#OTRHoopsReport: Future Stars – September 3, 2014
Class of 2017 forward Paul Washington Jr. was a key contributor for Team Penny this year. He helped take his team to the championship game of the Nike EYBL Peach Jam. His recruiting has already taken off as a result.
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This week we take another look into the future by focusing on the class of 2017. The talent from around the nation is deep as numerous prospects from the 2017 class have already made an impact on the national scene. Here is a look at a few of those names.
CLASS OF 2017 FUTURE STARS
Wendall Carter (Atlanta, Ga.), Southeast Elite – 2017
Carter is a prospect of great potential as we saw this summer with his travel team at the EYBL Nike Peach Jam. While playing along the front-line he has solid skill and footwork while operating in traffic. At 6-foot-9 he instantly becomes a shot changer and defender as well. When he begins to play with confidence all of the time, he has a chance to be one of the best power forwards in the nation as we predicted a year ago at the OntheRadarHoops.com Fall Showcase.
Jay Estime (Suwanee, Ga.), Southern Stampede – 2017
One of the bigger stock risers of the summer was the 6-4 wing from Georgia. As he showed at the EYBL Nike Peach Jam with his 16U team, he is proving that he can be a threat off of the dribble as well as with the jumper. It will be important to see him carry this momentum from the summer into the high school season.
Darren “DJ” Harvey (Hyattsville, Md.), – DeMatha HS – 2017
Harvey is proving to be one of the more talented wings in the class. While playing with national high school powerhouse, DeMatha, he contributed solid minutes all last season. After an impressive showing at the Nike Elite 100 Camp in St. Louis, Mo., he is making a case to be put at the top of the class.
MJ Walker (Jonesboro, Ga.), -ATL Xpress – 2017
Walker has proven on several occasions that he is one of the top wings in the region. He contributes significant time and minutes for ATL Xpress, which is one of the top programs in the nation. His combination of strength, athleticism and skill make him a highly recruited prospect.
Paul Washington Jr. (Memphis, Tenn.), Team Penny – 2017
Washington is a good athlete who can score along the front-line even among bigger defenders. The 6-8 forward has a ceiling that could take him to the perimeter in stretches in the future. However, his production centers on being productive in the lane on both ends.
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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
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