The Circuit League made its inaugural stop in Dallas last week, and numerous prospects used the platform to raise their individual stock inside the Drive Nation facility.
After two days of high-intensity basketball - the first basketball tournament in months for most players - five 17U players and six 16U players stood out from the pack.
Check out the top performers below, and make sure to follow along this season as the Circuit will be covering each and every 17U, 16U and 15U grassroots event happening across America.
Kenyonte George can flat out score. He can score on all three levels with ease, while using his athleticism to his advantage. He is very crafty when finishing around the rim. George is able to break his defenders down to create space to get his shot off. He is also great in pick and roll play, getting his big men involved with post touches. Picking up recent offers from Arkansas and Arizona, expect offers to keep rolling in for the Drive Nation guard.
Event highlight: 30 points in a win over Buddy Buckets.
The Texas Tech commit made his season debut in Dallas, and the John Paul II product had himself a nice weekend. In four games, the 6-foot-6 swingman averaged 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists, showcasing a versatile offensive skill-set that backs up his 74th overall ranking in TST’s 2021 Top 150 player rankings. Expect Tysont to continue his strong production moving forward, especially as he gets more comfortable running alongside Ole Miss commit Daeshun Ruffin.
26 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST vs. Drive Nation
11 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST vs. Texas Legion
18 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST vs Buddy Buckets (OK)
13 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST vs Runway Jets (LA)
Sean Pedulla set the AAU world on fire with a 31 point performance. His ability to shoot the ball at a high level has made his stock rise. Pedulla is not afraid to take the ball to the rim either. Being a smaller guard, having a great finishing ability like he does makes his scoring options more versatile. The combo guard is also a great facilitator. He was great at getting into the lane and finding his open teammates on the perimeter for wide open shots. Pedulla has picked up his most recent offer from Minnesota, and for sure, offers will keep coming.
Event highlight: 31 points vs. Drive Nation EYBL
Robert Billingsley put all his abilities on display. His three point shot has improved drastically, adding another element to his game. His athleticism helps him with finishing above the rim. His best attribute is his defense though. He takes pride in defending the opposing team's best player.
Credit: Andre' Powe
Texas Takeover Ned was one of the pleasant surprises of the first Circuit League stop, and consistency was key for the 6-foot-3 rising senior. Arnold put up 23 points in a close loss against Buddy Buckets in their finale after scoring double-figures in their first three wins - including a big win over Basketball Means More. Arnold is becoming a hot commodity on the recruiting trail, and you can expect many more performances like this throughout his senior campaign. His four-game event scoring averages were mighty-impressive: 17.5 PPG, 14-15 FT, 40.0 3PT%.
9 PTS - Team ESBY (TX)
23 PTS vs Buddy Buckets (OK)
15 PTS vs Runway Jets (LA)
24 PTS vs. BMM (TX)
Keon Edwards - Drive Nation EYBL (TX)
Kaden Morgan - Texas Legion
Jamil Cofer Jr - Drive Nation EYBL (TX)
Kolby Williams - Texas Takeover Ned
Shaun Walker - Texas Takeover Ned
Thibaut Tagnon - BMM (TX)
Jordan Walsh - Drive Nation EYBL (TX)
Dalante Shannon - Buddy Buckets (OK)
Arterio Morris - Texas Swish
Noah Shelby was easily one of the best guards at the event. His three-point shot was on all weekend. Shelby can score on all three levels, his aggressiveness driving to the basket made it hard for defenders to stop him. His ability to create space with his dribbling made him almost unstoppable the whole weekend.
16 PTS (4 3PTM), 3 REB in a win over Texas Legion
20 PTS (4-5), 3 AST, 3 STL, 2 REB in a win over BMM
Before getting to his offense, lets state the not-so-obvious if you're just boxscore-tracking; Rylan Griffen played tremendous defense the entire weekend. His long arms help him block multiple jump shots and his on ball defense made offensive players very uncomfortable. The 6-foot-5 guard hit multiple difficult shots throughout the event, which helped Drive Nation secure a 2-0 record to open their season. Oh, yeah, and he scored at will. Griffen is developing into an elite recruit and should only get better running alongside his talented Drive Nation EYBL teammates.
22 PTS, 5 REB in a win over Texas Legion
21 PTS (10-14 FG), 3 REB, 3 STL in a win over BMM
Credit: Andre' Powe
Avery Jackson Jr. showed us his versatile skill set throughout the tournament. His ability to shoot the ball consistently well from three spreads the floor for his offense. Averaging 4.2 assists over four games, he is very well at getting his big men post touches so they can make plays. With Jackson continuing to play exceptionally well, more colleges will get in contact with him for sure.
Event averages: 16.7 PPG, 5.2 SPG, 4.2 APG, 3.1 RPG
6-foot-10, 240-pound Lee Dort is a great rim protector, and he showed that all weekend. He is a very strong low post presence who uses his big build to his advantage. He showed us that he is not afraid of contact and finished through most of it. Dort’s ability to rebound the ball is outstanding, grabbing every ball that came off the rim.
10 PTS, 7 REB, 2 BLK in a win over BMM
12 PTS, 7 REB, 5 BLK in a win over Texas Legion
Credit: Travis Branham
Gabe Seat is an elite shooter. He showed us his ability to shoot off the catch or off the dribble at a very high rate. He got into the lane a lot this weekend, which created shooting opportunities for his teammates. He doesn't have elite size or athleticism, but he knows exactly what he is offensively and he knows how to get to his spots. Expect Seat to continue to develop under the Buddy Buckets program, and mid-majors should definitely have their eyes peeled when he is playing.
Savion Red had high intensity the whole tournament. Red knows how to play his role on his team and do whatever it takes to win. He takes pride in locking his man down, creating scoring options for others. His defensive ability pairs nicely with his motor, and he is a more-than-capable shot-blocker who can contest shots without fouling. Red is a perfect energy guy at the next level, and college should be recruiting him as such.