Top Players from Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off
Class of 2019 Gate City (VA)/B-Maze Elite 17U SG Zac Ervin
Ervin walked away as Co-MVP for the 17U division this weekend at Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off with B-Maze Elite. Ervin is a 6-foot-5 210 lbs shooting guard who is as tough as they come. He displayed consistent outside shooting from the three-point line knocking down 10 total for the tournament. Ervin is an underrated athlete and can play above the rim in transition and in the half-court. He had a nice dunk on a defender cutting back door catching the pass baseline. What sets him apart is his strength, he finishes extremely well through contact. Ervin did a good job in man-to-man defense showing the capability of guarding multiple positions. After the tournament Ervin received an offer from Mercer as well as gaining interest from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and VCU. It’s only a matter of time before this mid-major division 1 prospect starts receiving offers from high-major schools. Ervin already holds offers from Wofford, Bowling Green, Duquense, Central Arkansas, James Madison, East Tennessee State, Marshall, and Liberty
Class of 2019 Rock River (NC)/B-Maze Elite 17U SF Darlinstone Dubar
Dunbar wowed us with the way he scored the ball on all three levels. He was arguably B-Maze Elite 17U’s best scorer this weekend at Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off. Dunbar at 6-foot-6 showed elite athleticism playing above the rim and giving the crowd some highlights. He really seemed to thrive out in transition finishing with ease around defenders. Dunbar even showed the ability to shoot the ball from outside at solid rate. He is one name I expect to garner more interest. His only offer is Kansas State, but that will change after this weekend. This kid can really go. Has improved his defense tremendously since the last time I saw him in September of 2017 at Big Shots Top 100 Southeast Showcase in Rock Hill, SC with Paul Biancardi.
Class of 2020 Knoxville Catholic (TN)/B-Maze Elite 17U PF Akeem Odusipe
The first thing that stuck out to us about Odusipe was his immaculate foot work down low. He really knows how to use his feet to get around defenders on the block to finish above the rim. At 6-foot-9 215lbs, he was an absolute menace on the glass defensively and offensively. Odusipe is the kind of forward that doesn’t allow teams second chance opportunities with his defensive rebounding abilities, but creates second chance opportunities with his rebounding abilities offensively. He displayed a soft touch around the rim as well. Odusipe is a solid free-throw shooter as well. We at Big Shots liked his shot blocking presence as well. Odusipe is clearly a Top 150 caliber player for the Class of 2020. It is only a matter of time before he is a consensus Top 150 player among all ranking systems. He holds offers from Auburn, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, and East Tennessee State.
Class of 2019 Bearden (TN)/B-Maze Elite 17U Stretch Forward Drew Pember
With the value of a forward at the 4 spot being able to stretch the floor growing on a daily basis in the game of basketball, Drew Pember fills that role perfectly. Pember was lights out behind the three-point line all weekend at Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off. His shot is as pure as they come. Pember did a job on the glass this weekend as well. He is young for the Class of 2019 just turning 16 which shows us his body has will fill out in time making him one to keep an eye on. He showed solid ball handling ability this weekend, he’s a forward that can grab a rebound to bring the ball to initiate offense. Pember told us he has offers from Tennessee Tech and Nicholls State. He told us that Maryland is starting a lot interest in the pure shooting forward. Since Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off Austin Peay and Lafayette have showed interest in Drew Pember.
Class of 2020 Rocky River (NC)/B-Maze Elite 17U SG Jaden Springer
Springer was hampered with a minor ankle tweak and only played in one game, but boy did he put on a show. Springer is like Zac Ervin in what separates him from others with his strong. He is one of the best players in the country with absorbing contact and finishing through it. What impressed us the most is his ball-handling ability. In his game against EAB, he played a lot of point guard. Springer is a player who knows how to get to his spots with ease and doesn’t let defenders dictate where he wants to go. He gets into the lane at will making the defense collapse giving his teammates wide-open shots. As a guard, he is one of the best rebounders at that position in the country as well. We at Big Shots love his motor, he is always going on both ends of the floor. Springer showed why is a Top 25 player in the Class of 2020. We loved the pride he took defensively in his match-up against Keon Johnson. Springer showed off his elite athleticism bringing the crowd to their feet on a couple of dunks, including a 360 two-handed dunk on the fast break. Springer holds offers from schools such as South Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, New Mexico State, Auburn, Wake Forest, Old Dominion, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Murray State, Virginia Tech, UCLA, and NC State.
Class of 2019 Marshall County (TN)/EAB 17U CG K.J. Johnson
Johnson was arguably one of the biggest stock risers at Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off this weekend. Johnson exploded for 46 points in an intense match-up against B-Maze Elite 17U in the semi-finals. His 46 point performance included 9 made three-point shots. Johnson walked away as the third leading scorer in the 17U division averaging 23.3 points per game. What we liked most about Johnson during the tournament was his competitiveness. He came to compete in every game and had a certain swagger about him. In the intense semi-final match-up, Johnson had a certain look in his eye that he wouldn’t be denied. He was a one man show bringing his team back from a double-digit deficit in the second half of the semi-final game until Keon Johnson got things going with 4-5 minutes remaining in regulation. Johnson doesn’t have the biggest frame, but is a wiry strong type of athlete. He has a great handle on the ball and is just a winner. He is going to make a mid-major coach look really good in March in the near future. He is one I expect to pick up many mid-major offers over the next year. Johnson holds offers from Morehead State and UT-Martin. Since the end of Big Shots Rocky Top, he also picked up an offer from Tennessee Tech. Johnson was also Division II Class AA Mr. Basketball for the state of Tennessee
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Class of 2020 Webb (TN)/EAB 17U SG Keon Johnson
Keon Johnson was another player in Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off who proved his a high-major talent. Johnson is another player on EAB 17U who comes to compete every game and has a high motor. He is an elite athlete who plays above the rim in transition. He can score efficiently on all three levels on the court. He takes pride in defense and at 6-foot-5 can guard multiple guard positions. Johnson rebounds well for a shooting guard, especially offensively. He earned an offer Saturday while at Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off from Tennessee. He came into the tournament with offers from Western Kentucky, Ole Miss, Wake Forest, Middle Tennessee State, and Florida International. Since the end of the tournament, Johnson also picked up an offer from Auburn. Johnson is another player who is a Top 150 caliber player for the Class of 2020.
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Class of 2020 Lindsey Lane (AL)/EAB 17U PG Tommy Murr
Murr had one heck of high school season averaging 39.8 points per game. He did a good job as ball-handler handling any ball pressure that was thrown at him, even with bigger and longer defenders than himself. Murr stands about 5-foot-11, but is an underrated athlete. He is shifty with the ball in his hands. Murr can flat out shoot it from the outside. He has a pure shot that looks like it is going in every time he releases it off his finger tips. Murr is a point guard who can fill it up offensively, but also we at Big Shots liked the way he can run an offense. We watched him display tough shot making the whole tournament as well. Murr told us that is gaining interest from Lipscomb, Belmont, and Wofford. Look for Tommy Murr to pick up some offers and more interest from mid-major division 1 schools over the next year. He is a high IQ guy that is going to be hard to pass up.
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Class of 2018 Huntington (WV)/Big Shots Eite WV 2019 SG Mikal Dawson
Dawson is a big bodied guard at 6-foot-4 who really knows how to create for himself. Dawson is the top available unsigned senior in the state of West Virginia. We believe at Big Shots that Dawson is one of the top available unsigned seniors in the entire country. Dawson lead the 17U divsion with 26 points per game this weekend at Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off. He was Class AAA Player of the Year in the state of West Virginia. Dawson showed a consistent ability to shoot off the dribble and to shoot the ball consistently behind the three-point line. He will make a mid-major coach look good with a commitment from himself. Dawson holds offers from Youngstown State, Bowling Green, and Marshall.
Class of 2020 Christ School (NC)/B-Maze Elite 16U CG Norance Berry
Berry is one of those guards who can do it all. He doesn’t have to score the ball to effect the game, even though he has the ability to fill it up. Berry does a great job getting into the paint and attacking the rim. He has a great handle on the ball allowing him to get to where he wants on the court. One of the things we like most about Berry is his ability to guard multiple positions. He is a lock down defender in our opinion. Berry also does a great job of attacking the glass offensively. He has all of the intangibles to be a high-major guard. Physically, he looks far advanced for his age than most sophomores. Berry is also a high character kid off the court. He came into the weekend with offers from Tennessee, LIU-Brooklyn, James Madison, and East Tennessee State. He also has interest from Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Stanford, California, and Florida. A day after Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off, Berry picked up an offer from Auburn as well.
Class of 2022 Cannon School (NC)/B-Maze Elite 16U G Jaden Bradley
Bradley is already in the conversation for the No.1 player for the Class of 2022 and he showed why at Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off. With Bradley playing two years up, he showed he can play the primary guard or the off guard spot. Not even in high school yet and Bradley can finish above the rim in transition. Talking with one high-major college coach via text after the event, he simply said that Bradley is a stud. At a young age Bradley already shows a high IQ and good feel for the game. We at Big Shots are certain that every blue-blood will be coming after this young talent as his recruiting trail progresses. Keep an eye on this young man as he enters high school.
Class of 2021 Clarksville Academy (TN)/B-Maze Elite 16U PF Brandon Huntley-Hatfield
Huntley-Hatfield is easily a Top 100 prospect for the Class of 2021. The 6-foot-8 power forward already shows the ability to rebound and block shots out of his area. With already playing a year up on the circuit Huntley-Hatfield can dominate the glass defensively and offensively. He shows great footwork down with multiple moves to get himself a bucket on the block. With a big wing-span, we at Big Shots only expect his shot blocking ability to become elite as he progresses in high school. Huntley-Hatfield has already been selected as a member of USA Basketball. Bobby Maze sure knows how to find young talent and develop them. A day after Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off, Huntley-Hatfield received an offer from Auburn. It is only a matter of time until Huntley-Hatfield has a handful of offers.
Class of 2020 Webb School (TN)/B-Maze Elite 16U SG Emory Lanier
Lanier was one of the top shooters this weekend at Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off. Lanier is one of those shooters who can spot up in transition, shoot of the dribble, or come off a screen. Whether his feet are set or he is off balance, Lanier can knock them down. At 6-foot-3 and growing he has a great size for a guard. Even though he is a shooter, he can take the ball off the bounce. Lanier showed good defensive presence as well. His father, Rob Lanier, played at St. Bonaventure and his currently the assistant coach at Tennessee. With basketball pedigree, we expect Lanier to progress year by year as his high school career moves on. Coming into this weekend Lanier held an offer from Canisius. After this weekend at Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off, Vanderbilt and Mount St. Mary’s have reached out about Lanier.
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