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Alex C. - Class of 2024, Johns Creek Jr. Gladiators
Imposing 6'4" presence who makes his offensive and defensive home in the paint. Willing passer out of double teams. Makes you think twice about penetration. Vocal to the point that teammates have no guesswork about the current on floor situation. Needs to add range to offense outside of the paint. Little defensive resistance outside of the paint.
Calvin Johnson- Class of 2024, McEachern Jr. Indians
Long lefty who in one year has added offensive skills to an already aggressive defensive attitude. Sets screens well. Blocks more than 3 shots per game. Good pressbreaking IQ. Will only continue to gain confidence and strength.
Isaac Melber - Class of 2024, Cambridge Jr. Bears
Quick and strong, this predominitly right handed driver has a nice eurostep in his toolbox. This leaves defenders useless and adds up to assists. Penetrates at will. Battles hard for offensive rebounds. Trusted by the coaches and has the offensive green light to make things happen. Unphased by physicality.
Jaeden Wilkinson - Class of 2024, Hillgrove Jr. Hawks
Speedy, knock down 3 point shooter from distance. Great off season work ethic. Very comfortable playing 2 on offense and any position on defense in the team's relentless and effective diamond press. Good anticipation for steals. Needs work on freethrows.
Brooks McKenna - Class of 2024, Woodstock Jr. Wolverines
Hard working, versatile player who shows lots of promise in many areas. Very effective playing positions 1-3 and will fight at 4-5. Underrated ballhandler. High basketball IQ. Fundamentally sound in areas that are normally ignored (freethrowing, help defense, leadership). Will work to get stronger moving forward.
Craig Adams Jr. (CJ) - Class of 2023, Campbell Spartans
Good athlete with football and basketball quickness and toughness. Strong ballhandler, persistent rebounder with good springs. Good teammate who shares the basketball unselfishly in transition or in the half court. Plays offense and defense enthusiastically and with the team in mind. Expansion of 3 point range is in the works.
Jase McCollough - Class of 2023, Roswell Hornets
This athletic, aggressive forward with good handles and above average lower body strength never runs out of gas. Jase continues to compete for the basketball when others stop. Needs midrange and offhand finishing work but makes up for it in the interim with his desire for the basketball.
Davion Hampton - Class of 2023, Kell Jr. Longhorns
Is a strong athletic, aggressive defensive fundamental player who closes out consistently well. He is long and quick with good instincts and habitually establishes his paint and rebounding presence as well as his defensive positioning. Needs more touches on offense to develop that part of his game.
Malik Ishmail - Class of 2024, Hillgrove Jr. Hawks
In the full court aggressively defensive system that he leads, Malik is able to maximize the quickness that his feet and hands possess to get steals and finish. A growth spurt is on the way and his offseason work has put his skills in a much better position than last season. Needs more shooting repetition to extend his range. Needs more work at point guard offensively. A lockdown individual defender.
Xavier Bell - Class of 2023, Pebblebrook Jr. Falcons
Good ballhandler. Aggressive and seeks contact with defenders in the open floor and in transition. Willing passer. Stretch, sure handed and opportunistic rebounder. Needs to add more anticipation to overall defense. Good shooter.