This weekend was one for second comings. LeBron James Jr. showed out in his hometown of Akron and in Indianapolis, Shaq’s son Shareef was showing that he’s a high major prospect at the EYBL. Twenty miles away from the Nike event, there was another NBA legend’s son doing work: Shawn Kemp’s son Jamon.
Bearing a striking resemblance to his father, Jamon doesn’t quite have the size of his Pops, but already has some skills on the outside. Running with Washington Supreme of the Under Armour Association, Kemp had no problem fitting in despite playing up a year. He defended multiple positions on the perimeter, blocked a ton of shots, and was a beast on the offensive glass. The Seattle Garfield product hit a couple of deep jumpers and made some good slashes to the rack, too. While he doesn’t quite have the Reignman’s bounce or size yet, the 6-foot-5 swingman has the athleticism and game to develop into a serious prospect down the road.
Fresh off of dominating EBC NorCal, Kyree Walker brought the highlight factory to Houston for his debut with God First AAU. Though it was his first game with the program, he fit in immediately and showed why he’s one of the very best in the class of 2020 at John Lucas All Star Weekend.
Playing against an incredibly gritty Flint’s Finest squad, Walker used his versatile game to play point forward with God’s First. He made simply remarkable passes in transition, showing off his dynamic ability to make plays for others at this level. Powerfully built, he showed off his explosiveness on a nice two-hand dunk and big time finish through a ton of contact at the rack. Kyree didn’t take a ton of jumpshots from the perimeter, but he didn’t really need to in God First’s blowout win.
Continually getting better, Kyree showed why he is undoubtedly one of the top five players in the class of 2020 and certainly made a case for the top spot.
Cameron Amboree has received no shortage of acclaim as of late and in the opening game of the 2016 John Lucas All Star Weekend tournament, he showed why.
Matched up against a Carolina Elite squad that had some serious size, Amboree was the catalyst in Gulf Coast Blue Chips’ 54-30 victory. Finishing the game with 13 points, he made a vast array of moves that make you see why his game resembles that of Stephen Curry. Double behind the back dribbles, high arcing three pointers, and ridiculous finger rolls along the baseline were just a few of the moves that the YouTube sensation pulled off. More importantly, the lead guard did what was necessary to pull his team away from a scrappy team with legit height at every position.
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Thon Maker has been tantalizing scouts, coaches, and fans alike with his perimeter game for years now. Finally a senior at Athlete Institute in Canada, this is the final go around for Maker and he showed the way that his game has continued to evolve at the 2015 City of Palms Classic.
Playing against some of the nation’s finest talent, Maker proved yet again that he could hold his own against just about anyone. The face-up power forward poured in 31 points against Hamilton Heights via an array of moves from the post or on the perimeter. He utilized his jab step to create space, hit a number of three pointers, and handled the ball well in the open court. The Australian showed off a developing turnaround jumper out of the post and used his size to shoot over defenders on the block, showing off the endless potential that he has as a prospect.
Having narrowed his list to Arizona State, Notre Dame, St. John’s, Kansas, and Indiana, no decision for Thon’s college destination appears on the horizon any time soon.
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While he is just hitting high school, Keion Brooks has been known to those following youth basketball for quite some time now. After all, you simply don’t see too many players who can go to work from the perimeter at 6-foot-7 before playing a varsity game. Brooks reminded us of that again at the 2015 MSHTV Camp in Indianapolis.
Fresh off of a visit to Indiana, Brooks missed the first day of action, but immediately made his presence felt. Able to play either forward position, he used his perimeter skill to push the ball in the open floor and make plays for others. When matched up with someone his own size, Brooks went to the blocks and went to work. He drilled countless deep jumpers, beat guys off of the dribble, and set the camp on fire with his Karl Malone-esque dunk on the break.
Already owning an offer from IUPUI, Brooks has been hearing from Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, Virginia, and a ton of other powerhouse programs early in his freshman campaign.
Omhar Carter has been producing young talent for over a decade now. Monta Ellis, LaQuinton Ross, Renardo Sidney, Rodney Hood, and Malik Newman all came up under his tutelage. There are plenty of talented high school players in the MBA Hoops program, but there is one in middle school that is nearly the tallest of all: Emmanuel Okpomo.
Standing 6-foot-9 with a crazy wingspan, Okpomo is the type of developmental big man prospect that you dream of. He has a good motor, runs the floor well, and finishes above the rim with ease. Naturally, there is plenty of work to do in the skill department, but he proved that he is certainly one of the more intriguing big men in the class of 2020.
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Dexter Shouse has received a lot of attention since very early in his career. Now at the high school ranks, that doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon, as we saw at the 2015 MiddleSchoolHoops Showcase.
Playing on his home court, Shouse straight put on a show in the first half of the MSHTV 2019 All-Star Game. He was hot and his teammates knew it, so they made it a point to let him get heat checks each time down until he missed. Finishing with 23 points in the game, the 6-foot-4 wing showed why he is expected to follow the likes of Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Stephen Van Treese, and more at Lawrence North. based on the fact that he already owns offers from DePaul and New Orleans, it seems like he’s heading in the right direction.
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Back in the 80’s and 90’s, it used to be a fairly uncommon thing for middle schoolers to be dunking in games. Fast forward to 2015, you now have middle schoolers having dunk contests, as we saw in Indianapolis at the MiddleSchoolHoops Showcase.
It was 6-foot-9 freshman Francis Okoro of Lighthouse Christian and We All Can Go who took home the crown. He jumped over younger players, dunked with his arm in the rim, and threw down a between the legs dunk with ease. Okoro edged elite freshman Marcedus Leech along with big time eighth graders Jordan Toles and Chris Moore to get the camp hyped with a dunk contest crown.
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At the 2015 MiddleSchoolHoops Showcase in Indianapolis, there were plenty of players who emerged on the national level. Coming from Baltimore, 6-foot point guard Gerard Mungo was one of those guys.
The lead guard was tough to stop going to the rack, often converting in traffic with both hands. He locked up defensively by using his quickness and strength to guard either backcourt slot. Toss in his ability to create scoring opportunities for others and it’s easy to see why Mungo was one of the better freshmen that the event had to offer, securing a spot in the 2019 all-star game.
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