Max’s Saturday Sleeper Standouts
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I was able to catch three games on Saturday as Wayzata took on Minneapolis North, Richfield hosted Mound-Westonka, and BSM defeated Waconia. These are seven of the under-the-radar prospects who impressed in those games! Reese Vanderwilt MN #140 C #17…
I was able to catch three games on Saturday as Wayzata took on Minneapolis North, Richfield hosted Mound-Westonka, and BSM defeated Waconia. These are seven of the under-the-radar prospects who impressed in those games!
Reese had a big game to help lead Mound-Westonka to a win over Richfield. He had the size advantage in size, and took full advantage of it as he looked to go to work with his back to the basket. Showcased solid footwork to create high percentage looks around the rim, and I really liked how he made sure he was going up balanced every time, instead of just trying to force up shots because he was the tallest player on the floor. That balance allowed him to power up through contact and finish through double teams. Also posed a threat from beyond the arc. On the opposite end he was rebounding the ball hard, making sure his team was ending Richfield’s possessions after one shot. Not going to impress anyone with explosive athleticism or flashy handles, but Reese goes out and produces with his shooting touch and high level of effort in the paint. Finished with 17 points.
Ron Lee provided a spark off the bench for BSM on Saturday, as his quickness alone is enough to chance up a game. He’s one of those players who just gets after it defensively, and opposing point guards hate to go up against him. Ron is constantly pressuring the ball looking to make his matchup uncomfortable and force turnovers. On the offensive end he showcased a lightning quick first step to get by his man and make plays attacking the basket. Knows when he can get all the way to the rim, but also has the awareness to find an open shooter on the perimeter or pull-up on his own for a short jumper to avoid a charge.
Jake has been impressive for a really good Wayzata team this year, and Saturday’s game was no different. As a defender you just can’t afford to leave him any space, as he’s a lights out shooter who put up 12 points in the big win over North. Even if he’s not getting a ton of shots, defenders can’t afford to help off of him, which can open up some lanes/space for his teammates. Schmitt doesn’t waste and dribbles, and isn’t going to force up any bad looks either. He goes out and takes what the defense gives him, while playing rock solid defense on the other end. 3 & D type of player who comes from a winning program and knows how to play alongside high level talent.
Gavin put up 10 points for Waconia against a tough BSM team. I like his change of pace on the offensive end, and he showcased a really good shot fake that was getting defenders in the air and allowing him to then attack off the dribble. Displayed good patience to jump stop and play off two feet, where he was able to hit cutters with a bounce pass right towards the basket, or pivot and kick it back out. The lefty guard showed touch from beyond the arc, as well as a nice floater in the paint.
Zashon was one of a few North players producing against Wayzata in the loss. There were a few missed lay-ups I’m sure he’d like to get back, but Zashon still showcased his abilities that make him an intriguing prospect moving forward. Defensively he’s such a high effort guy who you can put on opposing guards and wings, and trust that he can defend at a high level. His combination of quickness and long arms allow him to create loose balls, and he’ll always be the first player on the floor fighting for possession. Offensively he looks improved at beating his initial defender off the dribble, and has grown as an outside shooting threat. Tough finisher at the rim with his ability to hang in the air and the comfort to finish with either hand. Showed off his bounce towards the end of the game with a windmill dunk.
Carter may have been the smallest player on the floor, but he was making big plays down the stretch to give his team a win. He was fearless going up to score at the rim, and converted on a couple of huge finishes through traffic late in the game. Also hit some key free throws down when Richfield was making a comeback charge. Handled the ball well under pressure, sat low in a defensive stance, and was scrapping for rebounds amongst taller players. Finished with 15 points in a hard-fought win.
Isaiah is another player for Wayzata who may not have to shoot the ball much, but is extremely efficient with the chances he gets. He may be most known for his shooting touch at his size, but I thought he was excellent utilizing some backdoor cuts to get easy looks at the basket. With a point guard likewho excels at getting into the lane, Isaiah timed his cuts perfectly for quick dump off passes allowing him to finish with ease at the rim. Habte also had a really nice assist from the top of the key hitting one of his teammates for a backdoor dunk. Has solid mobility to defend against mobile forwards, but also the size to make an impact in the paint.