#OTRHoopsReport: Underclassmen emerge this summer – Aug 25, 2015
Zach Brown showed why he is regarded as one of the top players in the 2017 class at the Elite 32. Photo Cred: Ty Freeman
Atlanta, Ga. – The Elite 32 Session I & II and Super 6 Showcase held in Atlanta, Georgia showcased some of the top underclassmen around the Country. Our team takes a look at some of the players that stood out during the July evaluation period.
Zach Brown has been regarded as one of the top players in the class of 2017. This 7-foot-1 post from Miami has terrific hands to go along with good foot work on the low block. Brown does a good job of battling for position around the basket where he scores off dump offs and tip-ins. On the defensive end of the floor he does a good job of blocking and altering shots around the basket.
Kymani Duham of Brunkswick, Georgia, exploded onto the scene during the first evaluation period at the Elite 32 Session I & II. This 6-foot-8 post is a physical specimen on the low block. He has the ability to score in the paint with his back to the basket. But he can also step out to the 12-15 foot range and knock down the mid-range jumper. In addition Duham pounds the boards and is relentless in his attack of the ball off the glass.
Georgia native Victor Enoh ran with Nike sponsored Each one Teach one out of Florida this year. He’s incredibly strong with a tremendous work-ethic, and unmatched toughness and aggressiveness. He’s a high volume rebounder, who is equally effective in traffic or out of his area. The majority of his point production comes by the rim or in transition.
Isaiah Kelly of Pace Academy in Georgia had a great showing this summer. This 6-foot-6 combo forward has good length and can shoot over smaller defenders with ease. He has a good looking stroke as he spots up in transition deep in the corners or slides to the open area on dribble penetration. Kelly is also a threat on the low block where he can finish around the basket with ease. Look for Kelly’s recruitment to take off over the next year.
Rayshaun Hammonds of Norcross, Georgia, is the prototypical face-up four-man with an inside-out skill set and explosive athleticism. He is long and athletic and can finish above the rim with ease. He has a good mid-range pull up and does a good job on the offensive glass as well. He sprints in from the perimeter with good speed and quickness and gets his share of tip ins using his length.
Isaac Chatman of Cordova, Alabama, has a big time basketball body that’s long and powerful. A freaky athlete who can run and jump as well as any young player we’ve seen this summer. Chatman is good on the low block where he can finish with either hand. He benefits from guard penetration where he can finish everything around the basket. Chatman was on campus at Auburn over the weekend, look for him to attract a lot of attention over the next year.
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Under the Radar
After a strong showing this spring and summer look for Alston Davis of New Hope Christian Academy (NC) recruitment to take off. This North Carolina native is an inside/outside guy that can kill you from both places. He is relentless on the glass and in transition where he can use his strength to overpower the opposition.
Kane Williams of South Paulding High School in Georgia has been a player that impressed this summer at the Power 24. He is a bouncy athlete with superior quickness and very explosive in the open court. He can get to the rim off the bounce and finish through contact. Look for this junior guard to have a big season.
Class of 2016 point guard Jordan Shepherd of Asheville Christian School (NC) recruitment took off after a strong showing in the Elite 32 and the Super 6 Showcase. Shepherd is lead guard with terrific size, strength, and length for his position. He sees the court and puts immediate pressuring on the defense by advancing the ball with the pass or the dribble. Shepherd recently narrowed his list down to Middle Tennessee State, UNC Charlotte, Furman, Wofford, Boston and Western Kentucky.
Austin Peay, Furman, Louisiana Tech, and Wright State all tracked Ballard High School (KY) forward Malik Dow this summer. Dow is a strong and physical big body wing player. He is a terrific multiple position defender and good rebounder on both ends of the floor. He was great in transition this summer as he is able to get out on the break and finish above the rim.
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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, Power 24, and Super 6 Showcase Session I & II
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