Future150 Midwest Analyst. Covering Midwest high school basketball.
Indianapolis, IN (Future150) -- The Third full day of Games saw the close of pool play and the beginning of what everyone had been waiting for; bracket play. In a tournament that had multiple legitimate contenders for the championship in each age group, the start of bracket play brought about some great matchups. Here are the players who stood out.
Kasey Hill, 2013 PG, Florida Elite: On the third day Hill really proved that he was the best player in the entire field regardless of age. While he might not be as highly rated as some of the other players in the field there is no doubting that he has put his stamp on this tournament and it will be tough to take MVP away from him unless someone has a string of ridiculous performances and leads his team to the tournament championship. Hill has been that good.
Kaleb Joseph, 2014 PG, Mass Rivals: In a game that saw fellow 2014 star Noah Vonleh struggle with foul trouble throughout the contest, Kaleb Joseph might of played the best game of his AAU career. Time and time again he hit big time shots in order to keep his team with striking distance of Florida Elite. Although the Mass Rivals eventually ended up losing it was due to Joseph that his team was even in the game at all.
Chandler White, 2015 SG, Indiana Elite: While Hyron Edwards might be the big name on this team, Chandler White is equally important. He spaced the floor with his elite shooting ability throughout the day. White has ideal size for the shooting guard position and the ceiling is high for him.
Hyron Edwards, 2015 PG, Indiana Elite: Edwards was a blur with the ball in his hands all game and got into the lane whenever he wanted. He finished at the rim and found his teammates for open looks. He understands that this is his team to run and does a good job of it. At such a young age it is impressive to see the leadership qualities that Edwards already has. Indiana and Purdue have offered him already while the rest of the Big Ten are also tracking him.
Daniel Hamilton, 2014 SF, Dream Vision: The newest addition to the Dream Vision program, Daniel Hamilton has teamed up with his older brother to form arguably the best scoring duo in this tournament. While Isaac is the more polished off the two it could be said that Daniel has more upside. He is working towards becoming more of a two but right now the 6-foot-7 wing is already one of the elite scorers on the west coast.
Joe Burton, 2014 SG, Houston Franchize All-Stars: Burton is one of the best kept secrets in Texas. The shooting guard is a hardnosed player who is a primary scoring option for the all-stars. He has the talent to be a high major wing and several programs such as West Virginia and Texas A&M are involved.
Corn Elder, 2013 PG, Team Nashville: A two-sport star, Elder has decided to put football on the backburner in order to maximize his basketball potential. Elder lead his Team Nashville squad to a thrilling overtime victory by scoring 7 straight to close out the Bulldogs. Elder is hearing from SoCon and A-Sun programs now but look for his recruitment to take a leap to the next level.
D’ Angelo Russell, 2014 PG, Louisville Select: The talented point guard showed what he could do it when the ball is in his hands. After having a dimished role at Montverde Academy last season, Russell has now turned Louisville Magic into one of the top 16U teams in the country. He used his great speed and size well on Saturday and was virtually unstoppable against lesser competition. The highlight of the day was a major dunk he had over a couple of defenders. He is a freak athlete and floor general that will draw plenty of interest going forward.
Jayson Tatum, 2016 SF, W.I.T.T.S. Elite: The youngest player that stood out on Saturday, Tatum is a play making wing that makes his teammates around him better. He can score the ball with ease but it is his ability to find his teammates that makes Tatum truly special. He is one of the elite prospects in his class and has the chance to be a special player in the sense that he could play the point guard despite his size. If he continues to grow he could be a more athletic version of a poor man’s Kyle Anderson.
Soma Edo, 2013 PF, Dallas Mustangs: Edo could possibly be the most athletic forward in the nation. He jumps out of the gym and will be an instant hit with a fan base due to his ability to throw down highlight reel dunks. He actually turned a pro-Eric Gordon All-Stars crowd into fans of his with his dunks and took away the home court advantage. As it turns out that’s all the Mustangs needed in order to pull off the upset and advance. Soma is a high level rebounder and defender. If he can develop his jump shot look for the big programs to come calling.