Lots more players from the Source Hoops Miami Spring Classic deserve time in the spotlight.
Devin McIntyre, Triple Threat 16U: A 5’11 freshman out of Miami Palmetto, McIntyre was impressive playing up an age level. He showed speed and quickness with the ball and pushed the pace whenever possible. McIntyre got the ball to teammates for good looks, both in transition and when breaking down a set defense in the half-court. He proved to be a reliable perimeter shooter and finisher at the basket. McIntyre used his active hands and feet to come up with several steals that were converted into scores.
Cooper Whitley, Team Thunder 16U: On a team loaded with prolific perimeter shooters, the 6’0 sophomore from Miami Westminster Christian was the best of the lot. Whitley was always shot-ready and had a quick release once he received the ball. He impressed by moving without the ball into open areas and finding seams in the defense from which to get off a shot.
Isaiah Renauld, MCB 17U: A 6’5 junior from the City of Hialeah Educational Academy (COHEA), Renauld exploded off the court for rebounds and above the rim finishes. He has a very quick second and third leap and passionately pursued offensive rebounds. Renauld is fast up the floor in transition and often beat his defender for transition baskets. His combination of strength and athleticism made him a versatile defender on Saturday as we saw him cover both smaller, quicker defenders on the perimeter and taller players inside with little to no difficulty.
Patrick Silas, Inspir8tion Kings 16U: A 6’4 sophomore from Fort Pierce John Carroll, Silas seems a lot taller than his listed height. He demonstrated good ball-handling and passing skills out on the perimeter as he looked to drive, break down the defense and find open teammates for shots. Silas didn’t shoot much in the game we watched but his shot had good form and mechanics. He was quite quick to rebound and outlet the ball to get his team easy scores in transition. Silas was very active on the defensive end and got his hands on a lot of balls in the passing lanes.
Zemari Days, Team Havoc 16U: A 6’1 sophomore from Pembroke Pines Charter, Days played with good pace and displayed a variety of offensive skills. He was very quick to the basket and finished well through contact in a crowd. Days showed range on his shot out to the arc and he did a good job of mixing in perimeter shots with his drives to the basket. An active defender, he was disruptive in the passing lanes and also did a good job of staying in front of opposing ball-handlers.
Raheem Dyce, Triple Threat 15U: A 5’10 freshman at Miami Palmetto, Dyce was a solid floor general in his team’s two victories on Saturday. He controlled the pace, made shots from the perimeter and made good pass vs shot decisions when driving to the basket. Dyce was quick to pass the ball ahead to teammates on the break as well as to cutters into the basket area. His speed and quickness made him a nuisance on the defensive end.
Benjamin Hall & D’Andre Hardy, Team Hard 17U: A pair of bookend forwards out of Miami Southridge, Hall, 6’5, and Hardy, 6’4, are both sophomores that play a similar and effective style. Each displayed inside/outside skills as they handle and pass the ball well, can rebound and push the ball up the floor with the dribble, and are opportunity scorers around the basket. Hall and Hardy have respectable perimeter shots and will certainly improve in that area over time. Each is an alert defender both on and off the basketball.