Team Takeover took home the gold championship crown, but individually here is the all-tourney team for the 2028 class. Braylon Williams (5’10/PG/Team Thad) Instagram: braycw1 Bryalon was one of the most explosive point guards I saw during the entire tourney. He…
Team Takeover took home the gold championship crown, but individually here is the all-tourney team for the 2028 class.
Braylon Williams (5’10/PG/Team Thad)
Bryalon was one of the most explosive point guards I saw during the entire tourney. He is hands down a score-first PG, as he provided his squad with massive scoring production throughout the weekend. In the semi-final game of the gold division, he finished with 27pts, even though his team fell short. I have put ink on B before, and since the last time I saw him, he has improved his game and is carving out his place as one of the top guards across the country in his classification. He gave defenders problems as he constantly pressured whoever was in front of him. He proved that no one at this tourney could defend him because, as the saying goes, numbers don’t lie, and he filled up the scoring column throughout the entire tourney.
Dave Mbuyamba (6’5/C/Team Durant)
Dave has good size and is a stout interior player. He used his size to clog up the paint, making it challenging for ballhandlers to get a clear path to the cup. He impacts both ends of the floor, and a lot of his dominance was due to his size, which not many could deal with, especially when he would lean his body on them possession after possession. His paint touches helps everything that Team Durant is trying to do because he creates a collapse of the defense, which leaves his scorers on the perimeter ready to produce. Even though he still has room to improve in this area, he understands how to use his body to hold off defenders. I cannot tell you how many post-entry passes were stolen or knocked away due to the post player not being able to hold off his defender. Dave popped on my radar as someone worth watching over the next few years, and I will be locked in looking at his development.
Erick Dampier, Jr. (6’9/C/Alabama Fusion)
In just about every game that Alabama Fusion played, there was standing room only at the court. Young and old gathered around to see the talent on this team, and they really looked to see how the big man in the middle, Erick Jr., would play. He did not disappoint this weekend, as he had some impressive outings. By now, it is known that defensively he alters everything around the basket, and having seen enough ball screen action, he has developed as a drop defender. His size helps him to dominate on the glass, which is expected. He is continuing to polish his finishing skills around the rim, and he showed that he is still developing his ability to put the ball on the floor. Things are really starting to come together for Erick, and when his mental tenacity takes that turn, he will be a handful to deal with on both ends of the floor.
Nash Avery (6’5/SF/Team Takeover)
Nash was one of the most versatile players I saw, and he got it done offensively inside and out. Defensively he showed his ability to guard the 1-5 at this stage. He is patient with the ball in his hands, and he rarely gets sped up and away from what he wants to do with the ball in his hands. His length affords him to shoot over and post smaller defenders. At this stage, not many opposing interior players can deal with him on the low block due to his size. Nash has a unique skillset with a good IQ and feel for the game. He has a soft stroke from the perimeter and a nice touch when he is in the paint and shooting over defenders. There is not much Nash lacks when it comes to his skillset, yet there are things that need to continue to be developed. If he has not already, he will be garnering attention from the collegiate level very soon.
Jadah Stone Washington (5’9/PG/Team Takeover)
In the first game that I saw Team Takeover, there was not much I saw from Jadah, but either I wasn’t doing due diligence, or he was just having an ok game, but whatever it was, he showed me just what he had in the toolbox, in the championship game. He reached deep into his bag and was aggressive from the jump. He is quick off the bounce and showed tremendous bursts getting to the cup once he got a step on his defender. He got it done on the biggest stage of the tourney and showed his skilled handle, ability to knock down the trey, and ability to control the pace of the game from the lead guard spot. He is a spicy playmaker who is tough to defend out of one on one isolations and pick-and-rolls. He had a score-first mentality in the championship game but showed his ability to set the table for his teammates and distribute the rock when needed. He played with a grit and tenacity and was not going to be denied in the final game.