CNR Winter League Player Notes: Part 2

Week 2 of the CNR League brought a few different teams as League play started. Some of the players that played well this past session:

2021

Ethyn Brown 6’2 – Belleville East. The lead guard displayed a stronger build and it showed by finishing through contact at the rim. Ethyn was pushing in transition and getting his team involved. The high academic late signee will be attractive to colleges during the late signing period.

Quani Rudd 6’5 – Mt. Vernon. The athletic G/F continues to show a better handle and pure athleticism. His shot looks relaxed and was strong finishing at the rim. Quani is another late signee that colleges will be interested in during the late signing period. 

Brennan Weller 6’4 – Edwardsville. Brennan just knows how to play. Finished well around the rim with both hands and also displayed a better handle creating space. His body looks lean and sculpted more than it did the previous summer. Another unsigned senior that colleges will be interested in during the late signing period. 

Carson Prost 6’2 – Mt. Vernon. Carson is a flat out sniper. He can score from all levels and is an underrated defender. The high academic late signee is a small college dream recruit. 

Jalil Roundtree 6’1 – Edwardsville. Jalil showed an improved jumper and was really aggressive getting to the rim. Jalil strong suit is on the defensive end where he was a disruptive force.
 
Dre Scott 6’5 – Pinckneyville. If there is one kid who really worked on his body it’s Dre Scott. The athletic G/F looked lean and more athletic. Dre scored it from all levels and battled on the glass. Dre shows off a High Basketball IQ and is a leader for his team. College coaches will be looking at him this spring. 

Ryan Bartley 6’5 – Decatur MacArthur. The long athletic wing just flat out gets after it. Can score it from deep and can get to the rim. His wing-span allows him to get deflections and helps on the glass. He is an intriguing small school prospect for colleges looking for late signees. 

2022

Zack Cleveland 6’7 – Normal Community.  This kid was impressive. The athletic forward can score from all levels, good handle, and plays with a great motor. Has a great skill set and is a kid to watch in the 2022 class in Illinois. 

Trey Redd 6’0 – Normal Community. The shifty point guard can get anywhere he wants on the court and displays a sweet jump shot. He is an elite defender and thrives on getting in the lane and creating for others. Plays the game the right way

NJ Rudd 6’7 – Mt. Vernon. NJ has been on a tear since we first saw him this summer playing up an age division with the SW Illinois Jets. He continued his strong play with an impressive weekend. The athletic forward can shoot from 3, great touch around the basket, great footwork and is relentless on the glass. NJ continues to expand his game and will be one to watch in the 2022 class in southern Illinois. 

2023

Jordan Pickett 6’3 – Belleville East. Jordan has never lacked confidence and it was on full display this weekend. Jordan’s body is filling out nicely and he was aggressive getting to the rim. He is dangerous in transition with his quick pull up from 3 or shifty enough to get to the rim. This kid is oozing with talent and will be on the radar for mid-high major schools before his recruiting is done.