who can make shots off the dribble and showed nice combo moves to get to the basket. Niko has been putting in a ton of work and that hard work is translating to the competition he has been facing. Solid overall upside here and a name to monitor into the summer.
24’ G Julian Parker– Julian was a key piece in his team’s success with G12024 this past weekend. Julian showed great footwork while consistently knocking down the outside shot. Julian has a long wingspan which helps on the defensive side while helping him create space to knock down the jumper. Julians stock is starting to rise on this loaded G1 roster so lookout for a big summer from Julian and his team.
24’ SG Corey LeClair- Corey plays with great speed and energy and gives his coach great minutes when on the floor. Corey was one of the more consistent outside shooters I saw over the weekend and displayed great fundamentals at the guard position. Corey also did a great job on defense causing turnovers leading to easy points in transition.
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