2021 17u AAU Team Profiles: Global Squad-HGSL
Updated: Sep 11, 2021
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*All class of 2022 prospects unless noted
Cesar Tchilombo 6’9 Center (The John Carroll School): Tchilombo is an outstanding rim protector, using his good leaping ability and 7’1 wingspan to block and alter opponents’ shots. He makes quick movements over to the help side when a teammate gets beat off the dribble. Also is an effective rebounder, having good intuition positioning himself around where the ball will come off the rim and athleticism to corral rebounds at their highest point. Offensively, Tchilombo is a solid passer for his size, finding teammates when posting up on cuts to the basket for high percentage layups. Is a consistent threat to score above the rim with one and two hand slams on alley-oops and drop-offs. He crashes the glass hard on this end, doing a nice job scoring on second chance opportunities with tip-ins. Tchilombo also uses his very good mobility to out run opposing big men down the floor in transition for high percentage layups and dunks.
Jeannot Basima 6’4 Shooting Guard 2023 (The John Carroll School): Basima makes a significant impact on the defensive end. He uses his 6’7 wingspan to make it difficult for opponents to shoot over the top of him and get his hands on balls for steals and deflections. Also has the adequate lateral quickness and strength with his length to effectively slide up and guard point guards or slide down and defend small forwards. Offensively, Basima has nice burst off the dribble, getting to the rim at a solid rate and finishing well from good body control and touch with both hands. Also has some playmaking upside, showing spurts of finding teammates for open three-pointers on drive and kicks and high percentage layups from drop-offs.
Collin Metcalf 6’11 Center (Mercersburg Academy): Metcalf is a very good rim protector. He uses his impressive 7’4 wingspan and mobility to block and alter opponents’ shots when making rotations from the help side or running back hard in transition. He uses his strong frame when boxing out to rebound at a solid rate. Also shows flashes of being able to switch on wings and keep them in front of him. Offensively, Metcalf is consistently in the right spots for teammates to dish the ball off to him in the lane, using his good leaping ability to finish strong with two hand slams. He is comfortable playing out of ball screens, rolling hard to the bucket for high percentage layups. Also runs the floor hard in transition on this end, leading to efficient finishes above the rim for himself.
Kyle Pulliam 6’4 Shooting Guard (Our Lady of Good Counsel HS): Pulliam is a consistent shooter from beyond the arc, needing very little time and space to get his shot off. He makes treys effectively when spotting up. Gets into the paint at a solid rate with his good burst or sharp crossover and jab-step moves. Pulliam has a smooth pull-up, creating nice separation in the mid-range with his stepback. Also finishes well around the basket in the halfcourt and on the break with his very good leaping ability and soft touch off the glass. Defensively, he does a good job using his explosiveness to make it difficult for opponents to throw passes over the top of him.
Kyle Gaskins 6’1 Point Guard (Calvin Coolidge Senior HS): Gaskins uses his quick first step and shifty handle to get lane penetration at a consistent rate while balancing creating for himself and others. He can finish over taller opponents for layups high off the glass and finds teammates around the rim for buckets on drop-offs or rolls out of ball screens. Also needs to be accounted for from beyond the arc, making three-pointers at a solid clip when spotting up or off the dribble with his step-back. Defensively, Gaskins uses good physicality and lateral quickness to make it difficult for opposing point guards to get dribble penetration on him. He creates steals well, using active hands and sharp instincts to rip opponents who are weak with their handle or pick off lazy passes in his area.
Warren “Alex” Hawkins 6’3 Shooting Guard (Oakdale HS): Hawkins has the ability to effectively guard both wing spots. He does a nice job using his 6’7 wingspan to make it difficult for opponents to shoot over the top of him. Also is quick laterally, making opponents have to work hard when trying to get by him. Offensively, Hawkins is a threat from long range, making three-pointers when spotting up at a good rate. When opponents close out hard on him from the perimeter, he can put the ball on the floor and score proficiently in the lane with his pull-up. Hawkins also moves well without the ball. He does a good job finding the open seams in the middle of an opponent’s zone for fifteen foot jumpers and creating high percentage layup opportunities for himself on backdoor cuts.
Tyson Oghene 6’6 Combo Forward (St. Maria Goretti Catholic HS): Oghene is a floor spacer from long range, making three-pointers effectively when spotting up. He can attack closeouts and finish around the rim in traffic with his solid leaping ability. Also gets high percentage layup opportunities for himself with sharp cuts and being in the right spots for teammates to dump the ball off to him near the basket. Oghene makes his presence felt on the defensive glass, using his strong body and athleticism to come down with tough rebounds. Also using his length well, closing out hard on opponents from beyond the arc to force them into lower percentage attempts.
Tyy Peterson 6’0 Combo Guard (Archbishop Spalding HS): Peterson can stretch the floor from deep, making standstill three-pointers at a good rate, as well as pulling up off of ball screens when an opponent goes under. He gets into the lane effectively, getting to his smooth mid-range pull-up with solid burst and creativity off the dribble with a sharp crossover move. Also is a good playmaker, finding teammates for open treys on kick-outs and high percentage layups in transition on push ahead passes. Defensively, Peterson moves his feet well, having the ability to pick up full court and limiting opponents from getting dribble penetration on him. Also creates steals at a solid rate, jumping into passing lanes and plucking the ball away from opponents when they telegraph passes or are weak with their handle.
Cameron Dorner 6’2 Combo Guard (Oakdale HS): Dorner spaces the floor well from beyond the arc. He has compact form with a quick release, making treys effectively when spotting up or coming off hand-offs. Also gets quality looks from long range when stepping into treys as the trailer on the break. Complements his strong shooting ability well with his smooth pull-up game in the mid-range. Dorner uses his quickness well in transition, getting end to end in a blur to create high percentage layup opportunities for himself. He is a solid passer as well, finding teammates for open treys on kick-outs and good looks around the basket when rolling off ball screens.
Chris Watson 6’1 Combo Guard (Mercersburg Academy): Watson has a quick first step off the dribble, getting into the paint well to create for himself and others. He finishes inside hand layups effectively and finds teammates for high percentage layups on drop-offs and open treys on drive and kicks. Also can hit standstill three-pointers at a solid rate when the ball is kicked out to him. Defensively, Watson very rarely gives up blow by drives with his swift feet. Also does a nice job creating steals, making quick movements jumping into passing lanes if an opponent telegraphs where they are going to throw the ball.
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