LOUISVILLE, KY - The marathon day of the Grassroots Showcase is in the books and a sun up to sun down schedule at the Kentucky Expo Center showed us a lot of big-time performances. Who stood the tallest from JY’s point of view? These three players were trending the most.
There wasn’t a more clutch player in the building on Saturday than Trimble. The 6-foot-3 guard was the pilot of the Phenom machine in two highly competitive game. In a game against Team Speights that was hard to get traction because of the constant barrage of whistles in the second half, Trimble did a nice job of remaining steady and poised to the buzzer. In a nightcap game against Team Thad - arguable the most talent-rich program in the field - Trimble took a rebound from a missed free throw and sprinted down the floor for an and-one score and walk-off free throw win at the final buzzer. From a sheer play-making point of view Trimble was one of the very best in the category across the 52 courts of action on Saturday. His performance was a signature one of the spring.
I’m not sure there was a better high-level defender at the Grassroots Showcase. He’s one of the top prospects here in Louisville and he’s hung his hat on being an elite stopper. Brown takes pride in shutting down the man standing across from him. We saw some terrific footwork when guarding the skilled and sharp Illinois Wolves team. Black has been one of the top guys here in the field from start to finish and remains in constant pursuit of the best match-ups in all of the games that he suits up for.
There aren’t too many players that compete in the HoopSeen Association better than Franklin. The 6-foot-2 guard from the Sunshine State can light it up from just about anywhere. In an overtime win over George Hill All Indy, Franklin pumped in 22 impressive points in the win. When he gets going on the wing as a shooter, he’s hard to contain. His recruitment has started to really grow some legs and he’s become quite a player for college coaches to evaluate. He’s heard from the likes of Alabama A&M, Appalachian State, Furman, Georgia State, North Alabama, St. Joe’s, Stetson, UNC Asheville and Virginia Tech.