By: Sean Halloran
2022 Jaxon Ellingsworth (Brand X 17U)
Ellingsworth is known to be one of the top unsigned big men in the area, as he continues to impress college coaches this weekend with his play. Ellingsworth in a 6’8, long, mobile-forward who is an effective force on the offensive and defensive glass. He showed he can stretch the floor a little bit offensively this weekend and proved to consistently affect shots around the basket defensively. Ellingsworth is a player whose recruitment I expect to pick up heading into the high school season.
2022 Jacari Outlaw (NC Heat 17U)
Outlaw showed out today by doing a great job of scoring the ball at an efficient rate. With a size and a strong build at the guard position, he does a great job of using his body the right way to get to his spots offensively. Outlaw gets downhill quickly off the bounce and can finish at the rim through contact. He displayed his smooth stroke today and shows that when his jumper is falling, that he is extremely hard to stop.
2022 Kusamae Draper (SPO Gators 17U)
Draper was a player that impressed me today with his versatility and guard skills while standing at 6’6. He showed that he is capable of making plays for his teammates off the dribble and is also able of scoring it himself. Draper is effective around the rim and has nice touch once inside of the paint area. He showed he is a capable catch-and-shoot shooter but is more comfortable driving it to the rim. A player for coaches to keep an eye on heading into the high school season!
2022 Nate Bradford (Team Swish 17U)
At 6’8, Bradford was the most polished wing player I have watched all weekend. The lengthy, smooth forward has an outstanding skillset, with his guard skills and footwork at his size being at the top of that list. Bradford can score the ball in bunches and does so by making difficult shots off the bounce and getting into the paint to finish at the rim. He plays with great poise offensively and is an effective scorer because of his high level of footwork. One of the most highly-touted upcoming seniors in the area did not disappoint with his performances this weekend.
2022 Kyle Frazier (CC Elite)
Frazier was an intriguing prospect that cough my eye this weekend. Frazier was one of the best shooters that I saw this weekend and he shoots is efficient. A more comfortable catch-and-shoot guy but is able to put the ball on the ground to allow himself an opening to shoot it. An underrated part of Frazier’s game to me was his playmaking ability when he is not open. He is still capable of making the right play a majority of the time if he feels he does not have the best shot for the team. Another aspect of Frazier’s game that stood out to me was his constant communication on the defensive end. I expect his recruitment to continue to build following his performance from this weekend.