Who was the MVP of each grassroots team program this past spring and summer? This might not necessarily be the best player although in many cases it is. We are looking at the player that elevated their game and stepped…
Who was the MVP of each grassroots team program this past spring and summer? This might not necessarily be the best player although in many cases it is. We are looking at the player that elevated their game and stepped up when it mattered most taking both themselves and their teams to the next level.
For Meanstreets there were several prospects under consideration for this honor with the strong springs that Josh Thomas and Lorenzo Edwards had for the 17U and the stellar play of multiple emerging prospects on the 15U team, but at the end of the day our Meanstreets program MVP is Simeon 2017 point guard Evan Gilyard. When games were on the line Gilyard made key plays to get his team wins. A major reason for the success that Meanstreets 16U had during July was Gilyard. The high IQ point guard has a good feel for the game and improved his shot selection when looking to score.
One of his signature moments of the summer was what he did leading his team to the Chicago Summer Jam title during the first live period. Gilyard went head to head with highly touted guard Tre Jones from Minnesota and played him even if not having the edge before Jones’ injury. When the hardware was on the line he played his best getting everyone involved. Works well in the pick and roll/pop both turning the comer getting to the hoop, pulling up for a jumper, and hitting teammates. Defensively he pressures the ball and is scrappy creating turnovers.
Elevated his game and recruiting stock heading into a big year at Simeon.