It is that time of year. Regional schools are mapping out their April Live periods. With only 3 days of LIVE period (well 2 really if you consider you cannot start until 6 on Friday and have to be done by 4 on Sunday) this year it is imperative that college coaches see the right players.
In this series, we are taking a look at various leagues around this region and the players these coaching staffs should be watching. A guide to help them streamline their process and get in front of the right kids …
This segment we are looking at prospects who would look good at in the Patriot League …
6’3” 2020 Luc Richard Rameau
NC Go Hard / Ravenscroft (NC)
Rameau is ridiculously productive, one of the most productive players in North Carolina. His style is reminiscent of Ian Dubose (Houston Baptist). Rameau is so strong, with great length. He can defend across multiple positions, with the strength to switch onto forward and the quickness/length to lock up wings. He is a shot maker and shot greater, even being comfortable on the ball in pick and roll situations. Off the initial look test, he won’t check a lot of boxes, but someone in your league will get him and he will kick your ass for four years.
6’1” 2020 Jake Ledbetter
NC Spartans East / Bishop McGuiness (NC)
Claimed Offers: Houston Baptist
Ledbetter is a winner. He has a calming demeanor about him, never being rushed with the ball in his hands. Ever since middle school he has been a knockdown guy out to 30 feet, quick trigger and deep touch. However, throughout high school, he has developed into a true point guard. He has a good handle, takes care of possessions and can really pass the ball. He makes everyone around him better, all the while, being able to go out and get his. Like Rameau, he may not pass the initial look test, but rest assured, the state champion will produce.
6’11” 2020 Aleksandr Gulhkov
Team Loaded 434 / Blue Ridge School (VA)
Gulhkov has a legit size with good length. However, the story here is his skill set, especially his ability to really shoot the ball. A pick and pop guy who is able to pull gravity of the oppositions big, he creates space. Still needing strength, he is able to protect the rim and is an active area rebounder. Gulhkov fits the mold of a new age stretch-5, but he certainly fits that role to a T.
6’7” 2020 Mike Houge
Chattanooga Elite / Chattanooga Christian (TN)
Houge has a great size to go with an intriguing skill set. His length and strong frame allow him to rebound, block shots and play some on the block. However, it’s his skill set that is what intrigues the most. He is able to line up at the high post and either attack or shoot if left open. He can do some things as a trail big and can even create from the wing. A very versatile player, one who can play all over depending on the matchup.
6’3” Unsigned Senior Jett Fortuny
WCBA Unsigned / Cary HS (NC)
Claimed Offers: Nevada
Fortuny certainly opened eyes when the Nevada offer came through, but rest assured it was a real offer. Many college coaches who have seen him, at the D2 level, feel he is a mid-major guy, however, the D1 coaches just haven’t been out to see him yet. Fortuny is an academic kid who can make shots, act as a secondary ball handler, defend the ball and plays with an overall toughness that really shines. Just an overall productive player (as evidenced by his 20 points per game on his 40% shooting from 3 this season). Coaches should be watching closely, it would not surprise to see a few offers come through from regional programs at this level.
6’4” 2020 Avery Keller
Team Loaded 704 Curry / Hibriten HS (NC)
Keller is an interesting player with his combination of frame, skill set, and athleticism. He is able to really pass the ball and see the floor, lining up from the high post and as a secondary handler. He is also strong enough to take smaller players on the block. Keller will dunk on you in traffic and also stroke the 3-ball. Again, like we said, there is a lot to like here. Someone who can be very productive. The type of player who comes into this league and finds his way onto the floor often.