#S16 Wing/Forward Standouts
Earlier this week we recapped the guard play from last weekends #S16 in Connecticut. We now take a look at the wings and forwards who stood out.
3D- Eddie Brivett- A big man who is mobile and active, Brivett was incredibly good at using his size in the post. He turned away a multitude of shots and was a force on the boards. His mobility and ability to keep up with play was one thing that stood out quite a bit over the weekend.
NE Extreme-Nic Sangermamo-One of the core pieces of a NE Extreme team that made their division finals, Sangermamo is a well put together fluid post/wing presence. What perhaps stands out most is his ability to finish around the basket, which is much more developed and consistent than many players his age.
Grand Sachems F Zane Brewer-Brewer has the size and basketball IQ that most young big men lack. Obviously having a huge advantage with his height, his play on both ends outside of the post showed an innate understanding of the game.
Cap City’s forward Brett Tuttle- Part of Cap City's title-winning squad, Tuttle stood out for his development as a big man at this young age. He's quite polished in the post and has the mobility to defend anywhere on the court. One to watch in the coming years.
HHBC-Hans Garretson-An active post player, Garretson affects the game in a multitude of ways that don't end up on the scoresheet. His size and mobility make him a good on-ball defender while his hustle on offense helps spread the floor and give him an edge on the boards.
Berkshire Bulldogs-Isaiah Keefner-Undersized, Keefner was an essential part of a strong Bulldogs squad that made their division final. He knows how to create space for his shot and can knock down the three from almost anywhere on the court. As he is a little undersized, it will be interesting to see how he develops.
CT Elite-Tyler Betsey The 7th grader playing up a year showed tremendous potential and should be on many prep school coaches radars. He is athletic with a good length that allows him to work down low as well as having the handle to get to the rim. Standing currently at 6-1, Betsey's father is 6-7 and he has two uncles who are 6-8 which could be a sign of a big growth spurt to come.
Strom-00-Thomas Heinen- Heinen, a lengthy wing, was all over the court helping lead the Storm to a division title. Quick enough to beat defenders off the dribble, Heinen also doubles as a lights out shooter at one point hitting back to back from beyond the arc on Sunday.
Grand Sachems-0-Max Louis-A Good on-ball defender who disrupts with length, Louis showed flashes over the weekend. At times was primary ball handler, his lateral quickness needs work. But his combination of size and skillset are undeniable.
MH Skills-Darrien Pondea-A lengthy athletic wing, Pondea is an all-around player. His length and explosiveness give him a massive advantage on defense, but he really shines on the opposite end, where he can score from all three levels.
NE Nightmare TJ Punch- A athletic stretch forward type, Punch sure packs his name. Standing at 6-1 with a deceptively strong frame, he is a beast in the paint both on the glass and when scoring, as well as having the ability to put the ball on the court from the wing.
AKO-Jaiden Bethea- Bethea is a dominant wide-bodied big man. Standing at 6-4 with the frame of a linebacker, Bethea is able to control the paint and neutralize opposing posts. He will be one to watch as he develops and improves his conditioning.
3D Forward DJ Pinn- A forward with advanced footwork he affects the game in suddle ways adding a layer of competitiveness to his team. He still needs to grow into his body a little and improve his coordination and with this, we should see his game expand greatly.