Nate Stafford, 2022 G, EAD: Ellis is one of the quicker guys in his age group at The Warmup. He’s not just a driver. The scat guard can knock down a top of the key j, which he did against Mokan Elite. Handles are not a problem. He put a couple of defenders on skates several time throughout the game. No look dimes come easy to him, as do most things on the basketball court.
Travis Perry, 2024 G, WACG: Perry has a unique skill set as a combo guard with the ability to score and distribute. Against NYBA Elite, he was clearly the leader on the floor for his squad. Trusted by his coach the play the point, Perry doesn’t get rattled under pressure, even when facing a double team. It’s early, but the youngblood has potential.
Zach Boyd, 2024 F, Brad Beal Elite: Boyd showed grit and toughness against Trae Young Elite, not backing down from an altercation in the first half. He goes hard after rebounds and finishes high. Boyd wants to be a force on defense, going for blocked shots and finishing the possession. Not the most talented, but a competitor none the less.
Gore Puot, 2020 F Kingdom: Puot put on a human highlight reel in about 20 seconds So Fly All-Stars. He crossed up his man leaving him on skates, and threw down the jackhammer. It was a “Kodak moment” as referred to by Reggie Miller. One possession later, Puot swatted an opposing player’s shot to kingdom come. Tremendous first step that has you wishing you were doing something else if trying to guard this guy.
Paxton Barnett, 2020 F, AAO Flight: Barnett is a menace on defense and is a leapfrog when it comes to crashing the glass. Has a good feel on the offensive end; when to seal and flash cut at the right times. Uses a jump stop to his advantage when so many players get caught in the air. Doesn’t back down from contesting shots at the rim.
Kobe Davis, 2022, TSF Mack: Reed didn’t have a bucket all game, but came up clutch at the very end. He managed to secure a loose ball with about four seconds left at mid court and took it to the hole. He was fouled and put in a one-and-one situation. Calmly and collectively, he knocked down both free throws. Takes some guts to finish a game like that at The Warmup.
Mylinn Johnson, 2020, So Fly All-Stars: Johnson would not be denied getting offensive rebounds Sunday afternoon. It didn’t matter how many Arkansas Blazers tried to put a body on him. He was a man with a mission of getting a bucket, and got plenty of em. They stopped feeding him the rock in the second half, which kept him from doing even more damage.
Brandon Brown, 2023 Guard, WACG Elite (14U): Brown has had a solid outing this weekend at The Warmup. His three way scoring abilities kept the defense on their toes and he did a good job at balancing out his offense and taking smart shots. He rarely turned the ball over and did a good job attacking the offensive glass stealing some extra possessions for his squad. He may not have the highest upside on his team but he was definitely the most efficient and well-balanced guard on the floor.
Cornell King Jr., 2026 Guard, Next Page Force (12U): Playing up an age group, King Jr. not only fit in with the older group, but stood out due to his crafty scoring and ball handling skills. He did a great job at finding cracks and seams in the defense to fight his way to the rim and finish from some tough angles. He got to the free throw line a handful of times as well, and did a good job at getting opposing paint protectors in a bit of foul trouble. Overall, he has a great knowledge of the game for such a young prospect and there's no doubt he will be talked about more when he gets older.
Owen Dehrmann, 2024 Wing Forward, AAO Flight (13U): Dehrmann was a huge matchup problem in a quarterfinal matchup against the Tennessee Dreamchasers on Sunday afternoon. He scored 16 points and dominated the glass while helping his team advance. His long and lanky stature allows him to comfortably shoot over the top of just about anyone else on the floor. While he definitely needs to add some weight to his frame, it's very promising to see how skilled he already is and he's only a rising 8th grader.