I stopped by one of our early season event favorites for a second day of action. The Alton Redbird Tip-Off primarily consists of Illinois and Missouri teams from the St. Louis Metro area. The event format features pool to bracket style play. This year, the participating teams are Pool A (Carbondale, Alton, Carnahan) and Pool B (St. Mary's, Ritenour, O'Fallon). Here is a list of the most intriguing prospects I observed. 

2020 6-4 Moory Woods, Alton – The senior guard stuffed the stat sheet with a near triple double performance of 21 pts, 14 AST, and 8 RBS. Woods started off the night with two highlight dunks and then commenced to setting up teammates with pin point passing. Woods is a powerfully built guard that can play multiple positions. On a team that lacks size, he was occasionally used to flash into the high post, against the zone, where he effective attacking from the high post area. For most of the evening, he was serving up teammates in transition. He maintained a nice balance between his own scoring and keeping teammates involved. 

2020 6-1 Ky'Lun Rivers, Alton – Rivers finished the game with 18 PTS on 7 of 8 shooting from the field. Rivers was active on offense and did a terrific job of movement without the ball. A number of field goals were scored on layups, drives and dunks. He was rewarded frequently for capitalizing on turnovers by the Cougars by sprinting in transition. 

2022 6-2 Camren Edwards, Alton – The sophomore guard scored 14 PTS off the bench. The lefty has a nice looking jump shot and is accurate out to the three point line. Edwards is also a talented slasher who scored on several drives where he was able to use his awareness and skill avoid a charge and score the basket. 

2020 6-3 Chris Rogers, Carnahan – Rogers is a versatile wing that was the one bright spot in an otherwise tough night for the Cougars. Rogers finished the game with 18 PTS, 15 RBS. The solid built forward powered his way to layups, nailed mid-range jumpers, and easily finished through contact. Throughout the game, Rogers seemed to be unfazed by the trapping, run and jump style defense of the Redbirds. 

2022 6-0 Caleb Burton, O’Fallon – The O’Fallon point guard did a great job of dictating the tempo for the Panthers. Burton excelled at finding open teammates and delivering passes on time and on target. The sophomore guard has a smoot game and is strong with the ball. Burton did a great job of executing in half court sets and spotting opportunities in transition. He also showed that he is capable of getting a bucket when needed. 

2021 6-7 Shaun Riley II, O’Fallon – The athletic forward with a high motor. Riley gets up and down the floor well in transition which resulted in easy transition baskets and good rim protection for the Panthers. Riley’s was able to score off the dribble and is quick off the floor which gave opposing forwards fits trying to keep him off the boards and out of the lane. 

2022 6-3 Dawson Algee, O’Fallon – There’s not many players that will be able to match the combination of strength, physicality, speed of the sophomore forward. Algee is an undersized post player but more than makes up for the lack of height with his strength and skill. Algee was effective out to 15 feet and is simply unfazed by contact on drives and putbacks. 

2020 6-4 Safora Rasas, St. Mary’s - The senior wing was likely the most energetic player on the floor. He was up and down the floor at a dizzying pace in transition looking to finish over the top or using his quickness and athleticism to get by defenders for the layup. He has a nice spin move he used to finish near the basket but also has the ability to simply elevate over a defender and use a finger roll action to finish at the rim.