05 Nov 2020

Freshman-Sophomore Elite Academy – Rpt III

Marcus Allen (pictured above), Miami Norland: The 6’6 freshman is a physical guard that seeks out contact.  He is a solid ball-handler, absorbs hits in traffic, and scores at the rim.  Allen made his fair share of perimeter shots this weekend and that aspect of his game should improve as time marches on.  He rebounds well and pushes the pace once he grabs a missed shot.  Look for him to be on the national radar sooner rather than later.

Blake Wilson, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer: The 6’3 sophomore was one of the bigger surprises at the event.  A solid athlete with a strong frame, Wilson impressed with his perimeter shooting.  He has a quick release and reliable range out to the three-point line.  Wilson can also score off the drive if defensive close-outs are too aggressive.  He isn’t afraid to get physical and battle inside for rebounds.

Bryant Boykins, St. Augustine Creekside: The 6’4 freshman has a strong frame as well as a hefty dose of athleticism.  He uses those traits to carve out space inside, quickly get to rebounds, and score over bigger players in a crowd.  Boykins is fast up the floor in transition and often finishes above the rim.  While his perimeter shots didn’t fall often on Saturday, the fundamentals are there so improvement should come quickly in that area of his game.

Clarence Burts, Miami Norland: The 6’3 freshman has the size and skills to play either guard spot.  Burts handles and passes the ball well and has little trouble breaking down the defense.  He showed Saturday that he could score at the rim or send accurate passes to open shooters.  Burts shoots the ball well out to the arc when given time and space.  Defensively, he’s a pick-pocket, with long arms and quick hands that convert steals into scores.

Ramone Seals, Oldsmar Christian: The 6’4 freshman is physically tough.  A strong driver and finisher, once Seals gets going downhill, he is tough to stop as he finishes well with either hand.  He is also fast up the court in transition.  Seals didn’t show much in the way of a perimeter shot but then he didn’t have a need to.  An alert defender, Seals covers a lot of ground and gets several deflections during the course of a contest.

Tyler Johnson, Apopka: The 6’4 freshman proved to be a solid scorer this weekend.  A better-than-expected ball-handler, Johnson showed he could drive and score in a crowd.  His jump shot was consistent within fifteen feet and he also had success finding open teammates for scores.  Johnson rebounded well at both ends and kept several offensive possessions alive with his hustle.

Xavier Peavey, Tampa Durant: The 5’10 freshman is exceptionally quick with the basketball.  As such, he is a good driver and scorer.  Generally, he made good shot vs. pass decisions when attacking the basket.  We hope to see some perimeter scoring from him in our next viewing as Peavey didn’t attempt a jumper while we watched on Saturday.



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