Hoop Hall Classic: Best available seniors
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The annual HoopHall Classic took over The Valley last week and we had a chance to see some very good available seniors from across the country. Let's take a look at five of them.
You can point to LuHi's team success right back to the play of the energetic floor general. He's the ultimate tie-it-all-together kind of guard who knows how to play in speed, in the halfcourt and in the clutch. Reid was the top passer in the stacked field and he proved, once again, that he's one of the best playmakers and creators in the NIBC. Reid has delivered all season and sure looks like a guy who can add value in college right away because of his competitiveness and his game understanding. Reid was outstanding the two game slate in Arizona.
One of the best unsigned seniors in the field, Patton came out in the first boys game of the event with some purpose. He scored six points and grabbed four boards in the first quarter. Any time you see Patton on the floor at this high school level, you can expect some high-flying action at the rim or above it. He’s certainly interesting. As schools reorganize their recruiting boards for the class of 2023, Patton should come up in more conversations with staffs. The upside still remains interesting here.
The relentlessness is hard to look past with him. He just peppers a defense with a non-stop jab paired with a hook as a dribble drive is just so taxing on defenders. White is so fast with the ball and so determined to get inside the lines to score that those who have the tough task of guarding him, get fatigued by the assignment. White is battle-tested and showed that he’s a big game performer. One of the more impressive available players from the South, the Columbia, S.C. native warrants a deeper dive into who he is and what he’s all about.
There was a moment at the HoopHall where the media and college coaches scrambled to their roster sheets and box scores to figure out who this hard-playing, all-energy big man for LuHi was. Ndiaye played his best against Wasatch Academy. He scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 22 minutes of action. As we look around the country for available big men in the class of 2023, it wouldn't come as a big surprise to see his name shoot up the charts as we enter into the new year.
Bey was the bright spot in a tough Gorman loss to a very good Corona Centennial team. He pumped in 18 points on 7-10 shooting from the floor, connected on a couple of threes and was solid on the glass and on defense. I'd argue he's one of the best available seniors in the West and should be a guy worth investing some recruiting hours next week at the Tark Classic at his home of Bishop Gorman.