|Breakdown Magazine's Battle of the Rankings|
|Fabulous 15 Standouts from Rick Staudt.|
Fabulous 15 Standouts
The 2005 edition of Breakdownmagazine.com's Battle Of The Rankings event took place this past weekend at Champions Sports Complex in Orlando. Over 300 players were in attendance, making for a deep talent pool and lots of action. With so many players and so little time, I was not able to see every player in attendance.
Of those we did see, there were several players that stood out above the rest. Other players had breakout performances, causing those watching to ask each other "who was that and where is he from?"
In no particular order, these players put themselves on the map with better than advertised performances.
- Josue Soto - 6'0 Sr. - Arlington Country Day - Best player at event. Can do everything you want on the basketball court. Has no weaknesses. Love his game.
- Jason Bennett - 7'0 Sr. - Arlington Country Day - MVP of 2006 All-Star game. Wreaks havoc defensively due to height and coming along offensively. Needs better go-to move in post than old-fashioned hook and stop putting ball on the floor in the post.
- Jonathan Hall - 6'4 Sr.- Northwestern - Strong driver that finishes at the rim and rebounds well. Can hit the catch-and-shoot three. Needs to add a mid-range game.
- London Warren - 6'2 Sr.- Raines - Unguardable with the basketball. No one can stop him from getting to the basket, although he doesn't always finish. Has a hitch in his shot that makes him inconsistent from deep, but they went in this weekend.
- Jarvis Williams - 6'4 Sr. - Jones - Amazing what he accomplishes for his size. If he were 4 inches taller, he might be best in state. Doesn't display jumper, but finishes around rim better than anybody.
- Solomon Alibi - 7'0 Jr. - Montverde - Runs and jumps well and his offensive game is improving. Showed ability to hit from 12 feet with good form and also flashed quick spin moves on the block. Lack of strength keeps him from finishing consistently around the basket and sometimes gets too aggressive going out to guard the perimeter.
- Isiah Brown - 6'8 Jr. - South Miami - Solid all weekend in leading team to title game. Excellent athlete finishes around the rim, runs the floor well and has a nose for the ball. Refining his game away from the basket will cause his stock to skyrocket.
- Nick Calathes - 6'5 Jr. - Lake Howell - Camp MVP after leading team to title and should have been chosen MVP of 2007 All-Star game. Committed to Florida and has superior court vision, basketball IQ and skill level. Only lacks strength but that will come. Should be a McDonald's All-American game participant.
- Devon Lamb - 6'3 Jr. - Arlington Country Day - Outstanding athlete knocks down his lefty jumper from three and finishes drives to the basket. Can cause havoc defensively but sometimes has lapses of concentration and needs to make better decisions with the ball.
- Joey Rodriguez - 5'10 Jr. - Lake Howell - Fearless and aggressive with the ball, J-Rod goes non-stop all the time. Outstanding penetrator and passer, he gets to the rim and finishes over bigger foes. Very fast with the ball and disruptive on defense, his outside shot is okay but needs more consistency.
- AJ Stewart - 6'8 Jr. - Arlington Country Day - Explosive athlete gets to the rim and finishes. Gobbles rebounds at both ends and blocks a bunch of shots. Tends to fade away on his jump shot so that is an area for improvement.
- Ameer Brown - 6'4 So.- Pope John Paul II - Strong-bodied two guard is a lights out shooter and finishes well at the basket. Is athletic but needs to use it more to his advantage on the defensive end.
- Brett Chance - 6'2 So.- Lake Howell - MVP of 2008 All-Star game. He was very impressive as he played under control at a high speed all weekend. Finishes in transition, knocks down open jump shots out to three and gets after it defensively.
- Miguel Paul - 6'1 So.- Kathleen - Very polished guard seems to play older than he is. Is very skilled offensively and athletic enough to be effective on the defensive end. Does need to upgrade his decision making in terms of shot versus pass, but he has a high major future.
- Kenny Boynton Jr. - 6'2 Fr.- Ely - By far the best player in the class. He is polished, athletic, skilled, and does everything well. Only weakness may be he shoots too many threes, but he makes them.