School is back in session so it’s time to hand out some grades with just one game remaining on the Bahamas tour. Here’s how I rate the starting 5 with the next group to come later this week:
Andrew Harrison: B+
Andrew has brought back the consistency he found at the end of last season and has done a great job of running the offense in the Bluhamas. He’s dished out at least 26 assists over the first 6 games with some dazzling passes we rarely saw last season. He’s broken ankles with impressive moves getting to the basket. He had the play of the tour today with his behind the back dish to Dakari Johnson for the jam. The only knock against his play would be the amount of missed jumpers but it’s August and he’s got a lot of time to knock it down.
Aaron Harrison: A
Aaron Harrison has scored 17, 5, 9, 12, and 13 to show he hasn’t missed a beat from the end of last season. If Aaron is open you know his shot is going in and could challenge Doron’s percentage record this season. The Harrison twins have become all business for their second year and look to be ready to take this team to the next level. It’s the Harrison’s team and they look to be the only guys with playing time already locked up.
Devin Booker: C+
Booker had a nice game today but he’s struggled to find his shot in the four games prior. Still his game has demonstrated a lot of positives and he should grow into a great weapon by next season. He has played great defense that forced turnovers, made some shots that few others could pull off, and made some nice passes to his teammates that showcase why he was an all-american. Booker may be a little behind the other guys but you can see he has all the tools that will allow him to be a major player in the blue and white.
Alex Poythress: A
Poythress’ play had earned an A+ until he threw in a bit of a clunker today. Poythress has transformed into the beast we all saw lurking below the surface while leading the Bahamas tour in scoring. Perhaps today four straight games of beast mode got the better of him but he has demonstrated he is worthy of the three spot for this upcoming year. His rebounding alone make it hard to keep him off the court but if he’s scoring and finding open teammates as well then just watch out.
Dakari Johnson: B
Dakari hasn’t played bad in any of these Bahamas games but he hasn’t shown that he’s made drastic improvements to his game either. Dakari can score on the block with ease but he has still walked a few times like we saw all during last season. His leaner frame has helped him get up and down the floor with more ease but I worry could get lost in the shuffle. With Karl Towns being a revelation on this trip and WCS ready to return Johnson could be fighting to find significant minutes this year. That’s a bit concerning considering how instrumental the big fella was to last year’s run.
What grades do you give the starting 5 with just one game remaining on the summer tour?