The second week of the Fall League provided a lot of excitement Saturday afternoon at the Evans High School site. Our featured game of the week between the Clippers and Warriors lived up to the hype, and we ended the day with a double overtime victory by the GAIS JV squad over the Bucks. Although there were many good players on the floor Saturday, these are the players who caught my attention.
Ahmed Hill (Warriors):
Arguably one the best shooting guards in the country according to various recruiting services. This kid dominated both games he took part in. While having a size advantage on smaller defenders he scored in the post with ease and when bigger defenders drew the assignment Hill got to basket at will with his quickness and athleticism. At this point he is a good shooter. To take his game to the next level I would like to see him become more consistent shooter and get to the free-throw line more often.
Tamyrick Fields (Warriors):
EXTREMELY HIGH motor! Fields was very active and productive throughout the day. He gave his team an inside presence that created problems for the opposition. The last time I saw him he was only a low post player. There has been significant improvement to his game. He has extended his range to 15 feet and is a better ball handler. If he can get a go to move in the post and become a better mid-range shooter he has a chance for a big year.
Zep Jasper (Clippers)
Fearless competitor. One of the best shooters at the point guard position in the area. He played well in a tough game against the warriors and was not afraid to take big shots down the stretch. Having been a natural scorer his entire short career, Jasper is learning how to become a point guard. Only a rising Sophomore he has a chance to be really good if he can find the balance between scoring and running the team.
Jayshawn Brooks (Clippers):
The thing that impressed me the most with Brooks Saturday was his leadership. He was vocal and challenged his teammates to play better. Another thing I like is he tries to always play the right way. Even with a great stroke from behind the arc, he seems to always make the extra pass. With the clock winding down the ball fell in his hands at the 3pt line and he drained a 3 to give his team a win in their second game of the day. One of several that he made on Saturday.
Dontae Coleman (Lakers):
I have been watching Don play since he was 12 years old. Every year that I see him there has been improvement to his game. On Saturday he competed and did whatever he had to do to keep his team in it. He made a few crowd pleasing drives that ending with him scoring or finding a teammate for a basket. Having always been a streaky shooter, he had a stretch where he knocked down 3 in a row. The bigger the moment, the better he plays. Consistency and good shot selection will be the key for Coleman's development.
Kameron Mason (Hornets):
There is one word that describes his game and that's scorer. Mason seems to take and make tough shots often. He kept his team in the game against a very scrappy Clippers bunch who beat them at the buzzer.
Patrick Lawrence( Hornets):
He played hard and knocked down 3's to form a great 1-2 punch with Kameron Mason in trying to knock off the Clippers. If Lawrence can add dribble drives to the basket to compliment his 3pt shooting he will be a tough cover. He has the ability and I'm just waiting to see it.
Malik Welch (GAIS JV):
With his team down the entire game, he willed his team to a double overtime victory to end the day. Whether it was coming up with big rebounds on both ends, drives to the basket, or knocking down a big 3pt shot. He did all he could and left it all on the court.