ELITE 32 Session II Preview – July 7, 2014
Phillips will take his floor leadership to play in front of college coaches at the ELITE 32.
*Photo by Jon Lopez (Nike)
Session II of the ELITE 32 will bring the same amount of heat as the first session did. Here a few teams and names that will standout at All Tournament Players Park in Marietta, Ga.
ELITE 32 Preview
The Challenge bring athleticism and strength every time they step out on to the floor. They are led by 6-foot-5 wing Brandon Austin of Montgomery, Ala., who is able to finish in transition with the best in the nation. Make sure you watch 6-3 guard Trent Forrest of Chipley, Fla., is a class of 2016 player who has picked offers from Miami, Tennessee, Wichita State and many others as of late. He is poised for a big July. Post player Elton Datcher of Harpersville, Ala., is a presence in the lane who can rebound and defend. Look for Hasan Abdullah of Birmingham, Ala., and Dazon Ingram of Irvington, Ala., to handle the ball and facilitate the action for the Nike sponsored travel team.
This squad may be most guard talented team in the tournament. They are led by Terrance Phillips of Mouth of Wilson, Va., who is a natural floor general and has the ability to get the ball to his teammates at the perfect time and spot. Joining him in the backcourt is Ronshad Allen-Shabazz of Raleigh, N.C., whose athleticism allows him to finish in transition while also being able to hit the jumper in the half-court. Point guard Alterique Gilbert of Lithonia, Ga., is proving to one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the 2016 class. However, the most heralded player on the team is class of 2016 6-10 forward Harry Giles III of Winston Salem, N.C. He is a versatile inside-outside threat who can change shots on the defensive end while being able to score with his back to the basket on the offensive end. He is joined on the interior by 7-1 center Raekwon Long of Charlotte, N.C., who is by far one of the more intriguing post prospects in the 2016 class. While Xavier Hill-Mais of Greensboro, N.C., provides a high post presence for this squad.
The local team from Atlanta has a number of prospects who will draw more than local interest. Look for Devontae Cacok of Alpharetta, Ga., to be a forward who will draw attention from across the nation. The 6-6 forward is a workhorse in the lane and uses his strength to rebound and score around the bucket. Joining Cacok in the paint is Montae Glenn of Carollton, Ga., who is also a legitimate force in the painted area. Also look for Kareem Brewton of Snellville, Ga., to make a splash at the ELITE 32. He is a slasher that attacks the rim consistently, which puts pressure on the defense.
Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB