Sincere James is a freshman at Hopewell High School located in Hopewell, Virginia. He is a 6’4 wing. He is also only one of two freshmen to play varsity minutes for the blue devils this year. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Sincere for nearly four years now. Although when I first saw him play he was quite young, I immediately recognized his talent and potential.
Over the last two years, I have coached Sincere in AAU, as well as coached against him in middle school basketball. During his most recent basketball season, Sincere originally started off on junior varsity; his elite scoring proved his ability to play for varsity. Within his season on junior varsity, he strung together multiple thirty-point games, and he even conquered a season high of forty-one points before being pulled up to varsity. Although Sincere’s leaping ability is not top-notch, his versatility and ability to use his body is. He can play both guard positions or on the block due to his size and length. His role on varsity was limited due to depth, but his future appears to be bright in Hopewell's program. I look forward to watching him continue to grow as a player, as well as helping with his recruiting process.
- May 19th 2020
Jose Griffin is a 5’10 sophomore point guard at Tidewater Academy located in Wakefield, Virginia. He was a key varsity player during the Warriors’ last two seasons. As a sophomore, he earned 2nd team all-conference honors, and he lead his team in assists.
I’ve watched Jose play basketball well before I knew who he was. I coached against him several years in AAU, always viewing him as a threat on the court. More recently, I’ve watched him develop while training him; his willingness to learn has been his greatest asset. Though Jose is shorter in stature, he is very strong and his body frame is solid. This combination gives slimmer players trouble on both ends of the court. His passing ability, mixed with the skill to score at all 3 levels, provides an unpredictable challenge for defenders to face; this allows him to be effective in both scoring and assisting. If Jose continues his success over the next two years, then he has the ability to be a pure point guard at the collegiate level. Jose will be transferring in the upcoming year, and I look forward to watching his continued success at his new educational institution.
- April 16th 2020
Tyheim Love is a 6’0 sophomore point guard at Petersburg High School located in Petersburg, Virginia. He played a significant role for the Crimson Wave varsity team over the last two seasons, earning him 2nd team all-conference honors this year. To add to his resume, Tyheim scored the go ahead bucket for Petersburg in conference play to secure them a Class 3 State Tournament bid.
I’ve had the privilege of watching Tyheim’s game evolve over the last four years. I have coached him throughout middle school, and I get to watch him play a few times a year in high school. Tyheim is not a player you would look at and consider to have prototypical elite athletic ability. He doesn’t jump out of the gym, nor is he the fastest on the court, but he often has the most IQ in the game. There is an effortless look to the way he plays the game. He’s smooth with the ball, and he has an incredible floater from anywhere inside the arc. You can imagine what kind of shot he took to give Petersburg that state tournament bid. As a sophomore averaging 15 points a game is no small feat. He’s an expected scorer, and I imagine that role will grow even more as a junior. I look forward to continuing to watch him in his high school career and begin his college one.
Kylon Lewis is a 6’4 junior combo guard at Thomas Dale High School located in Chesterfield, Virginia. He was a huge helping factor in their 6A conference championship, and as they start their state run. Even with his immense success on the court, he is still one of the most underrated players in the state of Virginia.
I’ve had the privilege of watching Kylon over the last two years in both high school and AAU basketball. He is a long athletic guard who is often given the task of defending the best player on the opposing team. I’ve witnessed him guard positions one through four. He is as quick as any guard, and his 6’10 wingspan makes up for his slender frame while checking low post players. This job can often exhaust an athlete and takes a toll on their offensive game, but this is not the case for Kylon as he averaged over 16 ppg, with 5 rpg, and 3 apg this high school season. Kylon’s ability to score at all three levels is a huge draw for his recruitment factor. If he has a great summer, and plays in front of the right people, I have no doubt that Division I offers will soon follow.
-March 6th 2020