Travel Team Preview: Q6 All-Stars Elite
We caught up with Willie Anderson, Head Coach and Program Director for Q6 All-Stars Elite to talk about his expectations for the team this upcoming travel season as well as to get an insight about the players on his roster.
“The program is all about getting the guys to buy in and play high quality basketball”, stated Anderson. “We want them to play as a unit and to use their basketball IQ to their fullest potential. I think the guys on the roster are capable of doing that very successfully and should get a variety of opportunities to play at the next level.”
Anderson expects to have a solid rotation of interior players. Wyatt Hollmann, a 6’8 senior from Deland will lead a group that includes 6’8 junior Johnny Brown from Daytona Beach Mainland and 6’8 junior Jonathan Lawrence from Winter Park Lake Howell.
“Hollmann is an unsigned senior that is looking to raise his recruiting profile”, stated Anderson. “He is a good rebounder and passer, is effective in the pick-and-roll game, and brings a certain cerebral quality to the floor. Brown is an effective pick-and-pop four man. He shoots the ball well from the perimeter and can get to the basket and finish at the rim in a few dribbles. Lawrence is the son of former UF player Pat Lawrence. He’s a high academic kid that shoots the ball very well.”
Anderson will have a lot of options out on the perimeter, starting with 6’1 junior Dominic Pugh from Ocala Trinity Catholic. He’ll be joined by 6’0 junior Jalen Brinson of Orlando Olympia, 6’0 junior Desean Woods of Deland, 6’3 junior Taylor Trudeau of Mount Dora Christian Academy, 6’4 junior Devante Gilbert of Orlando Timber Creek, and 6’4 junior Kevin Beans of Port Orange Atlantic.
“Pugh is a ‘Dallas Moore’-type of player”, according to Anderson. “He’s a lefty that is a skilled, all-around player that can really score from all three levels. Brinson played in the program last year. He’s a good leader, that defends and runs a team well. Woods is the son of Sean Woods that played at Kentucky and is currently an assistant basketball coach at Stetson University. We think he will be a pleasant surprise to college coaches this coming April. Trudeau is one of the top shooters in the state. He opens up the floor for other players but he has the ability to take the ball strong and finish in the lane. Gilbert is athletic, a tough defender, and an improved perimeter shooter. Beans brings toughness and athleticism to the floor. He’s a slasher that likes to mix things up inside.”
In April, the team will play in the Under the Radar Hoops (Sweet 16 Sessions 1-2) in Atlanta
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