Bigs are always a need and Akot Aguer is one that should be on college coaches radars. At 6'9 he has put the time in to his skill work and now we're seeing big production. A versatile power forward that turned heads with his play at Big Shots West Virginia Top 150. He dominated the post on both ends and even showed off his ability to shoot from the perimeter. His strengths are his motor running rim to rim, back to basket scoring around the rim and owning the glass at both ends. He put together a scoring average of 25.5 points per game during the showcase games, owning space in the paint, beating his man down the floor for easy lay-ins and hitting the face up 15 ft jumper. Following a 33 point performance in game one he earned an offer from West Virginia Tech. Look for more to start coming his way.
One of the top shooters at Big Shots West Virginia Top 150 was shooting guard Sam Adkins. The shaggy hair sniper from Spring Valley was unconscious from downtown as he opened the showcase games with a 22-point performance on six made 3-pointers. After his first performance of the day during the showcase games, he earned his first offer from Potomac State. He's got all the confidence with the ball in his hands and is even more lethal running off screens on the perimeter. He stood out and has shown to make huge strides with his game over the past few months.
Tylan Hutchinson showed off his development over the past few months at Big Shots West Virginia Top 150. At 6'5 Hutchinson can play 1-3 and can score on all three levels and did so this past weekend, even putting together a 23-point performance in round 1. He was a top driver in camp as an automatic finisher at the rim. I always tell people players that make contested layups and make tough shots look easy help determine what level that end up. Hutchinson is quickly climbing the ranks in Big Shots rankings for that reason. His versatility will translate. His style of play translates and soon college coaches will take notice. He earned an offer from West Virginia Tech before it was all said and done at camp. He's a versatile prospect to keep an eye on as his best ball is ahead of him.
The Johnson family of Ripley grows and develops quicker than any basketball family in the state of West Virginia. Seen it with Chase, who is now at Dayton, and now have seen it with Ty Johnson. At 6'8 with a high motor and a knack to rebound and score off two feet, Ty has become a top available big WV's 2020 class. Although injuries plagued his high school career early, his production when healthy has never faltered and we saw it first hand with Big Shots Elite WV on the circuit. Playing alongside Kaden Metheny and K.J. McClurg he is an ideal guy for a spacing team with his ability to stretch the floor, score efficiently and play sound, motion offense finding his niche to make an impact. He's a mobile big that can extend the floor with his 3-point shooting. He's fundamentally sound in the post with nice footwork, back to the basket moves and can play either forward spot. He's drawn interest from VMI and should continue to draw interest from other college programs as the season progresses.
In game one he let the game come to him but in game two Michael Noulowe made his presence felt scoring 20 points. At 6'6 with a 6'9+ wingspan he has a scholarship frame from first impression. Then noticing his ability to handle the basketball, rebound and get to the rim and finish in traffic lets you know his upside and that he could play at the next level. Our staff was intrigued early by Noulowe in the skills with his skill-set at that size and it carried over to the showcase games. Length and versatility is a factor at the next level and Michael brings both.
Richard Law Jr. is one of the top point guards in West Virginia's 2020 class. He stood out with his pure point guard skills at Big Shots West Virginia Top 150 and was the top defender in camp. He has strength that allows him to run the team and get to his spots with relative ease. What stood out most was his ability to shut down scorers and set the tone at the front of the defense. Law Jr. has the extra gear you want to have in your lead guard to push tempo, get into the paint and cover ground on the defensive end. He put together a scoring average of 9.0 points per contest during the showcase games while showing off his ability to get teammates in the right position to score and be successful. Potomac State was in attendance, whom he holds an offer from, and is also receiving interest from Radford.
Trey Hicks was an intriguing prospect at Big Shots West Virginia Top 150 given his length and frame at 6-foot-6. He's a prospect that made the trek all the way from Kentucky where he attends South Oldham High School. He did a little bit of everything well, rebounding the basketball on both ends and defending the paint and showed his ability to stretch the floor with a skill set to shoot and drive on close outs.
P.J. Kennedy is a shifty point guard prospect that stood out during the skills sessions and showcase games with his ability to handle the ball, get to the rim and distribute the ball to teammates. Liked his pace and balance to his game hitting proper footwork coming off screens and efficiently knocking down the mid-range game. He has nice length that he uses well on both ends to make things happen and should get some attention this season at Keyser High School.
Robert Sheldon is a pass-first floor general that made all the right plays at the right time at Big Shots West Virginia Top 150 and knocked down open shots. He has nice strength with the ball in his hands and a high basketball IQ for where teammates are on the floor. He was a quality setup man for his squad as well as a solid outside shooter, when his number was dialed. Sheldon was efficient hitting three 3-fgs in both games, averaging 11.0 ppg for the camp.
Brayden Davis can do a little bit of everything at the shooting guard spot. He has a nice stroke from behind the arc but doesn't restrict himself. He attacks close outs with a shot fake, looks to move without the ball and gets the defense shifting with cuts making it easier on himself in the long run to free himself up for a shot. He can score on all three levels and drives with confidence in the paint. Davis averaged 10.0 per contest at WV Top 150.
From the first tournament at Rocky Mount this season until now, Camden Slaton is a big man prospect that intrigues me each time with nice size at 6-foot-9 and inside-out game out to 15 feet. He moves well for a player of his size and rebounds with purpose on both ends. Salmon is comfortable for a player of his size to drive from the high post or receive pressure along the perimeter by handling. His soft touch allows him to play back to the basket as well as stretch it to 15 feet. His main attribute is shot blocking and using his length to be a factor on the glass and around the rim. As he puts on strength, he'll be an inside-out prospect to watch this season at Bridgeport High School. Slaton is currently receiving Division 2-Division 3 interest.
Nate Vance is a high flying wing that plays above the rim and is a shutdown defender with a 6'11 wingspan. He's worked with the likes of Greg White on his skill set allowing his game to flourish with a mid-range game and improved handle for his strength of driving. I've always liked his athleticism, strength and length and now being at Poca alongside Isaac McKneely and Noah Rittinger the floor will be even more spaced for Vance to get downhill and finish with authority. He was a consistent paint presence at the event and protected the boards well. He's an added bonus on the offensive glass when he's on the floor. Defensively he uses his length to be a factor with the ability to guard positions 1 through 4. He'll provide athleticism, length and energy plays for a talented Poca squad coached by legendary Allen Osborne that will help leads to wins.
Sam Saint Val was a solid floor general at Big Shots West Virginia Top 150 and got hot in game two finishing with 12 points. He did well to get his teammates in a position to make positive things happen breaking the defense down and passes it at the right time. He controlled the pace well with his quickness and crafty handling ability. He finishes well at the rim and also showed a nice shooting stroke from behind the arc. He's one to keep an eye on at Huntington Prep on their regional squad as an asset at lead guard position.