#Sweet16SII – Top performers – April 29, 2015
Ebuka Izundu showed why he is one of the top available post in the country over the weekend at the Sweet 16 Session II. Photo Cred: Courtney Davis
Spring basketball is in full effect as teams from across the country packed into McEachern High School for the Sweet 16 Session II this past weekend. The April tournament gave us an early look at which players are poised for big seasons on the circuit. Here is a look at some of the top performers this past weekend.
Andrew Gordon – 6’10 – Team Speights Elite
Gordon was a man amongst boys in the paint all weekend on both sides of the ball. He showed supreme athleticism chasing smaller guards down in transition to block layups. Gordon’s stock should rise significantly as he reclassifies into 2016 this year.
Lorenzo Jenkins – 6’6 – Forward – Team Speights
Lorenzo “Doobie” Jenkins was instant offense for Team Speights all weekend. He gets to the rim at will and has ability to post up smaller guards. At 6’6″ he can create matchup problems across the floor and rack up points quickly, inside and out.
Brandon Gonzalez – 6’6 – Small Forward – Team Speights Blue
Gonzalez was one of the best shooters in attendance this weekend. At 6’6″ he has no problem getting his shot off quickly over defenders. It helps that he shoots the ball efficiently and also has a motor to be active around the glass to rebound.
Roger Davis – 6’7 – Forward – South Georgia Kings
Davis is a long, sleek athlete who really glides to the bucket. This kid is a “next level” athlete who can put it on the floor and then finish with either hand. In addition he has the ability to step away from the basket and knock down the open jumper. College programs still looking for an forward, Roger Davis is your guy.
Jason Landman -6’8 – Post – Team Sac
Landman possesses good skillset for a player his size and is deceptively athletic throwing down reverse dunks in transition. The 6’8 stretch 4 shot the ball well from behind the arc and even made a few jumpers off the dribble. He creates matchup problems for opposing teams’ bigs when they have to step on the perimeter to guard him.
Artavious Love – 6’4 – Small Forward – Smyrna Stars
Love has yet to make a college decision but it shouldn’t take long with his performances. Love went for multiple 20 point plus games this weekend, willing his team to a victory over Team Speights to reach championship game with 26. Love would be a great late pickup for LM programs this spring.
Davonte Jordan -6’3 – Guard – Team Moam
Jordan’s frame and athleticism catches your attention quickly. The guard explodes off the floor and plays above the rim in transition. Showed the ability to knock down mid-range jumper and pass the ball effectively.
Ebuka Izundu – 6’10 – C – Charlotte Aces
The 6-foot-10 post drew the likes of Arkansas, Tennessee, Cincinnati and more schools at Sweet 16 Session II. The rim protector runs the floor hard and finishes in transition when he gets it. Izundu was the dominating paint protector for Aces and controlled the boards for easy put backs and dunks on top of defenders. Look for him to make his college decision sometime this Spring.
Alston Davis – 6’6 – Small Forward – Charlotte Aces
This 6-foot-6 forward was the X Factor for the Aces when Izudundu wasn’t in the game. His ability to knock down the 3 and get to the rim made it hard for teams to help off him and kept the floor spaced. Davis even had a couple of highlight dunks in transition.
Anthony Showell – 6’1 – Guard – Infinite Skills
Showell is a shooting point guard, he averaged nearly 17 points in his first two games over the weekend. He is very crafty working along the baseline and has a smooth looking jump shot out to the stripe. He hit a number of clutch shots down the stretch in tight games and never got rattled under pressure.
AJ Hicks -5’11 – Guard – Georgia Stars Davis
Hicks was a problem for every team that attempted to guard him. The quick guard sliced defenses and made plays for himself and teammates all weekend. The unsigned SR was fun to watch. Coaches should make note to see him play this Summer if he hasn’t made a decision by then.
Willie Evans is a player evaluator & youth director for On the Radar Hoops.
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