RYZE Tip Off Classic 16U Top Performers Pt. 2
Khalil Green, Team Dickerson 2024 (Pictured)
Playing up in the 16U division, Green showed a poise and understanding that you rarely see from a young guard. He paces the game beautifully and picks his spots well. He is very crafty off the dribble and got to the rim at will this weekend, where he can get creative with his finishes as well as set up teammates. Middle Georgia has a point guard to watch over the next few years, and he could be one of the next notable names out of Macon.
Jayson Nixon, Tennessee Playmakers
Nixon finished fifth in the division in scoring and there was a lot of diversity to the way that he put the ball in the basket. The first three games of the weekend, he was money from the perimeter, knocking down shots consistently. However, Sunday afternoon he was in attack mode looking to get into the paint and finish, and he did just that to the tune of 20 points. The ability to score in multiple ways will definitely help him be a standout as the travel season continues.
Nathan Rodriguez, North Metro Elite
Rodriguez is a staple among notable performers at our events. He plays with a high motor, rebounds the ball at a high level, plays with a ton of toughness, and is a terrific finisher around the rim and in the midrange. He averaged over 16 points per game this weekend and did so very efficiently. We should also note that his NME teams consistently win as well.
Tayden Owens, Wood Elite
Owens consistently caught our eyes last year at the 15U level. After a good high school season as the PG for Cherokee, he is back as a top performer in the 16U division. He is so good off the bounce and can work his way to the rim and finish at a high level. When he's shooting the ball well, as he did on Sunday morning with six threes, he is a very difficult guard as he can attack closeouts and more easily get into the paint.
Alex Odam, Team Forrest
Odam had the look of a very mature lead guard, taking care of the ball, setting the table for teammates, and creating his own offense when needed. He is seemingly never under pressure and runs the show really well for the Team Forrest 16U group. He changes speeds really well and is deceptive off the dribble, where he can get into the paint and finish with floaters in the paint and with both hands around the rim.