By Christian Mordi (@Mordi_TheComeUp)
Player: Justyn Mutts
Team: St. Augustine
Stats: 14 points, 4 rebounds per game.
What to expect: While St. Augustine lost All-State guard Sa’eed “Silky Sa” Nelson to graduation, the Hermits still have plenty of reason to be excited this year. One of the shining spots on their roster is dynamic forward Justyn Mutts.
Mutts burst on the scene in the 2015-2016 season. In regards to skills, JM is one of the most talented players in South Jersey. Mutts is a do it all forward that thrives in any style of play. Mutts runs the floor like a gazelle and is an amazing finisher. In the half court, his skill set showed vast improvement last year. He is a beast down low, but is very comfortable playing away from the rim. His ability to remain a threat 20 feet away from the rim with his shot or off the dribble make him a matchup nightmare.
2017 will be a huge year for the High Point commit. Mutts will surely see a rise in his usage rate and has the skills to take on a bigger workload. If the new members of his supporting cast hold their own and keep teams honest, we could be looking at a first-team all-state year from Mutts.
Stat to know: Justyn Mutts committed to High Point University at the end of this summer.