Oklahoma State Tournament: Dominating the Glass (Day 1)
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The Oklahoma State Tournament took place this past weekend, which featured some elite talent. Teams travelled from a variety of states to participate and show off their skill. This article covers the top rebounders for 15U. Just like some people…
The Oklahoma State Tournament took place this past weekend, which featured some elite talent. Teams travelled from a variety of states to participate and show off their skill. This article covers the top rebounders for 15U. Just like some people say, the possession is not over until the ball is scored or rebounded. Rebounding can have a tremendous impact on the outcome of the game. A lot of players rebounded the ball well, but lets found out who was the best.
Malachi Summons put on a show, impacting the game in various ways. He showed off great size and athleticism for his age. He finished inside one time after another, even on drives over defenders. He was disruptive on defense, breaking up plays and coming away with a block and steal, which led to fastbreak points on more than one occasion. He rebounded the ball extremely well, leaping over the opposition for rebounds. On the offensive end, this resulted in a putback on a couple of occasions. He had several offensive and defensive rebounds through the game. He showed that he can play good defense, but rebounding and scoring inside is his calling card.
Lowjock Loliwa looked solid in the game that I saw him play. He knocked down a three and showed the ability to drive and finish at the rim. He rebounded well, especially on the offensive end. He turned a couple of his offensive rebounds into second chance points. He contributed in a big way with his rebounding.
was captivating to watch, for someone that loves the game. He rebounded at one of the highest clips and in one of the most dominant fashions that we saw in 15U. There was one play that he grabbed an offensive rebound, drew the foul on the putback, and knocked down both free throws. He got double teamed quite a bit and would pass out of them extremely well. On one play, he drove and finished over a defender. My favorite play by him that was the cherry on top for his great performance was when he knocked down a three-pointer with the foul to complete the four-point play. That sums up the kind of game that he had.
Isreal Fugett had the most dominant rebounding performances, if not the best, that I have ever seen in person. I do not know the exact number of rebounds that he had, but I know that he had at least 15. He has great size and athleticism that he utilized for his age. He has a knack for where the rebound is going and the aggressiveness to get there and grab it. He also played great defense, coming away with a couple of blocks and a steal. One of his blocks was a chase down from behind. His offensive impact came from scoring inside and putbacks.
was the best rebounding guard. He made the day 2 list of top rebounders and he made it on there too. Despite only being 5’10, he has a knack for where the ball is going and is aggressive enough to get there to it. He impacted the game in other areas, too. He showed the ability to have nice handles, to be efficient from the free throw line, and shoot the ball. He displayed the ability to be a reliable catch and shoot player, as well as having a pull-up game. He contributed on the defensive end, forcing turnovers, coming away with steals, and playing great on-ball defense. It was a great two games for him.