By Robert Alfonso Jr.
NEW YORK, NY – Under Armour put together some of the best rising freshman prospects in the country with its UA Next game.
The game will be played on Saturday at 4 pm before the Elite 24 game at the Brooklyn Pier. Before the teams lace them up on the big stage, the Venice Beach and the Rucker Park teams had a workout and practice at a Manhattan high school gym on Friday.
Those players gave a glimpse of what to expect in the future, including this weekends game.
Here are some players who stood out.
Cole Anthony was everything as advertised. The New York prospect handled the rock in a matter that resembled the many guards who have played before him. Anthony sees the floor well and gets teammates in scoring position. He is the son of former NBA star and television personality Greg Anthony. Look for the younger Anthony next season at Queens’ Archbishop Molloy.
Another impressive prospect on the day was Francis Okoro. The Nigerian native, via Nashville, Tennessee, is an explosive player on both ends of the floor. Everything above the rim he finishes. His skills stood out because he just never stopped playing other than when he was substituted out of the game.
Bryan Antoine shot the skin off the basketball. The Keyport, New Jersey prospect has a quick release and a smooth looking form. His jumper is as good as anyone in the Class of 2019. Antoine finishes at the basket with athleticism.
Here is the roster for both teams.
|VENICE BEACH||RUCKER PARK|
|Sharife Cooper||Bryan Antoine|
|Tyger Campbell||Zeb Graham Jr.|
|Zach Harvey||James Bishop|
|Khalif Battle||DJ Jefferies|
|Scottie Lewis||Adeleye Oyekanmi|
|Karim Coulibay||Cole Anthony|
|Dante Scott||Sherrife Kenney|
|Precious Achiuwa||Issac Okoro|
|Trendon Watford||Tariq Ingram|
|Balsa Koprivica||Francis Okoro|
|Head Coaches: Brandon McThay||Head Coaches: Reggie Carter|
|Assistant Coaches: Brother Andre Noble, John Carroll||Assistant Coaches: Sean Colson, Jordan Fair|