Top Alabama Standouts: Bob Gibbons
Bob Gibbons was truly a big-time event and the players from Alabama definitely left their mark on the tournament of champions.
Here are the standouts.
Jamari Arnold, a 6-foot guard out of Huntsville has definitely made a name for himself this summer playing with the Atlanta Express. Known as an elite score in my eyes, Arnold has embraced the role as a floor general as well. He’s a great passer and does a great job of getting his teammates to their favorite spots on the floor. Arnold is vicious on the attack with handles that would leave many defenders stuck. Seeing him get locked in on scoring is a sight because he’s going to go at you nonstop with his high motor. He has a quick pull-up jumper and can definitely knock shots down consistently from the three. - D’Courtland
Carson Muse stepped up big time for CP25 as he would be the leading guy for their 3-1 run at Gibbons. Muse was truly locked in on Saturday putting up 18 points, 8 rebounds, & 5 assists for game 2 and 23 points, 8 rebounds, & 4 assists for game 3 vs Griffin Elite. Muse has tremendous size and has a nice shot from the three. If he’s driving into the lane, be prepared for the poster cause this kid can really get up. He really showed his leadership this weekend, bringing great energy on defense, stepping up when a basket was needed, and being in the right spots to make a play for himself & others. - D’Courtland
I was asked numerous times about player #30 playing with the Alabama Fusion and it felt great to let them know about the 6-foot-8 forward Sam Wright. I’m no stranger to Wright and the work he puts in at Spain Park High in Alabama. I can’t brag enough about his work in the post and his amazing footwork. It’s starting to become rare to see a true big that can give buckets off a post-up. No matter the size of a defender, he knows how to maneuver around them with his incredible post moves. Wright can also shoot the three and is one tough defensive player. He’s truly a master going for the offensive rebounds and understands the value of boxing out on the defensive end. In a matchup against the Atlanta Express, the presence of Wright on the floor changed the entire dynamic of the game, dropping 14 points and pulling down seven rebounds. - D’Courtland
It was a joy to watch Bryant James at this year’s Bob Gibbons. This kid represented Alabama really well with his excellent performance with CP25. When it comes to basketball, age doesn’t mean a thing if you can hoop and Bryant James made that statement factual playing up in the 17u division. James has solid handles and his court vision is quite good in locating the open man at the basket. One of his key abilities is shooting, the trigger finger is quick beyond the arch making the close-out defender noneffective. - D’Courtland
6-foot-4 guard Salim London is an absolute star in the making. Each time he steps on the court he’s proving why he’s the best and there’s no one closer. His handles are elite and that crossover is a dangerous thing so don’t get caught reaching on this kid because he will make you pay for it. I admire his ability to get to the basket, he steps through with so much patience but will burst into a quick move leaving his defender in the dust. London is a great shooter and he proved that with a clutch dagger to capture the 15u Bob Gibbons championship. Consistency is key and London has proven that his game on the floor is consistent as they come. - D’Courtland