2023 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions Top Overall Performers Pt. III
SUWANEE, GA - Another year of one of the most storied stages on the travel basketball calendar is in the books. With each Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions comes a flood of notes and evaluations. This year is no different. We’re kicking off our coverage of the event with a look at 17U’s top overall performers.
When we think back on this weekend, these will be some of the first names that come up.
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The big fella was a real problem throughout the weekend. Jones was the most physical big man in the 17U division throughout all of our brackets. He’s built like a young Isaiah Stewart and knows exactly how to use his natural strength to create space against defenders. Don’t mistake that bullish strength as a pure power guy either. He has a soft touch on both sides of the basket, he’s a trusted option as a pick and pop shooter and he should only be getting better. There’s a reason why he’s such a coveted player in the class of 2024. The big man depth in this senior class is a tricky one for high-majors and for what Jones brings to the table, he’s a bring your head coach to the game kind of prospect. - Justin Young
I could make an argument that he was the best shooter from the weekend. The stud from Alabama torched the nets 17 times for a three-pointer over the course of the weekend. He was dead-eye from deep, an absolute sniper. McCarty was one of the most appealing prospects in the class of 2024 this spring and he wrapped up the April and May schedule with a bang. He was brilliant in this setting, justifying any top 50 national ranking that may follow him. Terrific collegiate prospect. - Justin Young
Amari Brown is looking poised for a big June and July. The lefty guard from Sandy Creek (GA) filled it up all weekend, and he did so in a variety of ways. His offensive game is miltu-faceted, he’s a player that can score on all levels. His 3-point shot was working for him at Gibbons, and he was able to get to his floater whenever he wanted. When he puts his head down and goes all the way to the basket, Brown plays through contact well. He was easily one of the most impressive players on a weekend with a deep pool of talent. - Josh Tec
From start to finish, the 6-foot-3 guard from Pembroke Pines was a problem. He showed us the full array of offense at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Shackleton spray buckets from all spots on the floor. You could count on him as a perimeter threat as a three-point maker. Or you could expect him to drive hard to the basket and get to the free throw line as a confident and calm shot-maker in the clutch. He’s a playmaker and a tough rebounder from the backcourt. Everything about his game is transferable to college. - Justin Young
The baby faced guard for Upward Stars Upstate put on a show for us all when his team took on 1 of 1 Rare. Wilkins, who is a 5-foot-10 guard, scorched them for 31 points on an array of different baskets. To my recollection, this was the highest point total that anyone has scored on 1 of 1 Rare all season long and it came from a guy who just wins everywhere he has been. He took Hendersonville High School to the 2-A state championship game his sophomore year and he led Christ School to a NCISAA championship this past season. - Justin Byerly