The 6th Grade division is rich with young talent that have been very impressive during their respective sessions to this point. Jalen Suggs has been sensational, while others like Donovan Billings, Maxwell Polk, Caleb Druvenga, etc. have outperformed their peers in different aspects of the game and been consistent throughout. With the Championships on the horizon, we look at some of the top 12U prospects to watch for this weekend at Homestead High School...
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
(Note – Listed in alphabetical order – This is not an exclusive list)
DONOVAN BILLINGS - 2020 - F/C - WI UNITED
Billings is a player with the potential to dominate each game when he wants it. When he gets fired up and is rolling, his physicality at his age and his feel in the paint around the rim cause havoc for opponents who can’t muscle up with him rebounding offensively and stopping his attack at the rim. Billings is 6-2, athletic, plays with strength inside and has good instincts which will help him moving forward. He is averaging 12.5 points, 10 rebounds and over 2 steals per game.
JAKOBE COLES - 2020 - F - NEBRASKA HOOPS ELITE
Coles is a skilled and tough young forward with a lot of upside to his game. Offensively, Coles does a fine job around the blocks being ready for passes and offensive rebounds where he then converts his opportunities to points often. Defensively, he is stout, hustles and rebounds the ball there too to secure possessions for his team. Coles is averaging 17.1 points, almost 8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and2.9 steals per game while also having blocked 12 shots already.
CALEB DRUVENGA - 2020 - G - NET GAIN SPORTS
Druvenga has a high motor and utilizes it well to make plays for his team. Offensively, he is capable of scoring from multiple points in the half-court with his shot or his ability to score it at the basket off penetration. He gets after it defensively and sees the court pretty well also. Druvenga is averaging more than 13 points per game along with 1.8 steals and 1.5 assists, while shooting 75% from the free throw line.
TREYTON HURT - 2020 - SF - IOWA BARNSTORMERS
Hurt does a lot of different things for the Barnstormers which have helped them to a solid showing in the GNBA thus far. The young wing has good handles that he can use to get the ball up the floor when needed, or to drive lanes and get to points on the floor he is good at scoring from. He does well finishing shots through contact and will get inside and rebound as much as he can also. Hurt has put together a campaign of 11 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
JALEN JOHNSON - 2020 - G - WI PLAYGROUND WARRIORS
Jalen Johnson has great size for his skill-set and has an outstanding feel for the game. With his ability to handle the ball, as well as an eye for finding open looks for himself and teammates, defenses have to constantly account for where Johnson is and what he is about to do. He can score on you from about anywhere and does a nice job on the glass often too. The 5-10 guard is averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, nearly 3.5 assists and more than 2 steals per game to this point.
DOMINIC MARTINELLI - 2020 - PG - IL RISING STARS
Martinelli is just one of those true scorers, through and through. The hard-working guard finds different ways to get open looks and then when he gets them, he typically capitalizes, hitting shots inside and outside the arc. It is hard to replace a guard who can put the ball in the hoop when given an inch, thus Martinelli should be a player to keep an eye on in the Championships. He is averaging an impressive 17.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, shooting 53% from the field.
DAVID MOREANO - 2020 - F - NEBRASKA HOOPS ELITE
Another piece to the Nebraska Hoops machine, Moreano has been solid in several different phases of the game and will be a key player for Nebraska if they are to hunt for a championship. The 5-9 forward is versatile and can beat you a number of ways offensively, taking opponents off the dribble when needed and looking to score going to the basket, or he can spot up outside and sink a three. He sees the court well for his position and seems to make smart passes constantly and on the other end of the floor he is an awesome rebounder, finding position and attacking the ball up high. Moreano averages 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists a game.
JAI MUKRAJ - 2020 - C - KINGDOM HOOPS ELITE
Mukraj has done a great job thus far being effective inside using his body and making plays both on offense and defense. The 6-1 center has a good feel in the post and reads his defender well in order to find ways to score around the basket be it lay-ins or short shots. He rebounds really well also. Mukraj is shooting 60% from the field and averaging a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds per contest.
MAXWELL POLK - 2020 - G - NEBRASKA HOOPS ELITE
Polk has been the best player on an 8-0 team that has a host of talented players in its lineup. Scoring from the outside, scoring off the dribble attacking the hoop or getting buckets in transition, he finds ways to put points on the board. He is athletic, has good burst and plays with determination that drives him to outplay the guy across from him. Polk’s numbers are impressive, averaging almost 18 points per game, as well as 4 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1 assist per game to boot. He is knocking down three’s at 40% also.
JALEN SUGGS - 2020 - G/F - TEAM SIZZLE
Suggs is one of the most impressive 2020 prospects around right now with his ability to score from anywhere while also affecting the game in other aspects too. He can handle the ball, he has moves on the perimeter and can adjust his body well to the defense when attacking the rim and he finishes well in the open court. Suggs has been putting up monster numbers throughout already and will likely be at his best now that it’s tournament time. The 5-8 standout is averaging an astounding 22 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, also contributing nearly 4 assists and 4.4 steals per game as well.
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