War Before The Storm Stockrisers
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.
Quion Williams (2022/6’4/Southern Assault)
Standing around 6’4-6’5, Williams proved to be a valuable utility wing for Southern Assault in a high-level matchup against Team Griffin EYBL on Saturday. Quion was lethal in transition, using a nice combination of ball-handling, strength and footwork to create space in the open court before finishing through contact on multiple occasions. In half-court settings, the junior connected on a catch-and-shoot triple from the wing and crashed the offensive glass for a putback. Williams isn’t going to wow you with a ton of flash in his game, but what he does is produce. As a do it all wing that can do a lot of things without dominating the ball, he figures to be a prospect that coaches should have on their radar this Summer as a tough-nosed wing that adds value on both ends of the court.
Caylen Goff-Brown (2022/6’3/Team Trae Young)
This was our first viewing of Goff-Brown and we came away impressed. The 6’3 guard may have been the best perimeter shotmaker in the gym, as he consistently hit triples off the bounce and the catch with range out to 30 feet. Caylen’s shooting prowess was undoubtedly his best attribute, but he displayed the ability to make plays for others as well. On a few possessions, he was able to collapse the defense off the bounce and find teammates for easy buckets on dump-offs and kickouts. The versatility to be effective as an off-ball floor-spacer and an on-ball shot creator is certainly intriguing. With early offers from SMU, UT-Arlington and Oral Roberts, Caylen has the feel of a prospect that will draw high-major interest this Summer. He will enter our Top 200 watchlist for 2022 as a three-star prospect as we look forward to evaluating him again later this Summer.
Zach Keller (2022/6’9/Utah Prospects)
Keller was definitely the most undervalued prospect of the weekend and a no-brainer high-major level player. Having no prior knowledge of Zach, we were definitely impressed with his fluidity + agility at 6’9 and approximately 225-230 pounds. You simply don’t find many High School juniors with that combination of size/mass hitting defenders with euro-steps in transition before finishing with soft touch at the rim. In the half-court, he displayed good footwork and more athleticism than anticipated, while thriving as a high-low passer from the top of the key. We only caught glimpses of what Keller may ultimately become, but those flashes were enough for him to enter our watch list as a three-star prospect. TCU and Utah have extended offers, and there will unquestionably be more to follow this Summer.
Jourdyn Grandberry (2022/6’3/Texas Impact)
Lots to like about the junior guard out of metro-Dallas, starting with his physical profile. Standing around 6’3 with a well-built frame, he checks the box in terms of positional size for a lead guard. Grandberry was at his best as a shot-creator that attacks downhill and finishes in the paint. Jourdyn’s size aided him well, as he bounced off defenders and converted through contact on multiple occasions. A tough-nosed guard, he also has some finesse to his game. He plays at multiple speeds to keep defenders off-balance and has a nice floater game from 6-10 feet. A solid run + jump athlete in the open court coupled with good size and the ability to make plays off the dribble, Grandberry is likely to get tons of regional looks this Summer.