James Amend 6'2" | 2028 CTX Knights 2028 This 6-foot-2-inch prospect stood out as a relentless slasher with an aggressiveness to his attack as he blast through the lane with no fear. Amend is a fluid athlete with tons of…
This 6-foot-2-inch prospect stood out as a relentless slasher with an aggressiveness to his attack as he blast through the lane with no fear. Amend is a fluid athlete with tons of potential and upside, Saturday he displayed the size, strength, and skill set to outplay his opponent on a play to play basis.
Edan proved to be one of top bucket getters of the day. His smooth stroke from all three levels of the floor was efficient, his touch was impressive, and his ball splashed through the net with a consistent rotation. My favorite aspect of his game is the way he baits his man by attacking the basket from outside the lane where he was great at finishing shots off balance and drawing shooting foul calls with his body contact on the way up.
Marco Johnson ate defenders alive that played him too tight. He used his off hand to protect the ball and force his way around a defender’s hip, this move was unstoppable on the baseline he either got a shot at the basket or picked up the foul call. Jack of all trades, particularly on the offensive side of the ball where Johnson was able to make plays off the dribble at a high rate. He attracted the defenses attention with his penetration and made timely dump off, kick outs and bounce passes to whoever was open.
On the defensive end, whenever Johnson wanted the ball he took it, swiping steals cleanly with an open hand and even snatching it out of his opponents hand on the drive. His aggression was well controlled and game changing, Johnson cut off straight line drives with his quick moving feet and his ability to use his chest absorb any contact at the hoop.
Each game Press Taylor showed a knack for using his body, size, and strength to create space or get to his spots in the mid-range. Off the ball, Press was ready to catch and quickly let it fly at all times whether a man was in front of him or not. If he was not accounted for by the time he crossed half court a shot was going up and in.