The Tip-Off Classic, which was just recently held July 3rd-5th gave us another taste of grassroots basketball played across the country. This pandemic has stricken the games played throughout the nation, but finally games were played and they were more than incredible. Many players ranked in our 2021 Top 150 rankings showed their skill set in this event and with thorough evaluation, here is our first team from The Tip-Off Classic.
Matt Cleveland, who is currently ranked eleventh in our 2021 rankings, played above the rim the whole weekend. His ability to fill lanes in transition made it easy for him to score and put on a show for the crowd with his jumping ability. Cleveland, who is a great rebounder for his position, pushed the fast-break himself and made plays for him, and for his teammates. His contributions helped the Atlanta Celtics earn a 4-0 record.
Jabari Smith showed us all his tools this weekend. Currently ranked sixth in our 2021 rankings, Smith showed us how deadly he can be from the mid-range area. His shot blocking ability throughout the event gave the Atlanta Celtics many opportunities to score. The 6’9 forward made a living from the high post area, catching the ball and facing up, shooting over smaller defenders. His contributions also helped the Atlanta Celtics seal an undefeated weekend.
Jaden Harris averaged 12.3 points per game this past weekend. His ability to break down his defenders with dribble combinations made it easy for him to get to his spots. He showed us how aggressive he is attacking the basket as well. Harris is great in the pick-and-roll game, using his body to get defenders on his hip to make the smart play. He helped lead Team Huncho to a 3-1 overall record.
McConnell put himself on the radar, showing us how versatile his game is. His ability to shoot off the dribble kept defenders on their heels all weekend. McConnell has a quick first step giving him the ability to get into the lane and create scoring opportunities for his teammates, which he did all weekend. McConnell’s stock will continue to rise this summer.
Brandon Huntley-Hatfield is one of the top prospects in the nation from the class of 2022. This weekend he showed everyone that his game has evolved with his shot making ability. He was able to get to his spots with ease. Huntley-Hatfield’s decision making also stood out. He knew the right times to attack his defender off the dribble, or to pull up for the mid-range shot. Averaging 16.0 points per game, he helped BMaze Elite have an overall successful weekend.
Peyton Daniels comes in at #122 on our 2021 rankings. The 6’2 guard, who is committed to Vanderbilt, has an incredible jumpshot. What stood out was the difficult shots he was taking, and making. His ability to fade away from defenders while shooting makes his shot almost impossible to block. The use of his jab step all weekend gave him space to get his shot off consistently.
Christian Wright did a great job of getting paint touches all weekend. His ability to do this made it easier for him to be a playmaker. Getting his teammates involved helped spark the defensive side of his game. He was tenacious on defense throughout the whole event, applying consistent ball pressure. His overall performance helped BMaze Elite reach a 2-2 overall record.
Jusaun Holt’s feel for the game made it easy for him to contribute in all aspects throughout the event. His offensive rebounding created multiple opportunities for put backs, and second chances for the BMaze Elite offense. He showed glimpses of his improved three point shot, which allowed him to stretch the floor and create lanes for his teammates. Overall it was a great weekend for the 6’5 forward.
Kaleb Washington comes in ranked at #97 in our 2021 rankings. This weekend he was great at positioning himself in the right places along the three point line so passers could find him. His no look passes set his teammates up with easy layups. He also showed us how great he is finishing with contact.
Mannie Harris was incredible in transition this weekend. His ability to make reads, and stop on a dime and pull up for a jump shot made his scoring very consistent. Using his body to create space, Harris was able to get his defender off balance multiple times and got right to the basketball with his speed. This weekend helped boost Mannie Harris’ stock for sure.
Jalen Deloach - Team Huncho (GA)
Andrew Williams - BMaze Elite (TN)
Ezra Ausur - ATL Xpress (GA)
James White - ATL Xpress (GA)
Myles Rice - Atlanta Celtics (GA)
Tray Curry - BMaze Elite (TN)
Ian Davis - AC Georgia
Joseph Scott - AC Georgia
Jordan Mitchell - ABC Elite (GA)
Randy Brady - Game Elite (GA)
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