As we enter the final week of play before the start of the playoffs the action on the floor didn’t disappoint. It was a solid mix of featured players both upperclassman and some of the younger players getting an opportunity to showcase their talents. With the playoffs beginning next week I look forward to more great play on the floor as teams look to build on the upcoming season.
2021 Michael Hill 6’0 160 PG (Hyde Park Academy)
Having watched Mike play over the course of the fall league it goes without saying that Sunday was his coming out party. He played a complete game from the point guard possession on both ends of the floor from the opening tip until the clock hit zero. He leads his team on the offensive end of the floor by getting his team into their offensive sets. He showed great leadership in this particular contest by not only connecting on six made three-pointers but realizing that his team needed his scoring in this game. The opponent was playing a 2-3 zone and he recognized that with his outside shooting ability it would bring them out of the zone and open up the floor for driving lanes. He picked up the full court on defense and made his presence felt helping his team rebound the basketball throughout the entire game. His presence on the floor was huge for his team helping to lead them to a close win icing the game from the free-throw line. If he continues to play with this type of leadership and poise he will have a breakout senior season.
2021 Devonta Blevins 6’6 170 SF (Rich Township)
One of the sleepers in the state for the senior class is Devonta who had his game on full display breaking his defender down off the dribble and getting to the rim for dunks. I was impressed all game long with his high motor and attacking style of play. He didn’t just bring his energy on the offensive end he also used his motor on defensive barking out defensive coverages to his teammates and getting his hands on rebounds. He has shown the ability to thrive in either an up-tempo style offense but also when the game slows down he can generate his own shot or create for teammates. He will continue to see his stock rise this season when his continued work on the floor.
2021 Grant Newell 6’7 180 SF (Whitney Young)
Grant is the prototype of a smooth wing player with athleticism that makes college coaches and scouts alike stand and take notice when he is on the floor. He was able to score on all three levels on the floor in a magnitude of ways by hitting catch and shoot baskets and attacking the rim. He was able to play both forward positions and showed great awareness taking bigger defenders to the perimeter and smaller defenders to the post. He has a solid skill-set that will translate seamlessly to the next level. If he continues to play with this aggressiveness throughout his senior season Whitney Young will be a tough out come March.