By; DeAjai Dawkins
2021 6’3 Christian Wright (TSF Post Grad)
Christian Wright is a primed engine of TSF, a hard-bodied roster that makes up one of the most talented post-graduate teams in the country. Christian is 6’3 with an intense competitive spirit, forcing the energy around him to complement his own. In a very memorable matchup against IMG’s Academy’s post-grad team, Christian was tasked with handling the likes of Lynn Greer and Brandon Murray on the perimeter and responded to the task with wonder. His ability to create on both ends is impressive and leaves no wonder why he’s been pursued by a number of division one schools. I could definitely see Christian developing into a consistent college contributor and I look forward to seeing him in the future.
2024 6’2 Peter Moye (CC Elite Cook)
2024 Peter Moye has been productive for as long as I’ve been watching his young career. Playing for CC Elite, I’ve watched Peter Moye fill up the box score against a variety of interior and wing talents. I’ve seen him guard a variety of interior and wing talents. Needless to say, Peter is versatile and well equipped to produce over the course of his high school career. As a freshman, Moye proved himself serviceable and earned a spot on a varsity team that made a deep 4A playoff push. The experience he gained day in and day out under the guidance of numerous college-level athletes will most certainly serve him going forward. I personally already see the improvements that this recent high school season has made on his game. He’s moving with a much quicker pace, and looks to be more muscular as he uses his frame to create on the inside.
2021 Brandon Murray (IMG Post Grad)
In a weekend filled with competition between some of the best stars in the state, IMG Post-Grad’s Brandon Murray is on a short list of the most talented players I saw this weekend. The LSU commit fits the build of a big guard/wing, and has wonderful mobility to have such a punishing figure. His agility is in a lane of its own as far as players of his stature are concerned, and I have absolutely no worries about his ability to take or initiate contact at the next level. Aside from the fact that he’s strong and quick to drive as well as defend, his scoring ability might just be my favorite thing about him. Brandon showed the ability to score from all 3 levels, and hit multiple threes in the stellar matchup against TSF. For a player like Murray, I wonder how much development he still has to undergo to begin contributing immediately at LSU.
2022 Will Kelly (Rod Howard Select)
The 2020-2021 high school season provided challenges for everyone, but as far as reputation is concerned, it was great for Will Kelly. I first saw Kelly with Gaston Christian at the beginning of last season, and initially underestimated them. It was amazing to watch that team’s journey to the state championship game, and Will Kelly’s emergence to statewide recognition. Kelly is a great producer in general, making it a purpose to contribute in a majority of areas in the game. He’s constantly looking to attack, whether it be through his shot or driving to the rim. He’s not labeled as a facilitator but he’s shown an ability to find open guys once he’s in the lane. I want to see Will with a state championship, solidifying what will be a stellar finish to his high school career.