Oklahoma State Tournament: 15U All-Tournament Team: 3rd Team
This past weekend, the Oklahoma State Tournament was held in Edmond, Oklahoma. It featured a lot of great talent from different states. There were teams represented from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and possibly others. Out of 27 teams in…
This past weekend, the Oklahoma State Tournament was held in Edmond, Oklahoma. It featured a lot of great talent from different states. There were teams represented from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and possibly others. Out of 27 teams in 15U, these are the five players that made the 3rd team for the all-tournament team. I will work up from third team all the way through the first team. Lets see who players 11-15 were!
catches my eye every time that I watch him play, no matter if it is this tournament or a different event. He rebounds well for his size, measuring in at 5’10. He can handle the ball well, utilizing nice moves to get by the defender to get an easy bucket inside. He has showed the ability to shoot well, utilizing a dribble pull-up, to go along with a nice catch-and-shoot jumper. Whenever he gets fouled, he knocks down the free throws routinely. On defense, he played well, coming away with a couple of steals and good on-ball defense. He showed the I.Q to know when to slide over to help on defense. It was impressive watching him play.
Jayden Pullen showed elite shooting ability over a game and a half that I watched him play. In the full game, he knocked down four three-pointers and showed a smooth shooting form to guide the ball right into the basket. He played decent defense and grabbed a few rebounds in both games. In the game that I saw only half of, he came up with a play that won his team the game. His team was trailing by five points with 45 seconds remaining. His team pressed extremely well and was able to come away in a steal, which resulted in a layup at the other end. That closed the gap to a three point game. His team continued to press and was able to force a turnover. Off of this turnover, he hit a three pointer on a late contest that tied the game up. His team went on and won in overtime. He showed that hitting clutch shots and big moments do not phase him.
Isreal Fugett was a rebounding machine! He put on the best rebounding display that I have witnessed in person, grabbing one rebound after another. He has good size and athleticism for his age, which was beneficial in him grabbing the rebounds and having putbacks and breakaway dunks. Every time that he would grab an offensive rebound, it felt automatic as it went into the basket. I am not sure how many rebounds he had, but I am guessing around 15. His game expanded beyond the inside scoring and rebounding, as he played great interior defense. He had one block after another and made sure he protected the intruders from coming into his home (the opposition from scoring). It was an impressive performance and one that had me strongly considering putting him on the second team.
Nolan Bilby had a great game against older competition, registering a double-double. He was aggressive on the glass, grabbing and fighting for one rebound after another. Some of these rebounds were offensive rebounds, where he turned them into second chance points. His double-double consisted of points and rebounds. He was aggressive on both ends of the court, showing great hustle by diving for loose balls and hustling on both ends of the court. He also made an impact with his blocks. He had a great game on both ends of the court,
Joey Folsom had a good game against older competition. When I saw him play, he had 15 points on 6-9 shooting from the field and 1-3 from three point range. He shot the ball well. To go along with the good shooting, he set up his teammates well on a regular basis, as he had four assist, four assist, and five assist over three games. He averaged two steals per game over three games. He made an impact with his rebounding, grabbing a few rebounds each game. He played good on-ball and perimeter defense. His impact on both ends of the court is what helped him make the list.