2023 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions 17U Standouts
SUWANEE, GA—One of the talking points behind the scenes was the depth of talent at this year's Bob Gibbons TOC. Across the board, across all age groups, there were some dudes in the field. We're in the process of emptying the notebooks, and that leads us to taking a look at some of the standouts in the 17U division.
Guard play wins in tournament settings. That’s always the talking point during the NCAA Tournament, and it proved to be the case for G1 during their run to gold this past weekend. Derek Delgardo was just outstanding for them. He’s wired to score. He pressures defenses with his rim attack and gets to the free-throw line regularly. He hits tough shots, navigates through traffic well, and can connect from all over the floor with his jumper. He’s a guy to turn to if you’re looking for a bucket in crunch time because that’s what he does best. He gets buckets. - Josh Tec
Wake Forest Head Coach Steve Forbes has to be happy about Cokley making the pledge for the Demon Deacons. He has the size and the natural scoring ability that can make it in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Cokley can see over smaller guards and make shots that wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for his size. He is a consistent shooter from the outside and his mid-range game is there. We know he knows how to win after helping lead Christ School to a NCISAA 4-A state title a few months ago. I like guys that know what it takes to win a championship and I think he will fit right in when he gets to Winston-Salem. - Justin Byerly
College-ready body and frame, Wilson looks the part when he is getting up and down the floor at Suwanee Sports Academy. He was able to defend the opposition's best player in the games that I saw and he was able to score when he wanted. He has a lot of tools that match-up well with his frame and his physical attributes. From what I saw this weekend, Wilson looks like a guy that will be playing at the next level. He added an offer from Voorhees College during the weekend as the Tigers were one of the schools on hand at Gibbons. - Justin Byerly
From end to end, Davis is an absolute blur with the ball. The Rutgers-bound guard has a first step that allows him to explode past his defender with ease. And it felt like he did that all weekend long at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. He can shake a defender off like a bull right out of the gates. Few stayed in front of him at the event and we saw him shake, bake and create with the very best of them. On top of that, I’d be totally comfortable with Davis as a rebounding guard on both sides of the ball. Overall, this was a really good weekend for Davis. - Justin Young
Some things never change. Like Florida PRO having a player that I think is much better than his current recruitment. Elyzee is that guy for me this season. He’s college ready with his length and mismatch potential as a multi-positional guy. Defensively, Elyzee can cause a lot of problems with his lengthy frame, athleticism and his overall want to. This Florida PRO team has a lot of dudes and each and every game can offer up a new look. Elyzee is an important part to their success because of his interchangeable value. I like the idea of him as a collegiate upperclassman because what we see from him now in a team setting is what I think he can be on a good team as a 20-year-old. - Justin Young
I’m a sucker for a rim-running forward who plays with unapologetic power. Nicholls is that guy on this fun 1 of 1 Elite team. He’s going to explode to the rim any chance he can get and with this up-tempo team, Nicholls has plenty of opportunities to bring some havoc to the iron. His fearlessness adds a layer of intimidation to the table that we don’t see too often from the big men of the class of 2024. - Justin Young