Category: Showcase News
Carson Newman Showcase- The ACC
- Published on Friday, 18 September 2009 22:15
- Andre Whitehead
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Finally the last two teams on the list make up the ACC.
North Carolina (121-130)
121. Jared Hilton (Lenoir City) 2010
Diminutive and cerebral with a head for the game, he showed some leadership and was vocal as he ran the show. Opportunistic scorer got open off the high ball screen.
122. Hunter Burchfield (Greenback) 2010
Another smaller guard who has a motor and shoots the ball effectively when open. Does an excellent job of getting back on defense and limiting easy baskets in transition. Always plays hard.
123. Ty McBrayer (William Blount) 2010
He loves to do most of his scoring off the dribble with penetration and can force some shots at times. He has a nice build, can score and makes smart decisions with the pass.
124. Chase Buckner (Union County) 2011
Seems to have lost some confidence in his game and is forcing the issue at times. He can score off the bounce, good athlete, improving outside shot but plays the game very right-handed. He needs to add some strength which will help him finish those nice drives to the bucket and increase his shooting range.
126. Devin Robinson (Ravenwood) 2012
He plays aggressive and wants to break you down on offense. He can score with a nice stroke, improving floater in the lane, a must for all small guards, and easy transition buckets. Tends to gamble on defense.
127. Blake Arnold (Cumberland Gap) 2013
Thin youngster has a good feel for the game and knows how to play just lacks strength to implement some of those heady basketball thoughts. He has a nice one dribble pull-up that was effective.
128. Robert Troino (Stone Memorial) 2012
You can see his basketball savvy as he goes about his business on the floor; he just needs to add strength to get some of these things done. He can shoot but will need to get his shot off much quicker.
129. Eric Baxmann (Carter) 2013
He will need to adjust to the speed and strength of the high school game and he seemed to get more comfortable as the game moved along. Showed he could shoot the ball when open.
132. McKinley Maples (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2010
We were so impressed with the vocal leadership displayed by Maples and the way he let the game come to him. He has an outstanding stroke and gave maximum effort on defense at all times.
133. Jordan Harris (Chattanooga Christian) 2010
Played very well throughout the showcase, showed he was unselfish and worked hard without the ball to get open. Thick, strong body kept him from being deterred as he drove the lane, he has made strides but must continue to tighten his handles and perfect his outside stroke.
134. Alex Kiser (Stone Memorial) 2011
Much more effective in the half-court set on the offensive side of the ball but ran the floor well for easy transition buckets, interesting. Uses his body to create scoring opportunities and with increased strength could be very effective inside.
135. Jordan Cross (Sullivan East) 2011
Becoming more effective off the dribble and is a pure rhythm shooter. A very unselfish wing that looks to the post and moves without the ball to find the open shooting lanes. Understands the game and gets scoring chances on intelligent play.
137. Eric Meadows (Clinton) 2012
He has an effective shot, just needs to get it up from in front of his face to get more rotation and balance. Pushes the ball on the break but must develop an off hand to compliment his game.
138. Hunter Smoak (Hardin Valley) 2010
One of those players everyone notices because of the hustle and determination he gives while on the floor. Scrappy defender and an opportunistic scorer he is the glue guy that all teams wish to have.
139. Donya Burnett (Riverdale) 2012
This kid has absolutely great size and is not afraid to go hard to the bucket. He could be much more effective with the drive with better handles but he is young and he works hard. He can shoot and is much too good an athlete to gamble so much on defense.
140. Dominique Canty (Austin East) 2010
This small point guard has good vision but tends to get out of control and forces things at times. He must become a better shooter to give him some options with the ball. He is very effective breaking down his defender.
Carson Newman Showcase- The Big Ten
- Published on Friday, 18 September 2009 20:41
- Andre Whitehead
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Let's take a look at the Big Ten.
81. Cody Carson (Oneida) 2010
Deceptive quickness and toughness, takes ball to the hole strong and can absorb some contact. Really plays hard and shows a lot of leadership from the point guard spot.
82. Braylen Bennett (Carter) 2012
Long and athletic, Vitamin B has shown a much improved outside stroke and can be a very good on-ball defender when motivated. Vocal leader can raise the play of his teammates.
83. Micah Ballard (William Blount) 2010
The lefty had one of the best camps of anyone in attendance. Really understands the game and is tough as nails. Nice shot and crafty inside with an array of moves that are effective even against bigger more athletic players.
84. Tyler Moore (Sullivan South) 2010
Showed a very nice stroke from the outside on the catch and shoot possession. Was more effective in the half-court game, understanding the offensive flow much better.
85. Dwight Tarwater (Knoxville Webb) 2010
Impressed all with his better than advertised athleticism, especially while running the floor in transition. Had a nice outside stroke and a very good feel for the game, D1 talent.
86. Alex Thomas (Ensworth) 2011
Effective using his basketball savvy to create scoring opps. Good shooter finished at the rim inside and was especially good in the passing lanes with deflections off the ball.
87. D.J. Currier (Oakdale) 2011
Long, athletic youngster had a nice camp showing a better than average outside shooting touch. Was effective in either the up tempo or half court set and ran the floor well.
88. James Cravens (Cumberland County) 2010
Very long for a 6'2 player which aided in his penchant for fighting on the offensive and defensive boards. Stuck a few put backs, will need to work on his perimeter skills.
89. Andrew Barnett (Pigeon Forge) 2012
Good feel for the game despite his youth and decent size as well. Showed a nice stroke from the perimeter and played unselfish on the offensive end of the floor.
91. Jeremy Whitmore (Raleigh-Egypt) 2010
Came a long way but showed out for sure. He was solid leading the break or busting down a hapless defender for a tough finish at the glass. Has a good outside stroke and played determined defense.
92. Sam Hodge (Jefferson County) 2010
Crafty guard who showed a nice deep stroke on the three from the left side. Has a good feel for the game and was especially effective in the half-court, very heady player.
93. C.J. Alred (Clinton) 2010
He became one of the talks of the camp according to the coaches in attendance, with a strong outside shot and a much improved game off the dribble. Really rose to the occasion using his dribble drive to finish at the rim or step back and drain the shot.
94. Clark DeBusk (Claiborne) 2010
He shined with his length as a help defender, getting numerous deflections and ending possessions for the opponent. Can make some shots and always makes good decisions.
95. Tyler Turner (Unicoi County) 2010
Big bodied youngster understands his role on the floor and carved out space for easy buckets. Has good hands and can stroke a three if feet are set, needs to get in good condition to be more effective for a longer period of time.
96. Jack Montague (Brentwood) 2012
The quintessential point guard that always keeps his head up and looks for easy scoring opportunities for his teammates describes this hard-working youngster. Very good defender can also score if needed and has one of the finest tuned basketball minds of a kid his age I have seen.
98. Travis Elliott (Anderson County) 2012
An underclassman with an aggressive mentality on the glass and the defensive end of the floor should serve him well inn the future. Ok shooter will work to get better, plays with confidence has a bright future.
100. Daniel Newman (Anderson County) 2013
This youngster is still learning the game but has a knack on the boards. Keeps his rebounds high and runs the floor well. His scoring will come as his confidence grows.
101. Tyler Wilkerson (Rhea County) 2010
He was a pleasant surprise that played with some grit and managed to command attention with the ball from his defender. Scored in a variety of ways, shot is decent, needs quicker release. He used his change of speeds to his advantage getting easy scoring opportunities.
102. Brandon Roth (Karns) 2010
A good shooter who needed more shot opportunities from his teammates. He played better in the half-court set on both ends of the floor, when the tempo was more consistent.
103. Landon Hunley (Farragut) 2010
Good player waiting to explode with a nice feel for the game off the dribble and an effective outside stroke. Long and athletic he shines finishing hard to the bucket in transition.
104. Jylman Ross (Austin East) 2010
Long athlete who crashes the boards often without regard for his safety. Not a skilled offensive player but effective enough to get some easy buckets on hustle and desire. Shoots ok.
105. Elliott Satterfield (Jefferson County) 2011
He battled hard in the half-court set, passed well out of the double team and moved well up and down the floor, even finishing with his left. Footwork drills could make him much more effective.
106. Will Thompson (Oak Ridge) 2011
Plays with effort and does some things well. Can shoot the ball when open and feet are set, goes to the boards hard could really improve with more ball skill work and quicken his shot release.
107. Lucas Branch (Knoxville Catholic) 2011
Very much improved off the bounce, showed confidence in his dribble and can really shoot the ball when he's completely in the game. Quick 1st step can be a deadly weapon if his shot is falling.
109. Christian Haile (Shelbyville) 2012
His staple is on the defensive end where he uses his size and athleticism to be a disruptive defender. Much improved on offense in the scoring department, still needs work on his ball skills.
Ohio State (111-120)
111. Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater) 2011
Lefty has a nice change of pace dribble that keeps more athletic defenders off balance. Decent outside stroke still needs to quicken his release and is most fond of coming off screens and draining shots or using his body to creative finishes.
112. Jeramie Haney (Cocke County) 2010
Another player who does a lot of things well, he can score from mid-range or deep and uses his body to create tough chances inside. He must use his athletic build to improve on the defensive end of the floor.
113. Mykal Titlow (Greenback) 2010
Deceptive leaper is solid on the boards and gets his share of tough buckets inside. Will step out and shoot, must quicken that release and needs to improve his ball skills.
115. Jason Steele (Johnson County) 2011
Understands his strengths and weaknesses, thus boxes out effectively and has a nice repertoire of inside scoring moves, including a sweet hook shot. Will dive on the floor for loose ball and can hit a mid-range shot. He needs to improve his lateral quickness and athleticism.
116. Ethan Simpson (Campbell County) 2013
Just a freshman so strength and size still a year or two away. He showed he could score the rock from outside when his feet were set and played hard showing no fear.
118. Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial) 2013
One of the best stand still shooters despite his youth is a much better help defender with his penchant for deflecting errant passes. Strength will increase his shooting range and on ball defensive skills.
119. Dalton Keck (CAK) 2012
Has improved his skill set seemingly each time on the floor. His body is getting stronger and his game is expanding as well. Can shoot and is becoming a nice weapon on offense.
120. Logan Baliff (Cherokee) 2010
The lefty with the big body was a favorite of the staff with his hustle and deceptive skill level. He attacked the bucket, shot well, played numerous positions and defended solidly.
Carson Newman Showcase- The Big East
- Published on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 23:09
- Andre Whitehead
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Let's take a look at the Big East. Those teams were UConn, Louisville, Cincinnati and Villanova.
41. Tyler Whitman (Ooltewah) 2010
Point guard who slows the tempo and can hit the open shot. Looks to pass in the half court and is deceptive with his handle.
42. Jaeland Lawson (Bearden) 2011
Dynamic ball-handler has great speed but gets going to fast and creates turnovers. Good shooter but can be more creative off the bounce, ultra quick. Defends when motivated.
44. Phillip Stanford (Knoxville West) 2010
Good size and has a game reminiscent of a veteran with crafty inside moves and tough put backs. He wants to be a guard, must tighten handles, has good vision and hustles.
45. Logan Blair (Sullivan South) 2010
Good hands and finishes well when he has created position. Understands to pass from double team and is a solid rebounder. Can score with both hands, work on footwork.
46. Nathan Lester (Lenoir City) 2012
Small youngster played better as the camp rolled along. Gets to the rim and can finish despite size differential. Has some grit to his play and gets teammates involved.
47. Jonathan Presley (Stone Memorial) 2013
Played a bit tentative at first but gradually gained his confidence. Still small and needs strength but has a basketball IQ and was a very good area defender in the zone game.
48. Jordan Steele (Knoxville West) 2010
Showed some decent handles and finished when he went to the basket. Has a nice shot. He must work harder on the defensive end of the floor.
49. Davis Soehn (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2013
Good size for a freshman and plays hard keeping offensive boards alive and just simply playing with effort. Work on his handles and shot to become a wing, has a future.
50. Darryl Sligh (Austin East) 2013
Thin athletic youngster who gave effort and made some shots from the outside. Still young but his effort was inspiring, looks to improve a great deal this high school season.
51. Dion Fair (Bearden) 2011
Runs a team and looks to pass first with post entry or off the penetration. Must make better decisions with the ball and play harder on defense. Can score with floater.
52. Caleb Parsons (Cumberland County) 2010
Very impressed with Parsons, showed a good handle and finished at the rim. Not especially quick but able to get where he needed to go, very creative player.
53. Dominic Ratliff (Hardin Valley) 2010
Has a good lefty stroke from mid-range but doesn't use this weapon to his advantage often enough. Makes things harder than they should be, just let the game come to you.
55. Anthony Page (Austin East) 2010
Opportunistic athlete, very active on the boards and tries to tip in everything instead of gathering and finishing. Shoots decent and runs the floor.
56. Josiah Rechenbach (Fulton) 2011
Has a nice feel for the game and does shoot the ball well when can get open. More strength would allow him to use the dribble and finish.
57. Joey Macourek (Powell) 2012
Runs the point and always look for the open man. Must improve his outside shooting stroke and quicken his release to make it more of a weapon for himself.
58. Franz Springmann (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2012
Youngster took time to acclimate himself to the speed and strength of the game. Showed he could put the ball on the floor and with strength will be able to finish his drives.
59. Henry Brooks (McGavock) 2011
Vocal leader who plays with heart and hustle on both ends of the floor. Sets screens and fights for rebounds. Must work on his handles.
60. Dusty Nickles (Jefferson County) 2011
Big man showed a soft jumper from outside and posted up and used his size to score inside as well. Must get in better condition to run the floor.
61. Kyle Wash (Elizabethton) 2010
Small guard seems more comfortable in the shooting guard role. Can create own shot and has nice bounce off the floor. His shooting must improve at this spot.
62. Brett Wade (Knoxville Central) 2010
Showed some versatility running the point but still knocked down patented jumper. Played unselfish and looked to pass. Uses speed to score off the dribble as well.
63. TaShawn Kelly (Knoxville Central) 2010
Good defender from the help position with deflections and steals to stop possessions. Got to the rim with ease but had trouble finishing. Must slow down a bit to more effective.
64. Caleb Barrett (Knoxville West) 2010
Undersized inside but grabs boards out of his area to keep possessions alive. Can catch and shoot but must add some dribble drive moves to facilitate a move to the wing.
65. Joey Boedwig (Knoxville Catholic) 2011
Big boy banged all day long and was effective when the game was played at a slower pace in the half court. Needs to work on his footwork and hands but was effective.
66. Landon Hilton (Lenoir City) 2011
Small, scrappy position defender who gives maximum effort, especially on the defensive end of the floor. Showed some leadership ability and has decent handles as well.
67. David Sweet (Claiborne) 2010
Vocal leader when he was in the game ire regardless of his position. Took ball hard to the basket and passes well from the wing.
69. V.J. Brown (Hardin Valley) 2011
Played with some reservation at first but became more comfortable as the camp wore on. Has the ability to shoot just needs to get shot off quicker, good passer to the post.
70. Cayman Dial (LaVergne) 2012
Great size, good speed, finished off the break with the flush or took it hard to the bucket. Hit some deep threes and seemed receptive to instruction. Must finish better to the rim.
71. Mason Fox (Stone Memorial) 2010
Tough hardnosed defender is not a great athlete but goes so hard it makes no difference. Improving shot and a crafty slice to the bucket for the tough finishes. Simply a winner.
72. Andrew Pickwell (Sullivan South) 2010
Better athlete than he appears, blocked some shots and got high for some tough boards. Decent shooter took some hard drives to the bucket. Must make better decisions.
74. Jamison Baker (Austin East) 2011
Extraordinary leaper with long arms and a decent handle. Needs work on his outside stroke and must temper his runs to the bucket, tends to leave his feet too easily.
75. Alan Holt (Anderson County) 2011
Plays with so much passion and effort. Has some post moves just needs to execute them quicker and work on his footwork as well. Improve his shooting will increase his scoring.
76. Evan Forhetz (Ravenwood) 2011
Really improved his point guard skills with his penetration and looking for the open post in the half court. Has a sweet stroke and is fearless despite his size. Tough defender.
77. Ross Cannon (Knoxville Halls) 2012
Has added some size to his frame, which gives him more range for his nice lefty stroke. Can drain from deep but must watch his shot selection. Work on ball skills.
78. Parker Ratcliff (Pigeon Forge) 2012
Gained confidence as the camp rolled along with his unselfish play on offensive end of the floor setting screens and moving without the ball.
79. Nathan Sherrod (Jefferson County) 2011
Pushes the ball and takes it hard to the glass for some creative finishes in traffic. Showed a decent outside stroke and ran the floor on the break as well.
80. Spencer Peake (Bearden) 2011
Had a nice shooting stroke but tended to stay out on the perimeter to often. Has good size, so developing some inside game to go with shooting stroke. Foot speed needs work.
Carson Newman Showcase- The SEC
- Published on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 12:51
- Andre Whitehead
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No internet access in Nashville on Tuesday so I had to wait till Wednesday morning when I got home to submit the evaluations on the SEC.
The teams in this segment are Tennessee, Mississippi State, Florida and Vanderbilt. Players will be listed by camp number.
1. Tyler Smith (Anderson County) 2010
Heady point guard who understands the game and is a solid decision maker on the floor, especially on the break. Moves well without the ball. Outside needs some improvement.
2. Brandon Logsden (Rhea County) 2010
Solid shooter when left open especially from the baseline. Must work on his ball-handling skills to expand his game.
3. Marcus Stewart (Cocke County) 2010
Uses his body well to carve out position for offensive boards and putbacks. Defends well and has a decent shooting stroke. At his size needs to develop some point guard skills.
4. Zach Ballinger (Carter) 2011
Played with more aggression than I have seen from him in the past. Finished at the rim with his left hand. Has a really good stroke but lacks confidence in his abilities.
5. Zach Sherrill (Stone Memorial) 2010
Solid inside banger who has a great understanding of positioning and is tough with his back to the basket. OK mid-range shot and good on the glass. Plays hard on defense.
6. D.J. Kellogg (Hardin Valley) 2011
Trying to prove he can play the point by becoming more of a leader on the floor. Must work on his shot selection and give more effort on defensive.
7. Justin Wandell (Elizabethton) 2012
Young man has a good feel for the game but must work on his strength and skill level. Still very young but like we said has a good feel for the game.
9. Aaron Allmon (Austin East) 2012
Drives the ball hard and is very active on the floor. Looks to pass first and has a nice floater in the lane. Must improve his shot to add versatility.
10. Brandon Perry (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2012
Youngster goes hard when on the floor and with his length can finish around the bucket. As with most of the young ones strength is an issue. Can also hit an open shot.
Mississippi State (11-20)
11. Brandon Lopez (Christ School) 2011
Much improved outside stroke to go along with an unselfish game that is dribble drive heavy in all the right places. Can be a better defender when motivated.
12. Andy Farmer (Grainger) 2010
Catch and shoot is an understatement as Farmer dropped threes all day long this past Saturday. Will need to add some off the dribble action to complement his deadly shot.
13. Tucker Parkerson (Lenoir City) 2011
Another shooter who had a good day from deep. Must quicken his release and not force the issue on offense. Runs the floor and finished on the break as well.
14. Chase Fox (Knoxville Catholic) 2011
Big bodied youngster has a nice stroke from outside. Needs to get himself in better basketball shape to be more effective.
15. Lester Wilson (Carter) 2011
Next level athlete that is dynamic on the break and swooping to the bucket for a flush finish. Must work on his handles to increase his overall game, he's close.
16. Michael Widener (Gibbs) 2011
Small guard needs to slow down his tempo and not try to do so much. Very quick and always around the ball. Plays good defense but tends to gamble a lot.
18. Sherrius Smith (Hardin Valley) 2012
Pushes the ball on offense and looks to pass. Has a good shot but tends to dribble too much.
19. Burton Sampson (Webb) 2013
Good athlete with length runs the floor and can score from inside or out. Seems to always be around the ball on both ends of the floor. Must improve defensive effort.
21. Dylan Powers (Lenoir City) 2010
Gives maximum effort and can really shoot the ball from deep. Size will be a factor but Powers understands the game and makes things happen. Goes hard on defense as well.
22. Justin Wakefield (Hardin Valley) 2010
Came along as the camp progressed on both ends of the floor. Good length, decent shooting stroke and good handles, should have a solid senior campaign.
23. David Haskins (Loudon) 2010
If everyone gave this effort, coaches would never have to yell. Plays so hard on both ends and showed a much improved outside shot. Must improve his ball handling.
24. Alex Fountain (Wartburg Central) 2013
Long athlete with athletic skills and a nice mid-range shot. Smooth player who could be lethal with added strength. Strength should aid his shooting range as well.
25. Dennis Ramsey (Claiborne) 2010
Inside banger with very soft hands and a nice lefty stroke, especially in the paint. Can rebound and will block a shot. Must improve foot speed and work on conditioning.
27. Tanner Torres (Anderson County) 2012
Improving youngster with sweet outside stroke has added some nice moves off the dribble. A tough spinning reverse lay-up in traffic was one of the better moves of the day.
29. Ben Arnold (Cumberland Gap) 2012
Slight built youngster has very high basketball acumen and is a pass first type of combo guard. His lack of strength makes some things hard for him to accomplish.
30. Corbin Lamb (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2013
Incoming freshman appeared tentative at first and forced some shots early. As he gained some confidence his shot form was much better, keep working young man.
31. Dre Mattheiu (Knoxville Central) 2011
Shot the outside better than I have seen from him. A quick point guard who has a pass first mentality and is quicker than most of his opponents. Still tends to drive to deep.
32. Tyler Vittetoe (Union County) 2010
One of the best contested shooters in the area. When his stroke is live he's a deadly match-up. Working on his ball-handling and decision-making. Defensive effort??
34. Antonio Dailey (Austin East) 2010
Long athlete that plays hard and goes after every offensive rebound. Tends to make things to difficult on offense instead of letting game flow to him. Can finish around hoop.
35. Phillip Stephens (Knoxville Catholic) 2011
Plays hard and gives maximum effort but needs to improve his overall skill level. Work on hand strength, footwork and finishing from the block. Will work hard to improve.
37. Darius Gallaher (Harriman) 2011
Athlete with real quick hands that defends well and can make some plays on offense. Needs to work on his scoring from the perimeter.
38. Jon McCroskey (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2012
Not a particularly great athlete but his length and high basketball sense allow him to be effective with the ball. Improving shot just needs some technique, has good vision.
39. Christian Chaffin (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2013
Really feeling his way at first with the older players but gave effort while on the floor. Must work on his ball-handling and outside shooting form.
40. Jake Wright (Oneida) 2012
Big kid grew on me as the camp wore on. Showed he could finish inside with good hands and decent footwork. With added strength could be very effective on high school level.
Class of 2009: Freed Hardeman Reviews
- Published on Friday, 31 October 2008 08:29
- Andre Whitehead
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Let me start the final review session by saying thanks to everyone who attended the three showcases this season. We had over 325 players at the three camps and I hope everyone enjoyed their experience. We will have our unsigned senior events in the months following the state tourney so stay tuned for those showcases.
Now on to the business at hand, the rising seniors finish out our reviews for the Freed-Hardeman showcase and these players will be listed by their jersey numbers at the event.
JaMarco Carroll (Manassas)
It took this guy a game to figure out how his teammates played and then he showed the attributes which will give him a starting spot on the Manassas squad which is favored to win the Class A ranks this season. The smooth lefty showed speed, can leap, goes hard to the bucket, scores inside and out and made good decisions with the ball.
Chris Johnson (Liberty Tech)
Small guard who can play both spots and will be vital for the Crusaders this season providing depth at both backcourt spots. Johnson showed a nice stroke from three.
Dontavious Alston (Ripley)
Quick and loved the floater over the bigger guys in the lane. Funny release on his shot but played without fear.
Darrius Pickens (Haywood County)
Great improvement for this Tomcat. Pick showed skills I did'nt know he possessed scoring from the outside and finishing drives with a flush. Nice step back jumper and playing very hard on the defensive end of the floor. This should open some eyes for him going into his senior campaign.
Chris Jones (Bolivar Central)
Beast!!! Never played for the school before this year and what a treat he will be for Coach Rick and the Bolivar faithful. Big and strong, able to score on the block using his thickness. Once he learns the game he will be devastating on the high school level.
Nick Gilliam (Obion County)
Had to leave when his friend turned his ankle (hope Mr. Barber is doing ok) so only got action in one game. He has improved his shot and looks like he's gotten much stronger. Loved how he cut tot the bucket when his teammates were in trouble for easy scores. Should have a good senior season.
Chris Reaves (Bolivar Central)
The Austin Peay commit was as smooth as anyone in the gym. I absolutely love his demeanor on the floor and how he explodes at the right opportunities. Struggled a bit with his shot early but it came around, as most great shooters know, the more he shot it.
Ricky Williams (Liberty Tech)
Always impressed with his leadership skills. Rick showed he could knock down the consistent jumper and always plays tough and hard nosed ball defense on the opposing teams primary ball-handler.
Kelsey Hamlett (Upperman)
Gave solid effort and proved he could score inside with timely offensive boards and putbacks. Always went hard to the glass and found a way to score. Outside shot was good and he played hard on defensive end of the floor.
James Cuthbertson (Big Sandy)
The single most impressive thing about this dude was that he played hard even at the end of the camp when most are playing sloppy and the fundamentals clearly erode. Despite his size he attacked the basket, showed some creativity when scoring and nailed some easy jumpers.
Will McFall (Waterloo, Al.)
Clearly understands the offensive game with solid post-ups and always finding the open spot in the defense. He rarely recieved the ball from the guards who seemed to control the tempo but we saw his fundamental side and that was obvious. When he did get the ball he scored with either hand but will be challenged by bigger athletes on the interior.
Blaine Brewer (Arlington)
Love the kids who give effort and even though they don't have the sheer athleticism they make up for it with hustle and determination. He needs some mechanical work on his shot but hit a few. Showed unselfishness by running at either guard spot. Should have a solid senior campaign.
Chase Garrett (Riverside)
Played very hard and was one of the better post defenders in the camp. Showed nice athleticism on both ends and will be very effective in high school with his constant motor.
Dominique Mallory (Middle College)
Ran the show for his squad without compromise, showed leadership skills and can score when the situation call for that. Played very good on the defensive side of the ball and plays with a high basketball IQ.
Chandler Cavaness (Chester County)
Big frame showed some very nice post passing skills to cutter heading for easy layups. Decent mid-range shot when the game is reduced to the half-court variety. Must get in better shape to run the floor and defend his position.
Des Crisp (Bolivar Central)
Showed alot of skill in alot of areas but must provide a consistent effort on the floor. Long and athletic he had flashes of brilliance finishing above the rim. Shot selection could be an issue.
Trey Edwards (Arlington)
Showed a very nice mid-range jumper and played his position very well. Not the most athletic on the floor but saavy enough to hold his own with his continuous effort. Loved his ability to score off the dribble and was very unselfish.
Jonathan Hodge (Bolivar Central)
Very opportunistic player around the bucket. Gets his hands on offensive boards and putbacks by using sheer effort and determination. Its not an accident why this happens, he works hard.
DeAngelo Williams (Spring Hill)
Excessively smooth. I have really ben impressed with his progress this summer and from the last two camps. He has that swet lefty finish, understand the game and can score inside or off the bounce. He has played his way into someone paying for school and that my friends is the bottom line.
Marlin Dotson (Liberty Tech)
Seems to always be in the right place on the defensive side of the floor. Plays with emotion and heart. Can score inside with his strong size and will be vital for the success of the Crusaders this season.