Thursday, March 5, 2015

Several stand out at Elite 75

The Elite 75 camp was loaded with talent and prospects maintained their place in the spotlight while some new names played their way into the picture. Who stood out to us? Check out our detailed report.

6’7 2014 Dwayne Morgan-Baltimore City College HS- Baltimore, MD

Without question, Morgan was one of the premier players at the Elite 75. He has a rare blend of length, athleticism, and skill that separates him from his peers. He has the ability to make advanced ball handling moves off the dribble. He felt more comfortable attacking the rim and didn’t take many perimeter jump shots. He has been nursing an injury and was his first competitive action in over 4 weeks. We were impressed with his ability to play defense and especially boxing out which is often unheard of in camp setting. Morgan mentioned UNLV, Maryland, Georgetown, UNC and Texas as his top five, but stated it was subject to chance. Just a 2014 prospect and we’re sure that list will continue to evolve.

6’8 2014 Tariq Owens- St. Vincent Palotti HS- Baltimore, MD

Owens came into the event with little to no hype or fanfare, but the Amile Jefferson body clone was one of the surprise players and did more to advance his stock than any single player. The long and wiry athletic wing has a nice midrange shooting touch. He is active on both ends of the court. He has fast switch muscles and is extremely quick off his feet. His length allows him to alter and block shots. Owens stated he has an offer from USF and is getting interest from Maryland, Miami, George Mason and Tennessee. Look for his stock continues to rise. He is definitely a prospect that high majors should monitor over the upcoming season and next spring/summer.

6’8 2013 Kennedy Meeks- West Charlotte HS- Charlotte, NC

One has to give Meeks credit for participating in the event. A consensus top 40 prospect, Meeks was just having fun for the day. He simply has the best set of hands and makes the overhead outlet pass as fluent as any one player to come along in quite some time. He used the event to showcase his outside touch. It looks like the recruiting battle is down to 5 schools: UNC, NC State, UK, IU and Georgetown. Meeks stated he was looking for a team that emphasized defense and had great team unity, plus an outstanding coaching staff.

6’7 2014 Dante Buford- Arlington Country Day- Jacksonville, FL

We have appropriately nicknamed Dante “Dr. Dunk” and he more than earned his nickname this weekend. He is truly one of the freakiest WF in the country. He is brutal on the rim, but showcased a much more improved shooting touch from the perimeter. He has good ball handling and passing skills for his position. We strongly feel he is vastly undervalued in the national rankings. While the majority of his interest is coming from mid majors, we still believe Buford is ready to take the next step.

6’11 280 lb. 2014 Lloyd Burgess- The Christ School- Arden, NC

Burgess is still a little raw and doesn’t possess outstanding quickness or foot speed. That being said, he runs the floor well enough due to his lack of conditioning. He also looked like he was nursing a sore knee, but fought through it for the day.  He is absolutely a “load” in the paint and he has super huge/soft hands. We were impressed with his ability to catch the ball in traffic. He does an adequate job of keeping the ball high on rebounds. With improved conditioning and game experience, mid majors will definitely be monitoring his progress at Christ School.

6’0 2014 PG Kamau Stokes- Dunbar HS- Baltimore, MD

Stokes was one of the top point guards in attendance at the Elite 75. He showcased a beautiful jumper and played “string music” consistently throughout the day. He is poised and exhibited outstanding floor leadership and directed players throughout the day. He has excellent quickness and a sure fire no miss mid major prospect.

5’10 2014 PG Marcus Johnson- Evelyn Mack Academy- Charlotte, NC

One word that simply describes Johnson is “explosive.” Outside of Dr. Dunk Buford, Johnson brought the house down with some of his impressive dunks. Johnson possesses a “wicked” right to left cross over and his speed off the dribble is difficult to contain. He has worked hard on his dribble drive pull up jumper and that seemed to be his best and most consistent offensive move for the day. The next step in his development is becoming an astute floor general.

6’2 2014 PG/SG Rashad Wattie- St. Frances Academy- Baltimore, MD

Wattie is a physically mature and athletic “combo” guard that is oozing with potential and upside. His strength, power and leaping ability for his size is impressive and on the offensive end of the court, he is difficult to contain. He has a “full throttle” approach to the game and has a quick first step and once he is by you, he is at the rim finishing with authority. He played with poise and confidence throughout the day and should be a prospect for MM schools.

5’9 2014 PG Trey Foster- West Charlotte HS- Charlotte, NC

We have seen Foster countless times throughout his young AAU and high school career. He has a reputation for being a big time shot maker and many people have labeled him as an undersized scoring PG. That being said, Foster relished the role of being floor general for the day as he was more concerned for setting up teammates and running his team. Foster has tremendous self-confidence, which is appealing, and his winning attitude on the court is contagious. Foster should be a high priority for schools in the Southern Conference, Big South and even CAA level.

6’1 2016 PG Timmy Walker- The Christ School- Arden, NC

Walker is one of the promising young players in a loaded 2016 class for North Carolina. Walker has a physically mature and athletic frame and possesses strength, quickness and power for his age/grade. He is explosive off the dribble and has mastered a mid range pull up jumper which is unique for his class. He has the ability to knock down perimeter jumpers with consistency and also take his man off the dribble. The next step in his development is mastering the nuisances of being a floor general.

6’4 2014 SG Che Bob- Arlington Country Day School- Jacksonville, FL

Che Bob is a strong and athletic WG that possesses all the physical intangibles for his size/position. He attacks the rim with authority and has a quick first step. He has excellent body control and has the ability to take over a game offensively, but needs to have stronger effort more of the time. We were impressed with his lateral quickness and can create havoc defensively when he wants to. While we have seen him shoot the perimeter jump shot in past venues, he was more comfortable attacking the rim. Che Bob should be a solid MM prospect.

6’6 2013 PF BJ Gladden- Olympic HS- Charlotte, NC

Gladden is a strong and physically gifted player that is excellent finishing at the rim. He has excellent body control and has the unique ability to use either hand efficiently and effectively. We project Gladden more as an undersized PF.

5’10 2014 PG Giovanni Mack- Providence HS- Charlotte, NC

The best word to describe Mack is “solid.” A true floor leader/general that plays the game the right way from the PG position and rarely makes a bad play even in a camp setting. He has a solidly built frame and his strength will surprise you. He has the ability to score from the perimeter but he uses his dribble drive ability to get into the gaps to set up teammates. He may have been the best pure PG in attendance and has excellent basketball IQ. He knows the value of balancing the floor and setting up his teammates.  He has excellent poise and confidence and will be a PG to watch in the 2014 class in North Carolina.

6’3 2016 PG/SG Kishawn Pritchett- Lake Norman HS- Mooresville, NC

Pritchell is a nice “combo” guard that had the combination of excellent ball handling and passing skills, but the ability to be a lethal shooter from the perimeter. We loved his composure and self-confidence throughout the day. He has solid fundamentals and a nice blend of athleticism to complement his overall game.

5’11 2014 PG Tayon Gleaves- Independence HS- Charlotte, NC

Gleaves is a lefty PG that is quick on quick and has the ability to push him into a D1 prospect with added strength. We hope to check him out more thoroughly throughout his high school season. He could be a sleeper in the class of 2014.

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Jamie Shaw
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