The annual Ramey Basketball Fall League wrapped this past weekend and a host of talented prospects stood out on the final weekend.  Senior guard JJ Schwepker took home top honors with an MVP performance when it was all said and done.  Here’s a quick glance and him and others that put together strong showings on the final weekend of action…

Note – Not listed in any particular order.

2020 G Jaylen Boyd – The Ladue senior is as consistent as they come. A prototype point guard, the left-handed Boyd sets the pace with excellent decision making, whether it’s the toss ahead on the break, pushing in transition or running two man sets, pick and pop, screen and roll etc. The 6’0 Boyd is a solidly built guard who wields a consistent shot from midrange to beyond the three-point line. Jaylen’s solid handles and crisp passing were on display and his strength allowed him muscle through contact and finish at the rim. 

2021 SG Jack Pronger – The 6’6 MICDS Junior put together back to back solid shooting performances. Pronger has nice length for a wing and get buckets in a hurry. Pronger was one of the league’s top scorers at 32ppg. With his ability to snipe away from beyond the arc, he is clearly among the premiere shooters in the league. Pronger has a smooth high quick release that makes it difficult for tardy defenders to get to. Pronger also can easily get to the rim with an athletic finish or find open teammates in order to keep the defenders honest. 

2021 SF Jordan Nesbitt – The 6’6 wing from St. Louis Christian Academy has a combination of strength and speed that makes it difficult for defenders to guard when he gets a full head of steam to the basket. Nesbitt has nice bounce and relishes the opportunity to catch a defender under the rim for a highlight moment. His ability to set up his teammates was also key to the success of his team. Nesbitt has a solid skill set shooting, ball handling, passing, that when coupled with his athleticism and strength, made him an animal to defend. 

2020 SF Brandon Ellington – The 6’6 wing has nasty bounce. The slender small forward is in on a lot of big plays due to his high motor. During the two games I watched, his team continually benefited from his hustle plays which included a game tying dunk, followed immediately by a blocked shot at the buzzer to force OT. The kid has a huge personality and his passion for the game was evident. In addition to his high motor, Ellington consistently drained the 15 footer, rebounded well in traffic, completed a few put-back dunks, was first to the floor for loose balls, and ran the floor well. Look for a big year from Ellington. In my opinion, he may be just the sleeper a building program is looking for. 

2020 G JJ Schwepker – The senior sharpshooter from Fort Zumwalt South was the tournament MVP. Schwepker showed that he can get baskets in a hurry. The 6’5 guard buried eight 3-point baskets in the title match and also scored off a handful of drives and midrange pull ups. Schwepker finished with 34 pts and the league title. 
 
2020 F Gary Clark- The bouncy 6’7 Cardinal Ritter forward had several eye-popping rim rattlers. Clark can put it on the floor, wields a nice face up midrange, can execute off of the pic either into a roll or to pop out and knock down a three. Clark also has great hands and quick hops which served him well for tip-ins and put backs. Clark’s versality was on display this weekend where he tallied 39pts.