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RYZE Tip Off Classic 17U Top Performers Pt. 2

Simeon Cottle, ABC Elite (Pictured)

ABC Elite had a fantastic weekend overall, and Cottle was one of their primary standouts in the backcourt. He's a lead guard that can really score the ball, and he loves to get into the paint and make plays around the rim. He's also adept at drawing contact and getting to the line. He can also beat you with the three ball, as he proved Sunday morning in a win over Hollywood Stars where he hit four three-balls.

Bruce Thornton, TSF Mack 2022

The well-roundedness of the Ohio State commit Thornton is really something to admire. There really aren't any holes in his game and he does it all, whatever his team needs and whenever they need it. He's an elite level playmaker and seems to always make the right reads out of ball screens. When he needs to score it, he can do it from every level and has a knack for finding the the best shot available. Another aspect where he can really shine that nobody mentions a lot is defensively, where he is tough to beat off the dribble.

Sammy Moss, Game Elite Orange

It's no surprise to us that when Moss comes to play in our events, he's going to put up big numbers. And this weekend was no different. He ended the weekend second in the 17U division in scoring, at over 27 points per game, including two 30+ point outings. He always brings the energy and enthusiasm, and he always accepts challenges and never shies away. You'll see his name among the leaderboards at a number of our events this season.

JaQuava Propst-Allison, PSB Elite Larkin

Propst-Allison is a tough-as-nails lead guard that opposing teams seemingly could not keep out of the paint all weekend. He's extremely quick and strong off the dribble and causes all kinds of problems for defenses when he gets into the paint. He also showed that he can get things working with the shot from the perimeter, consistently knocking down threes in every game.

Jalal McKie, Infinite Skills

It's no secret that our staff is really high on McKie, and he backed that up with some really good play against maybe the toughest schedule of the weekend. He was consistent the whole way through, and was as reliable a scorer as we saw. He has an understanding of how to get to his spots and put the ball in the basket, whether from three, in the midrange, or around the rim. He's extremely strong and seems to finish everything through contact.

Jaylen Harris, HYPE

After a very eye-opening senior season at Kell, Harris picked up where he left off by having a great weekend, averaging over 20 points per game and shooting the ball really well. The 6-foot-2 combo guard has a lot in his bag offensively and made that known. He also played with a high motor, which was very noticeable throughout the weekend. With the recruiting process slightly delayed due to the pandemic, transfer portal, etc., he will need to be a guy that coaches keep an eye on throughout the spring.


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