2018 BOTS 16U Top Performers: Part II

The 2018 Best of the South was loaded with talented players and teams. Our staff has poured through our piles of notes and worked through our notes to identify the very best players in this year's field.

Related: Part 1

BJ Wright, Middle GA Ballers, 2021: We all love a good sleeper prospect. Coaches everywhere enjoy finding a prospect that many people may not know about. Next up in the category may very well be 2021 Middle GA Ballers forward BJ Wright. Every trip down the court I witnessed this 6’6 prospect attempt to rip down the rims at Lakepoint Champions Center. A great pair of hands and a motor to match make him an intriguing prospect going forward. – Tai Young

Dalton Marsh, EAB, 2020: Marsh was simply an immovable object on the low blocks during EAB’s 16-and-under championship matchup against the Atlanta Xpress. He manned the interior on the offensive and defensive end with pure grit. He stands at 6-foot-7 and has the strength of an offensive lineman. He was great as a rim protector and as a defensive rebounder. In the low-post on offense, Marsh displayed some pristine footwork on a series of drop-steps into jump hooks. EAB relied on him heavily throughout this tournament and it resulted in a championship victory. – Austin Smith

 Lynn Kidd, Georgia Stars 2021: If there was ever a sure-fire high major prospect in our 16U group it had to be Georgia Stars big man Lynn Kidd. Entering the building he boasted a handful of offers with no signs of slowing down. Playing up in our 16U division, Lynn and company walked away with gold in our BOTS. Despite winning it all, it was Kidd’s showing against the CP25’s 17U group that stood out. The 6’9 big man showed an array of post moves and finishes around prospects that were more physical and experienced then he was. Some player’s fold under that type of challenge but Kidd took it in stride. High majors that aren’t at the table already may want to pull up a chair. – Tai Young

 RJ Johnson, PSB Elite (McCarthy), 2020: A point guard with high poise and IQ in the 16-and-under age group this weekend. RJ was great at being patient and picking his spots to attack on offense. He used ball screens and a tight handle to get past defenders and create scoring opportunities. He knocked down 15-footers, high floaters, and open jumpers from beyond the arc. Despite only being 5-10, he’s strong and wasn’t afraid to embrace contact for layup attempts. He communicated well on defense and had the quickness to put pressure on the opposing ball handlers. Johnson has interest from Wofford and USC Upstate. – Austin Smith

 Destin Jenkins, Atlanta Xpress (Hook), 2020: The Atlanta Xpress(Hook) 16U had a great overall weekend at the #BOTS and 6-foot-4 forward Destin Jenkins was sure to leave his mark. Jenkins is lanky but athletic. He succeeded in attacking the basket from the perimeter at will. Once he used a quick dribble move to get his defender to shift laterally, he attacked downhill and made plays to finish at the rim. Defensively, he did just about everything. He contested shots in the paint and guarded smaller players on the perimeter. Also, on the offensive end, Jenkins wasn’t afraid to shoot and convert the three-ball. – Austin Smith

 

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