Despite a great weekend for many being cut short due to the ignorance of a group of people losing control, there was a ton of talent in the building for Summer Jam presented by On The Radar Hoops. A lot of headline-grabbing prospects were in attendance but let’s take a look at a few guys that played major roles for their teams and are sometimes forgotten about in the grand scheme of things.
5’11 2021 Jamarii Thomas: Team Curry 17u/The Burlington School
Thomas is a kid that I’ve personally had the chance to watch closely for 3 years now and there are some things that are just guaranteed with him every single time he steps on the floor. We know that Thomas is always going to play with the kind of competitive fire that you wish every kid played with. He’s going to display leadership qualities and get his guys going in the right direction. Lastly, Thomas is going to attack the basket with ferocity, getting the defense on its heels and setting the table for the rest of this talented Team Curry roster to produce at a high level. Jamarii’s ability to set the table for this team is incredibly valuable to what they do and he should be someone that has division one offers coming in. He’s made incredible strides in his ability to see the floor, and is really molding himself into a true PG. His weaknesses are fixable, and his strengths happen to be things you can’t teach. I just hope low-mid major coaches in NC realize before someone else swoops in and he ends up lighting it up outside of the HoopState.
6’5 2022 Logan Blair: Team Charlotte 16u/Harding University High School
All summer long Logan Blair has been an elite glue guy for this Team Charlotte 16u team. He’s incredibly important to their success this season and frankly deserves more recognition for his production and impact on winning. Blair consistently finds himself in the right place at the right time on both ends of the floor. He plays with a high motor, guards multiple positions, and fits in seamlessly with all of Team Charlotte’s other front-court pieces. Blair’s ability to get boards over larger guys and finish at the rim translate to consistent production. Blair should continue to receive attention from scholarship coaches over the course of the next two years. He still can improve his game in a variety of ways, and there’s a great chance we see Blair become an even more versatile guy in the near future.
5’11 2021 Brookes Kahlert: Atlanta Timberwolves/St. Pius X Catholic High School
Kahlert is another point guard that has been consistently productive on this really talented Atlanta Timberwolves squad. Kahlert is a floor general that plays the game with flare and confidence. He has the ball on a string, eyes on the back of his head, and his teammates love to see Kahlert make plays with the basketball, because it usually results in an easy two points for someone on the floor. Despite playing with flare, Kahlert is efficient, he doesn’t turn the ball over a whole lot and simply runs his team at a high level and has fun doing so. He’s a confident perimeter shooter and a crafty finsisher at the rim. He makes those around him better, and displays the kind of charisma and leadership you love too see from your PG. Kahlert holds offers from a few division two schools but he’s a D1 PG in my eyes. Anyone that plays with that kind of poise, confidence, and efficiency is deserving of D1 attention. Kahlert should continue to see his recruitment pick up over the course of the high school season.
6’6 2022 Samuel Moss: Game Elite 2022/East Coweta High School
With the energy and defensive intensity that Moss brings to the table each and every time he steps on the court, any offense he provides should just be considered house money. Add in the fact that he can make shots, slash from the wing, and make plays for others we’re looking at a kid that has to be one of the biggest sleepers in the Southeast from a recruiting standpoint. Moss doesn’t have a single scholarship offer yet and frankly he should pick up some serious steam in his recruitment. Moss is one of the most competitive kids I’ve covered all summer. It’s clear he loves the game of basketball and winning, so there’s no extra stuff with what Moss does on the floor. He attacks the rim with purpose, defends up to four positions on the floor, and is showing to be a more than capable outside shooter. He’s the kind of kid that every lineup needs in the mix with his energy and two way impact.