High Level Showcase Games Will Tip Off Next Friday Evening!
The champions hold home court advantage next weekend for MADE Hoops 'The Warmup' event, with The Woodz Elite (AR) looking to defend their Nike EYBL 16's Championship against a star-studded Bradley Beal Elite (MO) team.
For Woodz Elite, 6'6" forward Chris Moore is the heart and soul of the team. He's an extremely high motor & high energy player, exceptional rebounder, and excellent finisher around the rim, and he's been working diligently on extending his range on the perimeter. He recently cut his school list to 20 programs, many of which are high profile division one schools. Paired with Moore is ESPN's #53 prospect in the 2020 class, 6'3" guard Davonte Davis, committed to Oklahoma State, who's been a staple on a national level for several years now, and should have a huge final AAU season. Caleb London, a 6’3 wing, is a strong slasher that finishes above the rim with authority on most occasions. He's an exciting player to watch in the open court, and a tough defender, with plenty of schools chasing him. A major breakout could be coming from their 6'10" big man Jaylin Williams. He's an athlete that can stretch the floor with his shooting ability, and a rim protector on defense, but he's also a good enough athlete that can use his agility to guard around the perimeter.
Bradley Beal Elite (MO) will counter with an explosive offensive team, led by a potent attack. ESPN's #26 prospect in the country, 6'6" Montverde Academy (FL) wing Moses Moody, is one of the most polished offensive prospects in the country. Explosive 6'6" wing forward Cam'Ron Fletcher (ESPN #31 nationally) is a lengthy finisher at the rim, and a high level defender with an evolving perimeter game. Running the show for them will be 6'3" guard Caleb Love (ESPN #35 nationally), who is a versatile and athletic prospect who handles point guard duty for the team. As if that trio wasn't enough, versatile 6'6" wing Donovan Williams is going to be a major problem on both ends, and the Nebraska commit should turn considerable heads this upcoming AAU season.
At the 16U level, we'll have another game with no shortage of talent at our disposal. Team Griffin (OK) comes into this game with a perimeter heavy attack, led by 6'4" wing Trey Alexander. The smooth perimeter scorer, to no one's surprise, picked up early offers in his high school career from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and his recruitment should go national sooner or later. Austin Westlake (TX) 6'6" wing forward KJ Adams will have no problem taking pressure off of Alexander, as he's a high-major talent in his own right, with offers from Tennessee, SMU, TCU, Texas & Texas A&M early on in his career. Both are national top 100 prospects in the 2021 class. Look for 6'9" forward Damion Collins to see his stock soar this season, as the athletic rim-protector holds an early offer from SMU. Throw in 6'5" wing Jaxson Robinson, oozing with Big 12 level upside, and it's another dangerous weapon on the wing for Griffin. With interest from Oklahoma & Oklahoma State, 6'2" guard Bijan Cortes is tasked with leading and managing this talented team.
Anchoring the inside for The Woodz Elite (AR) will be 6'6", 230-pound forward Tamaury Releford, who won't be backing down from anybody he lines up against. Look out for 6'5" forwards Ryan & Jordan Maxwell, who are going to look to cause two times the damage all weekend long, using versatile skillsets to wreck havoc on the opposition. Another big man looking to start his season on the right foot is 6'8" Louisiana post Jourdain Dishmond, who's a capable finisher and rebounder with nice touch on his jumper.