Picks for the 2021 Tampa Bay Pro Combine All-Tournament Teams
June 13th, 2021
By Alan Lu
After watching all 10 games in the 2021 Tampa Bay Pro Combine, I’ve decided make my picks as to who would be on my All-Tournament TBPC teams.
This time around, I would have it as two guards, two forwards, and a flex position that can be any position, so now it would allow me to pick the ten best players from the tournament. Therefore, the ten best players would get recognized, and theoretically people are not getting left off for reasons aren’t due to performance. The flex position can include a center, but may not be tied down to it.
There were a lot of solid performances, but here are my picks for the 2021 All-Tournament TBPC teams. For those that are interested in the cumulative statistics, here is the link.
Sterling Manley, FLEX, Team 1
2021 TBPC (Team 1): 4 GP, 14.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.0 BPG, 62 FG%, helped lead team to a 4-0 record
Sterling Manley did a good job of scoring, rebounding, and defending in the paint. He was very effective as a scorer in the post, and he also would finish plays above the rim. He was very efficient in making plays on the team with the best record in the entire tournament.
Justin Gorham, F, Team 5
2021 TBPC (Team 5): 4 GP, 16.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 4.3 APG, 49 FG%, 46 3PT%, 89 TS%, finished with a +6
Justin Gorham shot the ball very well, especially in the final day of the tournament games. He showed off impressive shooting and scoring skills, and he also made solid passes and rebounded well. He showed a tremendous shooting touch, and he just had a knack for making sound plays on both ends of the floor.
Terry Taylor, F, Team 1 (my pick to be the 2021 TBPC MVP):
2021 TBPC (Team 1): 4 GP, 18.3 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 1.3 APG, 51 FG%, 80 FT%, helped lead team to a 4-0 record, finished with a +28
Terry Taylor shined throughout all of the tournament, as he excelled at attacking the basket to score, and he also rebounded and defended well. He showed some outside shooting skills in the first set of games, and he also consistently played well in overtime in the championship game to help his team get the victory. He was a consistently strong performer in every game that he played in this tournament.
Mitch Ballock, G, Team 4
2021 TBPC (Team 4): 2 GP, 19.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.0 SPG, 58 FG%, 58 3PT%, finished with a +21
Mitch Ballock shot the ball really well, and he did a terrific job of shooting and scoring the basketball. He was excellent at knocking down three-pointers in both games, and he also was able to get his team the victory with a game-winning three that he made his team’s second game.
D’Mitrik Trice, G, Team 5
2021 TBPC (Team 5): 4 GP, 17.8 PPG, 6.8 APG, 2.8 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 52 FG%, 55 3PT%, finished with a +5
D’Mitrik Trice was consistently a solid performer, as he excelled as a shooter, scorer, and facilitator, and he showed a knack for making sound decisions on both ends of the floor.
Micah Potter, FLEX, Team 2
2021 TBPC (Team 2): 4 GP, 17.8 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 52 FG%, 36 3PT%
Micah Potter did a great job of shooting and scoring the basketball. He was very good at scoring in the post, and he also showed a good shooting touch to knock down three-pointers. He also rebounded well. His teams struggled more defensively, but his standout play on offense and on the glass helps him grab one of the first spots in the second team.
Joel Ntambwe, F, Team 4
2021 TBPC (Team 4): 4 GP, 20.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 49 FG%, 42 3PT%, 75 FT%, finished with a +2
Joel Ntambwe excelled as a shooter and scorer. He made threes, he did a good job of scoring off the dribble, and he also threw down some strong dunks on drives to the basket. He also consistently played well to help his team get to the championship game of this tournament.
Troy Baxter, F, Team 3
2021 TBPC (Team 3): 4 GP, 16.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.8 BPG, 1.0 SPG, 52 FG%, 88 FT%
Troy Baxter is a very athletic, combo forward that had a solid tournament overall. He made a number of eye-popping, very athletic plays on both ends of the floor, and he looked to be one of the two best athletes at this event along with Jimma Gatwech. He was able to throw down numerous crowd-pleasing dunks, he showed off versatile scoring skills, and he also excelled as a shot blocker and defender on the court. There were times where he dominated and looked to be the best player on the floor, and his size, vast athleticism, and two-way potential could make him an underrated prospect for the NBA.
Quade Green, G, Team 4
2021 TBPC (Team 4): 4 GP, 15.5 PPG, 5.8 APG, 5.3 RPG, 1.3 SPG, finished with a +8
Quade Green did a good job of knocking down shots, and he also showed a knack for making solid passes and for rebounding well in this tournament. He didn’t quite shoot the three-ball as well as hoped, but he did virtually everything else well.
Jordan Goodwin, G, Team 3
2021 TBPC (Team 3): 4 GP, 17.5 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 4.5 APG, 2.3 SPG, finished with a +2
Jordan Goodwin excelled at attacking the basket to score the basketball, and he also showed off solid playmaking, rebounding, and defensive skills. Though he’s not known for his jump shot, he’s shown an improved jump shot lately. He’s making a case that he could be an effective facilitator at the point, and he may have what it takes to make his way to the NBA someday.
Below would be my picks to be on the honorable mention list, as players who barely missed the cut to be on the first two teams, but would be the next five best players in this tournament.
My Picks for the 2021 TBPC Honorable Mention Team:
In terms of who made the actual All-Combine team, here is the link. The players who actually made the 2021 All-Combine team were D’Mitrik Trice, D.J. Funderburk, Hasahn French, Joel Ntambwe, Jordan Goodwin, Justin Gorham, Micah Potter, Obadiah Noel, Quade Green, Ryan Daly, Terry Taylor, and Troy Baxter Jr.
Also, the 2021 Tampa Bay Pro Combine measurements and athletic-testing results came out recently. Here is the link. Also, here are some of the notable measurements and athletic-testing results.
Sterling Manley tested to be the tallest player, as he is 7’0.5” with shoes, and he also has both a 7’4” wingspan, and a 9’4.5” reach with shoes. Asbjorn Midtgaard tested to be the heaviest at 284 pounds, as he is also 7’0” tall with shoes. USC’s Tahj Eaddy weighed the lightest at 159 pounds among those who played in a basketball game in this tournament. Jimma Gatwech tested to have the best vertical and approach at 35.5 inches and 44 inches respectively. Manny Camper and D’Mitrik Trice tested to have the fastest ¾ court sprint times at 2.97 seconds. Technically, Akron’s Loren Jackson weighed the lightest at a very light 134 pounds, and was the shortest as he measured to be 5’7.5″ in shoes, but according to the cumulative statistics sheet, he did not play in a basketball game at this tournament.
In conclusion, it was a fairly interesting event, as it was an opportunity to watch many different prospects in a tournament setting, and some of the prospects were really able to rise to the occasion to shine at this event. Also, there will be more NBA playoff games to watch. Thanks for reading.