Regional play during the 2016 GNBA season concluded over the weekend in Waukegan. After a weekend of solid competition and action at the 5th-8th grade levels, a number of up and coming young talents shined bright and stood out with solid performances.
Here are 10 of the top performers from the opening weekend of GNBA in the sixth grade division…
Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order – This is not an exclusive list
AJ Casey – F/C – Meanstreets
Casey led the league in floor impact (29.3) this past weekend as Meanstreets also went a perfect 3-0 in Waukegan. Casey averaged 17.7 points per game, good for third in the sixth grade division and 9.7 rebounds, which stands second. Also defending the paint, Casey averaged 1.3 blocks per game in regionals. His 11.0 efficiency rating was good for fifth.
Jaylen Drane – G – Mac Irvin Fire
Drane did a little bit of everything and had a fine opening weekend. Among the league leaders in a number of different categories, Drane averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game. He ranks in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, and assists, and stands third in overall floor impact (27.3) and fourth in player efficiency (11.3). He shot 64.7 percent from the field in Waukegan, including 36.4 percent from three-point range.
David Freedman – C – Kessel Heat
Already standing about 6-foot-1, Freedman has a significant advantage in the paint and used it last weekend. Freedman averaged 17.7 points per game, which ranks second in the league, and 8.0 rebounds, which leads the sixth grade division. Freedman shot 62.1 percent from the field and also averaged 1.7 blocks per game, good for third in the league. His 28.7 floor impact also ranks second.
Gregory Galloway – F – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Galloway and the Playground Warriors went 3-0 in regionals. Galloway averaged 12.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. He stands eighth in the league player efficiency (10.3) and ninth in floor impact (22.0). Galloway somehow managed to shoot 82.4 percent from the field and also added 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 1.0 assists per game over the weekend.
Jasen Green – C – Omaha Elite
Green had a very balanced weekend, both offensively and defensively. He ranks top 10 in the league in steals (2.7 spg), offensive rebounding (3.0 rpg), and assist-to-turnover ratio (1:1). Green averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in regionals. His 21.7 total floor impact currently stands No. 10 in the league.
Brandon Hoban – G – Team 1 Tyus
The top scorer in regional play, Hoban led Team 1 Tyus to a 3-0 mark in Waukegan. Hoban averaged 18.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. Hoban was on fire from beyond the arc, shooting 63.6 percent from three-point range and 78.6 percent from the field overall. He ranks fifth in overall floor impact (26.3) and second in player efficiency (13.0).
Trejuan Holloman – G/F – Minnesota Heat
A versatile wing that does it all, Holloman ranks eighth in the league in total floor impact (22.3) and seventh in player efficiency (10.3). Holloman impressively led the league in assists and 4.0 per game. He also leads the entire sixth grade division in steals (4.7 spg) and stands fifth in blocks (1.3 bpg). Holloman chipped in with 8.3 and 4.0 rebounds per game in a fine all-around performance.
Danilo Jovanovich – F – Ray Allen Select
Jovanovich racked up a total floor impact of 22.3, good for seventh in the league. He ranks top 10 in the league in both scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.7 rpg). Jovanovich shot 67.9 percent from the floor in Waukegan and also added 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
Stephen Kesti – C – Net Gain Sports
A lengthy, 6-foot-3 center, Kesti was all over the glass in Waukegan. He racked up 10.7 rebounds per game, which led the league. He also leads the entire sixth grade division with 4.3 blocks per outing and ranks No. 10 in steals (2.3 spg). Contributing 5.0 points per game, Kesti had an overall floor impact of 23.0, which ranks sixth. He leads the league in player efficiency at 15.0.
Seth Trimble - G - Wisconsin Shooters
The talented young guard delivered a solid weekend of efforts. He led his team in scoring (15 ppg) and floor impact (20 fipg) while also delivering across the board and showing an ability to knock down the jumper, attack the rim off the bounce, and defend on the perimeter. A solid young talent with potential, Trimble was one of the young and talented prospects that stood out at the 6th grade level this past weekend.