The GNBA’s first session finished off with some nice performances by several young basketball players, and the final game of the day capped things off in exciting fashion with last second shots and an overtime victory. Delone Austin came up big for PGE, Tommie Williams played great for Team Ramey, Isaac Haney was sensational for Yanders Law and several others made names for themselves as well, garnering attention for their efforts and production throughout the final day of play.
(Note - Listed in Alphabetical Order)
DELONE AUSTIN – 2021 – G – PLAYGROUND ELITE
Austin put together a really solid game to cap off the first GNBA session of the season by helping to lead his team to a comeback victory over the Shooters, making some big play and hitting some clutch free throws in overtime to come away with a W. He knocked down a three early and was able to slice his way to the basket behind some nice moves multiple teams during the contest, and was 9-of-11 from the free throw line adding up to 21 points for the young guard.
VINCENT BRADY – 2021 – G – UAG3 GRIND
Brady did a nice job of just taking what the defense gave him and being patient in the team’s offense, allowing the plays to develop where he eventual found soft spots to score from and made the most of his opportunities. He went 3-for-3 from the line and sank a big three-pointer for his squad, coming away with 20 points and a big victory.
JEREMIAH DOTSON – 2021 – F – WI SHOOTERS
Dotson has a great 6’3” frame and showed some controlled athleticism for a young forward, where he rebounded really hard and was constantly in good balance around the basket when having opportunities to score. He played through contact in the post well, positioned himself well for drop-offs from his guards on the attack and was going to the hoop, giving him 6 free chances as well which he hit 5 of, all in scoring 15 points and pulling down 8 rebounds.
ISAAC HANEY – 2021 – G – YANDERS LAW
Yanders Law lost a close game that came down to the final possessions, but Haney absolutely lit up the scoreboard with his shooting throughout the game. He was en fuego the second half in particular. Haney hit 5 three’s in the 2nd period and 6 in the game, also scoring from the mid-range with a nice floater and a couple jump-shots. He ended up earning 29 points in the game.
TYRESE HUNTER – 2021 – G – BUTLER ELITE
Hunter did an outstanding job with and without the ball in his hand for a solid win to finish out the first GNBA session. He was smooth up the floor in transition and finished with control at the hoop against contact. He was able to hit some short jumpers in the half and was constantly a threat to score with the ball in his hands, finishing with a great 19-point output for his team.
EVAN MIKEL BUSH – 2021 – SG – SYF PLAYERS
Bush was on fire from the perimeter for SYF in what was otherwise a tough game. Bush was certainly a bright spot for his team though, as he kept working the three-point line and beyond it some to get a decent look at the rim and found the bottom of the net 5 times, and then able to capitalize a couple other times on the defense extending to stop his shot and went to the basket for a couple scores, ending in 19 points for the game against RAS.
CAMERON PALESSE – 2021 – F – RAY ALLEN SELECT
RAS can have any number of guys go off each outing, but on Sunday it was Palesse’s turn again, as he controlled the game with his ability to go inside-outside and really keep defenders on their heels. Palesse attacked the baseline a couple times off the dribble to get to the rim for buckets, but also spotted up for a nice looking three-point shot and got himself to the free throw line on several occasions, finishing with 14 points with 5 rebounds and a couple steals.
BLAKE WESLEY – 2021 – G/F – UAG3 GRIND
Energy and confidence would be two traits to recognize the effort Wesley gave for G3 in a good win for the team Sunday. Wesley used his handle to attack the hoop a few times where he did a nice job of absorbing some contact and working around interior defenders to score, but then he was great from beyond the arc, draining 5 triples in leading his team to a solid win behind his 24 point-effort.
QUINCY WISEMAN – 2021 – SG – IOWA BARNSTORMERS
Wiseman played with a quickness that the opponent just couldn’t adjust to, especially in the early goings, where the slick off-guard did a lot of his damage. The 6’0 guard was excellent in transition and finished in traffic as well on a couple occasions. He finished the game with 16 points and 3 steals.
TOMMIE WILLIAMS – 2021 – G/F – TEAM RAMEY
Team Ramey came to play against a talented young Rebels-Spartans group and Williams brought his A-game for sure. The 6’1 wing was making plays consistently throughout the game, both cutting off the wing and receiving passes for scores, running the floor and finishing on the break, or at times taking it with the dribble and scoring it. He also shot well from the free throw line and rebounded the ball with a lot of hustle. He had 21 points in a closely contested win.
(Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order)
ZAC JOHNSON – 2021 – G/F – WI PLAYMAKERS
Playmakers came up short in their Sunday outing, but got some good production out of a couple players, the biggest one being from Johnson who scored around the basket a couple times, but also extended out and knocked down a triple as well, then going 3-of-3 at the free throw stripe. He had 14 points.
DONALD MCHENRY – 2021 – G – PLAYGROUND ELITE
McHenry used his quickness and ability to attack the basket to also get himself a couple nice three-point looks, ultimately burying 2 three’s and scoring 14 points for his team as they nabbed a solid victory Sunday.
QUINTEN MURRELL – 2021 – SG – MKE REBELS-SPARTANS
Murrell gets overshadowed at times because of a couple other nice prospects the team has, but the young shooting guard really put together a good game Sunday, putting a lot of pressure on the offense with his quick hands and feet, and then put pressure on the defense with his shooting ability, where he drained 2 three’s and had 12 points in the game.
ANTUAN NESBITT – 2021 – SG – BUTLER ELITE
Nesbitt’s move back to Butler Elite worked out well, as he continued his nice play from the winter event, getting it cooking for his squad in the second half, providing a nice complement to Hunter. Nesbitt worked the nets to 15 points, 11 of it coming in the second half.
JAKE WATSON – 2021 – G – PLAYGROUND ELITE
Watson continued his hot shooting, with a big-time 19-point effort for Playground, which helped keep them in the game in the second half, hitting 4 of his three’s in the final period. He hit 5 in the game, and finished with 19 points overall.
(Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order)
JAMEER BARKER – 2021 – G/F – BUTLER ELITE
A third double-digit scorer for Butler in their win, Barker had 12 points and was 2/3 on from the FT line.
DYLAN JOHNSON – 2021 – F/C – MARTIN BROTHERS
The 6’6” Johnson got it going from deep with 3 treys in a balanced win for MB, finishing with 11 points.
JOEY KENNA – 2022 – F/C – MADE MEN
Put up 10 points in a solid win over the Playmakers Sunday, scoring from 10-feet and in consistently.
MEKHI SHAW – 2022 – G – WI PLAYMAKERS
Had 12 points for his team, knocking down 2 three’s and going 4-for-4 on free throws.
(Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order)
TAYSHAWN BRIDGES – 2024 – G/F – PLAYGROUND ELITE
Bridges uses his size and athleticism well to somewhat dominate the younger level, scoring 15 points and 17 points in two games Sunday. The second contest he also hit a three and was 6-for-6 on free throws.
JACOB DUNHAM – 2023 – G – RAY ALLEN SELECT
Dunham was really solid for RAS in their game, scoring at the basket a couple times, knocking down a three and some jumpers other times, all for 15 points.
COLIN HARDRICK – 2023 – G – RAY ALLEN SELECT
Hardrick complemented his teammate Dunham well, making a pair of treys for RAS, and hitting a couple other nice shots as well, good for 14 points.
ELIZAH MIMIS – 2024 – F – PLAYGROUND ELITE
Mimis teamed up with Bridges nicely to take over games for PGE. Mimis had a couple solid double-digit games, including a 14-point effort to close their day.
MANTAS ZILYS – 2023 – SG – MADE MEN
The south paw Zilys is a young sharp-shooter on the court, sinking 3 big three’s for his team and then was 3-of-3 from the charity stripe, all combine for 14 points.