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I was able to attend the Phenom Hoop High School Jamboree on Saturday held at Proehlific Park in Greensboro, NC. 24 high school teams from around the region attended the event which was well attended by college coaches of every division. I was able to see see just about every team during my time spent there and my reports on some of the top performers are below.
(5’10”, Calvary Baptist)
Super quick guard who can get to paint. Defends the ball baseline to baseline. Needs to improve playmaking ability but is a solid guard.
(6’8″, Greensboro Page)
One of the strongest bigs in attendance today. Great post defender who protects rim without fouling. Tough nosed and physical.
(6’10”, Rabun Gap)
Was the top player in attendance today in my opinion. Is a point forward and ran the PG position for most of the day. Is in great shape and played almost every minute in all 3 games and was the number one offensive weapon. Has a great feel for the game and is highly skilled. Reminds me of Joe Ingles who played for Team Australia this summer in the FIBA World Cup. Is vocal and a floor leader. Solid ball handler who can also knock down open 3’s. Unselfish. Is from Serbia and played for the Junior National team this past summer. Utilizes pump fakes and can score the ball when needed. Not afraid of contact. Needs to improve quickness and explosion. Already holds several D1 offers and is a HM player in my opinion.
(6’9″, Rabun Gap)
Back to the basket C who has great hands and footwork. Is great in the high post or on the block. Has a soft touch and showed off several post moves including a nice turn around. Solid defensive rebounder and made several terrific outlet passes. Reminds me of Kennedy Meeks in several ways. Very good passer. Strong and big bodied post who has lost weight since the summer. Not very athletic but moves well for his size. LM/MM schools should be recruiting him hard.
(6’3″, Calvary Baptist)
The Coastal Carolina commit looked solid on both ends all day. Lefty wing with good size and has the ability to create for himself and others. Can score in multiple ways.
The ECU commit was all over the floor today. Love his energy and his motor. Uses his athleticism to his advantage. Solid rebounder who can score above the rim.
(6’8″, Millbrook HS)
Mobile big who has tremendous strength and good size. Has solid upside. Would be a steal for some D2 teams.
(6’8″, Freedom Academy)
Stretch 4 who has a terrific stroke from 3-pt line. Skilled player who can pass, dribble, and shoot. Unselfish player who has a great feel for the game. Is from Serbia. LM schools should be all over this kid.
(6’5″, Forsyth Country Day)
Hybrid forward who looks more explosive then the last time I saw him. Can score above the rim and create own offense from perimeter or in post. Needs to improve consistency, but any D2/LM schools still needing a 4 man, they should give him a look.
(6’10”, Calvary Baptist)
Mobile big who can shoot the midrange with consistency. Shows solid effort and is mobile. Would be effective in the right system. Hasnt been the states long and I expect his recruitment to pick up soon. D2/LM prospect.
(6’9″, Word of God)
Best shot blocker I saw on the day. Uses his length, timing, and athleticism to alter and block shots. Runs the floor well. Unselfish player who has upside. Can hit the 3 and has good arc on his shot. Needs to add weight. Dickey has committed to UNCG.
(5’10”, Greensboro Day)
Smooth and unselfish. One of the best pure PGs at the event. Poised floor general who is a terrific passer. Scoring ability has improved. Has a great feel for the game and has good creativity around the rim. Will be heading to PC to play.
(6’6″, Greensboro Day)
Always will be a big fan of Agba game. Plays much bigger then 6’6″ because of a great frame and a never ending motor. Tremendous rebounder and finisher inside.
(6’4″, Virginia Episcopal)
Underrated player who does the little things to help a team win. Elite shooter who can also score at the rim. College prospect without a doubt.
(6’5″, Virginia Episcopal)
Loved this kids game. Super bouncy wing who defends and makes plays on both ends. American University got a steal with this kid.
Sacha Killeya- Jones
(6’10”, Virginia Epsicopal)
One of the top bigs at the event today. Mobile and athletic. Can block shots and finish inside. Is receiving interest from multiple HM schools.
(6’2″, Virginia Epsicopal)
Shifty, quick, and athletic PG who can score with contact and get to rim at will.
Greyson Kelley (6’0″, North Raleigh Christian)
Plays extremely hard. Gives 100% energy every play on both ends. Attacks the rim hard. D2 prospect.
(6’10”, Voyager Academy)
Good shot blocking mobile big man. Great length. Needs to improve conditioning and strength. Can stretch the floor with a solid looking stroke out to 3 and a soft touch. MM prospect.
(6’1″, High Point Christian)
Athletic guard who is smooth and attacks the rim hard. Can finish at rim in creative ways.
(6’7″, New Hanover HS)
Bouncy and long player with potential.
(6’5″, Asheville Christian Academy)
Showed good patience in the post and some solid back to basket moves. Has a soft shooting touch out to 15′. Needs to add some muscle but has potential.
(6’2″, Asheville Christian Academy)
One of the top players on his team and one of the best guards I saw today. Ball pressure doesn’t effect him. Poised and patient PG. Smooth and athletic player who can create his own shot. D1 prospect.
(6’4′, Ravenscroft HS)
Terrific playmaker with solid court vision especially in transition. Capable of getting to the paint. High energy player on the offensive ends. Capable of becoming a solid defender because of athleticism, but needs to be more consistent on this sid of the floor. Better on the ball defender at this point, lost his man more then once when his man didn’t have the ball. D1 prospect at the guard spot.
(6’5″, Greensboro Day)
Can catch and finish on the run. Runs the floor well and defends.
(6’0″, Southwest Guilford HS)
Kameron was another PG who stood out to me today as someone who was able to use his speed in the open court and also get to the rim. Excellent in a high tempo system. Can finish with contact.
Terrific athlete who had several highlight finishes today. Good shot blocker for size.
(6’4″, Ravenscroft HS)
True PG who plays with poise. High IQ player who is unselfish and willing to make extra pass. Moves feet well on defense and makes team better while on floor. Is an underrated player in my opinion and is someone D1 schools should begin to track.
(6’3″, North Raleigh Christian)
Active lefty who is a good wing defender. Solid across the board.
(6’4″, Knightdale HS)
High energy player who impacts the game on both ends. Love his motor and his potential. Mobile and athletic.
James Blackburn is the Director of Scouting for Basketball Elite and Power to Win Sports. You can keep up with James on Twitter @JamesJunior21
ESPNU: Hall of Fame Coaches Boeheim, Krzyzewski, Pitino and Williams Participate in Roundtable DiscussionAuthor: admin
College Basketball Analyst Jay Bilas Leads Conversation
ESPNU will televise The Experts: Coaching Legends on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. ET featuring Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Louisville’s Rick Pitino and North Carolina’s Roy Williams. Hosted by ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, the four Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coaches will participate in candid discussion about college basketball in a half-hour special.
Among the topics expected to be discussed:
- Their first job in college basketball
- How the sport has changed over the years and how those changes have impacted their profession and the play on the court
- Power conferences and autonomy
- Compensating players
The Experts: Coaching Legends is part of ESPNU’s extensive ACC media day coverage. Today, ESPN’s dedicated college network will televise a three-hour ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special (1 p.m.), and two editions of The Experts: ACC Coaches Roundtable (7 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.), which features conversations amongst the conference’s other 11 head coaches. ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special will also feature reports from Tim Welsh at the American media day in New York City
I had the opportunity to scout the SAG Sports Southeastern Challenge in Greensboro, NC over the weekend. The event was held at the Greensboro Sportsplex and attracted some of the top Prep Schools and Junior Colleges in the southeast. Multiple college coaches from D1, D2, and NAIA programs were there to scout the talent on hand. With over 30 teams in attendance and with 8 courts running at a time it was nearly impossible to see every team and player play. Here are some of the top players and prospects I had a chance to scout yesterday.
Brunswick Community College
Najee Pritchett (F, 6’3″, SO)
Strong and athletic player who plays with a high motor. Is a tremendous rebounder who throws on target outlet passes.
Eric Crawford (PG, 5’9″, FR)
Excellent ball handler who played the back up PG role for team. One of the quickest players baseline to baseline at the event. Solid playmaker who can score at the rim.
Kevin Rowell (F/C, 6’8″, SO)
A top 3 player in attendance in my opinion. Kid is MM+ with his combination of size, strength, and agility. Runs the floor very well and plays with a ton of energy. Brings in on both ends and defends inside and on the perimeter. Excellent back to the basket game with solid footwork. Utilizes the up and under move and pump fake well. Has a good feel for the game and is an underrated passer.
Cortel Busby (PG, 6’2″, SO)
Aggressive and strong guard who ran the team- tough. Can finish through contact. Solid help defender as well.
Taylor Buffkin (G, 6’2″, SO)
Athletic guard who is a good passer. Aggressive slasher.
Jure Span (PG, 6’4″)
One of my favorite players I saw on the day and a top 5 player over all. Span who is from Slovenia, is as crafty as they come. Makes great decisions out of the P/R and was able to use solid change of pace dribbling to get to the basket. Lefty who can knock down the open perimeter jumper as well. Ball pressure doesn’t phase him and he always has his eyes up seeing the floor. Smooth PG who was the best passer at the event. Holds a couple of LM majors, but is a LM+/MM- player.
Jan Novak (G, 6’4″)
Jan, who also is from Slovenia, played solid all day. Does the little things that help the team win. Is athletic and guards people. Attacks the rim and plays hard. Would be a solid D2 player.
Billy Biyombo (F, 6’4″)
The younger brother of Charlotte Hornets forward Bismack Biyombo, Billy was all over the boards today. Plays with good energy and is a solid athlete.
Davidson County CC
Oshon West (G/F, 6’4″, SO)
Is a junkyard dog in the paint. Very strong player who doesnt really have a natural position but is a versatile player who plays bigger than he is. Rebounds the ball and is a solid inside/outside threat. Can hit the 3 when open, but needs to improve consistency. D2 and LM players should track him this season.
Faith Assembly Christian Academy
Jordan Riley (F, 6’7″, FR)
Big bodied forward who knows how to battle inside. Good rebounder who has potential.
Raekwon Harney (PG, 5’11”, SO)
The D1 transfer did a great job of running the team and getting teammates involved. Tremendous ball handler and on-ball defender.
Keyshaun Williams (F, 6’7″, FR)
Williams is long and athletic and runs the floor well. Needs to get stronger with the ball but has good upside.
Jamarcus Hairston (F, 6’7″, FR)
Is a strong 4 man who is solid 12′ and in. Good rebounder who would be a good fit at some D2 programs.
Ricky Council II (G, 6’4″)
Arguably the most talented player in the gym, Council did it all today. He was on fire from beyond the arc and showcased deep range. Rebounded the ball and showed he was unselfish getting his teammates involved. Tremendous athlete who can finish above the rim with ease. HM player.
Isaac Thomas (F, 6’7″)
Mobile and fundamental big man who rebounds the ball on both ends and plays with 100% effort. Keeps the ball high after rebounds and showcased a nice hook shot. D2 should be all over him.
Pa Pa Ndiaye (C, 7’0″)
Long and mobile big man who is still raw but has potential. Had a big finish above the rim at the end of one game and showed glimpses of what he can become with some work.
Spartanburg Methodist College
Nate Motley (PG, 6’0″, SO)
Motely game stood out even amongst a loaded roster. He is super fast with the ball in his hands and can get to the rim at well. Has a tendency to get out of control at times. Competes and plays with a high motor. Has deep range on his shot and can score in bunches.
Jeremy Summers (F, 6’4″, SO)
Plays much bigger than 6’4″. Is long, scrappy, and athletic. Has a high motor and rebounds the ball with the best of them.
Warren Vinson (PG, 5’11”, FR)
Poised PG who can score with contact. Good shooter from 3. Showcased some nifty footwork on the break.
New Hope Christian Academy
Benjamin Pittman (PG, 5’11”, JR)
Pittman showcased his unbelievable speed and was at his best in transition. Super quick crossover dribble move. Really competes on the court.
Shooting 4 Greatness Academy
Chan William-Bey (G, 6’6″)
The super athletic wing from Hartford, CT was one of my favorite players to watch in the tournament. He is a solid defender who uses his wingspan to get deflections. Can handle the ball well and attacks the rim. Has good grades and schools at NAIA, D2, and D1 schools should monitor.
Lukas Ganas (PG, 6’1″)
Absolutely loved his will to win and his competitiveness. Was the most vocal player in the gym today and was a leader on the floor. Floor general who is tough and looks to get others involved. Attacks the rim and defends the ball as good as anyone. Depending on what year he is in school, I would label him as a LM target.
The Fayetteville Flight of the ABA have announced their 2014-15 roster. This year the Flight will be playing in the larger Crown Arena in Fayetteville, NC.
“We are so excited about the players we have signed to our team,” said Mike Dixon, Flight’s CEO. “I believe we have the makings of a championship squad. Coach Alonzo Lunsford has assembled an incredible group of young men who will impress fans on and off the court.”
The roster includes:
1. Bruce Brown – Hampton University
2. Billy McDade – Methodist University
3. Jeff Early – Southern Illinois State
4. McKinley Bethea – SW Oklahoma State
5. Frank Young – Elizabeth City State
6. Vincent Parnell – Marlboro High School/FIBA
7. Cornell Holmes – Brunswick Community College
8. Vincent Jones Jr. – South Robeson High
9. Jesse Mitchell – Fort Bragg
10. Will Mcrae – St. Pauls High School
11. David Early – Rockbridge County
12. Jason Norman – Bluefield State
13. Jade Belt – Frostburg College
14. Dane Williams – Trinity
15. Pat Lewis – Cape Fear CC
16. Brandon Andrews – Elizabeth City
17. Keith Isbell – Lakeview High School
18. Tremaine Roberts – Elizabeth City
For more information, visit www.fayettevilleflight.org.
Chinese sportswear company Anta has reached an agreement with the NBA to become an official marketing and merchandising partner of its NBA China division.
Under the wide-ranging deal, Anta will launch a line of co-branded NBA league and team footwear and accessories across its network of more than 2,000 Chinese stores and online retailers Tmall and JingDong.
Additionally, Anta will collaborate with NBA China at a number of official events designed to boost the profile of basketball in the country including NBA Nation, NBA All-Star Balloting, and the title-sponsored Anta Power Is Priceless Intramural League.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said: “The NBA and Anta share a common goal to grow the game of basketball and inspire a healthy, active lifestyle. This partnership will provide our fans in China with NBA branded footwear and accessories and more ways to connect with their favourite teams.”
More than 300 million people are said to play basketball in China, making it the most popular team sport in the country.
Anta Sports chairman and chief executive Ding Shizhong added: “This partnership will give us a chance to elevate our brand awareness and increase consumer confidence in the competitive athletic footwear market. We will also be able to fully utilise our extensive experience to accelerate the growth of basketball throughout China.”
Terms of the deal between Anta and the NBA were not disclosed.
Five Specials; Live from American, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC Media Days; Three-Hour ACC and American Program
ESPNU will cover six college basketball conferences’ media days, over the course of two weeks and five specials, in advance of the upcoming 2014-15 season. ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special programs will begin with four one-hour episodes (3 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET) around the Big 12 (October 15), Big Ten (October 16), SEC (October 22) and Pac-12 (October 23). ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special will expand to three hours (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) when it hosts the ACC coaches and players at the ESPNU studios in Charlotte, N.C. and covers the American media day (October 29).
ESPN college basketball analysts will be on-location as the conferences hold their annual tip-off events, providing interviews and insight for each ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special. Fran Fraschilla and Miles Simon will travel to Kansas City (Big 12), Seth Greenberg and Jeff Goodman will be in Chicago (Big Ten), Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams will report from San Francisco (Pac-12), and Tim Welsh will head to New York City (American). Coverage from Charlotte (SEC) will include hosting men’s coaches and student-athletes from all 14 schools in-studio, with select content during ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special and more expansive programming on SEC Network.
Andy Katz (Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12) and Brendan Fitzgerald (Big 12) will anchor the studio coverage.
The three-hour ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special will include analysts Shane Battier, Jay Bilas, Greenberg and Jay Williams in-studio with Welsh reporting from the American media day. Matt Schick, Cory Alexander and Dino Gaudio will also be in-studio. Highlights include:
- Deep Discussion: Bilas will hold a roundtable with ACC head coaches
- Insight: Interviews with various head coaches
- On the Court: ACC student-athletes will join former players turned ESPN analysts Battier and Williams on the court
- Coaches Clicker: ACC head coaches will watch and break down game film with Greenberg and Gaudio providing an insight into the X’s and O’s of the game
- Live from New York City: Welsh provides reports and interviews from the American Conference media day
ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special Plans:
|Date||Time (ET)||Conference Special||Conference and Commentators|
|Wed, Oct 15||3 p.m.||ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special (Big 12)||Studio: Brendan Fitzgerald & Dino Gaudio
From Kansas City: Fran Fraschilla & Miles Simon
|Thu, Oct 16||3 p.m.||ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special (Big Ten)||Studio: Andy Katz & Dino Gaudio
From Chicago: Seth Greenberg & Jeff Goodman
|Wed, Oct 22||3 p.m.||ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special (SEC)||Studio: Andy Katz & Dino Gaudio
From Charlotte: Jay Bilas, Sean Farnham, Darrin Horn & Kara Lawson
|Thu, Oct 23||3 p.m.||ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special (Pac-12)||Studio: Andy Katz & Dino Gaudio
From San Francisco: Roxy Bernstein & Corey Williams
|Wed, Oct 29||1 p.m.||ESPNU College Basketball Media Day Special (ACC & American)||Studio: Matt Schick, Dino Gaudio & Cory Alexander, along with Jay Bilas, Shane Battier, Seth Greenberg & Jay Williams
From New York City: Tim Welsh
SEC Network, the 24/7 network devoted to the Southeastern Conference and operated by ESPN, will tipoff the men’s and women’s basketball season with coaches and players live from the network’s studios in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, and Wednesday, Oct. 22.
The network’s previews begin with every women’s head basketball coach and select student-athletes from all 14 SEC teams appearing in-studio on October 21 and coverage airing during SEC Now, 7-9 p.m. ET. The following day, every men’s head basketball coach and select student-athletes from each team will visit the studios. Coverage of the men’s visit will air on October 22 during SEC Now, 9-11 p.m. ESPNU will also cover the men’s coaches visit to the Charlotte studios during their ESPNU Media Days Special from 3-4 p.m.
This will mark the first time SEC basketball coaches have visited the SEC Network studios. Footage and interviews from two days will be used throughout the basketball season in addition to the previews and interviews airing in SEC Now. Highlights include:
· Coaches Roundtable: SEC coaches discuss the state of college basketball and the season ahead with analyst Jay Bilas (men’s roundtable) and Maria Taylor (women’s roundtable)
· Previews: coaches and select-student athletes sit down to discuss their upcoming season
· On the Court: SEC student-athletes join ESPN and SEC Network analysts on the basketball court to demonstrate technique
· Coaches Clicker: SEC head coaches break down game film, providing insight into the X’s and O’s of the game.
SEC Network will carry more than 70 women’s basketball games and 118 men’s games this season. The network will also nationally televise the First Rounds, Second Rounds and Quarterfinals of the SEC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which will launch August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will carry SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, Mediacom, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Wilkes Telephone, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC and will carry the television network nationwide at launch. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.
Basketball Elite was able get out to the Phenom Hoops event in Greensboro to scout the Phenom 150 Showcase. Rick Lewis and Jamie Shaw did a great job once again of bringing in some of the areas top talent to play in front of scouts and numerous college coaches. Here are the players who stood out to me divided up by class.
John Brewer (Caldwell Academy, 6’4″, SF/PF)
John seems to improve every time I have seen him. Normally plays the undersized PF role but today played on the perimeter a decent bit and showcase the ability to put the ball on the floor and a nice euro step in transition. Draws contact at a high rate and is a good rebounder. Has a go-to spin turn around jumper move in the post. Solid inside/outside threat who D3 colleges should be on heavily.
Ben Ferguson (Southwest Guilford, 6’5″, SG/SF)
Ben was one of the few players today that I saw and heard communicating on the floor. Lights out 3 point shooter who has a low release but deep range. Crashed the offensive boards and has good size for his position. Needs to improve his lateral quickness but is a player who can play at the next level.
Jordan Harris (Caldwell Academy, 6’0″, G)
Jordan does a lot of the little things during the game that often go un-noticed. Strong slasher.
Ben Ferguson (Southwest Guilford, 6’5″, SG/SF)
Ben really played well today at the event and was one of the few players that I saw and heard communicating on the floor. Lights out 3 point shooter who has a low release but deep range. Crashes the offensive boards. Needs to improve his lateral quickness but is a player that will play at the next level.
Drew Cone (East Forsyth, 5’7″, PG)
Drew didn’t try to do too much today and was solid throughout the day. Was a floor general on the court and knocked down numerous 3 pointers. Drew has been receiving interest from multiple D3 and D2 schools as of late.
Samuel Arnold (Home School, 6’7″, F)
Sam did some good things today in the limited time I saw him play. He has good length and can shoot the ball well from deep.
Brenton Davis (Victory Christian, 6’3″, PG)
Brenton was unstoppable today in the game I saw. He plays with great poise and pace. Solid change of speed guard who can get to the paint at will and finish with contact. Excellent ball handler and on-ball defender. Goes off of 2 feet when he attacks the rim and has a crafty spin move. Tough guard who D2 schools should be all over.
Riley Jones (Lake Norman, 6’10”, C)
Riley showed the ability to get solid post position and good patience once he received the ball. Strong bodied player who has some good footwork not usually seen from a player his age. Needs to improve quickness and ability to create space with his moves.
Omar Petty (Kings Mountain, 6’4″, F)
Strong and decent athlete who is willing to play in the post. Rebounds the ball with 2 hands. Has potential.
Jalen Johnson (Wesleyan, 6’5″, SF)
Arguably the best athlete I saw today, Johnson had numerous above the rim finishes. His game is not limited to his athleticism however as he is a knockdown shooter from deep. The lefty plays both ends of the floor and showcased terrific timing to block shot after shot. Has good length and can handle the ball pretty well. Both mid major and a few high majors should be tracking.
Greyson Kelly (North Raleigh Christian, 6’2″, G)
Greyson plays the game as hard as anyone. He is consistent from both the 3 point line and from mid-range and attacks the rim hard. Aggressive and strong, Kelly is a player who should see some D2 interest come his way if he hasn’t already.
Ebuka Izunda (Victory Christian, 6’10”, C)
Izunda rebounded the ball well and had several terrific outlet passes. Looked solid around the basket keeping the ball high and and finishing with 2 hands. Better defensive player at this stage than on offense. Still needs to work on his hands and a go-to move but is projecting to be a MM+ player at this point.
Osinachi Smart (New Garden Friends, 6’8″, C)
Terrific rebounder who plays with a high motor and really hustles on both ends. A little raw offensively but can and will improve here. Works hard to post up and also sets ball screens. Has a team first attitude despite the fact he didn’t get the ball at lot. Had several big time 2 hand finishes above the rim and I thought he was one of the best bigs in attendance today.
Brendan Newton (Faith Christian School, 7’2″, C)
Standing 7′ plus Newton was the tallest player in attendance. He is long and lanky but has big upside. He keeps the ball high and runs the floor well. He did a good job of blocking or contesting a number of shots, but can’t disappear from the game. He will need to add strength and a go-to post move but is projecting as at least a MM player.
Douglas Elks (Ravenscroft, 6’3″, G)
Elks had a great showing today at camp. Has a good looking jump shot and showed he could play both on and off the ball. Unselfish passer and play-maker. Crashed the boards. Good basketball IQ.
Jordan Perkins (Greensboro Day, 5’11”, PG)
Tremendous ball handler who has the ball on a string. Over-dribbles at times but has a solid pull up game.
JP Moorman (Greensboro Day, 6’6″, G/F)
JP was one of the most versatile players I saw on the day and his play really impressed me. He did it all for his team and ran PG for most of the time on the floor. Solid court vision and is unselfish. Strong player who can finish inside. Defended and showed he could knock down open shots. Made some good reads and handled the ball well. One of the top five players I saw today and is going to have multiple college choices when its all said and done.
Blake Harris (Carlisle School, 6’3″, PG)
Plays at a great pace. Solid lead guard who made great reads and has good floor vision. One of if not the best PG I saw on the day. Solid rebounder who has good size and length for position. Stayed in front of the ball and hit some open shots. Made a few passes tough by trying to make the highlight but is a D1 guard.
Tripp Greene (Forsyth Country Day, 6’0″, G)
Tripp played well in the opening game today I saw. He is always solid and is unselfish on the floor. Lights out set shooter from deep. Can play either guard position.
Nick Brown (Caldwell Academy, 5’10”, PG)
Nick played very well in game 1 at the camp and hit numerous 3’s. High IQ player who will continue to improve as he gets stronger.
KJ Henry (Forsyth Country Day, 6’5″, F)
Versatile and athletic forward who can put the ball on the floor and face the basket. Multi-sport athlete who looked a little out of rhythm today, partly because he has been playing football heavily this season. Tough player who will has potential.
John Newman III (Greensboro Day, 6’4″, F)
Confident player who really gets after it. Solid shot blocker. Unselfish player who doesn’t play outside his limitations. Understands the game on both ends and can handle the ball. I liked his on-court attitude as well.
Blan Hodges (Alexander Central, 5’11”, G)
Blan knocked down set 3 after set 3 today and showed he was not afraid to mix it up with players who were older and bigger. Plays with good confidence.