#Sweet16 Stock Risers – April 19, 2015
Heat Check guard Jordan Lyons was one of the top performers from the first session of the Sweet 16. Photo Cred: Courtney Davis
Sweet 16 Stock Risers
Austin Walker – SC Elite
Tough, tough, tough, three words to describe the Anderson, SC native. Walker put his team on his back in both halves in an early morning game on day 2 of the Sweet 16. His persona stayed even keeled as his team fell further and further behind. He gave everything on both ends of the floor, kept his team encouraged and working. Even after bringing the ball the full length of the floor, coming off the a screen and draining a three ball at the buzzer.
Tristan Chambers – Bledsoe Ice
Chambers was tough all weekend. He shot the ball exceptionally well from exceptionally deep! Shooting from deep is his trademark and naturally separates him from his peers, his overall game really impressed coaches along the sideline during the games he played in. “White chocolate” is athletic and tough as anyone in his Bledsoe Ice team! His high basketball iq was on display in the screen and role game with his team consistently converting off of his reads. Picking up an offer from Mercer over the weekend, another live session with Chambers shooting the wet jumper from deep could end with nonstop phone calls and text messages from colleges wanting his services.
Ezekiel Balogun – Team Georgia Elite
Ezekiel played with an unbelievable motor all weekend, not doing it to get noticed, but because that’s how he plays. The native Nigerian was one of the most versatile players during session 1 of the Sweet 16. He rebounded ferociously, defended mercilessly, handled the rock, got everyone involved, while showing the ability to score. Balogun fought every second he was on the floor to involve himself in every play during the game. His college ready body plus intangibles and versatility will make him a marked man over the spring and summer evaluation period.
Daniel Gafford – Arkansas Wings
Daniel Gafford was the most impressive, imposing interior player that I saw over the weekend. The talented sophomore has good consistent hands, a quick second jump, and a great feel for the floor on both ends. A shot blocker and rebounder on the defense end of the floor, who seems to dunk all of his touches anywhere near the paint on offense.
Jordan Lyons – Heat Check
No one shot the ball better than Lyons over the weekend. Everyone in the gym knows that Lyons is the primary option on the talented Heat Check squad, but that doesn’t stop him from getting touches and letting it fly almost “splash brother” like. Coach Weaver has plenty sideline and baseline plays for his Sniper, all that seem to work. Lyons makes it tough on the defense with his ability to score off the bounce.
Around the Rim
Vangaurd Elite wing Nick Cunningham was automatic from behind the arc at the Sweet 16. On opening night the 6-foot-5 wing knocked down (5) three pointers in the first half. Cunningham is one of the top shooters in the peach state, college programs looking for a shooter make sure to check him out.
Team Eat lead guard Jalen Jordan was the talk amongst college coaches on Day 2. The 6-foot guard has the ability to attack the defense to either finish around the basket or find open teammates.
Dylan Curry of Heat Check caught the attention of Tennessee Tech, Western Carolina, and South Alabama. Curry showed the ability to consistently knock down the deep ball.
Junior forward Najee Garvin of South Carolina Elite showed the ability to step away from the basket showing that he could hit the mid-range jumper or put the ball on the deck with one or two dribbles.
Phillip Harper is the owner of Hotlanta Prep Prospects and a contributor to On the Radar Hoops.
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