Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Brandon’s Vision is Impressive

Jules Brandon-2023-Garfield Heights
From what we saw in a recent Middle School Hoops TV Camp highlight video, Jyles Brandon (5’2/CG/2023/Garfield Heights) embraces the role playmaker.  The video clearly reflects Brandon’s ability and willingness to deliver passes on time and on target, a rare skill for young players.  It’s also rare to see a young guy master the art of the bounce pass. That’s not all, although Brandon is proficient at finding open teammates for easy buckets, Brandon has to be guarded, as he can get his own shot as well. Brandon is crafty, handles the rock with ease, shots the ball well out to the 3-point line, but can also get his shot off the bounce.  Moreover, despite his slim build, Brandon finds away to get to and finish at the cup, often despite contact.  Also, Brandon appears to have under gone a recent growth spurt and seems a little longer.

His new highlight video only confirms what we already knew about Brandon; the kid can play! Exhibit No. 1, Brandon played his way into the Sunday all-star game at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase last September when the competition level was at its best.  In addition, Brandon made the cut for the Ohio North vs South all-star game a few months ago, was selected as Fifth Team All-State last season, and is currently ranked among the top 15-20 players in the state.  We’ve also seen Brandon excel at other elite events as well, which illistrates his consistency. 

This winter, Brandon is running with Antwon Williams' Garfield Heights team in a local winter league and is one the team's 3 leading scorers along with Sam Brown (5'7/PF/Cleveland) and Adam Williams (5'3/CG/Hudson).  The trio is averaging about 13-14 points per game.  Because Williams also coaches Hardwork Basketball, Brandon's AAU team, he is very familiar with  Brandon's talent.  "Brandon's biggest improvement over the last year is his willingness to compete. Now that he has improved on his defense this last year, he [Brandon] has become more of a complete player," said Williams. "He's not only a fierce competitor, he's one of those kids who loves the game and enjoys his teammates," continued Williams.

Brandon is not just a basketball player; he’s well rounded student athlete who is serious about his academics.  In fact, because he’s a straight A student, we selected him to our First Team All Academic Team last season.  In addition, Brandon is a peer leader at his elementary school, where he is currently participating in an anti-bullying campaign.  Moreover, Brandon will be playing the role of Former President Barrack Obama in an upcoming school program. 

There's a lot of talent located in northeast Ohio in the class of 2023, and in terms of the top tier, there are guys like Jayvion Moore, Desh Molton, Cody Head, LA Hayes and Marlon Barnes.  Brandon has a chance to join that group with continued growth and development   In fact, Brandon's upside potential is worth noting. We look forward to getting another look at Brandon at our March 4th elite showcase and at our Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament March 31st-April 2nd..

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