This will be our final look at some of the standout players from the Class of 2021 that we saw at the NYBL Orlando Session.
Jarvey Gainey – Wellington Wolverines: For a young player, Gainey has quite an offensive repertoire. He hit floaters driving down the middle or along the baseline, connected from mid-range, and made shots from beyond the arc. Gainey also didn’t shy away from battling under the boards.
Nick Mickell – Showtime Ballers: A big-time athlete, Mickell has no problem finishing above the rim. He’s quick off of his feet for putbacks and has a long wing span and excellent lateral quickness to be disruptive on the defensive end. He makes just enough shots from three point range to be considered a threat from distance.
Dean Gabrelcik – 1 Family: A guard out of the Tampa area nearing six feet tall, Gabrelcik impressed with his ability to knock down mid-range jumpers off the dribble. He’s a solid rebounder at both ends and looks to keep the ball moving when on offense. Gabrelcik has range out to the three point line and handles the basketball reasonably well vs. pressure.
Robert Noord – Nike Team Florida: A Georgia resident, Noord did a solid job of running the offense for NTF. He excelled at breaking down the defense with the dribble and forcing them to make decisions once he got into the lane. He had a few nice finishes in traffic and also found open teammates for easy baskets.
Marcus Tate – Nike Team Florida: Tate took a couple of shots from beyond the arc when NTF needed them to catch the NY Dragons but as of now Tate does his best work around the rim. He’s quick to offensive rebounds and has a nice touch for tip-ins. Tate plays hard and doesn’t mind the physical play underneath the basket.
Jamonte Smith – Team Loaded Red: Smith never wavered in his competitiveness against South Florida Elite when Team Loaded got down early. He continued to attack at the offensive end and his success gave his teammates the confidence to do likewise. Smith displayed a scorer’s mentality and plays like he believes his next shot will go in.
Travis Burress – Atlanta Celtics: Arguably the top offensive threat on the perimeter for the Celts, Burris put a lot of pressure on the defense with the dribble and repeatedly found success. While his outside shot wasn’t working, he still managed to stay engaged in the contest. Burress’ ability to score against bigger guys at the rim was impressive.
Tyler Shirley – Game Elite T: Shirley doesn’t necessarily have an established position on the court; he just goes out, plays, and produces. He had a bucket from mid-range, knocked down a jump hook in the lane, and produced a few steal and scores as well.
Chase Garrett – Florida Future: In a close contest against Showtime Ballers, Garrett did a little bit of everything. He made key shots from beyond the arc, helped handle the ball against the press, and surprised by taking the ball to the rim and scoring in traffic. Garrett is pretty skilled at this stage of his development and will most likely make an early impact when he reaches high school next season.