10 Jul 2024

2024 Miami Summer Hoops Festival Notables – Rpt II

Jordan Tillery, Team Loaded: A 6’5 wing formerly signed to Georgia Southern, Tillery appears to be looking to either take a post-grad year or obtain a spot at a higher level come the fall.  He is a versatile wing that can play and defend multiple positions.  Tillery’s perimeter shot has noticeably improved these past few months but he is still at his best when he attacks the defense off the dribble.  A good playmaker with court vision, he is able to involve teammates while still being a top two scoring option for his team.  Tillery frequently pushes the ball up the floor after securing a rebound and he covers a lot of area quickly on the defensive end.

Jasen Lopez, SOH Elite: The 6’0 rising junior out of Hollywood Chaminade plays up and is such an impressive scorer, we would not be surprised if the two-sport standout led the state in scoring.  Lopez has a quick release that allows him to get his shot off against closely contesting defenders and makes his perimeter shot at a high rate.  He is also a crafty ball-handler and finisher at the basket.  While he may think score first, he willingly gives up the ball in transition and when penetrating if a teammate has a better shot opportunity.  Lopez is an alert defender that anticipates the passing lanes well.

Malachi Martis, All Ball: The 6’6 rising senior out of Windermere Prep may be a tad undersized but is relentless in the paint and on the glass.  He is an effective scorer inside the arc with a reliable perimeter shot, a quick first step to the basket, and the strength to overpower bigger opponents inside.  Martis routinely beats defenders down the floor in transition.  His perimeter skills continue to improve.  Defensively, he is more than capable of guarding smaller players on the perimeter as well as bigger opponents in the paint.  Martis is quickly becoming a tough matchup at both ends of the court.

Andrew Okafor, Florida Pro: A 6’8 rising senior at Fort Lauderdale Archbishop McCarthy, Okafor has a high upside thanks to his length and athleticism to go along with some rapidly developing skills.  He showed that he can stretch the floor with his shot this past weekend and looked comfortable handling the ball on the perimeter for short stretches.  Okafor plays hard, runs the floor in transition, and challenges shots on the inside.  While his best basketball is certainly ahead of him, he is certainly a player that bears watching and whose progress should be tracked by coaches at the collegiate level.

Isaac Mothersill, Team Breakdown 17U: A 6’0 rising senior at Hollywood Chaminade, Mothersill is a physically tough guard that makes plays for himself and his teammates.  He uses his strength well to attack the basket, create separation from defenders, and score through contact.  Mothersill makes open perimeter shots on both sides of the arc and does a solid job of running the offense and getting his teammates in the right spots.  He is a tough on-ball defender with active hands and quick feet.

Brandon Brazell, Team Breakdown NB: The rising junior at Stuart Martin County looks to be pushing 6’6 at this time and the long, active athlete is showing signs of perimeter skill.  He has confidence in his jumper and it fell at a good rate this past weekend.  Brazell also had a couple of nice drives and finishes in a crowd at the basket.  All that being said, he is still at his best when he can run the lanes in transition and attack the offensive glass.  Brazell shows signs of being a high-level defender as he has wingspan, quick feet, and anticipation for steals and blocked shots.

Jordan Attia, Showtime Ballers: A 6’3 rising senior at Punta Gorda Charlotte, Attia makes the most of his scoring opportunities but stands out in areas that win games.  He rebounds well for his size, is a good passer, and an alert defender.  Attia can stretch the defense with his shot as well as score on quick drives when the defense gets out of position.  He pushes the ball in transition when given the opportunity, looking to advance the ball quickly to teammates for easy scores.  If there is a 50/50 ball anywhere near him, Attia is likely to come up with it.

Christian Yeargin, All Ball 16U: A 6’4 rising junior at Fort Lauderdale Stranahan, Yeargin’s excellent play at the FABC Team Camp carried over to this past weekend.  He excels in an up-tempo setting, finishing above the rim with excellent body control and touch.  Yeargin didn’t show much in the way of a jumper this weekend but rarely needed to.  He is able to play bigger than his size on the glass thanks to some long arms and quick leaping ability.  Yeargin arguably had the dunk of the weekend in a Saturday game as play had to be stopped for a bit after teammates and a few spectators charged the floor.

Fernando Romero, SOH Elite 16U: A 6’2 rising junior at Miami Country Day, it seemed like every time we looked up, Romero was making a positive play.  He is a dangerous three-point shooter if left open, hits floaters on drives, and is a sneaky rebounder, especially on the offensive end.  Romero handles the ball well and uses his strong frame to overpower defenders on his way to the basket.  Defensively he is alert for lazy passes into his area, moves his feet well when guarding the ball, and is quick to help and recover.

Orlando Roche, SOH Elite 15U: A 6’1 rising sophomore at Miami Belen Jesuit, Roche has a velvety smooth perimeter shot with range past the three-point arc.  He is quick to take advantage of poor closeouts, get to the rim and either find an open teammate for a shot or score himself.  Roche handles the ball well, sees the floor, and makes good shot vs. pass decisions on the move.  His defense isn’t bad now but as he physically matures, that area of his game will no doubt improve.

Aeris Lawson, Harris Athletics: A 6’4 rising junior at Grandview Prep in Boca Raton, Lawson proved to be an effective slasher and creative finisher in a crowd.  He is quick to run the floor in transition and finish above the rim.  While Lawson made a couple of perimeter shots when we watched, that area of his game has room to grow.  On defense he gets his hands on lots of ill-advised passes and is quick to convert opponents’ turnovers into points.


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