RYZE LIVE Showcase I: Best Bigs & Forwards
Mady Traore, Georgia Stars 17U
Traore was the best defender that we had in the field. At a long 7-feet tall he changes every shot in the paint and either blocks or contests a ton of shots over the course of a game. His mobility is also very notable as he was able to switch onto perimeter players and stay in front. Offensively, he has a solid skill set, good hands, and can finish well in the paint. He's an impressive prospect that high level Division I programs should have tabs on.
Bol Adu, AC Georgia 17U
Adu was relatively unknown to us coming into the event, but he made his impact with his offensive abilities and versatility. He was in double figures scoring in every game, and he has a well-rounded offensive game and can be productive both inside and on the perimeter. He plays with solid motor, hits the glass hard, and has great size at 6-foot-8.
Jayden Pretty, Carolina Pressure 16U
Pretty was the leading scorer for a very well-balanced Carolina Pressure squad that went back to the Hoop State with a title. That would not have been possible without the timely production of Pretty, who came up with big buckets and rebounds down the stretch of games and really became their go-to guy on the offensive end for big moments.
Kinte Gross, Augusta Flames 17U
Gross was one of the best scorers in our 17U division and can score the ball inside-out very efficiently. He was a very good finisher around the rim and showed that he can extend his range and knock down shots as well as put the ball on the floor. He ended the weekend averaging over 21 points per game, including two performances of 25+ points.
Stephen Akwiwu, AC Georgia 16U
Akwiwu's combination of strength, athleticism, and skill really made him a standout on the weekend. At 6-foot-7, he has incredible strength and good athleticism that make him a force in the paint. He also steps out into the midrange and shoots the ball efficiently. He averaged 17 points per game on the weekend and is always a true double-double threat.