On Wednesday night Scott traveled to Waite for a City League contest, with both teams still fresh into the start of their seasons. Scott would take control of the game from the start, and aside from a few Waite runs, would go on to take care of business in a 53-34 win. Here is who stood out:
2021 F Christian Neal (Scott) – The lefty struggled from the field for much of the contest, but displayed some nice traits in his game, leading his team with 13 points in the winning effort. Neal has good length around the basket and out on the wing, combined with good athleticism. He was active around the rim, competing for rebounds, and loose balls, gave multiple efforts. Can certainly be a defensive asset when locked in with his quickness, and overall build. Going to play a big part as to what level of successes Scott has this season.
2021 G Nik Heslet (Waite) – The best scoring threat for his team, Heslet found his way around the basketball, and shot it well from the perimeter in this one. Plays with a consistent pace, doesn’t get too high or too low, has fun on the floor. Shoots it at a high clip with his feet set, and stretches the defense doing so. Gets teammates involved, didn’t force the issue. Brought good leadership to the floor, encouraging teammates, and accepting his role.
2021 G Jequan Pack (Scott) – One of the leading scorers in the City League, Pack showed his scoring ability, but impressed with his patience in their win. Has a bigger body from the guard position, and is hard to stop when he gets going downhill. Scores it through contact, and with some flare when he gets to the rim. Strong, compact lefty stroke from the outside, has to be accounted for when he’s around the perimeter. Made some plays on the defensive end of the floor, brings a great deal of experience to the court.
2024 PG Darryl Barnett (Scott) – The freshman brought the most consistent effort, and focus of anyone on the floor in this game. Doesn’t do anything flashy, but knows his ability, and doesn’t try to do too much. Sees the court well, has a solid handle, and plays under-control. Was an asset defensively, gets down and guards, and took his assignment personally. Efficient scoring the ball when he had his opportunities, but didn’t force things, and is more of a pass-first point guard right now. Looks to have a bright future, and is a young name to remember in the City League.
Others who stood out: Rayshawn Grier (Scott), Larry Mitchell (Waite).