The 2016 Best of the South is in the books and as we look back on the event, we wanted to highlight the top performers from the field. We begin to roll out our staff’s top picks from the 16 and under division of the #BOTS. This is part II of the reports.
16U #BOTS Top Performers: Part I
Austin Crowley, SG, Mississippi Xpress, 2019: Prior to Best of the South, I had received word that Crowley may be the next big thing in the state of Mississippi. All the rising sophomore did was confirm that idea. The long, 6-foot-3 wing got better as the weekend went on, mixing in fantastic ball skills and the ability to make the right decision the majority of the time down the floor. Crowley has a high ceiling on the perimeter and will only get better as his career progresses. – Garrett Tucker
Jacolbey Owens, SF, Middle Georgia Raptors, 2018 (pictured above): Owens proved himself to be one of the best athletes in the 16U field. Off the bounce, he was able to get into the lane whenever he wanted, disrupting defenses every time out. He did a good job running the show for the eventual champions in 16U. With his explosion and ability to score the ball like he did, he played his way onto the Georgia radar this weekend. – Carter Wilson
Hunter Tyson, SF, PSB Select Elite, 2018: Tyson continued his strong travel season with a solid showing at #BOTS. The 6-foot-7 forward has continued to improve his perimeter skills and it looks like he will be a 3 at the next level. The rising junior shoots the ball very well with great range, but he also possesses some playmaking ability when he puts the ball on the floor. Not surprisingly, several high-major programs tracked Tyson throughout the event and have made him a priority. – Garrett Tucker
Ryan Jolly, PG, Georgia Bulls, 2018: We’ve put Jolly inside our Georgia top 20 for the class of 2018 and we’re glad we did. He’s one of the biggest sleepers in the Peach State and is primed for a big year at the tiny Augusta Prep this coming high school season. Jolly was instrumental in his team’s win over the Georgia Stars EYBL team. The 6-foot-2 guard possesses everything you like in high-level guards. He’s big, in control, makes good decisions, fast to the rim, smart enough to know when and what to do with the rock. - Justin Young