Regional play during the 2016 GNBA season concluded over the weekend in Waukegan. After three games, a number of players emerged as top performers and will look to continue that momentum in the finals later this month.
Here are some of the top performers from the opening weekend of GNBA in the eighth grade division…
Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order – This is not an Exclusive List
Reece Beekman – G – Wisconsin United
Beekman contributed across the board for Wisconsin United, who went 3-0 in Waukegan. Beekman averaged 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 2.3 assists, and 1.0 blocks per game in regionals. His 23.0 floor impact rating ranks seventh in the league, while his 7.3 efficiency ratings stands ninth. Beekman is sixth in the league in both assists and steals, while his 2.3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio leads the eighth grade division.
Nimari Burnett – G – Mac Irvin Fire
Burnett averaged 19.7 points per game in regionals, the second-highest mark in the eighth grade division. He shot 52.6 percent from the floor, including 50.0 percent from downtown. His floor impact rating of 24.3 ranked fourth in the league. Burnett also added 2.0 steals per game over the course of three outings.
Ben Carlson – G – Team 1 Tyus
Carlson and Team 1 Tyus went 3-0 in regionals. Carlson ranks third in player efficiency (9.7), fourth in rebounds (7.7), and third in blocks (1.7). He averaged 9.0 points per game on 52.7 percent shooting. He also knocked down 77.8 percent of his free throw attempts in Waukegan.
A.J. Coons – F – Iowa Barnstormers
Coons averaged 10.7 points per game on 54.7 percent shooting over the weekend to lead the Barnstormers. He had a strong 15.7 floor impact, a team high. Coons also chipped in with 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 assists per game in regionals.
Lucas Finnessy – F – Ray Allen Select
Finnessy had a team high 16.0 floor impact for Ray Allen Select in regional play. He averaged a team-high 9.3 points per game on 50.0 percent shooting. His 5.0 rebounds per game was also the high mark for his team in Waukegan.
Luke Gitzen – G/F – Minnesota Basketball Academy
Gitzen was No. 10 in floor impact (21.0) over the weekend. He averaged 17.3 points per game, the fifth-highest scorer in the league. Gitzen’s 7.7 efficiency rating also ranked eight. Gitzen shot well from the floor and showed an ability to consistently knock down the jump shot from three-point range. He also added 3.0 rebounds per game for 2-1 Minnesota Basketball Academy.
Jalen Johnson – PG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Johnson is such a tough matchup as a point guard in a small forward’s body. A 6-foot-3 incoming freshman that can do a little bit of everything, Johnson had a 19.3 floor impact over the weekend. He averaged 10.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Johnson also dished out 3.0 assists per outing, which was third in the league for the 2-1 Playground Warriors.
Michael Keegan – SG – Martin Bros.
Keegan and Martin Bros posted a perfect 3-0 mark in regionals. The sharpshooter leads the league in three-point shooting at 77.8 percent from beyond the arc. He also ranks No. 10 in player efficiency (7.3). Keegan averaged 9.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in Waukegan.
Davion Lewis – F – Kansas Pray & Play
Lewis had team highs in floor impact (13.3) and scoring (9.0 ppg) for Kansas Pray & Play. Lewis shot an impressive 66.7 percent from the field and also stepped out to the perimeter and knocked down shots at a 37.5 percent clip. Lewis also recorded a team-high 4.0 rebounds per game in Waukegan.
Isaac Lindsey – G – Wisconsin Swing
Lindsey shot the ball very well throughout the weekend as the Wisconsin Swing went 3-0. He averaged 18.3 points per game, which ranks fourth in the league. Lindsey did so on 66.7 percent shooting from the field, including 40.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Lindsey also ranks sixth in the eighth grade division in free throw percentage (88.9%) and No. 10 in steals (2.0 spg).
Terry Lockett – G – Team Sizzle
A terrific shooter, Lockett shot 66.7 percent from the field, including 44.4 percent from three-point range. Not the primary option for his team, Lockett still posted a 16.7 floor impact rating. He chipped in with 11.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 steals per game over the weekend.
David Moreano – F – OSA Crusaders
Moreano averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the 2-1 OSA Crusaders. He shot an even 50 percent from the field and showcased some versatility by hitting three-pointers at a 30.8 percent clip. Moreano ranks third in the league in steals (3.7 spg) and No. 10 in assists. His 22.7 floor impact rating also stands eighth in GNBA.
Cleveland Neal – F/C – Indiana SYF
Neal posted a strong 15.3 floor impact rating over the weekend. He averaged 8.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in three outings. Neal shot 58.8 percent from the floor. He also led his team with a 7.0 player efficiency rating in regional play.
Isaiah Rivera – F – Quad City Elite
Rivera led the league in multiple categories over the weekend. He was tops floor impact (36.0) by a wide margin and also ranked first in scoring at 24.7 points per game. He also ranks third in rebounding (8.7 rpg). Rivera shot 60.0 percent from the field, including 44.4 percent from three-point range. He also averaged 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game in Waukegan.
Wyatt Schroeder – F/C – Minnesota Falcons
Schroeder led the Minnesota Falcons to a 2-1 mark in Waukegan. He had a team-high 19.5 floor impact and also led his team with a 6.5 player efficiency rating. Schroeder averaged 9.5 points per game on 41.6 percent shooting, including 50.0 percent from three-point range. Schroeder eighth in rebounding at 6.5 boards per game.
Jamari Sibley – F/C – Wisconsin United
A long, athletic big man, Sibley impacts the game in a variety of ways. Sibley controls the glass, leading the league in rebounding (13.0 rpg), offensive rebounding (6.3 rpg), and defensive rebounding (6.7 rpg). He’s also tops in player efficiency (13.0) and third floor impact (29.0). Sibley also averaged 14.0 points per game on 53.3 percent shooting.
Jalen Suggs – G – Team Sizzle
Suggs is currently dominating the league in just about every major statistical category. He’s sixth in scoring (16.0 ppg), second in rebounding (9.0 rpg), first in assists (3.0 apg), and second in steals (3.67 spg). Suggs had the second-highest floor impact (32.7) in Waukegan and was the second-most efficient player (13.0). Suggs also shot 58.6 percent from the field in regionals as Team Sizzle posted a 3-0 record.
Dontae Taylor – G/F – Yanders Law
After three games, Taylor ranks sixth in the league in floor impact (23.7). He was the third leading scorer in Waukegan, averaging 19.0 points per game. Taylor shot 63.9 percent from the floor and a respectable 33.3 percent from downtown. He also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game over the weekend.
Armoni Ward – SF – Team Ramey
Ward posted a 21.7 floor impact rating over the weekend, good for ninth in the league. He also averaged 14.0 points per game, which stands eighth in GNBA. Ward shot 57.1 percent from the field. He also chipped in with 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game for Team Ramey, who went 2-1 in Waukegan.
Dylan Webb – G – Kessel Heat Black
Webb was second on his team in scoring (8.3 ppg) and first in rebounding (4.3 rpg) over the weekend. He also chipped in with 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Webb also recorded team highs in both floor impact (16.0) and player efficiency (7.0) after three games.