Ladera Ranch, California - The 2019 grassroots season has officially come to an end after the last shoe circuit tourney this past weekend. The 2019 Adidas Gauntlet Finale was held in Ladera Ranch, California and was the last stop for the Adidas sponsored programs. Below you can find out which prospects stood out and which prospects had themselves a stock rising weekend in Southern California.
2020 PG Andre Curbelo - NY Jayhawks (NY)
Curbelo could be put in either category for this one. He has had himself a stock rising type of grassroots season and was one of the top performers throughout the Adidas Gauntlet. He is one of the top playmaking point guards in the country and proved that once again this weekend in Southern Cal. Curbelo plays his own game at his position. He holds great passing instincts, extremely fundamental, and is always able to make his way inside an opponents defense. His play led the NY Jayhawks to the semifinal round in Ladera Ranch.
2020 PG Bryce Monroe - Team Lillard (CA)
After impressing back in Hoover, Alabama at the 2019 Adidas Summer Championships, Monroe stood out once again in Southern California. The 5-foot-11 point guard averaged 18.5 points per game in Team Lillard's four games. His stock continues to rise and is one of the top under the radar prospects in the class. Bryce plays with such toughness and competitiveness that it cannot go unnoticed. He is a legit shot maker and has great range from the perimeter. His size might be his only weakness for now but Monroe can flat out play.
Kennesaw State commit 2020 G Chris Youngblood - Game Elite (FL)
Who is Chris Youngblood? That is a question you probably asking yourself right now. Youngblood did not have any buzz coming into this event but proved he can play with the top dogs. Chris went on a scoring clinic this weekend, averaging 25 points per game for Game Elite in their three games. The 6-foot-3 combo guard just had a knack for putting the ball in the basket for his team. Chris is an all level scorer with a stocky type body frame and holds solid strength at the guard position. He was wired to score and was completely unstoppable this weekend.
2023 Elijah Fisher - Grassroots Elite Canada (CAN)
8th grade phenom, Elijah Fisher, has had buzz throughout the entire grassroots season. Playing up a level, Fisher shows his dominance against the higher level competition. He is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard with an incredible physical profile for a kid his age. Elijah is an unstoppable driver when getting to the basket and is able to draw fouls effortlessly. Although he has to work on his outside shooting and ball handling, Fisher already has that scorers mentality and confidence set in him. His outstanding play got his Grassroots Canada squad to the title game once again. He posted 21 points in the semifinal game.
2020 SG Jaylen Clark - Compton Magic (CA)
I believe we have to add Jaylen Clark to the list as one of the top scorers in the 2020 class. Over the past two months, Jaylen has proved he can score with the best of them and against the best. He has the size, physical strength, explosiveness, and tools to be considered one of the elite scoring guards in the country. He averaged 17.5 points per game during Compton Magic's run to the championship game. He might not be the flashiest or most dynamic scorer, but Jaylen gets buckets in his own way. He holds the athleticism and outside shooting abilities to add to his explosiveness and other skillsets.
2022 PG Sterling "Scoota" Henderson - Game Elite (GA)
If you are not sure who Sterling Henderson is then you should certainly get to know him soon. Not a nationally known prospect just yet, but Henderson will be pretty soon. The rising 6-foot-2 sophomore has been on somewhat of a break out spring, summer, earning a few high major offers from schools like Florida, Ole Miss, Florida State, and others. He had another solid weekend in Southern California with his Game Elite squad. Sterling is an attacking big guard who always seems to play downhill. He is an active defender and has active hands to disrupt passing lanes and snag a few steals.
2020 F Tari Eason - ML20 Enforcers (OR)
The 6-foot-7 plus forward, Tari Eason, probably had the biggest stock rising performance this weekend in Ladera Ranch. The rising senior averaged about 22 points per game in ML20 Enforcers's four games. Eason is an incredible athlete with high level explosiveness. He is quick off the floor with his second jumps, effective on the glass, and holds solid versatility. Tari could be considered as the energy guy or tone setter for his squad and was an impact player on both ends of the floor.