2021 17u AAU Team Profiles: PK Flash-HGSL
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*All class of 2022 prospects unless noted
Devin Carney 6’1 Combo Guard (Butler Area Senior HS): Carney is an outstanding shooter from beyond the arc with very deep range. He makes treys spotting up, coming off screens, on pull-ups, and when creating separation with his step-back move. Gets into the lane consistently with his good burst and tight handle. Has a soft floater in his mid-range arsenal and creates high percentage layups for himself with sharp cuts to the basket when opponents overplay him on the perimeter. Averaged 30 points per game this past high school season. Also is a solid passer, finding teammates for open three-pointers on drive and kicks. Defensively, Carney is quick laterally, making it difficult for opponents to get by him off the dribble when guarding on the ball. He is committed to Elon.
Gavin Cote 6’5 Shooting Guard (Peters Township HS): Cote showed improvements in various aspects of his game this Summer. He is an excellent shooter from beyond the arc. Has a quick trigger with range out to the NBA line. Makes three-pointers when spotting up, coming off screens, and now on pull-ups as well. Cote has developed a mid-range game, having a smooth pull-up to go with his ability to finish at the rim when opponents close out hard on him from beyond the arc. Also has grown as a playmaker, finding teammates effectively in the halfcourt for open treys on kickouts and high percentage layups from drop-offs. Defensively, he is consistently in the correct spots when one pass away or coming over from the help side. Cote also shows good effort closing out to challenge opponents’ shots from the perimeter, forcing them into lower percentage attempts.
Dolan Waldo 6’7 Power Forward (Bethel Park HS): Waldo has very good leaping ability, being a consistent threat to score around the rim on alley-oops, drop-offs, or when attacking closeouts. He has a nice jump hook on the block when posting up. Also is aggressive on the offensive glass, using his high motor and explosiveness to create second chance scoring opportunities for himself. Defensively, Waldo shows good mobility coming over from the help side or closing out hard on the perimeter to block or alter opponents’ shots. Also makes his presence felt on the glass, using his athleticism to pull down rebounds at their highest point when they come off the rim. Averaged 11 boards per game this past high school season.
Landon Butler 6’3 Combo Guard 2023 (Greater Latrobe Senior HS): Butler has a smooth stroke from long range. He makes standstill three-pointers at a good rate. Also is an effective finisher around the rim with reverse layups or jump-stopping and using an up-fake to get defenders up in the air. Butler is a good playmaker as well, finding cutting teammates for high percentage layups with thread the needle bounce passes. Defensively, he does a nice job creating steals, plucking the ball away from opponents when they are weak with their handle. Draws charges effectively, beating opponents to the spot when they drive recklessly down the lane in the halfcourt and transition. Also shows good effort running back hard to the other end when opponents are in transition to contest their ability to get an easy bucket.
Ryan Lang 6’2 Combo Guard (Knoch HS): Lang has compact form with a quick release on his shot, making three-pointers when spotting up or coming off screens at a proficient rate. He gets into the lane effectively to create for himself and others with his solid burst and quick crossover move. Finishes well around the rim with his good body control and ability to score through contact. Averaged 25 points per game this past high school season. Also is a solid playmaker, finding teammates for open treys on kickouts in the halfcourt or high percentage layups from push ahead passes on the break. Lang rebounds well for his position, having a knack for being around the ball when it comes off the rim. Corralled nine boards per game this past high school season.
Ronnie Leonard 6’6 Combo Forward (Struthers HS): Leonard can stretch the floor from beyond the arc. He makes three-pointers effectively on the move or when spotting up. Has good pick and pop potential for the next level. He attacks closeouts well from the perimeter and finishes proficiently around the rim with his leaping ability. Also is aggressive on the offensive glass, creating high percentage second chance scoring opportunities for himself. Defensively, Leonard does a nice job making quick movements from the help side to block or alter opponents’ shots around the basket. Also has solid instincts when guarding opponents in the paint, drawing offensive fouls if an opponent is overly aggressive with their movements.
Mack Staunch 6’6 Combo Forward (Sharpsville Senior HS): Staunch has compact form with a high release. He makes treys at a solid rate on the move or when spotting up. Gets into the lane effectively when attacking closeouts or using a sharp jab step move. Finishes proficiently around the rim with his good leaping ability and comfort scoring through contact. Also does a nice job using his spin move to create separation on opponents for layups. Staunch can make others better as a playmaker, finding teammates for high percentage finishes around the basket on backdoor cuts. Defensively, he uses his size and athleticism well to make it difficult for opponents to finish over him around the rim.
JP Dockey 6’1 Point Guard (Fox Chapel Area HS): Dockey is a very good playmaker who takes care of the ball. Creates lane penetration well with his quick first step or sharp crossover and behind the back moves. He finds teammates effectively for open three-pointers from kick-outs or high percentage layups on drop-offs. Averaged 5.5 assists to only 2.3 turnovers per game this past high school season. While Dockey looks to get his teammates involved first, he also needs to be respected as a scorer. Finishes well around the rim over bigger defenders with his soft touch high off the glass. Also can hit spot-up treys when the ball is swung to him on the perimeter. Defensively, he moves well laterally, limiting opposing point guards from getting blow by drives against him. Also creates steals at a very good rate, plucking the ball away from opponents when they are weak with their handle or jumping into passing lanes when an opponent throws a lazy pass in his area. Averaged three steals per game this past high school season.
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