By Marcus Shockley
Scouting notes from this late-season matchup between Memphis, Tennessee rivals White Station High School against Hamilton High School. Hamilton boasts two high major prospects while White Station is nationally ranked, and both teams are loaded with supporting talent as well.
Dedric Lawson (F, 6’8″, 2016) Hamilton HS – an elite prospect who brings offense in multiple ways. On the move, he has a knack for putting the ball on the floor and using his length to get by the defender. In the post, he likes to back his man down and shoot a very smooth hook shot. He also has a very solid ability to find open spots in the half court to knock down the mid range jumper. Defensively, he still needs consistency – was beaten off of the dribble too many times, but an elite national prospect who can play the 3 and 4 at a high major level and possibly beyond.
Chris Chiozza (PG, 5’10”, 2014) White Station – elite quickness and throws zip passes in the halfcourt. Flashy and can be spectacular in transition. Good shooting form but relies a bit too much on getting to the rim, and will need to develop a floater/mid range for the college game. Has a tendency to be too flashy at times and can make mistakes where a simple play would suffice. Elite passer in the high octane offense. Committed to Florida.
K.J. Lawson (SF, 6’7″, 2015) Hamilton – plays facing the basket and has a nice first step, and has the handle to play the college 3. Both Lawsons are adept at scoring in a variety of ways, but K.J. is more of a wing at this time. Aggressive scorer with a high, quick shot release. Draws a lot of fouls because he’s so hard to stop. Very fluid player. Committed to Memphis.
Leron Black (PF, 6’7″, 2014) White Station – Black is an explosive forward who likes to get both hands on the ball and explode over his defender. Strong bodied player who goes hard at the rim in both the halfcourt or in transition. Excellent hands but didn’t see a pure back to the basket game in this one. Decent timing. Definitely a high major player. Hit a set three pointer that looked good in the second half but mostly stays inside the arc. Committed to Illinois.
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