National Prep Showcase Report Part One
Updated: Dec 28, 2021
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Achile Spadone 6’4 Combo Guard 2022 (St. Thomas More): Spadone has compact form with a high release, making three-pointers at a solid rate when spotting up. He is a good playmaker, making quick swing passes to teammates in the halfcourt for open treys. Defensively, Spadone moves well laterally, rarely giving up blow by drives when guarding on the ball.
Alex Barnhill 6’7 Combo Forward 2022 (Bridgton Academy): Barnhill is a reliable threat from long-range, making treys effectively off the catch and on the move. He is a solid passer for his size. Finds teammates well on cuts to the basket in addition to showing flashes as a pick and roll playmaker. Barnhill does a nice job getting advantageous position on opponents to be an effective defensive rebounder. Also makes quick movements to the help side when a teammate gets beat off the dribble.
Zakari McQueen 6’1 Combo Guard 2022 (Fork Union Military Academy): McQueen has a smooth stroke from beyond the arc, making standstill three-pointers proficiently. He gets into the lane effectively with his quick first step. When defenders collapse on him in the paint, he has a soft floater off the glass as part of his in-between game. McQueen can also make others better as a passer, finding teammates for open treys on drive and kicks. Defensively, he has quick hands, plucking the ball away from opponents for steals when they are not strong with the ball.
Troy McKoy 6’5 Wing 2023 (Massanutten Military Academy): McKoy spaces the floor well from deep. He has a quick release on his shot, making three-pointers when spotting up or on pull-ups off of ball screens. When opponents close out hard on him from the perimeter, he can put the ball on the floor and finish effectively at the rim through contact with his strong frame. McKoy can also make good reads to create shots for others. He finds teammates well rolling to the basket out of ball screens.
Chike Ndefo 6’6 Power Forward 2024 (Vermont Academy): Ndefo is a very good offensive rebounder, using his high motor to create second chance scoring opportunities for himself. He also scores effectively around the rim when attacking closeouts or on drive and dishes from teammates. Ndefo can make plays for others too, finding teammates effectively for high percentage finishes on drop-offs in the lane. Defensively, he has the mobility to switch on wings when guarding ball screens.
Arturo Dean 5’9 Point Guard 2022 (Putnam Science Academy): Dean is a very good shooter from long-range. He makes treys on pull-ups or when spotting up. Uses his quick first-step effectively when accelerating out of ball screens to create for himself and others. Dean has a soft floater in the lane when opponents collapse on him. He is a good playmaker, finding teammates for layups from drop-offs in the lane or open three-pointers on drive and kicks. Defensively, Dean makes it difficult for opposing point guards to get dribble penetration on him with his solid lateral quickness.
Justin Perez 6’3 Shooting Guard 2022 (Springfield Commonwealth Academy): Perez is a consistent floor spacer, needing very little time and space to get his shot off. He makes standstill treys at a solid rate. When opponents close out hard on him to take away his three-point shot, he has a reliable tear-drop in the mid-range. Perez has also taken strides as a passer, finding teammates effectively for layups on drop-offs when attacking closeouts. Defensively, he does a nice job drawing charges, beating opponents to the spot when coming over from the weak side.
Will Young 6’3 Combo Guard 2022 (Scotland Campus Sports): Young is a pest on defense. He uses active hands and excellent anticipation to create steals at a very good rate. Young also has the foot speed to allow him to productively guard either backcourt spot when playing tight on the ball defense. Offensively, he gets to the rim effectively with his solid burst. While more of a penetrator first, he makes three-pointers at a good enough rate when spotting up so that he cannot be left open. Young can make others better as a passer as well, hitting streaking teammates for layups on the break or open treys from kickouts in the halfcourt.
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