In today’s issue, we will take a look at the next tier of prospects in the 2013 class that made an impression on the numerous scouts in attendance including the Phenom Hoop Report.
6’4 2013 Jameal Robinson of Greer HS in Greer, SC
The 2013 combo guard was playing for a scholarship offer from a D1 school and his full throttle approach was impressive. The explosive athlete was outstanding in transition and finished well by punishing the rim on several occasions. Robinson biggest attribute may have been on the defensive end of the floor as he continuously created problems for his opposing offensive player. Robinson did a little bit of everything well. He was an excellent rebounder for his size/position and had advanced ball handling and passing skills. Schools in the Big South or Southern Conference should take a serious look at this impressive athlete.
6’2 2013 Kyshawn Jones of GW Danville HS in Danville, VA
Without question, Jones was the most explosive player/athlete in attendance and simply put on a dunking exhibition throughout the day. His vertical leaping ability was impressive and Jones played with purpose and passion throughout the day. He has the skill set accompanied with the special athletic ability that makes him a legit D1 talent. In speaking with his high school coach, JUCO may be his best option at this point and time. He is definitely a D1 prospect and one that schools should continue to monitor over the course of the season.
6’7 2013 Daniel Bridges of Landrum HS in Inman, SC
Bridges is another prospect that lower tier D1 schools should carefully watch over the upcoming season. The sneaky athletic Bridges had an excellent day and showcased an overall knowledge of the game. He was excellent in the “pick and pop” situation and “boxed out” on the defensive end of the court, but more importantly he ran the floor as well or better than anyone in attendance. Bridges showed the ability to knock down the midrange jumper and just has a presence on the court. Coach Randy Peele stated the following: “ Bridges is an interesting young prospect to watch. He puts the ball on the floor pretty well for his size/position. I saw him make two deep 3’s in transition off the dribble. If he gains strength and shoots as consistently as he did Sunday, he is a definite D1 prospect.”
6’1 2013 David Belfield of Charlotte Catholic in Charlotte, NC
Belfield is a strong and physical combo guard that has the proper understanding of the game accompanied with outstanding basketball IQ and poise. He is assertive with the ball and rarely turns the ball over and simply knows how to run a team. He has a beautiful perimeter jumper and plays the game the correct way. Coach Randy Peele stated “Belfield uses the “stop and go” move effectively and has a knack for getting by his defender. He is a willing passer and always hits the open man on time and on target. He is very unselfish and could be more assertive in scoring. Belfield is a strong Patriot level prospect.
6’8 2013 Tyquan Biting of Mt. Tabor HS in Winston-Salem, NC
Biting is an active and mobile 4/5 that runs the floor extremely well. He has good size and an excellent attitude on the court. He plays above the rim and gets his hands on a lot of loose balls and rebounds. I like his high energy and full throttle approach to the game. He plays his position well and understands his strength and does a nice job of posting up in the low post area. He has good hands and utilizes the jump hook shot.
6’6 2013 Roderick Howell of Rock Hill HS in Rock Hill, SC
Howell has a physically mature body and is strength is over helming at times for his opponent. His athleticism and explosiveness is impressive and is ability to score from the perimeter will surprise you. Howell will be an excellent gem for a D1 program that needs a workhorse that simply gets the job done. Coach Randy Peele stated, “Howell has a great physical body and at 6’6 is explosive as heck. He can score to 15 feet. Howell is a tough young man, very physical and can rebound with the best of them.”
6’9 2013 Trey Warren of Lake Norman HS in Mooresville, NC
Warrant has the size and skill set to play at a D1 level, but he will need to add weight and strength to his thin frame. That being said, he has some nice intangibles for a face up 4. He has soft hands and solid footwork on the interior. He plays hard and rarely takes a play off. He rebounds well and attempts to box out on miss shots. He also runs the floor well. Coach Randy Peele stated, “Warren plays hard and is very coachable. He really knows how to play the game.”
6’4 2013 Lepreece Lynch of Mt. Tabor HS in Winston-Salem, NC
Lynch was one of the best scorers for the day at camp. He has good size for a WG and he has little to no problem scoring points. He can score in various ways and had one of the most advanced offensive arsenals of moves. He was excellent in transition and used his speed and athleticism to score in transition, but can also knock down the perimeter shot with consistency. Coach Randy Peele stated “Lynch hit deep 3’s off the pass and can put the ball on the floor. He scored effordly at the rim in transition, but his euro step was one of the more impressive moves of the day. He must tighten up his handles but he is a strong low to mid major prospect. He has plenty of upside and will grow into this body.”
6’3 2013 Cody Hylton of Northwest Guilford in Colfax, NC
Cody Hylton has been a steady regular at the NC Phenom 150 and has earned the reputation of being one of the top perimeter shooters in the state. He is excellent in the “catch and shoot” situation and has unbelievable range in his jumper. His technique and form is textbook and has enjoyed an outstanding high school career at one of the best pure shooters in the area. He has a solid understanding of the game and plays with confidence and poise.
5’10 2013 Shamus Goss of Duluth HS in Buford, GA
The best way to describe Shamus Goss is “tough as nails.” The high energy PG plays with passion, purpose and a full throttle approach. Simply put, he plays the game hard! He has the confidence and demeanor on the court that is fun to watch. He has good quickness and is fearless in attacking the basket. He is a wiling passer and does a good job of getting his teammates involved in the offense. He is a true competitor on the court and winning does matter to him.
6’5 2013 Gejuan Long of Mt. Tabor HS in Winston-Salem, NC
Gejuan Long has all the physical intangibles needed for a WF. He is long, bouncy and athletic and is excellent in transition. He is aggressive on defense and plays hard. A blue-collar type player that may gain the favor of a lower tier D1 School. He has good handles in the open court, but could improve on his perimeter jumper. He will play college ball at some level.
6’5 2013 Tate Small of Ardrey Kell HS in Charlotte, NC
Tate Small is a true competitor that plays with 100% effort 100% of the time. His hustle and desire are heartwarming and fun to watch. We were really impressed with his ability to knock down perimeter shots consistently throughout the day. Currently, a bubble player between D1 and D2, but a solid senior season may push him into the D1 level. Coach Randy Peele stated, “Small loves the game! He plays hard and is a very good form shooter, especially from the 3-point area. He was excellent in the “pick and pop” and is even better inside the 3-point line. He competes and plays smart and hard”
6’6 2013 Blake Cranor of Lake Norman HS in Mooresville, NC
Blake Cranor has a sweet shooting touch from the perimeter and his ability to score efficiently with his jumper will enable him to play at the D2 or D3 level. While Cranor doesn’t possess outstanding athleticism, he is fundamentally sound and plays with effort and desire. He runs the floor and gets himself in position to score and has a quick release on his jumper.