|Breakdown Magazine's Battle of the Rankings|
|Top 10 Breakouts from Rick Staudt.|
Top 10 Breakouts
The 2005 edition of Breakdownmagazine.com's Battle Of The Rankings event took place this past weekend at Champions Sports Complex in Orlando. Over 300 players were in attendance, making for a deep talent pool and lots of action. With so many players and so little time, I was not able to see every player in attendance.
Of those we did see, there were several players that stood out above the rest. Other players had breakout performances, causing those watching to ask each other "who was that and where is he from?"
In no particular order, these players put themselves on the map with better than advertised performances.
- Lashawn Baker - 6'4 Sr.- New Smyrna - Lithe athlete runs the floor well and finishes. Showed he does have 3 point range but needs better shot selection and handle on drives to the basket.
- Roy Brunn - 6'0 Sr.- South Dade - Point guard applies solid pressure defensively, runs the break and half-court sets well, and can knock down shots when he has to. Very under-rated.
- Ralph Fernandez - 6'2 Sr.- Columbus - Step-slow point guard is a little stocky but he handles well, knocks down the open shot, and gets the ball to his teammates where they can use it.
- Chris Hultzman - 6'6 Sr.- Pope John Paul II - Athletic but undersized interior player works the boards at both ends and gets out in transition to finish. Needs offensive skill development to reach potential.
- Jordan Prais - 6'6 Sr.- Lakeland - Strong-bodied player that is quite effective offensively around the basket. Only average athletically, but knows his role and plays to his strengths.
- Adam Allen - 6'6 Jr.- Milton - Sleeper has solid body and skill set. Can rebound, bring the ball up the floor and has range to 15 feet on his jumper. Not a great athlete but overcomes it with fundamentals and smarts.
- Fred Brown - 6'2 Jr.- Dwyer - Combo guard with good athleticism makes good decisions on the break and plays good defense. Stroke is inconsistent but at least he doesn't get carried away with poor shot selection.
- Adam Grimm - 6'7 Jr. - Titusville - Surprising athlete shows rudimentary but solid post moves and nice ability to challenge shots, rebound, and run the floor. Extending his range on offense and better positioning on defense are needed for improvement.
- Andres Irarrazabal - 6'7 Jr.- Sagemont - A very pleasant surprise. He has a solid body, offensive skills to 15 feet, and is a solid passer from the post. Only a marginal athlete, he uses his body effectively on the boards and throws a good outlet pass.
- Jean Michael Yotio - 6'9 Jr.- Montverde - With skill development, he could become the best power player in the class. Muscular, solid body with athleticism to spare, he can make the 15 footer and is an okay passer. If he develops a mean streak, watch out.