Many of the top players from the 2022 & 2021 class in Louisiana were able to showcase their talents at the “Statement Session” in Lafayette, Louisiana in front of a bevy of college coaches. It’s evident many of these kids raised their stock which caught the eye of some college programs.
1.) 2021 6-2 Jon’Quarius McGhee (Opelousas High School) *committed to Nicholls St* : Plays with a chip on his shoulder & has a confidence about himself on the court. McGhee was by far the most athletic guard at the Statement Session. Is very good getting in the lane finishing with either hand & plays through contact very well. Does an excellent job setting his teammates up & is a really good on ball defender. Nicholls St. will have their hands full fighting off other schools before it’s all said & done.
2.) 2021 6-6 Shammond Bryant (Bossier High School) : Bryant’s activity blocking shots, rebounding & defending stood out the most. He scored it well & knocked down perimeter shots consistently. Showed a lot of versatility playing on the perimeter & on the block which college coaches crave.
3.) 2021 6-4 Derrick Tezeno (North Central High School) : Tezeno was one of the best two-way players in the building. His ability to guard multiple positions makes him very valuable as it translates to the next level. He was definitely one of the best athletes & showed it time & time again
4.) 2021 6-7 Will Allen (Bonnabel High School) *committed to Louisiana Tech* : There wasn’t a better post player here that played better than Allen. He controlled the glass against anybody & was able to finish through contact well. One of the things that stood out too about Allen is his ability to knockdown the mid range consistently throughout the day.
5.) 2022 6-8 Kyran Ratliff (Booker T. Washington High School) : Ratliff might have the most upside of all the players that were in attendance. He was definitely the best rim protector there & he showed great touch around the goal.
6.) 2021 6-4 Da’Tayvius Gabriel (St. Martinville High School) : Gabriel is very long & rangy, which makes him a tough cover for most guards. He shot it as well as anybody there & he displayed that he’s a very good athlete.
7.) 2021 6-0 Tawasky Johnson (Port Allen High School) : Johnson gets downhill fast & scored it at a high rate no matter who was covering him. He showed that he has very high IQ for the game on both ends of the floor.
8.) 2022 6-0 Rayshun McCullar (Huntington): McCullar does a great job of letting the game come to him & knowing when to attack. He shot it really good & finished in the lane over a lot of length throughout the day.
9.) 2021 5-11 Daniel Ortiz (Calvary Baptist) *committed to the University of North Alabama* : Ortiz is a very savy guard that does a great job of getting to his spots on the floor. He creates separation better than almost anyone, which allows him to knockdown his lethal jump shot. He’s also a tough nose defender.
10A.) 2021 5-10 Gage Larvadain (Riverside) : Larvadain can get a bucket from anywhere in the gym. Plays with really good pace & he plays tough on both ends of the floor.
10B.) 2022 6-3 Lance Waddles (Evangel) : Waddles was the best pure shooter there & he knocked down consecutive three point bombs on a number of occasions. Did a good job of getting in the lane & scoring as well.
To see the highlights from the "Statement Session" just click the link below!
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