Class of 2009: Freed Hardeman Reviews

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.