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There was a ton of talent on display on day 1 of the Prep Hoops Next Heartland Kickoff. Below were some of the top performers.
Strong guard that can score at all three levels. Ultra competitor that was relentless scoring the basketball. He displayed his ability to score off the catch or dribble making tough shot after tough shot. He took over late in the second half to bring them back against KY Futures Elite after being down double digits most of the game. Was at his best in iso situations and getting to the paint to score. Natural tough scorer.
Smith is an active high motor wing that set the tone for Dawgs He wasn’t the most skilled guy on the court, but with how hard he played, it allowed him to get a ton of easy baskets. Did a great job drawing contact on drives and either got to the line or finished. Big time competitor.
Caldwell has great size and strength for his age. Right now he’s a forward but plays more like a guard. Can shoot off catch and proved to have 3pt range. Has good touch finished with either hand around the basket. Was really impressed when he made a move and finished a floater with his left hand. Dominated each game.
Gandy is one of the best players at the event, regardless of age. Big time athlete and got to his spots whenever he wanted. At times, it looked like it was too easy for him which led to some lack luster plays, but when he turned it on he could get whatever shot he wanted. Has the potential to be a big time player.
Riley is a true PG that did a good job running the team. He never seemed to be sped up and play too fast and you could tell he understands how to play the right way. Plays with a huge chip on his shoulder and doesn’t back down from anybody. Made some clutch shots for them including a tough floater on the baseline over much taller defenders. Fun player to watch.
The best 2029 big man at the event. Is much further along in his development than most big men his age. Made a couple nice moves with his back to the basket and finished. Did a great job defending without fouling in the post affecting everyone’s shots. Had a great day.
McPherson is a fearless guard that just knows how to play the game. It seems like the game comes easy to him. All day he made tough shot after tough shot. Early in the games he did a good job getting everyone involved but when he needed to score he stepped up.
Thompson is what you are looking for in a wing. Has great size with exceptional athleticism. High level rebounder on both ends due to his instincts and ability. Seemed to be bored at times with how easy the game was for him. Needs to improve his jump shot, but he is so effective getting to the rim he doesn’t have to rely on that part of his game so far. Excited to follow his development.
Thompson came up huge for them in their second game vs Big Energy. Got every 50/50 ball, rebounded on both ends and made some clutch shots down the stretch. His energy he brought on day 1 was a big reason for their success. Every team needs a guy like Thompson to bring the energy and set the tone.
Tough hard nosed guard. Did a great job playing thru physical defenders and get to the rim. Made all the right plays and also showcased his range knocking down 3’s from distance. Doesn’t over complicate the game and lets the game come to him. Had a really solid day.
Terrence impacts the game in every way. Did a good job getting rebounds, leading the break and getting players involved. Did a great job getting to the rim and either dumping it off to teammates or scoring. Has great quickness to get by defenders but was really impressed with his composer. Best 2029 on the floor today.