#OTRHoopsReport: Coach Hemi Spring Showcase Standouts – March 25, 2015
Class of 2016 point guard Isaiah Eguaebor of Mufreesboro, Tenn., proved to be on of the better play-makers at the CoachHemi.com Spring Showcase. Read about him and other top performers here. Photo cred – Nakita Hemingway.
LEBANON, Tenn., – In the second year of running, the CoachHemi.com Spring Showcase became the place for prospects in Middle Tennessee and surrounding areas to put their talents on display. Over 60 players came and competed at Wilson Central High School and played on a stage to be evaluated by OTRHoopsReport.com, which is a national scouting service. Prospects played at least one game on TheSUVtv.com and trained with some of the region’s top trainers. Here are a couple names who stood out above the rest on Saturday morning.
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Isaiah Eguaebor (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), – Providence Christian Academy – 2016
We saw the 5-foot-10 point guard a year ago at the inaugural Spring Showcase in Murfreesboro and made note of his talents. A year later Egeaebor displayed even more confidence handling the basketball and proved that he can be a play creator from the lead guard position. The left-handed guard has an explosive first step and showed the ability to finish among the trees in the lane on this day. After reclassifying to the class of 2016, Eguaebor should emerge as one of the area’s top play-making guards in his class.
James Isom (East Point, Ga.), – Tri Cities – 2018
One of the top freshman in the building on Saturday morning was Isom. The Georgia native made the four hour drive to put his skills on display versus some of the top talent in Middle Tennessee. By the time the camp was finished the 6′ guard proved that he will be a name that will see for years to come. His ability to slash into the lane and finish at the basket set him above many of the other guards at the camp. Isom’s natural instincts at a young age make him one that our staff will track over the next several years.
Eric Johnson (Arlington, Tenn.), – Bolton HS – 2017
A player who excited our staff the most with upside was Johnson from the West Tennessee area. At 6-4 he has length to play along the front-line and make plays around the rim. His athleticism is what set him above at the rest at this camp. The wing forward showed his ability to finish above the rim and snag rebounds on both ends. What is most exciting about Johnson is his potential playing facing the basket. He has the footwork and athleticism to defend multiple positions around the arc while also demonstrating the ball skill necessary to be effective on the offensive end. Watch for Johnson to become a hot name emerging in the sophomore class as he continues to grow both physically and with his skill.
Jordan Long (Chattanooga, Tenn.), – Berean Christian Academy – 2016
Long finished as one of the most intriguing prospects at the camp. Standing at 6-5 with point guard skills, Long showed he could create space against quick defenders and set up teammates with the pass. His creative ball skill drew the attention of our staff and left many wanting to see more. The junior guard has range on his jumper that allows him to play either back court position in the long term. After visiting Auburn University unofficially and receiving interest from other regional schools, it would not surprising to see Long’s recruiting pick up heading into the summer months of travel ball.
JeLan Roberson (Olive Branch, Miss.), – Desoto Central HS – 2016
Roberson plays the game with an enthusiasm that is infectious for everyone around him. His ability to get into the lane and create plays opened up the game for his teammates and led to multiple scoring opportunities. He earned the nickname “Elfrid Payton” after the camp because of his play-making ability and floppy hair as a point guard. However, do not sleep on Roberson’s jumper. He has solid form and proved that he can hit the open 3-pointer with his feet set. Roberson represented the large contingent of players from Mississippi very well on Saturday morning.
Malek Sain (Lewisburg, Tenn.), – Marshall County HS – 2016
The 6′ point guard was another crafty play maker at the camp. Left-handed, wide shoulders Sain is a tough match-up for many guards because of combination of athleticism and ball skill. He showed his ability to get into the lane by changing pace and direction quickly with the ball in his hands. His soft touch on the floater also allowed him score multiple times in the free flowing camp offense. We have marked Sain as a must track prospect for the next six months. His play-making abilities stood out as some of the best at the camp.
Tanner Spalding (Franklin, Tenn.), – Franklin HS – 2015
While guard play catches the eye of most observers in showcase settings, it is always refreshing to see a big man come to a camp and leave their imprint on the court. Spalding, standing at 6-7, showed a diverse skill set and was very effective during game. play. His ability to play with his back to the basket as well as facing the basket make him an unsigned senior that should earn him looks of college coaches who looking to add size late in the class of 2015. Spalding has a soft touch on his jumper out near the arc, but is also a willing defender and rebounder in the painted area.
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Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. He is also on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. He is 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
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