Basketball is on hiatus indefinitely, but there are still players to talk about and content to write. For many unsigned seniors, the summer period would have been one last shot at proving themselves in front of college coaches. With no…
Basketball is on hiatus indefinitely, but there are still players to talk about and content to write. For many unsigned seniors, the summer period would have been one last shot at proving themselves in front of college coaches.
With no return to the hardwood on the immediate horizon, they’ll have to hope their season and playoff performances will be enough. Here’s a look at some of the top unsigned seniors that I’ve watched in person from the Western League who no doubt could help a college team at the D1-DIII, NAIA or even JuCo levels.
Cheatom is one of the top scorers, and players overall, in the city of Los Angeles. He’s a very crafty scorer with an arsenal of offensive moves to get separation from his defender and get a good shot off. He’s a strong guard too who can get to the rim and is able to draw contact and get to the free-throw line. His playmaking game is strong too as he can read the defensive pressure he draws and find his open teammates.
Gladney was part of a formidable trio on the wings for the Lions along with fellow seniorsand . He’s a scoring point guard who knows when to look for his shot and knows when to run the offense and create for his teammates. Good outside shooter, but his strength lies in attacking the rim where he has a nice floater. Tough defensive player on the wing.
3. Caden Arnold – Palisades
Arnold was key player on a Dolphins team that won its first City Section championship in 51 years and made it to the Southern Regional Finals. He’s a good shooter from both the midrange and from three-point range. He can also put the ball on the floor and make plays off the dribble. Most importantly, he does many of the little things that don’t show up in a box score such as playing defense, boxing out and diving on the floor for loose balls.
4. Kymani Pollard – Westchester
Pollard is a steady motor who keeps the engine running. He’s a floor leader and real point guard. His game isn’t flashy, but it’s efficient. Always looking to make the right pass and create shots for his teammates. He plays strong on-ball defense too, quick hands and can force turnovers. Scoring-wise he can shoot from midrange and three and can get to the rim.
Hunter is another player who is a solid point guard and floor leader. He’s got great court awareness and vision. He is always looking to be a facilitator and he keeps the ball moving; he doesn’t let the offense stagnate. He looks for the best shot possible. While he keeps the offense moving, he can score too if need be. Doesn’t always look for his shot but he is certainly capable.