#BOTBFL Middle School Perimeter Standouts
There were a lot of guards at the camp, but here are a few that stoodout… William Stewart (6’0/SG/’28/Landmark MS) IG: Nuttso71 Will is a highly active wing player who can score the rock in bunches. He has good positional size…
There were a lot of guards at the camp, but here are a few that stoodout…
William Stewart (6’0/SG/’28/Landmark MS)
Will is a highly active wing player who can score the rock in bunches. He has good positional size for his grade and uses his size to be physical off the bounce, especially in the paint and at the rim. He has very good shooting splits, which means he does a good job scoring from beyond the trey and in his middle game. He was one who could create his own shot, and he could do it at any moment during the possession. Will is a playmaker who offers more on offense than just scoring, even though scoring is the strength of his game. He played with a lot of energy and effort and stayed active on both ends of the floor.
Hector Nieves (5’0/PG/’29/Potter House Academy)
I saw Hector early on day one as the players were playing 3v3, and he was going about his business and showed me a few things that caused me to write down a few notes, but it was nothing spectacular. Later in the day, a few people came up to me and asked who was #116 and if I saw him because he was giving defenders fits. So, I took a moment to watch him play his 5v5 game, and I was very impressed. Hector was one of the most skilled players and one of the best floor generals at the camp, regardless of class. He is small, but his game is way beyond his years. He’s tough and fearless and willing to take on all challenges. He doesn’t have a lot of size but is masterful with the rock. He is a reliable ball-handler, a high-end decision-maker, and a very good distributor. He has a nice scoring arsenal that he brings to the game and does a good job shooting the trey and scoring off the bounce. He is one that I will definitely have my eyes on over the next couple of years.
Yariel Perez (5’10/Wing/’29/BCAT)
Let me just say this: Yariel can flat-out score the rock. He is a versatile wing player who scores at all levels and has a lot of tools in the toolkit. He scores inside and out and can hit shots off the dribble or the catch-and-shoot. He is a caliber player who can settle an offense as much as energize one. As much of an offensive threat as he is, Yareil doesn’t ramp it down on the defensive end of the court. Players must be aware when out in transition and thinking they have an easy bucket because Yariel is a chase-down blocker. He impacts the game in many areas, but his insatiable desire to get buckets put him amongst the top players at the camp.
Alexy Omar Figueroa Acevedo (5’10/SG/’29/Orlando Christian Prep)
Alexy is a lengthy wing player who is very versatile and does a good job putting the rock on the floor and knifing through defenses. He has a very good floater game and was filling up the scoreboard with his soft touch 2-foot floater. His game is very smooth as he is a very skilled perimeter player. He blends fundamentals and playmaking skills, especially his vision and passing skills, making him a tough match-up for defenders. He took advantage of smaller guards and shot over them and blew by bigger forwards, stepping out trying to defend him. He can really score the rock off the bounce and showed his ability to make tough shots in the process.
Erick Rodriguez (5’9/CG/’29/Jordan Christian Prep)
Erick was very active throughout the weekend and really thrived in transition. He often rebounded, started the break, and made very good reads with the ball out in transition. Erick is a talent who can thrive with or without the ball and makes winning plays that are not always scoring plays. His impact was felt on both ends of the floor, and in the halfcourt, he showed his ability to initiate the offense, and defensively, he was able to guard multiple positions.
Keith McDougald, lll (5’0/PG/’30/Guardian Catholic School)
Keith was absolutely getting it done throughout the camp. He plays with a nice pace and knows when to speed up and blow by a defender and when to slow down and read the floor. He is a heady PG with a good feel for the game and can hurt opponents with his scoring and facilitating. He is a young PG who, every time he touched the ball, his head is up, his eyes are wide open, and he sees the floor. He is at his best with the ball in his hands and the freedom to create, and good things happen when he is in this mode. Keith is a winner and the type of lead guard who teammates love to go into battle with. His up-tempo style and smart decision-making are infectious and lead to a lot of success. We will definitely be keeping our eyes on him.