01 Feb 2024

Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament Notables – Rpt II

Jalen Reece, Oak Ridge: A 6’0 junior, Reece is an intriguing point guard prospect.  He has high-level speed, quickness, and court vision.  Reece pushes the temp, delivers the ball on time and on target in transition or drives to the basket, and is a reliable perimeter shooter.  He takes care of the ball on offense and frustrates opponents into turnovers on defense.  Reece already has some high-majors showing significant interest and that list should only grow this coming spring and summer.

Cayden Daughtry, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian: A 5’11 freshman, Daughtry led the team in scoring the first two game of the event.  He was very efficient, shooting 50% from the field overall, 5-11 from behind the arc and a perfect 12-12 from the charity stripe.  Daughtry is an exceptional ball-handler and looks to draw fouls when driving to the basket.  He isn’t the quickest of players but his hoops IQ more than accommodates any perceived lack of speed and/or athleticism.

Dwayne Aristode, Brewster Academy: A 6’7 junior, Aristode is an athletic wing.  He is a tough cover with his ability to shoot from three (7-14 in the first two games) to go along with a quick first step to the basket.  Aristode runs the floor and finishes strong at the basket.  He has the physical tools to be a high-level defender.  With an ability to rebound out of his area in traffic and then push the ball up the floor in transition, Aristode should be a highly viewed and valued commodity this coming spring and summer.

Nate Brazil, Imani Christian: The 5’10 junior has to do a lot for his team to have any kind of success.  He is very quick and seeks contact on his forays to the hoop.  A volume scorer and streaky shooter from deep, Brazil was the only player on his team to reach double figures in all three contests this past weekend.  It isn’t hard to see him being a high scorer at the lower D-I levels or a spark off the bench for some mid-major program.

Winters Grady, Prolific Prep: A 6’6 junior, Grady is a shooter deluxe.  He was 8-13 from three in the two games we took in and showed flashes of proficiency from the mid-range as well.  While many of his deep range bombs came off the catch, he dropped in a couple inside the arc after a quick dribble or two.  Grady has good size and strength, is a reliable free throw shooter, and doesn’t mind playing physically on defense or when chasing down rebounds.

Myles Fuentes, Riviera Prep: A 6’0 freshman that started on last year’s 3A title team, Fuentes plays like a seasoned vet.  He takes care of the basketball and gets it where it needs to go.  Fuentes has good speed and quickness with the ball, penetrates the lane with a plan, and is decent perimeter shooter at this stage of his development.  He puts in a solid effort on defense, moving his feet, keeping his hands active, and closing out on shots under control.

Evan Sterck, The Rock School: Though he struggled shooting the ball in the third game of the event, the 6’2 junior is a solid point guard prospect that scores and distributes the basketball at a high rate.  Sterck is more often than not a reliable three-point shooter, is solid when facing defensive pressure, is quick to find open teammates for good shots and makes good shot vs. pass decisions when getting into the lane.  He rebounds well for his size and is a solid on-ball defender.

Joseph Hartman, The Rock School: The 6’5 sophomore caught fire from deep, hitting four in a row and five overall in one game we took in.  He has good size and length, is active on defense and quickly turns steals into scores.  The son of a college coach, Hartman shows a lot of potential but is already producing at a quality rate against quality competition.


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