The RYZE Summer 60 closed out our 2021 Travel Series with a bang, with a number of players and teams furthering their story and creating some buzz in the process. Here is Part One of our Top Performers from the weekend:
Nate Brafford, Team Swish
Brafford was the top overall performer on the weekend, leading the 17U division in scoring over 32 points per game and doing so in extremely impressive fashion. At a long 6-foot-8 has all of the offensive skills in his bag and is very effective on the perimeter and in the mid post. Defensively, he served well as a rim protector with his length. He has a skillset that you do not find often in young players and high major programs should be all over him.
Cam Walker, TSF Mack
TSF Mack had a slightly different look this weekend, and Walker became their primary option on the offensive end all weekend. And he responded to that change brilliantly. He knocked down shots off the catch and off the dribble consistently all weekend and was able to use his size and strength to be a matchup problem and get to the rim to score. He averaged close to 25 points per game on the weekend. Expect his offer list to continue to grow after the spring and summer that he has had.
Daniel Sanford, Anthony Morrow Elite (PIctured)
Sanford has the prototypical size and build for a college-level four man, with great mobility and athleticism. His skill set is also very solid, with good footwork and finishing ability on the interior and the ability to step out and shoot the ball in the midrange. With his combination of size and skill level, he's a walking double-double and will be a popular recruit in NC over the next few weeks & months.
Kedrick Green, ABC Elite
Green was as impressive a floor general as we had in the field this weekend. He shows so many signs of being a guy that coaches at the next level will love. He is very strong with the dribble and can find ways to get to his spots, make reads, and create for himself and others. He's great in ball screens and showed the ability to shoot the three consistently as well. Defensively, he can pressure the ball and is always communicating. He was a no-brainer top performer.
Pig Johnson, Alabama Fusion
Electrifying. That is the word that comes to mind thinking about Pig Johnson's play over the weekend. He's an extremely explosive athlete and gets off of his feet very quickly. He has a non-stop motor and is always playing hard and finding himself in the right place at the right time. He scored the ball very well and gets to the rim at will. He also shot the ball well from three, including a game with five triples. His weekend was consistently highlight worthy.
Alex Acosta, Georgia Legacy
You could make the argument that Acosta was Georgia Legacy's most important player over the weekend. He plays as hard as anyone when he's on the floor and he's willing to do the dirty work that a lot of players are not. He rebounds the ball at a very high level and is a very good finisher in the paint and around the rim. While his scoring totals were not always eye popping, he had a number of coaches talking about his play on the sideline. Non-D1's should be all over him.