Of the many players making a big name for themselves this past weekend, here are some that stood out as stock boosters during the third session of the Grassroots Showdown.  

Jeremiah Beard – Chapman – G
Beard is a dynamic playmaking point guard off the dribble. He is quick with the basketball to get inside the defense and create for himself as well as teammates. The junior has great vision on his drives and created plenty of easy shots for his teammates. Did a good job making on point passes through tight windows. 

Nathan Boldt – Fundamental U – F
Boldt has continued to show more ability over the past two sessions. He has such an intriguing combination of size at 6’8”, length, and mobility that gives him great upside. Showed off good soft touch to score around the paint over defenders in addition to a better ability to defend the paint at a high level. 

Dontrell Bush – Wisconsin RAP – G 
An energetic guard who made a big impact with his shooting. High percentage shooter from three with a smooth stroke who also hit shots pulling up in the mid-range. Good playmaker that got a good amount done including rebounding, getting to the basket, and solid perimeter defense.  

Steven Clay – TH 2022 – G/F
A long wiry slashing wing, Clay scored from each level and showed some solid defensive ability as well throughout the weekend.  His range extends beyond the arc, he can score off the bounce, and he has the ability to finish at the rim through traffic.  

Cooper Craggs – REACH Legends – F
A tough and strong 6’6” power forward who is big in the paint. Has a good motor and scores it well around the paint finishing through contact. Craggs is a solid shot blocker that deters drivers from the paint and was giving issues to opposing big men. 

Joah Filardo – Wisconsin Swing Bresden – G
Last week Filardo got it done with his three-point shooting, this week it was with his defense. While he was still hitting his jumpers, his work on the defensive end was something to notice. He is not the biggest or quickest, but was playing so hard to be forcing turnovers and bad shots often out on the perimeter. 

Joe Francis – REACH Legends – G
An athletic 6’3” guard that is a quality scorer. Showed a good ability to score on the drive as well as with his jumper. Very good moves off the dribble to beat his man often and a smooth stroke to knock down threes well. Has a good ability to create his own shot.  

Logan Gard – Focus Premier – F
Gard is a very tough and active 6’7” power forward who was all over the inside making plays. Very big presence in the defensive paint who also rebounds it at a high rate on both ends. Strong finisher around the paint who can also hit some shots from the mid-range. 

Sean Molloy – Illinois Jaguars – G
Tough driver who just could not be stopped from getting to the basket and finishing. The relentless 6’2” guard was very aggressive going downhill overpowering opposing guards. Molloy did a nice job finishing through contact when he got into the paint. 

Jackson Paveletzke – TH 2022 – G
Highly efficient scorer with such a smooth shooting stroke. The 6’2” guard does a good job hitting shots off the catch from three as well as pulling up in the mid-range to score it well. Smart player that does not force any bad shots and works to get himself good looks. 

Mekhi Shaw – Wisconsin Playmakers – G
Shaw is a good driving guard that was constantly penetrating the defense to score and distribute. The athletic point guard has good moves and accelerates quickly to beat his man very often off the dribble. On the other end, he was able to put good pressure on ball handlers with his quickness. 

Paxton Warden – Mercury Elite – G
Warden flashed good point guard skills and is able to contribute in a number of ways. He is a smart point guard who always seems to know where to go with the ball plus has good handle and passing ability. He is quick to the basket to score there and is a very good rebounding guard with his aggressiveness.