Augusta Live: Thursday's 16U Standouts

Mesiyah Ashley (Team Haliburton): Mesiyah Ashley showcased his great size and physical tools from the wing today with Team Haliburton. Aside from his physical tools, Ashley proved that he can shoot the ball with consistency from range. He also acted as a legitimate pop threat when playing as a screener in ball screen action. His size and strength inside paired with his toughness made him a problem on the glass. Ashley exuded some promising tools as a legitimate inside-out threat. 

Clyde Walters (Alabama Fusion EYBL): Clyde Walters was impressive from the wing with his ability to be disruptive defensively using his length and his ability to create offense. Walters crashed the defensive glass with consistency, and used his length to live in the passing lanes. His lateral quickness and speed on the perimeter was evident as he caused havoc for opposing offenses. Offensively Walters showed he can consistently create plays off the bounce and is a legitimate grab and go threat in transition. 

Julian Plaza (Alabama Fusion EYBL): Quick, steady point guard Julian Plaza was effective tonight with his unpredictable dribble moves and ability to improvise offensively. Plaza proved to be a lead guard who likes to push the pace and play fast, but always under control and never forcing the action. He gets into the paint with ease and is a crafty finisher in the lane. His savvy playmaking and timely scoring helped Fusion to a big win Thursday evening. 

Jayden Jones (Team Thad EYBL): Jayden Jones of Team Thad put together a dunk show earlier today in a big win for Team Thad 16’s. The athletic forward possesses great hands, matched with a quick leaping ability once he reaches the launchpad. His length was essential in his success controlling the interior, dictating offensive rebounds and deterring shots from the rim. Jones showcased his legitimacy as a vertical threat and high-energy player. 

Austin Sperry (Team Thad EYBL): Austin Sperry was flying around the floor today with high activity on both ends of the floor. Sperry really stood out today with his ability to affect the game from the guard position without scoring the ball. Sperry crashed the defensive glass and pushed the break to ignite transition buckets. He covers ground with urgency defensively, often giving multiple efforts on that side of the ball. Offensively he played with great pace in transition and displayed some sneaky athleticism when finishing at the rim. 

Benjamin Winker (Brad Beal Elite EYBL): Winker made a living Thursday night on the offensive glass and kept many offensive possessions alive.  He established a deep post position and made it tough for defenders to get around him once he gained leverage. His patience on the low block and advanced footwork was evident as he passed out of double teams, and had little to no trouble finishing over either shoulder. 

Terron Garrett (Brad Beal Elite EYBL): Bigger lead guard who is comfortable making plays off the bounce. Playmaking guard with a nice pace offensively and great vision. Garrett was able to get into the paint with ease, where he looked to create plays for others. Defensively Garrett showcased great effort and energy, matched with his length and timing to make plays on the ball. Was also very consistent rebounding his position and helping his bigs close defensive possessions. 

Brady Koehler (Indy Heat EYBL): Six-foot-eight combo forward Brady Koehler showcased his budding skill set, to go along with his intriguing size and length. The lefty forward used his length to dictate the glass on both ends. He possesses great feel as a passer, often pushing the break and making plays off the bounce. Koehler’s soft touch from anywhere free throw line and in was evident, connecting on short jumpers and floaters in the mid-range area. 

Cam Ward (Team Durant): Cam Ward out of Largo Maryland is a player who has steadily seen his stock rise over the course of this summer and spring. His skill is seemingly growing and he shows consistent expansion on all facets of his arsenal. He stood out Thursday with his physicality inside, imposing his will and making smaller defenders pay. Ward seems to get his sweet spots on the floor whenever he chooses, but this time around showing more of his creation and playmaking. His motor defensively is still very consistent, making plays that led to points the other way for Team Durant. 

JJ Massaquoi (Team Durant): Physical forward JJ Massaquoi may be a little undersized for what he likes to do on the floor, but he’s very effective at changing the game with his physicality and inside presence. Massaquio excelled Thursday at carving space for offensive rebounds and sealing defenders on his back. He consistently played through contact, garnering free throw attempts and winning possessions on the glass. 

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