Summer Tip Off Day 1 Top Performers

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Manheim, PA– The Summer Tip Off started with a bang yesterday and once again there was non stop, competitive action at Spooky Nook. With teams heading into Sunday playing for championships, here are some guys who stood out on day one.

Debon Bright | 2016 | The Robinson School

Bright was a scorer on Saturday. He helped Wayne PAL go 2-0 in the 17u Spooky Bracket with a 17 point performance in game one, and then a nine point performance in jut the first half of what was a blow out win for PAL. Bright has a quickness and athleticism to his game that helps him get by defenders. He will be big if PAL wants to win it all today.

Jalen Smith | 2018 | Mount Saint  Joseph

Jalen is a long 6’8 who moves surprisingly well on the court for his size. He’s agile and moves well without the ball. When he does have the ball he is a good finisher around the rim. He helped lead MD3D to two wins Saturday, averaging 16 points and dominating the boards. He’s a big time talent, as he is currently ranked 14th on ESPN’s Top 25 of the Class of 2015. Look for his name to blow up as he matures as a player.

Jack McGuire | 2016 | Christian Brothers Academy

McGuire helped the NJ Shoreshots move into the Final Four on Saturday. The long, 6’6 wing was brilliant offensively, showing an array of finishing moves. He was solid in transition, showing strength and finishing through contact for and-ones, but also had some finesse when he would pull up for some smooth pull up jump shots. Look for another big day from him as Shoreshots (Rice) looks for a championship.

Brennan Morris | 2016 | Pinkerton Academy

Brennan is a 6’5 off guard who knows how to shoot the basketball. His DC Blue Devils squad won big Saturday morning and he was a big contributor as to why. Brennan piled in 22 points, thanks in part to six 3-point field goals. Aside from his great shooting ability, Brennan also has some explosiveness too his game. Look out for him on Sunday.

Josh Cornish | 2018

Team Sizzle’s 15u team is making a run in the 16u Bracket. They topped the Metro Mavs in a nail biter yesterday, and they needed every point from Josh in that win. Josh was unstoppable, piling in 29 points in route to a one point victory. He scored inside and out, getting to the hoop and knocking down six from behind the arc. He is a big time scorer.

Jordan Roberson | 2016 | Union High School

While the NJ Roadrunners suffered a tough loss to the NJ Tarheels, Roberson still was a productive player. He provided buckets every time his team needed one. He’s so crafty in the paint, as he’s able to maneuver around defenders and create space to finish at the rim.

Bruce Moore | 2016 | McDonogh

A lot of attention was given to Moore by college coaches yesterday when MD3D played their lone game of the day. More is a versatile player. At 6’8 he has a solid frame to him, that allows him to post up and play from the block, but also pose a threat from the outside. He’s a mid major talent who will continue to gain attention from coaches as the July period moves on.

Kelvin Riley | 2016 | Hoosac School

A strong combo guard, Riley played with intelligence and savvy in route to a 26 point outing in a win over Gainesville Elite. He played fast, yet under control, and attacked the basket fearlessly where we continuously finished through and around contact. What was most impressive was how unselfish he was, making the right play and taking very few bad shots while still scoring efficiently.

 Garrett Cook | 2016 | Patriot

Shooter alert! Cook was hot from deep, hitting five three-pointers and very rarely hitting the net. On top of that, he was very smart, attacking closeouts and showing a good middle game with a few floaters and finishing surprisingly well. The Virginia wing is a “microwave” type of player because he’ll got hot quickly. 

Keaton Simmons | 2016 | Stonewall Jackson

When you talk about a player being shifty, that word doesn’t even begin to describe Simmons. He has one of the tightest handles we’ve seen all summer, breaking full court presses by himself, seeing the floor well, and delivering the ball on a dime. He is a good shooter off the bounce, and if you back up expecting the pass he’ll drill it right in your face. Simmons showed that true point guards still exist yesterday. 

Bryce Council | 2017 |LaSalle Academy

Speaking of true point guards, Council was another one. The lead guard from LaSalle Academy in NYC was a lot of fun to watch, as he regularly probed the defense and thread the needle with showtime passes that had fans in awe. Although he comes with flash, Council was also a tough guard, as he hit floaters through traffic, and was reliable in getting his team into sets that they could succeed out of.

Montrel Morgan | 2016 | William Penn Senior

The 6’1 off guard out of William Penn High was outstanding for the Rens in a win over the Diamond State Titans, as he went for an efficient 17. What was most impressive was how Morgan refused to settle, turning good shots into great shots as he attacked the basket for lay ups. He also showed a good mid-range game and toughness, and played with great energy on both ends.

Mikey Dixon | 2016 | Diamond State Titans

He seemed absolutely exhausted after a terrific performance from Elite Camp this week, yet he still managed two 20 plus point outings despite the Titans losing both games. Dixon had most of the college coaches following him when he played, and didn’t disappoint as he showed his ability to get a bucket at will. He showed he could score it well from all three levels, and his handle continues to impress when attacking off the bounce.

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