This group features 4 point guards that can all go and a couple of wings that will see their stock boost after the weekend.
AJ Smith, SW Illinois Jets, 2021, Wing. AJ’s game keeps getting better. He is a big 6’7 wing that likes to get downhill and attack the basket. He’s got a long wingspan and good vertical, which makes it tough for the defense to stop him when he finishes. He’s starting to polish up other parts of his game that should get more D1 schools jumping in on him…. his passing from perimeter and court vision was excellent on Saturday… his ability to play with his back to the basket in the mid-range… AJ is going to be a player that if coaches wait too long, he’ll be like his brother (Mark, Mizzou) blow up and miss out on him.
Jarmell Johnson, Team Knight, 2021, PG. Jarmell has been tasked lead guard responsibilities with Knight’s main PG Boston Stanton out of the lineup. It took a couple of games for Team Knight to click but they finally did on Saturday and Jarmell played a big role in that. He’s got a lot of shake to him but he doesn’t waste dribbles. He makes his move and goes. Jarmell, along with teammate Taeshaud Jackson, were battling against a good Barnstormers but came up just short. We really like the way Jarmell has been playing this weekend. He dropped 21 points in the lost to the Barnstormers.
Chucky Hepburn, Team Factory, 2021, PG. The Wisconsin commit doing what Chucky does… running the show for his Factory team, making high degree difficult passes look easy, and knocking down jumpers. It seems like any time a team makes a run to get back in the game Chucky stops the momentum with a three or drive for a bucket or get to the line.
Brennan Weller, SW Illinois Jets, 2021, Wing. Weller put together the best game we’ve seen out of him all year and that is saying something, because we’ve seen him play solid all summer. This, however, was against the best team his Jets squad has faced all year, Jimmer Elite, a team with multiple division one offered kids. Weller played out of his mind… attacking the basket and finishing through contact… causing turnovers with his length and converting layups… knocking down some mid-range jumpers. Weller’s stock is going to continue to rise.
Ethyn Brown, SW Illinois Jets, 2021, PG. Ethyn is going to make a college coach very happy — he plays tough, he plays smart, and he knows how to run a team. He has a couple LM offers and the Mids are starting to sniff around, and his play from this weekend should peak their interest. His burst off the bounce has been better than anyone he’s played this weekend and that includes some other D1 offered kids.
Brennan Watkins, Marcus Denmon, 2021, PG. Watkins plays on a Denmon team that is loaded in the backcourt and he is constantly leading them in points and assists. Now he doesn’t play above the rim as the others, but he’s tight with his handles, smart with the rock, and probably the best shooter we’ve seen this summer. He’s one of the key reasons why his team is 4-0 this weekend.