Seven prospects who impressed in the four games I watched at the Sizzle Fall League in St. Paul! Ater Manyuon 52 State 14 Pos 6'4" | SF | 2023 Austin | Gain Elite Ater is a highlight play waiting to…
Seven prospects who impressed in the four games I watched at the Sizzle Fall League in St. Paul!
Ater is a highlight play waiting to happen. When he gets out in the open floor he’s one of the most explosive athletes in the state who can finish above the rim with ease. Really like the change of speed he plays with on the ball, and he has some wiggle to get to the rim or create his own shot. The lefty guard is a streaky shooter who can put up points in a hurry when he sees the ball going in. Could be in for a big year at Austin if yesterday’s play was any indication.
Edison played really fast yesterday as they were constantly looking to push the ball ahead, and Deidrick fits that style of play perfectly. He’s extremely quick on the ball but is also unselfish and knows when to pass it ahead. Taylor is often one of the smallest players in the game but is fearless going to the rim and has excellent touch to score with floaters over the top while also being able to go into contact and draw fouls. Hit a few outside shots and forced turnovers on defense with his quickness to jump passing lanes.
Rolyns is going to draw so many fouls this winter, as there aren’t many players in the state strong enough to defend him 1v1 on the block. With his size, strength, and quick feet he’s a versatile big who can go to work on the block, float on the perimeter, and even take opposing forwards off the dribble from the wing. He looks more aggressive this season with the ball in his hands, as he has a variety of ways to score and knows that if he gets near the basket he’s likely going to finish or earn a trip to the free throw line. Aligbe also has touch from beyond the arc and can make defenders pay for sagging off of him.
Isiah looks ready to be an instant impact player for Edison as they’ll be contenders in the city conference this winter. At 6’5 he’s a long and lanky wing prospect with explosiveness and good lateral quickness. Those physical attributes allow him to alter shots around the basket and get his hands in passing lanes to force turnovers. Offensively he can knock down threes off the catch, can attack the gaps to get to the basket, and is scrappy on the glass. Will be an exciting player to watch as he’s also an above-the-rim finisher who isn’t afraid to try to throw one down on defenders around the basket.
Despite facing some physical on-ball defense, Jerome was such a reliable ball handler and creator for Minnehaha Academy. He’s a one-man press break with the quickness to blow by his man and then get his team into a 5v4 situation going the other way. In the half-court he’s so good at getting into the paint and then playing off of two feet where he has the vision to find open shooters but can also explode to the rim for a crafty finish. Has improved at elevating on his shots off the dribble and also has deep range from three off the catch. Defensively he can be a pest on the ball with his quickness, and excels at getting over the top of screens on the perimeter. Quick hands to poke the ball free and create steals as well.
Minneapolis North will have a lot of new faces this season, with Auvon being one of the top returning players. At 6’5 he gives them a big, physical presence inside who can defend against size and rebound at a high level. I knew he had the physical attributes to contribute in the paint, but he also impressed with his quickness up the floor. He was getting up and down with speed and threw down a transition dunk in one of the games. Against Minnehaha Academy he was also a threat from beyond the arc, knocking down a handful of threes to help keep his team in the game.
With. running the point at most times, it frees Lorenzo up to play off the ball in a more scoring-oriented role. He showcased his deep range from beyond the arc, really stretching the floor and opening things up inside for Minnehaha’s forwards. What also impressed me was how he uses his athleticism defensively. He’s so good at reading deep/cross-court passes and flying through the air to steal them and get going the other way. His motor never stops and it shows with how he hunts down loose balls and elevates for rebounds against bigger players. When attacking the basket he gets good hangtime and has excellent body control to contort his body and finish in a variety of ways.