The Big Shots Virginia Fall Hoopfest brought out some talented 2023 prospects. Here’s a look at some of the biggest takeaways.
Strothers 2023 goes 2-0
The 2023 class in Virginia holds quite the talent pool led by Etienne Strothers, younger brother of Allen Strothers, Anthony “AJ” Clark, Edward “EJ” Joyner and Dallas Kendall. Strothers was electric at the point guard spot dishing the ball and knocking down 3-pointers. He made three 3-pointers across their two victories. Clark finished with 10.5 ppg, showing off his length and ability to operate inside the arc. Joyner posted 11 points on three made 3-pointers in their first victory while playing up a division. He’s a member of Virginia’s 2024 class. Kendall showed off his length and prowess around the rim on both ends. He’s come along nicely in the frontcourt over the past few months.
Team Trezz shows off their depth
Team Trezz was another team that went undefeated on the day while showing off their depth. They were led by Deandre Lynch (11.0 ppg) as most of his points came off cleaning up the offensive glass. In the backcourt, Jamal Townsend (9.0 ppg) and Jordan Vick (8.5 ppg) stepped up when they needed to while Khyelle Ingram (9.0 ppg) showed he’ll be an impact player in the paint along Lynch. Johnathan Page (9.0 ppg) and Malik Hill (8.5 ppg) also did well spacing the floor and showing off their ability to step up and make an impact.
Virginia Havoc has some up and coming talent
Virginia Havoc went winless on the day, all of the single-digit variety but they had some talent on the floor. Myles Derricott was one standout performer for them. He put up 14.5 ppg while showing off his ability to score on all three levels. Jaiden Johnson showed it doesn’t take much for him to get going, posting 13.0 ppg, 15 points against Team Trezz. He’s a strong lead guard with a knack for making plays on both ends. Timayahs Bracey led the division with seven made 3-pointers on the day while averaging 12.0 ppg. He’s an emerging sharpshooter to watch.
Zion McDuffie shines with Grindhouse Lakers
Zion McDuffie was a top performer out of North Carolina with his ability to make plays at the rim on both ends. He finished second in the division in points per game (18.5) and first in total points after posting 33 points in a win over Peligro. He showed off his ability to get to the paint and the free throw line and has a willingness to defend the paint with his athleticism. He’ll be a name to know in the state of North Carolina for years to come.