The GNBA Championships commenced on Saturday morning at Hopkins High, bringing together some of the very best talents throughout the middle school ranks in the Midwest. The best and brightest laced up their shoes and went to work and a few new faces showed themselves as possible college stars one day in the nearby future…
2015 GNBA CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1 RECAP – PART 1
2015 GNBA CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1 RECAP – PART 2
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JALEN DEARING – PG - NET GAIN SPORTS – 2019
Dearing is one fun, little dude to watch. The constant competitor does a fine job of setting the floor for his team in the half court as he has uncanny vision and a feel for the game that goes beyond his years. He can score with nifty moves in the lane and once he matures further physically, looks to be a reliable source for outside jumpers as he has is currently converting on 38% of his long range jumpers.
STEVEN HENDERSON – SG – BUTLER ELITE – 2020
Henderson is Mr. Do-it-all for his Butler Elite squad. He brings great size and length to the backcourt and seems to always be around the basketball. While his final box score line didn't tell the whole tale of how big of a fingerprint he left on his first round win, Henderson more than displayed a wealth of contributing abilities. He hit on both of his outside shots and missed just one field goal attempt as he finished with 10 points in all. A tough defender, Henderson is one fun kid to watch!
PATRICK MCCAFFERY – G – IOWA BARNSTORMERS – 2019
The son of Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery, the 2019 guard is skilled beyond his years out on the hardwood. He can facilitate and distribute without an issue and do so in passing it with either hand on the go. The Barnstormers guard boasts great size and length already on the perimeter and uses it appropriately to slice to the basket off of limited dribbles. With a good feel for the game, the future looks bright for McCaffery as a solid secondary ball handler type.
DRAKE DOBBS – G - NET GAIN SPORTS – 2020
Dobbs is quite the maestro with the ball in his hands. His distributing skills are top notch and in high school, once ball screens become more evident in the half court offense, the Net Gain guard is going to be quite the tough stop. He splits double teams with rather ease and is crafty around the basket on up and under moves and hesitation runners. Dobbs is no slouch on defense either as he comes up with a few shot blocks on the break and is more than capable of leaving a giant fingerprint in any game that he competes in.
JALEN SUGGS – G – TEAM SIZZLE – 2020
Suggs is the definition of efficiency. The Sizzle guard can do it all with it in his hands as he can score the ball around the basket, create for others, and is a nuisance in guarding the rock on the other end. While he does have to watch his turnover count and touch on his outside jumper, Suggs fills up the stat sheet each time he touches the floor, making the 2020 prospect must watch material.
AIDAN VANDERLOO – PG – MARTIN BROTHERS – 2019
Vanderloo is one of the best orchestrators in the half court at the entire event here in Minnesota. The floor general makes sure each possession goes according to plans where he gets his offense into their sets without an issue and his passing prowess can then go to work in picking apart the opposing defense. By the use of jabs and ball fakes, Vanderloo outsmarts his opponents; throw in his scoring abilities below the arc and what you have is a near complete lead guard option.
OWEN COBUERN – C – MARTIN BROTHERS – 2019
Deceptively nimble and mobile for his size and age, Cobuern is a worker in the lane and he does a great job of getting out and running the floor. He can already score with either hand around the tin following the drop off pass and isn't afraid to fight and tussle for the loose ball grab. The Martin Brothers big man is also a pest on the glass as he secures each board that he is around and does a great job of laying down the tone within the interior each time he makes his way out onto the floor.
JD COWAN – SF – NET GAIN SPORTS – 2019
Cowan is a good looking wing option for his Net Gain bunch. He shows off nice size and length on the perimeter and some added toughness to score in traffic. He doesn't miss much from the foul line and currently shooting it 35% from 3-point range, Cowan displays a stroke that can be quite the nuisance in guarding. As he matures, the Minnesota native should be a fine source for perimeter shots and a nice knack for rebounding the ball within others around him.
ZACH TOUISSANT – PG – KESSEL HEAT BLACK – 2019
While his team went down in defeat to start off the day, Touissant more than displayed the ability to make others better with the basketball. Pretty well skilled for being just an 8th grader, Touissant has the tight handles and vision to playmaker and facilitate against the toughest of defenders. He feeds the post with either hand, has some wiggle to his handles, and is a nifty finisher within the lane. While he does have to watch his turnover count, Touissant led his team with 21 points and six steals in the close defeat.
WILL WAINSCOTT – G – CORE 6 SPEED – 2020
Heading into the final weekend of play in Minnesota, Wainscott was averaging close to eight points per game while shooting 40% from long range. The Core 6 Speed guard tends to find most comfort in his behind the arc looks as he doesn't have a problem finding clean looks at the basket and uses the shot fake appropriately to gain proper spacing for the attempt. Wainscott is a passionate guard who brings some intensity on defense as his squad tends to pull energy from and seems to buy into every possession out on he floor.
AUSTIN ANDREWS – F – NET GAIN SPORTS – 2020
One of the more well rounded 7th graders in attendance, Andrews came into the finals weekend averaging close to 16 points and over eight boards per game. What he did Saturday backed up the numbers even further as he rebounded the ball in traffic on both ends and displayed a reliable jumper from off the catch. Andrews seems to always be in the play and his activity levels aid in his numbers. A formidable punch alongside Drake Dobbs, Andrews and his Net Gain Sports team is a group to watch heading down the stretch.
CHRISTIAN STANISLAV – SG – MARTIN BROTHERS – 2019
Stanislav came into the event with little known of him, yet he made giant waves on Saturday with his scoring abilities within the half court. The good sized off guard can really stroke it off the catch but is also able to put it on the floor some and hit on mid range jumpers and soft bunnies around the basket. He averaged a cool and efficient 22 points in his first two games at Hopkins High and was one of the major reasons why his group continued to push on for a championship appearance later on in the week.
MAKI ROSE – PG – ILLINOIS PREDATORS – 2021
Coming into the weekend, Rose was filling up the stat sheet to a tune of 15 points, five steals, and three boards a game. While his squad went down in defeat, Rose more than showed off the entire skillset. If there was an And-1 Mixtape Tour for middle schoolers, you better believe Rose would be on it. With the combination of his killer handles and elite quickness, it is nearly impossible to contain the Illinois native. While he lacks the ideal strength to accurately convert on long range shots, better keep an eye on this cat, because Rose has the makings of a special point guard in 2021.
GREYSON PRITZL – G – RAS MILWAUKEE – 2022
The younger brother of Gavin Pritzl, a 2015 signee to Wisconsin, Greyson has some stock to buy in within his own right. While he started off Saturday making a lone shot from the field, his second outing was fantastic. He pretty much did it all for his RAS bunch where he converted three perimeter jumpers en route to 18 points on the scoreboard. Along with that, Pritzl brought down four boards and dished out three dimes, enhancing his young resume as one of the better prospects in his class throughout the state.
JACKSON PAVELETZKE – G – WPG – 2022
While his name might be a mouthful to pronounce, Preveltzke’s stat line follows a similar suit. In his morning contest against Minnesota Heat, the Wisconsin native put it all together as the primary catalyst for the win. He hit on three outside jumpers and finished with 21 points in all. Throw in nine boards and three dimes, and it seems that Preveletzke is a star performer nearly each time he suits up for the purple and white bunch.