Future All American, littered with High Major Prospects: By Elite Director Bryan Weber

 

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Hoop Group’s Future All American Camp has become the nation’s premier basketball camp for grades 6-10, and this year was no different. We attracted some of the highest rated players from across the country, and they certainly did not disappoint. I would like to highlight some of the players who had excellent performances and should be on the radar’s of every High Major school in the country.

2018 Silvio De Sousa 6’8 PF MVP — Highlighted by a number 6 and a number 1 play on Sportscenter Top 10, Silvio is an absolute monster. He has a grown man body right now, and he uses it at every possible chance. I have never in person, seen a rising sophomore who is more impressive physically on a basketball court than this young man. Standing at 6’8 De Sousa has the size to dominate on the block, but he also shows signs of transitioning to a Lebron type 1-5 man, who can get the ball off the rim and take it the length of the floor. Throughout the entire week he lived up to ESPN’s number 2 ranking and if not for Marvin Bagley (one of the best prospects in the last 20 years), Silvio could easily be the top player in this class. However, the most impressive part of Silvio’s game is his work ethic and drive to be great. Whether it was dominating the station work, or running sprints by himself outside to get warmed up, he showed he has a drive to be great that will serve him for years to come.

2019 Maxwell Lorca 6’9 PF MOP– A long skilled power forward headed to Northfield Mount Hermon, Maxwell has a chance to be very special. He has the ability that very few players his age and size have, and that is running the floor. In the top 20 all star game at camp Max and Sean Good (class of 2018) got dunk after dunk by running the floor on every play. He is definitely a shot maker, however he needs to continue to work on getting his shot off much quicker, and only a Freshman, he will have plenty of time to do this. Look for Max to be another PSA Cardinal big man to end up at a High Level School (Chris Mccullough, Cheick Diallo, Kasoum Yakwe, Etc). Off the court it should be noted that he is a tremendous kid who is willing to get better and seems very receptive to criticism, which should lead to a very very bright future.

 

2018 Jalen Smith 6’8 PF — In a camp full of High Major Prospects, Jalen “Sticks’ Smith holds my vote for greatest upside. Already recognized by ESPN as the 14th best player in the class of 2018, Jalen has a ton of untapped potential. A Skilled 4 man who has range out to the three point line, throughout the week Sticks showed us a wide range and ability to score the basketball. With a 7 foot wingspan, Sticks blocks shots consistently and also has the ability to keep smaller guards in front by moving his feet. The only knock on Jalen right now is obviously his slight frame, but with a little size and bulk put on he will be able to pick his school when it is all said and done. Already holding offers from Miami, Providence, etc, look for his recruitment to continue to skyrocket.

2018 Sean Goode 6’11 PF — Sean is my vote for biggest blow up at camp. Attending Trinity High School, Sean came into camp as an unknown commodity, but definitely did not leave that way. Earning a spot in the Top 20 all-star game, Sean proved he belong early getting dunk after dunk, blocking shots, running the floor, rebounding, and even making 3’s!! If he does not end up a top 50 player in this class I would be shocked. He appears to be a Dylan Painter who is more developed and better athletically at this age. Sean’s publicity is bound to sky rocket and he has a chance to play basketball at the highest level. Much like other players his height and age, Sean needs to keep putting more size and bulk on, so stronger players can’t push him off the block, and he needs to continue to develop his back to the basket game, but Sean is an absolute STAR in making. He should be a fun one to watch over the next few days.

2018 Myles Dread 6’4 SG — Myles is a kid who I have known for a few years since his middle school days playing for the Metro Flyers. The most impressive attribute that Myles possesses is an undeniable competitiveness to be the best. He does not care who you are, he is going to go at you neck to prove he is better than you (and usually he is). Myles has gone from being a four man in middle school, to a 3 during his Freshman year at Gonzaga, to now being a true combo 1-2. This is a testament to his ridiculous work ethic.  Throughout the week, he got the basket at will, made open 3’s, got his teammates involved, guarded, and won. Myles needs to get a little more elusive because he often is able to over power his way to the rim using his size and strength now, but as he gets older this will not be as easy for him. As Myles continues to hone all of his guard skills, he is a no brainer HM kid, who will 100 percent help his team WIN championships.

2018 Luther Muhammed 6’4 SG — Luther is a scorer who has one speed, “get buckets”. A high volume shooter and scorer, Luther has the ability to LIGHT the scoreboard up in a variety of ways. He can make threes and score in the paint at will. A big time athlete with elite quickness, he scores the ball in every way imaginable. It really doesn’t matter who he is playing against, Luther is going to impose his will on the offensive side of the ball. The one thing Luther needs to continue to improve on is his decision making, but with the attention he will continue to attract from defenses both on the UA circuit and at Hudson Catholic, he is bound to become a great distributor. He is another player from camp who definitely has Top 100 type talent.

2018 Daniel Sackey 5’9 PG —  An undersized guard with ELITE level quickness, I would be shocked if there is a faster guard in the entire all of North America than this jet. The Canadian guard capped off a great week of camp by winning the MVP of the Top 20 all-star game. He has the ability that most do not of being able to change directions, pull up for jump shots, get to the basket, and get his teammates involved all without slowing down (even a little bit). He keeps the pressure on the defense at ALL times, and I have yet to see someone keep him in front. He may be one of the players that High Major coaches pass up on because of his size, and end up regretting it in the NCAA tournament when he is torching their team. I am a huge fan of this kids upside, and as of now he is still looking for a prep home in the United States. High level player.

2019 Mikeal Jones 6’7 SF — A top 25 player in the class of 2019 by most people’s accounts, Mikeal “Hollywood” Jones has the feel of a future blue blood. An infectious personality, and a monster game give him the ability to lead others on the court. One of only 2 2019 players at camp to make the Top 20 all-star game, the future Roman Catholic product showed an ability to play both inside and outside, and a basketball IQ that was very advanced for his age. I usually at this age use the terms “could be” and “should be”, but in Hollywood’s case I am will to say he will be the next big thing to come out of Philly.

2018 Tyree Pickron 6’3 SG — The main reason why I am a huge fan of this Archbishop Wood product is the way he plays the game. Watching him play, he plays as if he is a player just trying to make the team, by bounce passing, jump stopping, communicating on defense, taking charges, diving on lose balls, but in the end you realize that he is also a HIGH level player. In the period of one game I watched him make the correct play 5 straight times while not forcing it and on the 6th possession he rose up and dunked it ON the defense. Tyree is an absolute coaches dream, and the only gripe I have about him at times is making sure he realizes just how very good he really is. After almost averaging a double double as a Freshman in the Philly Catholic League, he is primed for a MONSTER Sophomore season, and I have faith that he is going to live up to expectations. Tyree looks to be at least an A10 prospect and most likely will be on a HM roster before it is all said and done. He should be on St Joes/Temple/Lasalle radars very soon.

2018 Noah Locke 6’1 Combo — A winning floor general, he is a major prospect coming out of the DMV. He has the ability to make pull up jumpers consistently, get his teammates involved, and very rarely makes the wrong basketball play. He may be someone who it takes more than 1 evaluation for a coach to realize the value he brings to a game, but the more you watch this kid the more you realize how good he really is. Another top 20 all-star at Elite Session 2 and Future All American camp, Noah is a humble kid who is hungry to get better.

2018 Justin Winston 6’6 SF — Justin is a freaky athlete with a developing skill set. He has shown the ability to take games over with his offensive rebounding, deflections, and energy, and he has also shown a streaky ability to make 3’s and get to the basket against slower and less athletic opponents. When motivated, he has shown all the makings of being the NJ Playaz next HM player, and his motivation seems to be getting better every time I see him. He will 100 percent be flying all over the rims for the next few years in NJ High School basketball, and then flying all over the rims on ESPN some day at a High Major school.

2018 Immanuel Quickley 6’4 PG — A little bit under the radar, Quickly proved to be the best PGs and one of the best prospects at camp. Also having a very good GPA, he has attracted some of the best schools in the country to recruit him at an early age. A savvy, pass first, PG Immanuel has the feel of a high level guard who will be playing for money some day. Long arms and the ability to dribble through tight places makes him a nightmare for the defense to keep in front, and the vision and court sense of a young Jason Kidd. I am a HUGE fan of this kid, and I know he is destined to do great things. He had one stretch in the top 20 game where he hit 3 or 4 straight threes and made it look easy. Could easily end up a Kansas or Duke recruit some day, and he will continue to jump on the national scene with every person who watches him. He is THAT good.

2018 Marcus Littles 6’10 C — An Absolute beast, Marcus has the height and the girth of very few players in High School basketball. The Team Final product has shown great touch around the basket and even made some smooth 15 footers throughout the week. Sometimes with Marcus his strength is a little bit of his weakness, as he needs to continue to work on his foot speed to hedge screens and recover, but his potential to be great is through the roof. Also, Marcus has a better back to the basket game than most players his age, and obviously with his size and strength, once he gets down there nobody is moving him. Another kid with a great personality who is fun to be around, and his teammates really seem to like as well, which is always good to see when dealing with high level recruits. With a little refining and some elbow grease, Marcus will be another FAA HM big man that we will be reading about in the sports section of the newspaper.

2018 Isaiah Mucious 6’8 SF — That is not a typo ladies and gentleman Isaiah is a 6’8 small forward as a rising Sophomore. He showed his full arsenal is the Top 20 all-star games and kept his team in the game with 3 straight possessions nailing a three, and a fourth crossing over his opponent and scoring at the basket. Isaiah is a tremendously skilled 3 man with the length that very few players in his class can rival. Once his basketball IQ matches his talent and his decision making improves, he has the ability to be a another Kevin Durant type point forward.

2018 Emmanuel Ummofia 7’1 C — New to the northeast, Emmanuel was hard to miss at Future All American Camp. A True 7 footer with a 7’7 wingspan, Ummofia is an imposing figure in the paint. More surprising than his massive size is his ability to stretch the floor and make shots from the outside, while also showing great touch around the basket. He has a developing feel for the game, and once he plays more basketball the big guy will be on the radar of many High Level D1 Schools. Already getting strong interest from Florida, Emmanuel has a huge upside and the work ethic to go with it. James Barrett, who is responsible for much of the development of Seton Hall star Isaiah Whitehead, and now is working Emmanuel out, says he has the ability to end up a Top 100 type prospect before it is all said and done (and I do not disagree). It is hard to find this kind of size and when you can add a strong work ethic to the mix, it will be interesting to see where he ends up!!

2018 Chase Audige 6’4 SG — The Hill School’s newest addition may be the BEST prospect they have ever had. Chase, a ridiculous athlete who can also consistently make threes, showed himself to be one of the best 2018 prospects in the northeast and maybe the country. Playing alongside fellow high major prospect Tyree Pickron, he was one of the funnest and most intriguing prospects to watch all week. Constantly finishing with dunk after dunk at the rim, the guard showed a tight handle and smooth 3 point shot on more than one occasion. Along with Sean Good, Chase wins the award for most unknown prospect to make a splash at camp. All week long Chase had scouting services circling his name and talking about him. If he is able to transition to a one, which he shows a lot of the ball skills to be able to do, he could be SCARY good. He should be a key piece to the Hill School team that should threaten for a league title as only a Sophomore. and from here on out his destiny is in his own hands. He has all the tools to, like many of these other prospects, be playing at a very High level college in a few years.

2018 Jonathan Kabongo 6’3 PG —   Taking after his older brother Myck, Jonathan is an explosive scorer who also showed the ability to create for his teammates throughout the week. The Huntington Prep future star was one of the best PG’s in camp and he lived up to the offers he already has from Washington State, Indiana, and Virginia Tech. Sometimes taking some ill advised shots, he will need to continue to become a true PG, but this will come with time as he is working with one of the best coaches in the country Arkell Bruce at Huntington Prep. All you need to do is watch some of his electrifying highlights from this week to know he will be a name to remember for a long time.

2018 Martin Mann 6’6 PF — One of the more fundamentally sound players at camp, Martin (younger brother of Florida State’s Terrance), was a player that grows on you the more you see him. Not an overly explosive athlete, Martin relies on his court sense, hands, and finishing ability to put the ball in the basket. Earning his way into the top 20 all-star game, Martin showed a consistent ability to produce, a quality that is often overlooked. Coaches will always be able to have a spot on the roster for a stat stuffer like this BABC product. Martin appears at this stage in the process to be a Mid to High player, and no matter where he ends up he will help his team win at a very high level with his production.

2018 Brandon Slater 6’7 SF — A long, athletic, slippery small forward, Brandon can get to the basket at will. He will be a key contributer next season at Paul VI for coach Ferello, one of the best High School Basketball coaches in the country. Brandon, who also can step out to the three point line and drill shots, is one of the most athletic players in the country at this age and is being tracked by high major schools across the nation. Brandon needs to continue to work on his guard skills to make sure he is a true small forward at the next level, but according to one high major coach that I spoke to, what will always separate him as a major prospect is his motor and offensive rebounding ability. Yet another stud in the loaded WCAC.

2018 Bryce Wills 6’4 PG — The best prospect in the New Heights program, Bryce has all the tools to be great. At this point in his career he is a jack of all trades, and has the ability to improve in each area. Already a top 20 all-star at camp, he has rapidly improved into one of the BEST guards in NYC. Chris Alesi is known for developing guards, and he will continue to help guide Bryce to an inevitable High Major future. I really liked the way Bryce wanted the ball in the top 20 all-star game, and no matter who he played against he had the mentality to go at the other players neck. A true star in the making.

2018 Chris Childs 6’0 PG — Chris is the only player on this list that was not in the top 20 all-star game, but the reason he makes this list is NOBODY in the country has improved more over the past 3 years than Chris has. The future Wilbraham and Munson guard is a stud now. He can score at will and lead his team to a championship at Future All American Camp and a spot in the top Sophomore All Star game. He has transitioned into a true point guard as well, taking care of the ball and helping his teammates to easy shots all week. Chris is starting to develop an underdog swagger and playing with a chip on his shoulder against each and every player he sees. The Harlem United Guard will continue to see his stock rise, and he has made himself a definite Division 1 prospect (maybe mid to high). If he improves even a quarter of the amount he improved over the last few years as I have watched him, he will be one of the best guards in the area (and beyond). It also should be noted that he is a great student, which will make him marketable to many colleges, and it shows his work ethic as a whole.

2018 Nate Roberts 6’8 PF —  One of the more surprising players of the week was 6’8 Power Forward Nate Roberts of Baltimore. He was the most skilled big guy at camp, and at times it wasn’t event close. He showed the ability to catch in the high post and attack with either hand, and also make shots with a smooth lefty shot. Also, with a long, lanky body, Nate runs the floor relentlessly for easy buckets. He has a motor that never stops, and is looking for every opportunity to score as he proved with a very productive top 20 all-star game. Nate needs to add strength to a skinny frame, but he is an absolute stud. I would be hard pressed to find a more skilled player with his height and length in the country.

 

 

 

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