Behind the Scenes: Best Players in the 2018 Advocare Invitational
2018 Advocare Invitational
We are days away from one of the best early season college basketball tournaments, the 2018 Advocare Invitational. This year, MFST will be live from the tournament as Dan Schalk and Brandon Reid are heading south for Thanksgiving to take in this loaded field.
Below are the best players on each team in the field.
Takal Molson (So.)– The talented sophomore entered the 2018 NBA Draft after his freshman season, a rare feat from a player from the MAAC. He returned to Canisius and is ready to take college basketball by storm this season. In Canisius’ two games he is averaging 24.5 points, 5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game
Isaiah Reese (Jr.)– Just like his teammate, Reese entered the 2018 NBA Draft only to withdraw weeks later and return to Canisius. Reese is a do-it-all guard–he can score and pass, but the best parts of his game are rebounding and steals. He was the first player in Canisius school history to record a triple-double and can fill up the stat sheet on any given night.
Jarrell Brantley (Sr.)– The four-year starter has been a mainstay for the Cougars frontcourt, not only leading them in scoring but rebounding over his tenure. In three games this season, he’s averaging a double-double 16.7 points and 10.7 rebounds
Terance Mann (Sr.)– He’s been an impact player for the Seminoles since his freshman season but so far this season, he’s taken an even larger step forward. The senior has increased his PPG (15), RPG (6) and his three-point shooting (66%) so far this season and is becoming a major part of the FSU offense.
Trent Forrest (Jr.)– I just mentioned the step Mann has taken for this FSU team, but it’s doesn’t compare to Trent Forrest, who has taken an even larger step forward this year…He’s increased his numbers literally in every single category, from points to shooting percentage, to assists….literally everything.
Naz Reid (Fr.)– Naz Reid is a MAN in a college uniform. The future one-and-done star will likely only be on the LSU campus for one season, but he can make an impact. At 6’10 240lbs Reid is usually the biggest presence on the court most nights and he knows how to play with his size. Reid only manages 20 minutes per game, but he averages 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1 block per game. If head coach Will Wade gave him more minutes he would be even more deadly.
Tyler Harris (Fr.)– Freshman guard Tyler Harris is a legit scorer and will be one of the more exciting players to watch in the entire tournament. He can fill it up from anywhere, and just may throw up a few shots from Tampa. He is averaging 14 points a night, but if he improves on his shooting percentage that 14 can jump to 20 real quick.
Jeremiah Martin (Sr.)/Kyvon Davenport (Sr.)– Jeremiah Martin is the Tigers senior leader and can also get into a rhythm and score 30 on any given night. The Tigers will also lean on their leading scorer and rebounder so far this early season and that is Senior Kyvon Davenport. Davenport is one of the Tigers few big men and is averaging 20 points and 7 boards so far this year.
Cameron McGriff (Jr.)– McGriff can grab a double-double any time he steps onto the court. The 6’7 junior had nearly doubled his point production from a season ago and is close to averaging a double-double (17 points, 7 rebounds) through this early season.
Zack Bryant (So.)– UAB’s sophomore guard is not afraid to chuck it, but he is doing so at a more efficient clip this season. He has increased his shooting percentages in every category and is turning the ball over less. His new style of play is one reason why the Blazers are entering the AdvoCare Invitational undefeated (3-0).
Jalen Perry (Sr.)– Everything I said about Bryant goes for Perry as well. He is playing much more efficient, but provides the Blazers with a ‘stat’ you don’t see on stat-sheet. Senior leadership. Perry is the leader of this squad and you can see it in his play.
Phil Booth (Sr.)– The fifth-year senior is tasked with carrying the team at least early in the season while the younger guys get their feet wet. Booth has accepted the challenge and is posting career-highs in (PPG, APG, FGA). If Villanova is going to stop their early season slide, Booth will need to lead his teammates.
Eric Paschall (Sr.)– The former Fordham transfer is putting up numbers he did when he was a freshman with the Rams. Paschall can get hot at anytime and with his 11-12 shots per game, he has the opportunity to go off during this Invitational.