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Big Shots Virginia Fall Hoopfest: 16U Takeaways

By Big Shots Nation, 10/20/20, 10:15AM EDT


The Big Shots Virginia Fall Hoopfest brought out some emerging 2022 prospects due for some breakout performances. Here’s a look at some of the biggest takeaways.

Team22 Makes an Impact

Team22 was a team at the 16U level that turned heads led by Nicholas Booker and Reuben McEachern in the backcourt and Maddax Evans, Teven Smith and Daniel Heitman on the wings. They were a team that got after it on the defensive end and played team ball to get two wins on the day. Booker put up 14.5 ppg while Smith posted 12.5 ppg and Evans chipped in with 8.0 ppg. They’re a talented squad with some prospects to keep an eye on in Virginia’s 2022 class.

Team Richmond Select makes a successful return 

Team Richmond Select had a productive day in their return to the Big Shots stage, finishing 2-0 on the day led by Gray Proffitt (16.0 ppg) and Rival Axselle (11.5 ppg). Proffitt is an underrated wing prospect that can get to the rim and finish with authority and also dial it up from deep. He knocked down two 3-pointers on the weekend. Axselle is a relentless guard that never stops moving when he’s on the floor and always finds a way to get easy layups as a cutting threat.

Footprint Basketball boasts quite the trio

Footprint Basketball had a solid outing at the Big Shots Virginia Fall Hoopfest, going 2-0 on the day behind the play of Zach Smith, Isaiah Griffin, Kyle Ferguson and Tayshaun Butler. Griffin took home MVP honors in their opening win of the day, showing off his ability to get to the paint and finish in traffic. Smith put up 13 points in their second victory of the day to lead the way in the paint. Ferguson was right behind in the victory with 11 points while Butler chipped in with seven points. They’ve got some emerging talent to keep an eye on in the state of Virginia.

BWSL Pace squad boasts some talent

BWSL Pace squad didn’t get a victory on the day but they did have a few prospects in Troy Giles and Jadon Pace. Pace is a lengthy wing that gets after it on defense and can shoot the 3-ball when given chances. He knocked two 3-pointers to open the day. Giles finished the day with 14 points, showing off his ability to score on all three levels. He knocked down two 3-pointers and got to the rim when given opportunities.

Amare Kennedy coming along with WV Reign

2022 guard Amare Kennedy is really coming along in the backcourt for West Virginia Reign. Kennedy posted 27 points including nine made free throws in their victory to close out the day for his squad. He’s an efficient scoring guard when he’s dialed in and has been showing his stuff on the Big Shots stage in the last few events. He’s one to watch in West Virginia’s 2022 class.