The Greensboro Coliseum was the stage for our Southern Jam showcase.

The Greensboro Coliseum was the stage for our Southern Jam showcase

Dashawn Mason 6’

Class: 2019

Club: Charlotte’s Finest

School: Concord High

It’s quite possible that Mason was the fastest guard we saw on Saturday, as his first step is devastating and in the open floor this dude is very hard to stay in front of. Mason had a productive outing on day two including a 17-point effort in Charlotte’s second game of the day. He also tossed five dimes in that same game. Mason was a solid contributor as a sophomore on a loaded Concord squad, after several departures he’s looking to lockdown the starting two position this upcoming season. The young gunner should have an opportunity to make some serious noise in the Queen City.

James Richardson 6’1

Class: 2019

Club: Warriors Life Elite

School: Ayden Grifton *

Richardson was impressive on both sides of the floor Saturday, offensively he attacked the basket and finished effectively at the cup. Richardson also looked confident from mid-range and he shoots the pull up with confidence at this stage. Richardson has solid bounce already and defensively he proved to be a dog. Richardson is the type of defender who pressures the ball from baseline to baseline. Richardson proved he was one of the best perimeter defenders present this weekend and may be a lockdown defender at the next level. Currently Richardson is considering reclassifying to the 2020 class and transferring to Dematha (MD), he wants to use the extra year to add muscle and develop more physically.

Brandon Ellington 6’3

Class: 2019

Club: PSB Select

School: Community School of Davidson

Ellington was one of the best shooters in the event and he proved to have ice water in his veins after drilling several late game shots. Ellington was the best player on the floor for PSB this weekend, scoring 20 plus on multiple occasions and it seems like he really found his confidence. Ellington is a fluid scorer he’s got depth to his game not only spotting up but also moving without the rock and shooting off screens as well. Many scouts and college personnel haven’t gotten a chance to see him due to the fact his high school is a small 1A in a rural town. Ellington should see a jump in recruitment buzz after a stellar weekend in Greensboro.

Philip Burwell 6’2

Class: 2019

Club: WCBA

School: Millbrook

Burwell was one of the better point guard prospects he has a natural balance about his game, the Millbrook product can score whenever he decides but also works hard to create for others. He led them in scoring and was top two in assists and rebounds as well, defensively he guarded the one-three which really displayed his versatility.

Heading into year three Burwell should see an expanded role with a recently rejuvenated wildcats program. Burwell seems to be a natural fit at the one but he’s got the scoring presence to play off ball if need be, he could be in for a breakout year down in the Hoop State’s capital.

Kevon Meertins 6’1

Class: 2018

Club: Mooresville Magic

School : Hickory Ridge

Meertins was a consistent option for the Magic on both ends, he’s got three and D wing potential at the next level. Meertins went 3-3 in one contest from deep and proved if the defense plays off he’s automatic. What stood out most was his effort and intensity on the defensive end no matter who Meertins matched up with they had to work for every inch! Meertins hasn’t generated a ton of college interest because the demand for undersized two guards isn’t exactly sky high in the college ranks. Whatever coach decides to bring him in and give Meertins a chance could be rewarded handsomely, you just can’t teach effort it’s either embedded or it isn’t.

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