The opening night of the 2017 Generation Basketball Association offered up a nice display of some quality up and coming middle school prospects.  As the night came to a close 8th graders like Amar Aguillard, Elijah Bull, and Chase Courbat stood out with high level performances.  Here’s a look at some of those who shined on Friday night during Session 1 in Wisconsin…

TOP PERFORMANCES
(Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order)
Amar Aguillard – 2021 – F – Kessel Heat Black 
A skilled and instinctive forward with nice size, Aguillard projects well moving forward as he has a nice feel for the game and he has the ability to score at every level with an advanced skill set.  He finished with 16 points while showing range and a versatile scoring package for a young forward.  

Elijah Bull – 2021 – PG – All In Athletics Bull
A tough competitor on both ends, the pint sized guard is in the mix on every play with a max effort attack mode approach.  His defense, dribble penetration, and ability to score the basketball and control the tempo was a huge factor in a come from behind win opening night.

Chase Courbat – 2021 – F/C – Martin Brothers Select
A solid young interior prospect with a nice ceiling, Courbat was active and engage throughout the game.  Equipped with size and length, the young big showed solid hands around the basket and an ability to finish out to about 15 feet.  He also moves well on the defensive end and his activity and length altered shots and helped create problems offensively for opposing bigs.  

David Joplin – 2021 – F – Ray Allen Select
Long, skilled, and just getting started, Joplin runs the floor well and he can finish in a variety of ways.  He can score in transition, finish with either hand around the basket, and he has the ability to step away and finish on occasion.  He delivered a solid 14 point effort in a convincing win on opening night.

Anthony Sayles – 2021 – SG – All In Athletics Bull
A scoring first guard that constantly is in the attack mode, Sayles was a catalyst early in the second half of keeping the pressure on the opposition.  He pushes the ball constantly and that aggression results in getting to the free throw line and getting locks of looks around the basket both in transition and half court sets.  He’s athletic, instinctive, and plays hard, all good qualities moving forward.

STOCK BOOSTERS
Trey Baker – 2021 – PG – Kessel Heat Black

A talented and skilled left handed floor general, Baker set the unselfish tone early for his team and the rest followed with a high quality team effort that saw the team win and a number of talented young player deliver nice efforts.  He has a nice perimeter stroke at the mid-range level and he has the ability to drop the trey ball as well.  He handles it and sees the floor well making for easy baskets for teammates in transition and half court sets.  A strong opening night of work on both ends.

Conor Enright – 2021 – SG – Kessel Heat Black
A sharpshooting marksmen, Enright makes the game look easy at times and Friday was much of the same as he drilled mid-range looks and perimeter jumpers while also displaying handles and feel.  Really like where he’s at as a prospect in terms of his instinct and skill.  A solid day 1 effort.

Daine Hanson – 2021 – F/C – All In Athletics Bull
A long raw young big who runs the floor well and has a nice feel on both ends.  Still developing skill wise, Hanson was active on the glass and he finished well when giving the opportunity.  Really like what he projects as long term with continued growth and development.

Jaylon Moses – 2021 – F – Martin Brothers Select
A plus length young wing with the ability to finish at multiple levels, Moses displayed solid promise and finishing ability in transition and around the basket on opening night.  He runs the floor well and brings a lot of potential to the court moving forward.  One to watch.

Tommie Williams – 2021 – SF – Team Ramey
A strong wing with the ability to contribute in a variety of ways, Williams finished with a game high 25 points in a losing effort on Friday.  He attacked the rim, played with physicality, finished in transition, and displayed a solid and developing versatile skill set that was impressive in flashes.  

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