The youngest group of the GNBA has been a lot of fun to watch grow and develop in their games throughout their respective couple sessions of play. With a lot of potential in the 5th Grade division, play at the Championships should have some exciting games with some talented young players looking to help their teams advance. Kobe Johnson, Dontay Goodwin Jr., Bryce Hopkins have been two of the more dominant players in the class so far, but there are several other hoopers ready to emerge as well. Below is a look at some of the top youth prospects competing this weekend...
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
(Note – Listed in alphabetical order – This is not an exclusive list)
TYSON ACCUFF - 2021 - G - REACH LEGENDS
Accuff works really hard and does some nice things on the floor for REACH. When he gets off to a good start and his confidence is going, Accuff can really fill the hoops as he does a good job scoring going to the basket and can hit some shots from the elbows as well. He is also aggressive rebounding the ball and applying pressure defensively. In the four games he played he is averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds per.
TREY BAKER - 2021 - G - KESSEL HEAT
Baker has come on strong, seemingly playing better each game. The 4-10 lightning quick guard does a nice job slashing gaps and can score from different levels. His shot has come along nicely and he is very good in transition already. Baker averages 14.5 points per game.
JOHNATHAN BRAGGS - 2021 - PF - PLAYGROUND ELITE
Braggs is an elite level forward for his age who has had some big-time performances for PGE. Braggs rebounds the ball by going up above opponents actively and offensively gets several put backs that way. He has a good little mid-range shot but excels around the hoop where he can use his size more effectively to score. The 5-8 forward is averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds per game.
KENDALL BROWN - 2021 - G - TOP FLIGHT
Kendall Brown has been a steady performer for Top Flight and if he continues to elevate his game the way he has shown already, the sky is the limit for him. 5-1, athletic, speedy and with a good skill set developing, Brown has been tough for opponents to match-up with one-on-one and defend. He can score off the drive, has shown the ability to hit shots outside a bit and just seems to make big plays for his team. He is averaging almost 13 points per game.
DONTAY GOODWIN JR. - 2021 - G - SW ILLINOIS JETS
Goodwin Jr. has been one of the most dominant players in the 5th Grade division through the first 8 games. He has good size right now, he plays fast and he plays strong on both ends of the floor which is difficult to contend with for most opponents. Goodwin Jr. can take it the basket off the dribble, has a good little shot, but is best in transition where he can utilize his speed and burst in the open court. The 5-5 guard is averaging 15 points and more than 10 rebounds per game.
BRYCE HOPKINS - 2021 - G/F - IL RISE
Hopkins has been phenomenal throughout the league both putting up points on offense and controlling the boards defensively which has been paramount in Rise’s success thus far. Hopkins can score with an array of moves inside, as well as off the drive when opportune, and then follows plays up well on the glass too. He averages 18 points per game and pulls in 8.5 rebounds per contest as well.
KOBE JOHNSON - 2021 - G - WI PLAYGROUND WARRIORS
Kobe has been picking up the level of his play every time he steps on the hardwood and will likely continue that progress in the Championships. The younger Johnson brother is a true competitor and simply does whatever he can to help his team be successful. He scores the ball well with a nice jumper, can finish on the drive, rebounds alright and is a really good passer. Offensively, Johnson is averaging 15 points and 3.6 assists per game, but his contributions also extend to his leadership and hustle.
MARK MITCHELL - 2021 - G - KC POWERGROUP
Mitchell has been putting together a solid 5th Grade campaign of his own for KC PowerGroup in GNBA play. The young 5-8 guard prospect has been a force scoring efficiently, shooting the ball 64% from the field and also has been aggressive rebounding consistently. Mitchell averages almost 15 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, but has also made an impact with is defense in the paint blocking 10 shots, often playing more like a post right now.
BLAKE PETERS - 2021 - G - IL RISING STARS
Peters has taken on the workload for his team, putting together a great GNBA season heading into this weekend and having his team at 8-0. Peters excels at scoring the basketball and he can do it in a variety of ways. He scores at the basket when people play up to close and allow him by, but he forces defenses out because of his ability to knock down the outside shot, having buried 11 three’s thus far. Peters is averaging 14.4 points per game and has also been effective getting takeaways defensively.
JORDAN YOUNG-WHITE - 2021 - F - IL RISE
Young-White has come on strong this past spring and is looking to continue advancing his game come Championships time. Alongside Hopkins, Young-White provides a 1-2 punch with his ability to finish plays off from the drive and he can step outside and hit three’s when left alone. He also does a lot of his damage on the offensive glass, having pulled down 27 offensive rebounds already. The 5-5 forward prospect averages nearly 11 points and 8 rebounds per game right now.
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