War Before The Storm Stockrisers: Part II
We were in the Dallas-area over the weekend for the annual War Before The Storm. This has become the premier event in Texas with clubs from each shoe-circuit present in addition to elite independents all facing-off under one roof at the Advantage Sports Complex.
With plenty of nationally recognized prospects taking the court, there was no shortage of star power in the building. But the platform also provided opportunity for the following under-the-radar gems to take advantage of the spotlight in Part II of our stockriser series for the War Before The Storm.
Kaden Cooper (2022/6’5/Team Trae Young)
Cooper is the epitome of the word upside. He certainly passed the eye test in the layup line at around 6’5 with good length and a frame easily capable of adding 20 pounds of muscle mass. During game action, Kaden’s athleticism immediately popped out. Defensively, he displayed good lateral agility and and range. He had a jaw-dropping closeout + block where he covered 20 feet of ground before blocking a legitimate jumpshot from a 6’5 Mason Jones. That level of quick-twitch also manifested on the other end of the court, where Cooper absolutely hammered down a dunk on a 6’9 defender in transition. He knocked down a catch and shoot triple from the left wing and looked comfortable as a shooter. Kaden will enter our database as three-star prospect for our 2022 watchlist as one of the premier athletes in America with an incredible ceiling as an impact two-way defender at the next level. Already holding offers from programs such as SMU, Tulsa, Oral Roberts and Oklahoma State, he’s not even close to scratching the surface of what he’ll ultimately become.
Collin Chandler (2022/6’4/Utah Prospects)
If Zach Eller was the most undervalued prospect at the event, his teammate in the backcourt wasn’t far behind. Coming in with little hype, Chandler certainly didn’t leave without generating a ton of buzz. On Saturday he was the best playmaker in the gym, consistently collapsing the defense with dribble penetration before finding teammates with an array of no-look dimes and precision passes in tight windows for easy baskets. Fast forward to Sunday and Collin was arguably the event MVP on Day 2. The junior guard had huge games against loaded teams in Adidas Team Trae Young and Team Griffin EYBL while displaying the full arsenal. Multiple threes off the catch while displaying range out to 26 feet, great vision in ballscreen action and midrange pull-ups. It’s easy to see why Stanford, Utah and Dixie State have offered. There is no question he will garner additional high-major offers within a matter of months. Collin will enter our database as a three-star prospect initially, pending more live evaluation and may move into four-star territory in the near future.
Robert Jennings (2022/6’8/Texas Impact)
If you’re a college coach in need of a big that will help you win games, Jennings is your guy. Robert is gifted athletically, with natural springs that allow him to simply elevate over the opposition as a finisher. As impressive as his physical tools were, his vision really intrigued us. The junior forward excelled as a passer on the short-roll and out of doubles in the post. That playmaking ability really makes him a valuable commodity in ballscreen action with the potential to facilitate in high-low action. Jennings has a great motor and is an active body on the defensive end, where he crashes the boards with good ball pursuit. Robert is in the midst of the proverbial blow-up, with several high-major programs extending offers in recent months. Although he has yet to get a ton of recognition from major outlets, we love his ability to impact the game in multiple ways while still having a ton of room for development.
Langston Reynolds (2022/6’4/Utah Prospects)
Similar to the majority of his teammates, Reynolds is a victim of geography. Most outlets simply don’t cover prospects from his home state of Colorado. But there was lots to like about this well-built guard over the weekend. Going about 6’4, Langston is a good athlete that puts it to use on both ends of the court. He wreaked havoc as an on-ball defender, generating steals by moving his feet + active hands and then cashing in with transition dunks. Against a set defense, the Denver-area native thrived as a slasher getting to the rim and finishing. His ambidextrous finishing was noteworthy, as Reynolds consistently displayed superb touch with his off-hand. While he’s at his best as a downhill attacker, there were a few impressive flashes of playmaking for others that suggest he may be able to project as a secondary facilitator at the next level. Langston has the feel of a regional priority prospect for the Mountain West, West Coast and PAC 12 Conferences and will enter our database as a three-star prospect.