Freshman Check In
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It’s over a month into the season and freshman all over are earning varsity playing time. This was certainty on display at the Mustang Holiday Classic, with many teams having freshman log big minutes, or at least find ways to…
It’s over a month into the season and freshman all over are earning varsity playing time. This was certainty on display at the Mustang Holiday Classic, with many teams having freshman log big minutes, or at least find ways to impact while on the court. Unfortunately the potential freshman headliner of the event,of Owasso missed the event with an illness.
Shooter. The freshman torched the nets . He showed diversity to his game with some scores off the bounce, and playing feisty defense. Which lead to some points in transition for himself or his teammates. But, it’s his pure shooting stroke from beyond the arc that is his calling card. Denson is the type of shooter that looks like most of his shots are going in, thanks to a pure looking shot. Over the weekend he averaged 15 points a game, with an impressive 42.1% (8-19) from beyond the arc.
Currently, he’s an off the ball player, spot up specialist type. He had moments of making more happen but he looked most comfortable as a sniper, and embraced his role. The youngster has a thinner frame, likely indicating he’s still growing. So it will be interesting to see if he grows into a lanky shooting specialist and what he adds to his game as he matures.
The freshman fits well into the flow of Southmoore’s offense of efficient scoring, especially as for a freshman he was surprisingly effective scoring off the bounce. On drives, Brammer often had body control and savvy beyond his years with how he scored around the rim or his ability to stop and nail pulls ups. There were times he did try to do too much on drives, an ill-fated reverse layup attempt comes to mind, but overall the youngster did a great job of being an efficenet scorer.
Brammer scored 12 points in both of the Sabercats’ wins against Owasso and Midwest City, averaging 9.7 points for the tournament. He only shot 20% from beyond the arc for the tournament, so his long range shooting ability is currently a question mark based on this sample size.
The 918 sharpshooter was in a shooting slump for the three games in Mustang. Often leaving good looks short even when open, and struggled to find a rhythm. It looked like he might’ve broke out of the slump on Friday morning, but foul trouble derailed his final game in the 405.
On a bright side, even with his shot not falling Williams stayed engaged on the defensive end. Many shooters, even older, can let their offense dictate, their defensive effort. So, it was a great sign to see the freshman stay engaged, deflecting passes and getting after it on the defensive end.
During Mustang’s dominant first half on Thursday night, the younger brother of Jacobe made key energy plays. Burying a deep triple and also recording a great steal and score in the second quarter. Look for the youngster’s role to grow throughout the season on a Broncos team that currently starts four seniors.
It’s no surprise that young Milton looks well drilled and fundamentally sound, considering his brother Shake was a two time Gatorade Player of the Year at Owasso (currently with the 76ers) and his sister Terryn helped Owasso to the 2018 6A State Title. When watching him over the summer and even now, it’s clear he has a tight handle along with great fundamentals when it comes to ball fakes and court vision. He’s on the smaller side now, but made the most of a first half opportunity. During a quick stretch today, he grabbed his own long miss and fired a smart pass for an assist. Then drained a three of his own. Milton is in the tough spot of having the foundational framework to make an impact from a skill standpoint but patience is required as his physical growth catches up.