Legacy Elite’s 15U team gutted out a tough quarterfinal win then rolled to the championship of the Brawl for the Ball in Grand Rapids. Led by three possible top 10 2023 prospects, Legacy beat Wisconsin Playground Club 69-48 in the championship game. Their toughest contest was in the quarterfinals, when Legacy trailed until 5 minutes to play when 6-4 Williamston sophomore J Wallace hit a go-ahead 3, and they held on 54-52.
Mason Docks 5-11 So Legacy 15U (Williamston): This AAU group rarely loses, and it’s rare to have a 15U point guard who controls tempo, defends hard and limits turnovers, game in game out, which Legacy does in Docks. Knows how to push the issue early defensively and see what he can get away with, then adjust from there. A plus defender whether just picking up his man fullcourt, or trapping and tipping for pick six turnovers. At his best offensively when not sitting on the dribble, getting in the lane and operating off the jump stop to tee up shooters. Can spot up and shoot the 3 himself. D1 now, high major if he’s finishing above the rim as an upperclassman.
Kyle Millender 6-2 So Legacy 15U (Detroit Edison): Big guard who can cause havoc defensively and spell Docks for a couple trips with his ball-handling. Plays big on the glass.
Kyler Vanderjagt 6-4 So Legacy 15U (Grand Rapids Northview): He dislocated a finger on his shooting hand in the semifinals, but played in the final … making the game’s opening layup, then his first three-point attempt. Strong kid who can play all five positions at the 15U level — banging defensively, setting screens and rebounding like a post, passing and shooting like a guard. Always looks long with the pass. Steady and mature for his age, gets his points within the flow. Can spot up for 3s or mix it up with Mason Docks and drive and pitch it himself. Quick hands and recovers quickly on D.
J Wallace 6-4 So Legacy 15U (Williamston): Glue guy with D1 talent a happy mix, his plus-minus had to be through the roof. Terrific size for an underclassman guard. Unflappable and will mix it up. Shoots it confidently, and with good reason. Knack for getting around and to the ball, apparent on the glass and in a run-and-jump defense. Not yet an explosive finisher.
Alex Waters 6-0 So Legacy 15U (Lansing Catholic): Like the rest of Legacy’s lineup, Waters is playing 15U but with a varsity season and a lot of 16U ball in the spring under his belt. Makes sound decisions, is athletic and competes on D, and has great elevation on his shot.