Patiently waiting prospects -April 22, 2020

Max Harris got better each game as the season went on for Wheeler (GA).

Atlanta, Ga– This past weekend would have been the 1stLive Period for this travel season where prospects could show college coaches their abilities. But with the current situation, we’re all at home without basketball being played. Each spring, there are a handful of guys who might not get a ton of offers yet, but have their names marked down for further evaluation. Here are 5 such prospects who don’t have a ton of buzz surrounding them but I feel like could have gained some traction last weekend. They’ll be waiting patiently to prove their value whenever we can return to the court.

By: Trent Markwith

6’4” PG Isaac Brito (Trinity Christian/Atlanta Allstars)

There’s no doubt in my mind that Brito would’ve had a bunch of MM programs watching him this past weekend if we were able to play. He has great positional size for a PG at 6’4” and a strong body to go with it. Brito is a guy who doesn’t take plays off and when you pair with good athleticism and skill like his, it is hard to stop. He has a solid game based off aggressive penetration where he can both score and facilitate. His motor is evident on the defensive side also as he uses his strength as an on-ball defender and is impressive contesting and blocking shots for a guard. Brito’s energetic approach is one that coaches love to see.

6’1” G George Pridgett (Roswell/Game Elite)

One of the better sleeper prospects in the state, Pridgett has given his Roswell team tons of production in each of his first 3 seasons, but has still flown under the radar. He’s a smooth lefty with impressive shot-creating ability who can get hot quickly and rack up a lot of points. He can connect on a variety of jumpers from both mid-range and beyond the arc. Pridgett isn’t an explosive athlete but understands knows how to create space, use angles, and draw fouls. He has a nice package of floaters and is good at placing the ball high off the glass in the paint too. Pridgett is also a high IQ defender who has a knack for getting deflections and steals.  The calm, skilled game he has is one that should translate well to college and will get recognized sooner or later.

6’6” F Jordan Mitchell (Shiloh)

Shiloh didn’t sport a ton of depth at the forward spots this season, so Mitchell’s contributions were huge. He gave the Generals a consistent, reliable paint presence who brings toughness and efficiency to the team. Mitchell grabs rebounds on both backboards and protects the rim with long arms and good pursuit off the ball, and runs the floor well after throwing outlets. He keeps things simple offensively, going up without hesitation on the interior while also showing some ability to stretch the floor. Overall, he’s a guy who knows who he is, plays with lots of energy, and embraces the physicality of the game. I think those traits would have made some coaches take notice.

6’4” SG Max Harris (Wheeler/Game Elite)

An important piece on Wheeler’s state championship team this year, Harris improved as the season went on for the Wildcats. He isn’t a guy who will have the ball a lot or stand out with electrifying plays, but he stays ready to contribute and will do the little things to help you win. Offensively, he moves without the ball well and positions himself on the perimeter for kick-out opportunities. Harris is a capable shooter but will also go up in traffic and get to the free-throwl ine pretty often. On defense, he is savvy and finds ways to effective guard opponents who may have him beat with size or athletic ability. Given how he can produce offensively without many dribbles and his increasing confidence, the signs of what’s ahead for Harris are positive.

6’3” G Zyair Greene (Miller Grove/Atlanta Xpress)

A strong shot-maker with quiet confidence, Greene had a very productive season at Miller Grove that went overlooked. He’s quick with his decisions, knows what he wants to do, and gets to his spots effectively. His shot connects often both off the dribble and off catch-and-shoot looks. He likes to get going with his jumper, but Greene also has the frame that allows him to convert among bodies pretty often. He uses this same physicality on defense as a solid rebounding guard who does the dirty work and will snick his nose in there when bigger players are around. With perimeter pieces of Greene, James White, Will Richard, and Madison Durr, the Xpress would have a lot of eyes on them and college opportunities would be earned.

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