The 5’10 PG for Marcus Denmon Elite 17U is a very efficient shooter anywhere on the court. All he needs is a window from the defender and he will let fly confidently. He was the best shooter we saw at the Sunflower Showcase — his range is deep.
The thing that was most impressive was on Saturday when Watkins’ shot against Team RWA was not falling as normal, but he found other ways to either score the ball or find a teammate to do so, and willing his team to a win in double OT, with a sudden death reverse layup. Watkins never lost confidence in his game with his shot not falling, and that is a sign of a mentally tough player.
Watkins isn’t the only scoring option on the Marcus Denmon Elite team, but he is the first option as everyone knows he can fill it up if you allow him to get going. In the second game of the day against Missouri Elite, Watkins got going from the 3pt line again and that’s when his team started pulling away. Watkins is receiving Division 1 and 2 interest at the moment.
A member of the 2023 class, playing for the Iowa Barnstormers-Gold 15U team Blaise Porter showed why he already has an offer from Bryant University and some Mid-High Major interest.
Porter, who plays for New London High School, demonstrated his potential to be an elite PG at this level. He finished with 20 points against a strong Mentality Elite 15U squad, and Porter was the player that made that Stormer squad go.
The thing that jumps out most about Porter’s game is his patience. When coming off a ball screen he sees the play happen and knows exactly where he needs to go with the basketball. He doesn’t panic under pressure, doesn’t turn the ball over very often, takes pride in his on-ball defense, and can shoot it. Porter will obviously need to continue to grow and develop his body and game, but the right things are in place for this kid to take off in the next 3 years.
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