By Marcus Shockley

Chris Funderburk (#1) and the Charlotte Tigers battle SC Fusion
Chris Funderburk (#1) and the Charlotte Tigers battle SC Fusion

The 2011 Summer Showdown was held on June 18 at A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis, NC, and featured several AAU teams from North or South Carolina. Here’s some notes about players from the event. There was one player whose information I wasn’t able to get, and any players whose information (such as graduation year) that I have wrong, let me know.

Top Prospects of the Day

Elijah Moton (PG/SG, 6’3″) Big combo guard who can play more than one position, strong and with a solid outside shot. Has good patience on offense, has a good first step even against much smaller guards. High release on three point shot and accurate. Has heavy interest from several colleges, including UNC Greensboro. Has also talked to Winston-Salem State and Livingstone.

Christopher Turner (G, 6’2″, 2014) Versatile playmaker and competitor, can handle the ball and passes extremely well from different positions. Long, with a good outside shot and ability to put the ball on the floor and slash to the hoop. Talks on the floor, understands the defense. A leader on the floor. Quick hands. Great passing vision, although not a true point. Definitely a player to keep an eye on.

Chris Funderburk (SG/SF, 6’3″, 2012) Solid transition player, can finish with contact or in traffic, a slasher who can score even when being fouled. Strong guard who understands the game and has upside.

Ke’Shun Sherrill (PG, 5’10″, 2012) – Blazing quick point guard who can get an open mid range shot almost at will. Can run the point as a true point, but also plays off the ball well as the off guard. Handles the ball with either hand and plays completely under control. Definitely has the skills to play the point at the college level.

Nate Jones (SG, 2012, 5’10″) – Explosive athlete, deadly outside shooter. Undersized but incredibly athletic, plays excellent defense and is a sharpshooter from outside the arc. Looks like a pure off guard, but plays the position extremely well. Cannot be left open.

Deandre Hall (PG/SG, 6’0″) – Long point guard, solid ballhandler and defender. Has good size/length at the point position. Can really impact the game on both ends of the floor. Attacks at the half court on defense. Can score in transition very effectively, finishes in traffic on the run. Plays with confidence, should have a breakout year.

Peter Goodman (SG/SF, 6’2″, 2014) – Explosive player who is extremely effective in transition. Put the ball on the floor in the half court, slashed to the rim for a dunk over his defender. Plays above the rim.

Johnathon Gaddy (PG, 5’9″, 2011) – Fast point guard who plays eyes-up at all times and understands how to distribute the ball.

Elijah Moten Works Against The Charlotte Tigers with the score tied
Elijah Moten Works Against The Charlotte Tigers with the score tied

Players To Watch

Justice Cuthbertson (PG/SG, 6’1″, 2013) – Shoots well from deep and has good strength. Learning to play off of the ball and is effective with the ball in his hands. Solid free throw shooter.

Brandon Pressley (SF/PF , 6’5″, 2012) – Great attitude, high basketball IQ, runs the floor well. Had to play the post but is definitely a player who looks like he could move to the college 3. High motor, blasts up and down the court on both defense and offense. Extremely effective at the outlet pass. Does not take plays off. Talks on the floor, understands the game. A leader on the floor.

JaQwan McCauley (SF/PF, 6’4″, 2013) – Good strength, can finish in traffic. Athletic, explodes up and down the court in transition.

Keshawn Watson (SG, 5’10″, 2013) – One of the highest basketball IQ’s I’ve seen in a while. Can handle the ball, pass, shoot lights out from outside. Was playing injured and may need to work on conditioning. Has a deceptive, flashy game, good passing vision, hard to defend. With work could develop into a really special player.

Demonte’ Martin (PF, 6’5″, 2012) Solid post player, undersized for the college level but holds his position well, has good footwork and hands. Understands how to play the post, can score off of the blocks.

Gerald Snooks (PF, 6’5″, 2013) Playing as a post player, was effective in early games but was less effective going against other bigs like Demonte’ Martin and Brandon Pressley.

Keshawn Watson looks to work the offense as Deandre Hall closes in
Keshawn Watson looks to work the offense as Deandre Hall closes in

Other Players of Note

Quandarius Crump (PF, 6’4″, 2012) – Strong, solid post player who moves well without the ball and works on defense. Has a football offer from NC State.

Jamar Howie (PG/SG, 5’11″, 2012) – Really versatile guard who can play well both with and without the ball in his hands.

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