Josh Tec's Bob Gibbons TOC 16U Film Review
The Bob Gibbons TOC is a lot. I don’t get to see as many teams as I would like throughout the weekend. There’s talent as far as the eye can see. Luckily for me, I had dental surgery, so I have nothing better to do other than watch film before I hit the road again at the end of the week.
I’ve run through most of my in-person notes—you can find them all over the site—so, now, I’m taking more notes on teams I may have missed or only got to see segments of amidst the madness of the tournament.
Hutchinson’s overall two-way versatility has been his selling point all spring. The 2025 riser brings a lot to the table for the AllStars. At Gibbons, it was his 3-point shooting that shined. He was one of the team’s most consistent shooters and scorers. I’ve been high on him being a breakout candidate at some point, and he’s certainly building the right kind of momentum.
It’s all about consistently with Alex Young. He isn’t going to leave people awestruck with crazy plays, but he has been one of the most productive overall players I’ve seen in the 16U division on the HoopSeen stage this year, and he showed up again at Gibbons. He has a vast offensive game. Young has proven more than enough times that he can score on all levels, and that he can make you pay in a number of ways. His willingness to get his hands dirty on the glass is what leads to wins. Young just battles down there. He makes winning plays.
I got to see Savage over the weekend, but I wanted to check in on him again via film. I also just wanted to watch more of this Game Elite team as a whole. The fact that he was a 2027 playing up two age groups still impresses me as much as anything else. Savage has advanced poise and feel for such a young player. I mean, he’s not even in high school yet. At the PG spot, he’s a pass-first guy who looks to get his talented teammates open looks before anything else. He’s not the biggest guard, but he sees the floor well and is aware of what’s going on around him. He can score when needed as well. Savage packed a consistent scoring punch and showed that he's a gifted shotmaker with consistent range. He’s a player to remember for the future in Georgia.
The Atlanta Celtics were one of the teams that I wanted to make sure that I got plenty of evaluations on because I just don’t get to see them as often as I’d like to. One of the players that caught my eye in person and on film was PG Christian Curl. He did what he needed to do for this team in terms of getting the ball to the right spots. Usually, that meant setting up and delivering passes to get the many scorers around him open. Other times, that meant him scoring himself. Despite being pass-first, Curl can put his fair share of points on the board, especially on drives to the basket. He was a strong presence on the ball defensively as well. He should be in line to have his biggest high school season to date with a more prominent role.
When watching a couple of Kountry Wayne Elite’s games back from Gibbons, Caleb Samples’ production stood out. It’s mostly effort-based production too. He led the team in scoring in the games that I saw, and a good grip of his points came either because he made a defensive play and got an easy layup or because he didn’t give up on a play and got a bucket as a result. Samples routinely connected on jumpers as well. It wasn’t all easy buckets. He showed off some skill on offense too. His effort on the glass was important as well. He’s not an overwhelming rebounder, but he always pursues them, thus he walks away with his fair share of boards.
Above all else, Cooper excelled as a wing shooter for Atlanta Xpress over the weekend. He was as reliable as anyone on the team from deep. He’s a talented player who can do a lot with the ball, but he had a role on this team and he played it well. He knocked down timely shots too. He had one that sent a game to overtime. Cooper is a player coaches will want to see during the June live periods.