#OTRHoopsReport – Rising Star Camp Middle School Performers – September 26, 2014
- Updated: September 26, 2014
DULUTH, Ga., – Finding a way to play top talent while also getting quality exposure is a tough proposition for younger players. However, the Rising Star Camp provided that exact formula on Saturday afternoon at Duluth High School. Here is a look at some of the stars of tomorrow who got the foot in the door in front of OTRHoopsReport.com evaluators.
Middle School Talent Noticed at the Rising Star Camp
Point guard Reco Hallmon of McConnell MS (Ga.), showed his ball-handling and shooting ability. His strong ball skill with his solid outside jumper projects well for his future.
Another point guard that stood out was Cameron Hunter of Bryson MS (S.C.). He showed exceptional vision with the ball in his hands. He was able to find open teammates consistently in the half court.
One of the better shooters at the camp was left-handed guard Christopher Smalls of Crews MS (Ga.). His pure stroke allowed him to connect on multiple jumpers from beyond the arc. However, he even showed the ability to slash to the rim and finish at the rim as well.
Brandon Stroud of Fulton Leadership Academy (Ga.), is a left-handed wing who showed an exceptional mid-range jumper.
Point guard Tyrease Brown from Liberty MS (Ga.), was very good in transition. His aggressive with the drive and will finish in traffic.
Jaykwon Walton of Double Churches MS (Ga.), is an acrobatic finisher at the rim. He has terrific size on the perimeter.
One of the more talented players in the gym at the Georgia Challenge was Brenden Tucker of McConnell MS (Ga.). The 5-foot-10 point guard has a little flash in game, but he couples that with size and body control.
Brandon Green of Twin Rivers MS (Ga.), is a terrific athlete standing at 6-2. He is fast end to end and he finds ways to finish at the rim.
One of the more talented post players in the building was Jordan Slocum of Ballard Hudson MS (Ga.). Already standing at 6-5, he finishes plays at the bucket and has agility to create deflections.
South Carolina native Nicholas Carson of Lakeside MS is a quick point guard who creates with the dribble. Although smaller in stature, he proved to be one of the more effective players at the camp.
Six foot six post Alex Powell of Duluth, Ga., did not have to travel far to show his skills. The left-handed post is a skilled player who finishes very well around the bucket. However, he has ball skill that will allow him to face the basket.
PG Dallas Lee, Haynes Bridges MS-Lee is a good ball handler for his age, he did a good job of pushing the ball in transition and finding open teammates. In the half court set, Lee made good decisions with the ball
SG Brady O’Connell, Elkins Pointe MS-O’Connell comes from a long line of athletes; the 5-foot-10 guard was one of the best shooters in the camp. He has a nice stroke, he also showcased the ability to attack the basket and find teammates
SG Zhare Floyd, McConnell MS– For such a young age he had a very good understanding of the game. He stayed in control making the right passes and consistently played hard
SG Jared Wells, Hull MS– He played tough finishing at the rim and showed a decent mid range. Wells played well on the defensive end of the floor
SF Brenden Wicker, Moutain Park-He was tough in the paint, consisently rebounding the ball. He showed good skill during station work
PG Ian Moton, Northwestern MS-Moton displayed good solid fundmentals and understanding of the game during the skills segment
SF Kalik Brooks, Webb Bridge MS-Brooks has a really good feel for the game. He didn’t rush much but allowed the game to come to him. He has a nice touch and very good court vision.
PG Devin Riles, Reese Road Leadership Academy-Small guard but tough as nails he has a very good handle and understanding of the game.
Trey Brown, South Jerrod MS-Long wiry forward with a good looking frame. Brown has a nice outside jumpshot from inside arc. Has ability to maneuver around defenders just as tall and finish around the rim
G Christian Williams, North Gwinnett MS– Lefty guard that can go both ways and score. Handles ball at own pace and doesn’t get sped up which is exceptional at his age
SF Xavier Ayres, Liberty MS– Good looking youn guard with good size, range that extends out to 17 ft. Active on the glass and solid defensenively
F Deven Curtis, Chattahochee MS– Curtis was the youngest player in the camp, he showcased good fundmentals during the skill stations and consisently played in attack mode
PG Lance Terry, Rising Starr MS– A long PG with a good I.Q. and nice vision. He seem to always be making positive plays. He was a very good defender.
PG Cameron Armstrong, Yeager MS– He had solid handles and a nice stroke. He played hard in the games and in stations.
SG Jordan Wicker, Crabappble MS– He’s quick, elusive and finishes on attack mode. Showcased a good handle in skill stations and in game play
SF Xavier Valley, North Clayton MS-Xavier has great size and skill for his age, he played well in skill stations which carried over into game play
SG Mekahi Carter, McConner MS-Skilled young guard that competed during game play, solid on the defensive end of the floor as well
SG Benjamin Raspberry, Factory Shoals MS-Crafty young guard that attacked the basket and found open teammates
PF Trey Brown, South Jerrod MS-Big forward that was active on both ends of the floor rebounding and fighting for loose balls
Quinterrius Benton, Renaissance MS
Bryce Madison, Fulton Leadership Academy
Tavarus Thorbs, Renaissance MS
Gilbert Crowley, Renaissance MS
Eric Foster, Grayson
Justin Richardson, Millen MS
Quran Hoskins, Cavary MS
Tamaric Lawson, Miltlen MS
Antjuan Dortch, Ford MS
Demetri Singleton, Calvary
Jalen Walton, Double Churches MS
Donell Nixon, Twin Rivers
William Peaks, Duluth MS
Exposure and Showcase Opportunities:
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
Shun Williams is the owner of On the Radar Hoops, Inc. The On the Radar Hoops Report is picked up by Division I and II colleges and universities across the country. He serves as the director of the On the Radar Hoops Fall Showcase, On the Radar Hoops Spring Showcase, On the Radar Hoops Invitational, Elite 32 Session I, Elite 32 Session II and Power 24