top forwards for 2016

Miles Bridges…The Friendly Assassin

Miles Bridges has enjoyed the summer of 2015 by squaring off against some of the best talent around the world.  One of the best parts of being a top rated recruit, is meeting other top athletes and developing a comradery that can last for a lifetime.  Bridges will tell you that he has befriended other players such as Nick Ward, Cassius Winston, Derek Funderburk, who all played on his Midwest team during the Global Challenge hosted by Nike.  After talking to Miles Bridges, one would acutally think that he has no enemies.  His demeanor as he overlooks his opponents is tranquil and as he watches his fellow teammates he smiles at his newfound allies.  What goes through his mind though is what takes players from good to great and finally may land them at legendary status.  Bridges is studying not just his opponents but also his teammates.  Looking for strengths and weaknesses, almost absorbing their talents and discarding the fragile parts much like a superhero would or could do.  This could be the very reason why Bridges grades out as the most lethal scorer in the class of 2016.  College coaches and scouts label his ability to score from anywhere on the court as lethal, even in the range of devastating to his opposition.  With his 6’7 height, Bridges has spent the spring and summer developing his ball handling and is super smooth at creating a shot.  Add this to his vast array of post moves and long range capability, and one is now looking at one of the most feared offensive arsenals in his class.  It’s always wise for athletes to study the games of pro athletes and even base their game around someone who plays their position.  What’s even wiser is to study teammates and opponents and pick up a move here or there, a sort of merger of skills.  And after the skills are complete, meet the opponent on the court and hit him with a version of his moves and your own.  A strategy that has been perfected by Bridges and has placed him at the top of his class.  Bringing his full arsenal to the basketball court is a given but definitely stay tuned to see what Miles Bridges will add to his game.

Conner Tenhove…Shooting His Way To The Top

Before seeing Conner Tenhove in action the phrase that came to mind was “if it sounds to good to be true then it probably is.”  The pure jump shooter out of Valparaiso High School in Indiana showed up this weekend, and the class of 2016 star put on an unbelievable shooting display.  His second game at the Chicago Jam Classic, hosted by Baylor Youth Foundation, confirmed that this young man is one of the purest shooters in the country. People didn’t stand there and wait for Tenhove to make a shot.  Instead the crowd waited to see if he would miss.  After hitting 7 straight, coaches at the event couldn’t help but scratch their heads.  It could have been his calm, yet confident style of shooting or it could have been the fact that he had a defender in his face every time.  Regardless of whatever put onlooking coaches in a state of scouting euphoria, Tenhove had the jump shooting ability that is comparable to the former Duke star J J Redick.  It was interesting to see which schools followed Tenhove from gym to gym as he prepared for his next game.  It was obvious that Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Marquette were beamed in on the young man and sat through entire games.  They were probably doing the same thing that the fans from both teams and his defenders were doing, and that is just simply waiting for Tenhove to miss a shot.  I would be remiss not to mention his rebounding and defensive abilities.  In three games his opposition scored only 8 points on him and considering the amount of talent in the arena this could be considered only that more amazing.  Rebounding seemed effortless as he doubled up in rebounds in two out of three games.  More importantly though, Tenhove showed his strength and toughness as he fought through screens and picks.  And while not seeming that fast at first, when an opportunity for a fastbreak came, he was the first player down the floor, whether he opted for the dunk or the long range shot.  Stay tuned as Conner Tenhove quickly approaches being termed the nation’s top shooter.

Conner Tenhove-Guard/Forward/Valparaiso High/IN

Conner Tenhove-Guard/Forward/Valparaiso High/IN

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“Funky Four Plus 1 More”….5 of the best in the category of  “swingman” for co’ 2016!

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Jayson Tatum

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Braxton Blackwell

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Mario Keglar

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Nicholas Robinson

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Josh Jackson

Jabari_Parker/Glenn Robinson III/Andrew Wiggins/Jerami Grant/C.J. Fair….players who have obviously given college basketball fans a reason to stay on the edge of their seats all the way up to and thru March Madness.  As in any sport there’s always a present, past, and future group of all star players.  High school’s next great crop of swingmen may indeed be coming from the class of 2016.  Led by Jayson Tatum, these players can fill up the highlight reels with “above the rim” plays, but they also can revert back to fundamentals and play team basketball.  Fans of the sport always are waiting for the next big thing and the class of 2016 may provide them with a lot to talk about!