Zero Gravity Prep Classic Report Part 1
Updated: Jan 7
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Dylan Matchett 6’3 Wing 2022 (Choate Rosemary Hall): Matchett is a reliable floor spacer from beyond the arc, making three-pointers at a solid rate when spotting up. He has a soft floater in the lane when opponents close out hard on him from the perimeter. Also creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself with sharp cuts to the basket. Defensively, Matchett shows good toughness diving on the floor for loose balls. He is solid on the defensive glass, using his strong body well when boxing out to corral important rebounds.
Luka Toews 5’10 Point Guard 2024 (Northfield Mount Hermon Prep): Toews is a very good playmaker. He finds teammates effectively for high percentage layups on the break with precise push-ahead passes, in addition to open treys from quick swing passes in the halfcourt. Gets into the lane consistently with his shifty handle. While Toews looks to get others involved first, he is also a capable shooter from three-point range on standstill attempts. Defensively, he creates steals at a solid rate, plucking the ball away from opponents when they are weak with their handle.
Jaden Slaughter 6’4 Combo Guard 2022 (Cheshire Academy): Slaughter makes others better with his passing ability. Finds teammates well in the halfcourt for open three-pointers on drive and kicks or high percentage layups from drop-offs. He also makes good decisions as a playmaker when playing in the middle against a zone defense. Slaughter uses deceptive change of pace moves to get to the rim and finish proficiently with a crafty layup package. While more of a penetrator, he has the ability to hit spot-up treys when left open. Defensively, Slaughter moves well laterally, limiting opponents from getting dribble penetration against him.
Eric Tynes 6’7 Small Forward 2022 (Phillips Academy Andover): Tynes has a smooth stroke from beyond the arc with compact form and good elevation on his shot. He makes three-pointers effectively off the catch or on the move. When defenders close out hard on him from beyond the arc, he can put the ball on the floor and finish at a good rate around the rim with his explosiveness and soft touch off the glass. Defensively, Tynes does a nice job using his length when closing out to force opponents into lower percentage attempts.
Holden Symonds 6’7 Power Forward 2023 (The Governor’s Academy): Symonds is a reliable finisher around the basket, using his strength and soft touch to score layups on cuts or drop-offs from teammates. He has a nice drop-step move on the block when posting up. Also has the ability to hit open standstill three-pointers. Symonds uses his high motor on the glass to rebound at a solid rate on both ends of the floor.
Henry White 6’1 Shooting Guard 2022 (Suffield Academy): White has a smooth stroke from long-range. The southpaw makes treys effectively off the bounce or when spotting up. He gets to the rim well with his good burst off the dribble. Also uses his quickness productively in the open floor to create high percentage layup opportunities for himself. Defensively, White uses active hands and good anticipation to create steals at a solid rate.
Ta’Quan Williams 6’0 Point Guard 2023 (Dexter Southfield School): Williams is a very good pick and roll playmaker, finding teammates with pinpoint pocket passes for high percentage layups. He can stretch the floor from deep with his ability to make three-pointers when spotting up or getting separation on his step-back. Williams also uses his step-back move well in the mid-range to go along with a soft pull-up.
Ben Carroll 6’7 Power Forward 2022 (Notre Dame West Haven): Carroll has a smooth face-up jumper when catching the ball in the post. He has the ability to beat opposing forwards off the dribble on straight line drives with his quick first step. Also shows flashes of creating with more advanced dribble moves. Carroll creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself as a rim-runner, using his good mobility to beat opponents down the floor in transition. Defensively, he moves well when coming over from the weak side to block or alter opponents’ shots around the basket.
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