This is the first installment of Whistle 2 Whistle’s Above The Rim series. It will feature players that went above and beyond expectations in the events that we attend.
This time Above The Rim features players from The Grind Session’s Amusement Park Classic. Here’s a rundown on guys that we feel played “Above the rim.”
Lynn Kidd – The Rock (FL) – Class of 2021 – Power Forward
This was our first look at freshman forward Lynn Kidd for The Rock (FL). He turned in a huge performance in game one of the Amusement Park Classic in a game they lost at the buzzer. Throughout the game, Kidd controlled the glass and scored a lot of points off offensive rebounds. He showed offensive skills in the post, hitting short range turnaround jumpers, and possessed solid footwork, which created open shots for him on the block.
He struggled against five-star sophomore center N’Faly Dante from Sunrise Christian (KS) but was guarding a player much bigger than him in Dante. Kidd is definitely a forward right now, but is forced to play the five due to the lack of size on his team.
Raymond Dieng – Inspire Prep (FL) – Class of 2018 – Power Forward
Another guy forced to play the five for his team, Dieng is really a power forward with an extremely high motor. In three games that we saw him play over the week, Dieng was the most dominant rebounder on the floor in every matchup. He recorded a double-double in each of his games, and saw most of his scoring coming from put-back lay ups and drives to the basket where he utilizes a very smooth euro step in transition. At 6’7″ he’s undersized for a high-major four, but his strong frame combined with his high energy makes him the perfect build for a mid-major forward.
Jeron Artest – Hillcrest Prep (AZ) – Class of 2020 – Combo Guard
Jeron, the son of former NBA star Metta World Peace, was one of the most confident shooters over the three-day event. He can pull up up from anywhere and loves to get shots up in transition. Artest hit five threes in their game against West Oaks (FL), but went down with an ankle injury early in their last game, sidelining him for the rest of their time there.
PJ Person – West Oaks (FL) – Class of 2018 – Point Guard
Person is a stat-sheet stuffing point guard. He finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists in a win over Aspire Academy (KY), and was his team’s catalyst the entire game. Person pushes the pace in transition where he can score driving to the basket or dish it off to a teammate for an assist. He proved the ability to hit three-point shots, but he’s a pass first guy who would rather make the extra pass to find an open teammate. Standing 6’0″ he’s small for a high-major point guard, but he plays much bigger than that. Pearson could excel in the right system at the mid-major level.
Tyrell Jones – West Oaks (FL) – Class of 2019 – Combo Guard
Jones, another member of the West Oaks (FL) team was their best scoring option all week. He dropped 21 points in a loss against Hillcrest Prep (AZ) in their opening game, and also scored 19 points against Aspire Academy (KY) in their third and final game of the Amusement Park Classic. He’s an elite shooter and backed that up with five three-pointers against both Hillcrest Prep and Aspire Academy. Jones is also a capable ball handler and can attack the basket off the bounce. His finishing ability needs improvement, but all-in-all he’s a guy you can depend on to get points from.
Jeenathan Williams – Prolific Prep (CA) – Class of 2018 – Small Forward
With five-star forward Jordan Brown sitting out in game two, Prolific Prep (CA) turned to senior small forward Jeenathan Williams for offensive production. Williams stepped up big for his team and led all scorers with 22 points. After seeing him play at the Marshall County Hoopfest and now the Amusement Park Classic, it’s evident that he’s a guy that can score in volume. His game is raw and shooting ability can improve, but Williams finds a way to get points whether it’s off transition lay ups and dunks or driving to the basket and drawing fouls.
Marsei Caston – Potter’s House Christian (FL) – Class of 2019 – Point Guard
Caston is an electrifying player from the point guard spot. His team depends on him for much of their scoring load, but still showed great passing ability in his two games at the Amusement Park Classic. He dropped 30 points against Aspire Academy (KY), hitting six three-pointers, and was great at hitting shots off the dribble. Caston excels at creating space for perimeter shots and is extremely crafty when it comes to getting shots off around the basket. He’s quick, athletic, and stronger than what he appears, which makes him a mismatch in transition. At times, he forced passes as he tried to get teammates involved, but Caston is easily a top 150 player in his class.