#PBCHOOPS "SHOWTIME" Boys Individual Showcase Top Performers and Standouts - Event Recap 10/4/20
The #PBCHOOPS "SHOWTIME" was created three years ago to provide an opportunity for local high school talent to compete, regardless of class ranking, offers etc. While last years event was canceled due to lack of demand, this years event was a hot ticket selling out in less than 24 hours. As what has been the norm for our events. local talent was present but there was also strong support from the Treasure Coast and down south. The individual showcase featured the known and unknown which made it difficult decision on how to balance the talent. In the end the decision was made to see how the more established players could operate together while giving less established players the opportunity to compete, testing their skill levels against the best competition available. The formula proved successful as we were able to get a good look at a variety of players in different settings. Every prospect in the gym received a thorough evaluation both live in-person and also via video replay, before being added to the #PBCHOOPS Scout database for our collegiate subscribers.
Here's a list of the Top Performs and Standouts:
Christopher Walker (Wellington HS) SG 6' 6" c/o 2021
Walker has had a hot summer and continued that play in the event Sunday, averaging 25.5 points per game with ease. Chris is a high level shooter who was able to get his shot off and make pretty much everything he put up. In addition he showed the ability to run the floor and finish athletically with dunks. Having seen Walker play a lot over the last few weeks, he plays with a lot of energy and fire. A bit of that was missing Sunday, possibly due to the showcase setting but we would like to see him bring the same level each time out.
Conner Weston (Jupiter Christian) 6' 6" F c/o 2022
Weston was scheduled to participate in the High Academic in August but couldn't attend due to injury. This time around Conner was ready to go and came out strong in game one finishing with a 17 point, 8 rebound performance. Weston showed the ability to score both outside and inside while also doing a solid job on the boards. When he got the rebound he made quick decisions to either pass the ball up the court or take it himself on the dribble both ending with positive results. Conner performed well in both games averaging 14 points and 7.5 rebounds. Conner has good agility, an improvement in explosiveness and athleticism will allow him to guard more positions on the floor and be an even bigger impact in the paint.
Johnathan Joseph (King's Academy) 6' 2" PG c/o 2021
Joseph is another returner from the #PBCHOOPS High Academic Showcase in August, he was a top performer at that event and did the same this time around averaging 15.5 points in his two games. Joseph does a very good job of getting to his sweet spot on the court, once he does he's able to rise and knock down the shot. Johnathan is an efficient scorer, making a high percentage of shots taken. Sunday he showed the tendency to over dribble, something for him to keep in check, he's at his best when making quick decisions with the ball to keep defenses off balance.
Ethan Barnes (Suncoast HS) 6' 0" PG c/o 2021
Barnes played only about 8 minutes of his first game but made up for it in game 2 going for 27 points. Ethan continues to show progress each time out, Sunday his strength and explosiveness made him a tough check for the opposition. Even with the limited minutes Barnes averaged 15.5 points in the two games. Defensively Ethan likes to pressure the ball and does a solid job of disrupting the offense. Ethan will need to continue working on his jump shot which has improved tremendously over the last six months, doing so will make him a complete package.
Gunner Walters (Florida Virtual) 5' 11" PG c/o 2022
There is so much to like about Gunner, a crafty point guard that plays with tons of confidence and an eerily familiar shooting stroke. Walters was solid in both games and was not afraid to go at who every was guarding him. In game 1 he started off slow in the first half but ripped off three jump-shots in a row the second half to finish with 11 points. In game two he was near perfect missing only once, going 6-7 on a variety of mid-range jump shots and three pointers, finishing with 15 points and 5 assists. Defensively is the area to add improvement, Gunner is a willing defender with his footwork and competitiveness can easily be a lockdown guard on the defensive side of the ball.
Braydin Samuels (Martin County) 6' 2" c/o 2022
We first got eyes on Braydin Samuels at the #PBCHOOPS "Welcome to the Show" Freshman showcase three years ago. Since, Bryadin has grown a little bit in size and grown his game as well. The 6' 2" guard from Martin County did a little bit of everything, scoring, rebounding and getting steals on defense. Samuels averaged 16.5 points per game and showed he didn't need a ball in his hands at all times to make an impact. He played on a loaded squad and still managed to get buckets for himself and others within the flow of the game. Braydin shot the ball well but even more focus on his shooting would make him a difficult cover for his opponents.
Mason Brown (Atlantic Christian) PG 6' 4" c/o 2022
Mason Brown was an unknown coming into this event but proved he had no issue leading a team. Brown was the primary ball handler for Team 3 and took the initiative to score to keep his squad competitive. At 6' 5" Mason has nice size and range on his three point jump shot, shooting from well beyond the arc. He finished as the second leading scorer on the day averaging 17.5 point in two contest. With his size Brown has the potential to be a strong guard on the offensive side of the ball as he improves his ball handling under pressure and quicker feet defensively to check more athletic guards.
Vladimir Vibert (DME) 6' 3" PG c/o 2021
Vilbert is strong, shifty guard with elite ball handling skills. Vlad did a great job limiting the dribbles and blowing past defenders. Vibert went for 17 points and 5 assist in game 1 while also playing in the team event for the Florida Hornets.
Eros J Carpio (Pine Crest) 6' 4" G c/o 2021
Carpio was back for an encore after a dominant performance at the #PBCHOOPS High Academic showcase. Sunday Eros did more of the same that made him successful later in the summer. Eros is a winner and does what ever it takes to make his team better last event he needed to score this time around he did a little of everything averaging 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in two victories.
AJ Gilles (Grandview Prep) PG 5' 11" c/o 2021
AJ finished as one of the top scorers on the day and did a solid job shooting averaging 14.5 points in two games. As a small guard he was able to get his own shot and move without the ball. Defensively he needs to stay engaged at all times in order to stop opposing guards.
Jasper Schwartz (St Andrew's) 6' 0" PG c/o 2021
Jasper Schwartz once again put his playmaking on display focusing more on facilitating finishing with double digit assist on the day. Jasper is very crafty and is able to find space in the defense to make plays for others. He easily could have have 10 more assists on the day that weren't converted upon.
Joshua Cange (Santaluces) G 5' 10" c/o 2021
It was the first time seeing Joshua Cange and he did all the dirty work for his team. Rebounding, points in the paint and scoring. Putting up 20 points and 9 rebounds in game 2.
Zakiah Saez (King's Academy) G 6' 6" c/o 2023
Zakiah Saez is a name to get familiar with if you are from the state of Florida. The 6' 6" sophomore is a dual sport athlete that recently transferred to The King's Academy. Seeing the progress in Zakiah's game from elementary school to high school has been great to watch. Saez showed his not just big but can shoot knocking several long rang bombs on the day. As an athlete it's good to have options and Saez will have plenty to choose from between the grid iron and court before his high school career is over.
Caleb Mackrey (Olympic Heights) 6' 2" PG c/o 2022
Caleb Mackrey is a regular at #PBCHOOPS Showcase events and always leaves making a positive impression. Sunday was no different, standing a legit 6' 2" Mackrey worked well with the other talented players on his team but did not fade into the shadows either. Making his presence felt on both offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
Keep an eye on
Matt Ansah (St John Paul II) PG 6' 2" c/o 2021
Zayin Humber (Wellington) F 6' 5" c/o 2022
Tony Wade (Lake Worth) G 5' 8" c/o 2023
Trace Hogan (The King's Academy) PG 5' 10" c/o 2022
Chris Cochran (The King's Academy) F 6' 6" c/o 2022
Zebedee McKee (The King's Academy) G 6' 4" c/o 2022
Top Scorers #PBCHOOPS "Showtime"
Christopher Walker 25.5 points per game
Mason Brown 17.5 points per game
Braydin Samuels 16.5 points per game
Johnathan Joseph 16.5 points per game
Ethan Barnes 16.5 points per game
AJ Gilles 14.5 points per game
Conner Weston 14.0 points per game
Look out for the Team event recap which featured a few players from the individual showcase doing douible duty along with some great talent from area high schools.
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