Zero Gravity Prep Classic Report Part 2
Updated: Jan 10
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Trace Salton 6’5 Small Forward 2022 (Bridgton Academy): Salton has good creativity off the dribble, getting by opponents with his quick crossover move. He generates high percentage layup opportunities for himself from sharp cuts to the basket. Also is a solid athlete, using his leaping ability to score effectively on drives to the hoop and be a threat for finishes above the rim on lobs. Salton uses his high motor to be productive on the offensive glass and manufacture second chance layup opportunities for himself.
Rafael Martinez 6’7 Combo Forward 2022 (Williston Northampton School): Martinez is a consistent threat from beyond the arc. He makes three-pointers on the move or when spotting up. Gets to the rim well in the halfcourt with his good burst and sharp crossover move. Martinez scores efficiently around the rim from his strong body, explosiveness, and ability to finish with either hand. Defensively, he moves his feet well laterally, limiting opposing forwards from getting by him on straight line drives.
Luke Reynolds 6’4 Power Forward 2024 (Lawrence Academy): Reynolds has a nice jump-hook on the block when posting up. He creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself and finishes efficiently from sharp cuts, aggressiveness on the offensive glass, and a soft touch off the window. Reynolds is also a capable set shooter when left open from three-point range. He makes his presence felt on the defensive glass as well, using his strong body productively to get advantageous position on opponents.
Andre Mills 6’3 Combo Guard 2024 (Vermont Academy): Mills is a sniper from deep, needing very little time and space to get his shot off. The southpaw makes three-pointers at a very good rate when spotting up. He is a good passer, using his quick first step to get into the paint consistently and find teammates for layups from drop-offs. Mills runs the floor hard in transition, generating above the rim finishes with his explosiveness. Defensively, he creates steals at a solid rate. Shows good timing jumping into passing lanes when an opponent telegraphs where they are going to throw the ball.
Quentin Duncan 6’4 Combo Guard 2024 (Notre Dame West Haven): Duncan uses his quickness to blow by defenders one on one and accelerate out of ball screens to get to the basket effectively. He is a good finisher around the rim with his crafty layup package, along with seeking out contact to draw shooting fouls at a solid rate. Duncan uses his speed productively in transition, pushing the ball from end to end to create high percentage layup opportunities for himself. While more of a penetrator, he is capable of hitting pull-up three-pointers. Also is a good playmaker, showing comfort finding teammates for open looks out of pick and rolls. Defensively, Duncan has nice instincts using his active hands to cause steals or deflections at a good rate.
Jaylen Harrell 6’4 Small Forward 2025 (St. Sebastian’s School): Harrell has a nice mid-range game, having a smooth floater and pull-up in his arsenal. He is a threat from deep, showing intriguing upside making treys off the bounce. Also has a soft jump-hook in the post when backing defenders down. Harrell is solid on the defensive glass as well. He shows good instincts being around the ball when it comes off the rim.
Taku Youngblood 6’1 Combo Guard 2022 (St. Thomas More): Youngblood is a very good run and jump athlete. He creates penetration effectively to create for himself and others with a quick first step. Scores proficiently around the rim with his terrific leaping ability and nifty finger-roll or inside hand finishes. Youngblood uses his end to end speed productively on the break when pulling down a rebound to generate high percentage layup opportunities for himself. He is also a solid playmaker, finding teammates well in the halfcourt for layups on drop-offs or open three-pointers from drive and kicks.
Sam Kodi 6’2 Point Guard 2022 (Bradford Christian Academy): Kodi gets into the lane consistently where he is a threat as a playmaker or scorer with his good burst and shifty handle. He does a nice job finding teammates for layups from drive and dishes in the lane. Also rewards teammates for running the floor hard on the break with precise push-ahead passes for high percentage finishes. Kodi scores effectively around the rim with good body control and a creative layup package. He is capable of hitting open standstill three-pointers when the ball is swung his way. Defensively, Kodi gives solid effort and has quick feet when moving side to side. He does a nice job making it difficult for opposing point guards to get into their offense when playing tight on ball defense.
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