Five-star forward MJ Rice shines on day two
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – 247Sports received a full day of coverage at Adidas 3SSB Live on Friday after experiencing travel issues on day one. With so many stars on that day, no prospect established his dominance more than MJ Rice. The five-star striker gives my advice from the second day of the event:
MJ RICE CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
When I watched MJ Rice throughout high school season, he always played as one of the best players on the pitch. Remember, he played a national schedule with Oak Hill (Va.) Academy which scheduled the best competition a top prospect could ask for. Nothing changed on Friday as he destroyed massively in his clash with the Atlanta Celtics.
At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Rice is physically built like a Mack truck, but combines his powerful frame with a great deal of athleticism and skill. His broad shoulders and strong upper body allow him to intimidate opposing defenders off the rebound.
Defenders picked up their poison with him yesterday afternoon as they couldn’t contain him during his attack as he also made them pay with the long range jumper. He cleaned the panel at both ends and left an imprint on each area of the game in front Bill yourself and Mike Boynton.
THESE FAN BASES SHOULD BE EXCITED
State of Iowa: In a D1 Minnesota team filled with Top 150 talent, three-star goalie Tamin lipsey definitely acted like the straw that stirs the drink. He is a real leader with a solid frame and a cunning game. His understanding of how to play was evident in the way he created for himself and others without forcing the issue. Its strength, its radiance and its sensations will all be translatable assets in the Big 12.
UCLA: A vocal leader who locks up opposing guards and competes to win, Dylan andrews is the ideal Mick cronin-type playmaker. Today his rider was working in his favor and was in fully controlled attack mode while his future coaches were present. If he can still shoot at the pace he did today, Andrews could assert himself comfortably and end up as the best playmaker of 2022 on the West Coast.
Virginia: Isaac mckneely will check a lot of boxes for Tony Bennett down the road. Making elevated jumpshots is the norm, however, his ability to play with the ball and impact play on the defensive end with his activity is the reason the staff believe he can win the ACC with McKneely at its ratings. His tenacity, skill and competitive advantage will keep him on the court early and often in Charlottesville.
RYLAN GRIFFEN IS BACK ON TRACK
After a very slow start to spring, Rylan griffen once again taps into the perspective that was once popular with the industry this summer.
Today he was locked up, making some exciting games at the edge and not settling for shoddy shots. The glaring strength the coaches saw in his game was his immense advantage. A lightly framed wing that shows flashes of skill on the perimeter, Griffen will be all the more productive if he continues to represent his sweater and adds weight.
With his athletic gifts and ability to achieve his goals, he positions himself as a potential reliable scorer at the next level. Consistency within his skill level will be the key to his progression as a prospect.
Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, BYU, From Paul, State of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texan technology, and Vanderbilt were all present for his impressive performance.
BEN SOUTHERLAND ENJOY THE MOMENT
After receiving an offer from Kentucky, all eyes were on Roseau Sheppard in the Midwest Basketball Club’s late-night game against Team Loaded (Virginia). While the lifter of 2023 didn’t have its best performance, a few of his teammates had a solid performance and helped each other tremendously in the barn-burning game.
None did more than step forward senior Ben southerland of Cincinnati (Ohio). A tall 6-foot-7 winger who bases his game behind the arc, Southerland is a reliable ground spacer with clean clearance who is able to get hot with his jumper after watching an attempt go through the net.
He was dangerous behind the arc in catch and shoot situations and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time for inside hoops. The good part of his game is really in his body. The addition of weight and overall functional strength could potentially make Southerland a late-flowering prospect in the 2022 national class.
That being said, he’s no stranger to receiving the attention of Division I. Charleston College, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Stetson, Toledo, and Winthrop offered while local programs Cincinnati, Dayton, and Xavier are actively interested in his game.