National Prep Championship Report Part Two
Reed Bailey 6’10 Power Forward 2022 (Brewster Academy): Bailey needs to be accounted for from beyond the arc. He makes three-pointers at a good rate when spotting up. Also shows flashes of hitting treys off of movement. Bailey can attack closeouts and finish in traffic with his impressive leaping ability and touch off the glass. He gets to the rim with his good burst or jab-step move as well. Creates high percentage second chance layup opportunities for himself with his aggressiveness on the offensive glass. Defensively, Bailey uses his explosiveness to block shots rotating over from the weak side and corral rebounds at their highest point coming off the rim. He is committed to Davidson.
Xaivian Lee 6’3 Combo Guard 2022 (Perkiomen School): Lee is a solid shooter from long-distance. He makes treys pulling up off of ball screens or on standstill attempts. Creates lane penetration with his crisp crossover or spin moves. Also has a crafty finishing package around the rim to score over bigger opponents. Lee is a good playmaker. He finds teammates for high percentage finishes on the break with push-ahead passes or open three-pointers in the half-court on pick and pops. Defensively, Lee creates steals at a solid rate. Has quick instincts jumping into passing lanes if a lazy pass is thrown in his area. He is committed to Princeton.
Jermaine Ballisager 6’11 Center 2022 (Montverde Academy): Ballisager is a consistent scoring threat in the paint. He can score when posting up with a jump-hook and using his wide frame to back opponents down with one or two dribbles. Has a smooth face-up jumper in the mid-range, along with having the ability to hit three-pointers as a trailer on the break. Ballisager also is constantly crashing the offensive glass, creating high percentage second chance finishing opportunities for himself. Makes his presence felt on the defensive glass as well, using his body to seal off opponents when boxing out to rebound at a good rate.
Kyrese Mullen 6’7 Power Forward 2022 (Massanutten Military Academy): Mullen has a smooth stroke from deep. He makes three-pointers at a solid rate when spotting up. Has the ability to get to the rim when attacking closeouts. Shows good patience when penetrating, using a jump-stop around the rim to get opponents up in the air or create better finishing angles. Mullen is effective scoring on the block with his spin move as well. Defensively, he uses his strong frame and motor to limit second-chance opportunities for opponents on the glass. Also consistently is in the right spot at the right time when coming over from the help side.
Elijah Jones 6’8 Power Forward 2022 (Mt. Zion Prep): Jones is a reliable finisher in the paint with his good leaping ability and soft touch off the glass. He can face-up from the short corners and put the ball on the floor to get to his jump hook in the lane. Also can hit turnaround jumpers in the mid-post area. Jones shows glimpses of using a runner off the glass when he cannot get to the rim. He uses his mobility and explosiveness effectively in transition, beating opposing forwards down the floor for high percentage finishes above the basket. Defensively, Jones rebounds the ball at a solid rate. Has good instincts, consistently being around the ball when it comes off the rim.
Jonathan Beagle 6’9 Center 2022 (St. Thomas More): Beagle is a skilled scorer on the block. He uses his well-built frame to get deep post position on opponents. Has a nice drop-step and jump-hook in his post-up repertoire. Does not get rushed near the basket, using a jump-stop or up-fake if a defender is overzealously trying to block his shot. Also is a solid finisher around the rim when rolling out of ball screens. Beagle has good vision as a passer in the paint, rewarding teammates cutting hard to the basket for layups. Defensively, he is impressive on the glass. Uses his strength and intense desire for the ball to be a volume rebounder. Also is a solid rim protector. Beagle more often than not is in the right position when coming over from the help side to block or alter opponents’ shots. He is committed to Albany.
Elijah Gray 6’8 Power Forward 2022 (Hargrave Military Academy): Gray is a true stretch four, making three-pointers at a solid rate when spotting up. Also has some flashes of making treys off movement, showing upside as a pick and pop man at the college level. He is productive when catching the ball at the elbows or in the mid-post, using a jab-step or spin-move to create separation for finishes around the rim. Gray has good hands, having the ability to grab off-target drop-off or screen and roll passes for high percentage layups. He cleans up the defensive glass with his powerful frame and limits opponents from getting second-chance opportunities.
Deven Austin 6’5 Shooting Guard 2022 (Wilbraham & Monson Academy): Austin uses his quick first step and terrific leaping ability to frequently get to the basket and finish in traffic. He is a consistent threat to score above the rim but also can finish with creative inside-hand layups. While Austin’s bread and butter is scoring around the basket, he can hit standstill treys when left open. Also excels in transition, running the floor hard with his speed and quickness for thunderous slam dunks. Defensively, he moves his feet well laterally. Rarely allows opponents to get by him with straight-line drives when defending on the ball. Also uses his size and length effectively, making it difficult for opponents to shoot over the top of him. Austin is committed to Princeton.