PRO16 Finale: Sunday Standouts
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There was a ton of talent this weekend in Omaha, Nebraska for the PRO16 Finale. I was able to catch some high level games on Sunday, and watch some great performances. A lot of these guys not only caught my…
There was a ton of talent this weekend in Omaha, Nebraska for the PRO16 Finale. I was able to catch some high level games on Sunday, and watch some great performances. A lot of these guys not only caught my eye, but also the dozens of D1 college coaches in attendance. Below are the prospects that stood out.
Berrett Wilson caught fire in Select’s win Sunday morning. He finished the game with eight three pointers, including a couple big ones late in the game when it was close. Not only did Wilson shoot the lights out, but he also made a ton of hustle plays that helped Select pull out the win. His performance was one of the better ones I saw all day on Sunday. Wilson’s size and shooting ability should be an appeal to scholarship level coaches.
Josiah Polynice looked really sharp Sunday morning against Washington Supreme. He was patient and did not force anything. Polynice allowed the game to come to him, and when his opportunity came to score, he made the most out of it. He made several threes and made some nice plays with the ball in his hands. He’s a smart minded PG who can shoot it well from deep. I really like his game.
Blake Kilian was a workhorse Sunday morning for the KC Spurs. He was the first to every loose ball, hauled in a ton of rebounds, and put together an excellent defensive game as well. He is a fun prospect to watch because he plays the game with a ton of passion and enjoyment. Kilian also put in a decent amount of points. It seemed like every shot he put up around the rim went in. Every team needs a guy like Blake Kilian if they want to be successful.
Matthew Corrales also had a great game in the KC Spurs 20 point win over Washington Supreme. He got hot in the first half from deep, but also found success attacking the rim and scoring around the basket. Corrales has a really pretty jump shot to go along with a knack for scoring the basketball. He gives the KC Spurs a nice spark off of the bench with a large scoring boost.
I was in disbelief after watching Niko Lucero’s performance Sunday afternoon. Lucero went absolutely ballistic in a win over BTI United. He finished the game with 37 points, connecting on 9 three pointers. Some of the three’s Lucero made were incredibly tough shots off of the bounce over taller defenders. He also had some crafty drives and finishes around the rim. It was a tremendous performance: one of the best I have seen all summer long
Evan Sterck looked really sharp against Nebraska Supreme on Sunday afternoon. While he made a ton of really tough shots, he also did a nice job facilitating for his teammates. Sterck is the type of player that his teammates feed off of. He has a tremendous feel for the game, and understands when to go get a bucket. Sterck is a really crafty guard with a deep bag offensively. He looked like the best prospect on the floor, playing up an age group against a really good Nebraska Supreme team.
Ryder Mjoen had a great game against 3D Empire on Sunday Afternoon. Mjoen is a streaky shooter; the defense needs to know where he is at all the time. All Mjoen needs is a little bit of space and it is going up, and most of the time go in. When the defense does react, he can escape for a nice one or two dribble pull up. Mjoen elevates really well on his shot, and can get it off quickly over taller defenders. He was one of the best shooters in Omaha this weekend.
Heri Sefu Bukinga
Heri Sefu Bukinga
Heri Sefu Bukinga’s stock will rise a ton over the next few months. He is all of 6’10 with an even longer wingspan. Only a rising Junior, he already has a college ready body and looks like a grown man. Bukinga runs the floor really well for his size, and is a super active presence down low. He finished well the game I saw, and had to have double digit rebounds. His size and strength make him really difficult to box out. He’s a prospect to track in the 2025 class.