Florida Top Performers from Bob Gibbons TOC Part I
The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions is one of the longest running events in the country and the state of Florida had some firepower down just outside of Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend. Let's take a look at who stood out from the sunshine state.
Barton was a prospect that opened some eyes with his performance at Bob Gibbons. The Blacktop Basketball guard averaged over points on the weekend, including a 45-point performance, which was the highest scoring performance of the weekend. His scoring was a large part of his team finishing the weekend with a 4-1 record and the 17U White championship. His speed off the bounce and ability to knock down perimeter shots kept defenders on their toes. - Brianna Patton
What a great weekend for Bess on this historic stage. He was the catalyst to a great four game run for Team Hardaway, Jr. Bess was consistent throughout and always put his team in a position to be on the winning side of the scoreboard. His end to end speed was a differential skill. He was a blur from baseline to baseline. Teams had a hard time containing him in transition and he did a great job of knifing through a defense for a bucket. - Justin Young
I tabbed Bronson as a player to watch coming into Gibbons, and he performed just as I thought he would. He was Judah Nation’s leading scorer on the weekend and impacted the game in a lot of ways for his team. Bronson is a good scorer that plays at his speed and gets to his spots. He can shoot it at an efficient rate for three along with creating off the dribble and finishing at the rim with his 6-foot-4 frame. Each time I see him on our stage, he continues to show why coaches want the ball in his hands down the stretch. He knocks down timely shots, including a tough game winner over Team Harpring. - Brianna Patton
I’m not sure I saw a more athletic player in the field than Burks. He’s just different than everyone else that stepped onto the floor at the 300-plus team Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. No one did things above the rim quite like him. He’s a terrific mixture of size, power and grace when he leaves the floor. When he’s not in transition and playing like a heat-seeking missile en route to the iron, there are flashes of great things from him as a floor stretcher and shooter. If you’re into high ceilings, Burks is in a different atmosphere. - Justin Young
He’s competed on the big national stage for a while now and it seems like every year we’ve all written something like this - he’s going to be really good in time. Well, in time is now. And yet the sentence still rings true. Walters is a rangy forward who can work well as a back-to-the-basket four man but also a big who can shoot over the top of defenders out to the three-point line. We saw a nice drop step move one possession and the next he came off a screen and curled right to the rim with a feathery touch score. Walters is putting all of the pieces together nicely and plays the role of a no-brainer high-major guy who still has a considerable amount of upside to his game. - Justin Young