PIAA District One 6A Tournament First Round Report
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Max Koehler 6’1 Point Guard 2023 (Garnet Valley HS): Koehler gets into the lane effectively with his quick first step. He is a solid playmaker against a set defense or on the break. Finds others in the halfcourt for open three-pointers, showing good vision with crosscourt passes in addition to hitting teammates in stride for cutting layups. Finds teammates running the floor hard in transition for layups with precise push-ahead passes, but also has a good feel for when to kick the ball out to a teammate spotting up for a trey. Koehler can score in the mid-range with a smooth step-back jumper or create angles to finish around the rim with his crafty up and under move. He recognizes when he has a smaller defender on him and can take them to the post, and has the ability to finish with his back to the basket. Also can hit open standstill threes when the ball is swung to him on the perimeter.
Colin O’Sullivan 6’0 Combo Guard 2023 (Upper Dublin HS): O’Sullivan is a very good shooter from beyond the arc with a quick release and deep range. He is at his best making three-pointers when spotting up. Does a nice job of letting the game come to him, taking the majority of his shots in the flow of the offense. O’Sullivan is also a solid passer. In the halfcourt, he finds teammates effectively on drive and kicks; in transition, when his team has numbers, he makes good decisions to find teammates for high percentage layups. Defensively, he creates steals at a solid rate, jumping into passing lanes for steals when an opponent telegraphs a pass in his area.
DJ Johnson 5’10 Point Guard 2022 (Norristown Area HS): Johnson creates lane penetration with his good burst and change of pace moves. He can finish around the rim with inside hand layups. Also has solid end to end speed, creating high percentage finishing opportunities for himself when pushing the ball on the break. Johnson is a good playmaker, finding teammates for layups in the halfcourt or in transition from drop-offs and push-ahead passes. Defensively, he moves his feet well laterally, limiting blow-by drives by opposing point guards. Also generates steals at a good rate, using active hands when coming from behind to trap opponents.
Josh Twersky 6’3 Power Forward 2022 (Wissahickon HS): Twersky is a good passer, using his size to see over the top of defenders and find teammates for backdoor cut layups. He makes his presence felt in the mid-range with his ability to hit turnaround or jab-step jumpers. Shows good skill around the rim when attacking closeouts, using a jump-stop to get opponents up in the air for better finishing angles. Twersky also creates high percentage second chance layup opportunities for himself with his aggressiveness on the offensive glass. Defensively, he is consistently in the right spot when coming over from the help side to draw a charge or force an opponent into a lower percentage shot.
Dawson Debebe 6’2 Small Forward 2022 (Perkiomen Valley HS): Debebe uses his strong frame to barrel his way to the basket and finish through contact. He shows good feel, time and time again being in the right spots for teammates to dump the ball off to him around the rim for high percentage layups. Also is patient when catching the ball around the rim, using a crafty up-fake to create better finish angles for himself if an opponent over-aggressively tries to block his shot. Debebe also shows flashes of creativity off the dribble with an inside-out crossover move. He is a solid rebounder on the defensive glass, showing good instincts for the ball when it comes off the rim.
Julian Sadler 6’0 Combo Guard 2024 (Perkiomen Valley HS): Sadler gets into the lane consistently with his quick first step and crossover move. He finishes effectively around the rim with a soft touch off the glass with either hand. Also gets to the foul line at a solid rate with his propensity to seek contact when slashing to the hoop. Sadler shows good vision in the lane kicking the ball out to teammates for open-three pointers when an opponent collapses on him. Defensively, he makes it difficult for opposing point guards to get dribble penetration on him with his nimble feet. Sadler is also a consistent threat to get steals. He has quick instincts if an errant pass is thrown in his area, and active hands to swipe the ball away from an opponent if they are not strong with it.
Tyriq Toney-Bailey 6’1 Shooting Guard 2022 (Central Bucks East HS): Toney-Bailey is a terrific shooter from deep who can get hot in a hurry. Needs very little time and space to get his attempts off, having range out to the NBA line. He makes three-pointers off the catch or on the move. Also has the ability to put the ball on the floor. Toney-Bailey gets past opponents with a sharp crossover move and is a good finisher around the rim with his creative finger-roll layups. Also shows flashes in his ball handling with a crossover-spin combo move when penetrating into the lane.
Derrius Lucas 6’5 Combo Forward 2022 (Abington Senior HS): Lucas has good ball skills for his position. He can take opposing forwards off the dribble in straight lines or with sharp through the legs and stop and go moves. Can finish around the hoop with reverse layups or from creating better finishing angles with an up and under move. Lucas has good speed in the open court, having the ability to create high percentage layup opportunities for himself when pushing the ball after corralling a rebound. He can also hit open standstill treys when he is left open. Defensively, Lucas uses his length and toughness to make an impact when guarding bigger opponents. Also utilizes his long arms well as a rim protector, blocking or altering opponents’ layup attempts at a solid rate.
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