We saw a lot of new players this spring. We also measured the development of some players we watched last summer. With the spring season in the books, now is a good time to praise guys who stood out in…
We saw a lot of new players this spring. We also measured the development of some players we watched last summer. With the spring season in the books, now is a good time to praise guys who stood out in a particular skill area.
Here are some of the top ball handlers we watched this spring (in alphabetical order):
Barnett can score the basketball, and a lot of that production comes from his ability to set up shots off the dribble. He can probe a defense for a shot or blow by opponents to get downhill. He’s not a big guy, but he attacks with confidence in his ability to create separation.
Geering is a slasher who sets up defenders with the dribble, then blows by them with a quick first step. He uses the bounce to get to the rim, something he did a lot this spring. Geering is always on the attack and isn’t the least bit fazed by pressure.
A longer ball handler at the point position, Martin looks even taller than the 6-foot he’s listed at. He plays with a lot of springiness, dribbling the ball high in the back court, probing the defense and looking for teammates. He weaves through traffic with a tight handle and pushes aggressively with his eyes ahead. Martin is a versatile guard who shoots and passes well, but his handle makes it all work.
Despite the fact he’s going into his senior year, Mitchell is a player we’d never seen before this spring. He really popped out as a creative ball handler who can get anywhere he wants and can get there in a hurry. He did a lot besides handle the ball. He impressed from distance and with his activity on the defensive end.
A guy who is listed as PJ in a lot of places, Moore got varsity experience with Piper last season and built on that experience this spring. He’s a big, solidly built ball handler who can use his strength to hold off a defender or continue through contact. Moore has a cross-over and quick first step to get opponents on his hip. He is a smooth and aggressive ball handler who is not afraid of on-ball pressure.