#OTRSpringShowcase – 2016-2017 Checklist – April 1, 2015
Remember the name Ikechukwu Obiagu of Decatur, Ga. He proved to be one of the top post players nationally after his play at the #OTRSpringShowcase. Photo cred – Ty Freeman
DULUTH, Ga., – The annual Spring Showcase is the perfect place for underclassmen in the Atlanta Metro area and surrounding areas to get exposure before the spring travel season begins. A number of prospects from the area competed and built a name for themselves this year. Here is a look back on a few of those players.
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Jacob Ali of Atlanta, Ga., is a combo forward that brings energy and athleticism to the front line. Standing at 6-5 he can guard the wing while also showing that he can rebound among the bigger posts on the court. His willingness to be vocal on the court gives him leadership qualities that are important.
Kohl Roberts of Atlanta, Ga., is a high energy rebounder that patrols the paint. Standing at 6-foot-7 he has length plus athleticism to make an impact among some of the city’s best players. Heading into his senior year, we expect to see his recruitment to reflect his on court production.
Shawn Rushing of Fairburn, Ga., is a combo guard with solid size and good athleticism. He stands at 6-2, which allows him to be competitive as a wing. However, he caught our eye with his ability to use the ball screen during game play. He has a good feel for creating space and used a slick crossover move to set up his defender.
Ti’Mon Creighton of Jonesboro, Ga., showed exceptional promise during game play at the Spring Showcase. The 5-10 point guard has explosiveness with the ball in his hands and made shifty dribble moves in transition to shake defenders. The highlight of his day came when he faked a behind the back pass to his teammate and finished at the rim after the unsuspecting defender jumped out of the way.
Victor Enoch of Decatur, Ga., is one of the best post finishers in the class. The 6-8 power forward embraces the back to the basket role and finishes shots at a high rate on either side of the rim. His strength and decisiveness make him nearly impossible for most defenders to contain.
Stanley Henderson Jr. of Morrow, Ga., is a promising wing forward. At 6-6 he has bounce in his legs that allow him to make plays above the rim. He uses that athleticism effectively too as his motor runs high on both ends of the floor.
Ikechukwu Obiagu of Decatur, Ga., is emerging as one of the class of 2017 top post players. Standing near 7-feet tall, he has mobility and feet of that like a small forward. He moves from block to arc very well in straight lines. Although he struggles to be decisive at times, he can finish with the best of any post player when he has angles to score in the low post.
Kendrick Summerour of Marietta, Ga., is far from being finished as a developing prospect. The flashy point guard revved up his engine on Saturday afternoon to make plays as a lead guard. The 5-10 prospect is positioning himself as one of the top point guards in Georgia in his class.
Wallace Tucker of Alpharetta, Ga., showed promise at the showcase. In a setting that puts a premium on athleticism and play-making, Tucker stood out as a heady handler who will keep the ball moving in the half court setting. His willingness to play hard-nosed on-ball defense without fouling was also refreshing
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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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