Zhou Qi has been making headlines in The Far East for quite some time now. The 7-foot-2 center played alongside Sebastian Telfair and Andray Blatche in the CBA this year and while most know him for his presence as a shot-blocker, he showed off his range to NBA personnel at the opening day of Nike Hoop Summit practices.
Zhou displayed his incredibly soft touch throughout the initial session both in the drills and the scrimmages. He routinely hit mid-range jumpers with his feet set, showing off range to the collegiate three point line. The intrigue that he offers as a shooting center should allow him to drag opposing centers away from the basket, making him that much more valuable for the next level.
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You won’t find many players in the class of 2019 that are more explosive than Scottie Lewis, and he showed that at the 2015 Basketbal Spotlight Atlantic City Showcase. Running with Team Rio National, Lewis showed off the ridiculous athleticism that has made him one of the very best rising freshmen in the country. The 6-foot-5 wing had a number of ridiculous dunk in transition, capping things off with a 360 dunk on the break. As his skill level continues to catch up with his athletic prowess, the potential is there for Scottie to remain amongst the very best in the class of 2019.
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Malik Newman has been the most deadly scorer in high school basketball for a number of years, but that hasn’t stopped his grind one bit. After winning his fourth straight state title at Callaway high school, he showed NBA scouts the serious progress that he’s made in his offensive arsenal, namely as a combo guard.
Newman looked completely comfortable running the pick and roll throughout the practice sessions that we saw in Chicago. Not only did he show off improved explosiveness, but he displayed the IQ and ability to make proper reads coming off of the screens. There were a number of times in which he snaked, rejected, or dragged out the screen, only to then make the proper decision with the ball in his hands. While he struggled in the game itself scoring just 1 point and not making a shot from the field, he still managed to help himself in the eyes of NBA executives with his improved play from the lead guard position.
Malik Newman‘s legendary high school career has come to an end. The best unsigned senior in the country surpassed the 3,000 point mark at Callaway, living up to the rep that he was given as a middle schooler when he was billed the next Tyreke Evans. Posted 29.8 points, 5.7 boards, and 4.2 dimes a night, Newman led Callaway to an unprecedented fourth straight state title and showed some serious improvements in his game in the process.
As you can see in this CityLeagueHoops mixtape, “The Machine” showed off his infinite range throughout the year, not even looking down when he was beyond the NBA three point arc. His added explosiveness allowed him to not only get by defenders with ease, but finish over the top with a few devastating dunks. The best scorer in high school basketball has instincts to put the ball in the hole that simply cannot be taught and with his improved ability to run the pick and roll, Malik should be a simply deadly combo guard at the college level.
It has been an amazing senior year for Dwayne Bacon. The Florida State recruit led Oak Hill Academy to a 45-0 record, earning a selection to the McDonald’s All-American Game in the process. A scoring machine, Bacon made huge strides in his game and athleticism throughout the year, which was apparent to everyone on hand Monday night in Chicago.
Going up against PJ Dozier, Carlton Bragg, and Stephen Zimmerman, Bacon took home the crown at the Powerade Jam Fest. He busted out a pump reverse, reverse windmill, and a sick one-handed dunk off of the side of the backboard. With no shortage of showmanship, Bacon sealed the deal with clearing Jalen Rose to win the Powerade am Fest.
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The 2015 Bluegrass National Championship kicked off in Kentucky, offering the faithful a glimpse at many of the top players in the country. Josh Jackson, Corey Sanders, Thon Maker, Terrance Ferguson, Jarred Vanderbilt, Richardson Maitre, Jamal Murray, Kalif Young, Munis Tutu, and more.
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The high school grassroots basketball scene has changed substantially over the last decade. Going from primarily regional camps in the spring with a few national events scattered in, the AAU game has taken towards shoe sponsored leagues with meaningful games that are played all throughout the country. While the level of local rivalries isn’t quite what it used to be on the summer circuit, the change in culture has been the better and it was a matter of when, not if it was going to reach the middle school game. Rob Taylor established the NYBL a few years ago and the trend has continued with the MADE Hoops Basketball League.
Composed mostly of Nike EYBL teams, the league ran a number of events throughout the east coast, culminating with the MADE Hoops Championship Weekend in Greensboro, NC. The CP3 All-Stars took home the inaugural championship in their home state, boasting one of the more talented groups in the class of 2019. The team was led by consensus top-10 2019 Wendell Moore. Already approaching 6-foot-5, Moore is quite young for his age and while he is not a highlight guy, will blow you away with his crisp and efficient style of play. Kobe Langley has also received a lot of praise and lived up to his reputation, scoring the rock in a variety of ways. Marcus Watson surprised a lot of onlookers with his explosive athleticism (threw down a between the legs dunk in warmups) and high level of activity. Not just a three man show, Keyshaun Langley, Max Farthing, and Chris Hinton all made key contributions to help this ridiculously talented squad take home the title.
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Ladarius Marshall has been making headlines since he was dunking as a sixth grader. Having grown to 6-foot-6, he is now in the high school ranks and taken his athleticism to completely new heights.
Drawing comparisons by some to that of a young LeBron James in terms of sheer athleticism, Marshall’s game has really come along throughout his freshman year at Forest Hill High School in Jackson. Posting averages of 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks per night, you could see the immense upside that he owns. The forward has game changing potential on the defensive end, able to make up ground on opposing players in a second to contest shots. His outstanding lateral quickness and long arms allow him to put a ton of pressure on the ball on the perimeter. Not just an impact player on the defensive end, the MBA Hoops product has a rapidly developing offensive game.
Training with his AAU coach Omhar Carter on a daily basis, Marshall has developed a solid jumpshot that extends out to the three point line. While his consistency must continue to improve, he has outstanding elevation on his jumper and will knock it down when left open. Ladarius has the potential to be a devastating straight line driver based on his explosive first step and leaping ability that allows him to finish over the top of anyone. With physical tools like this, it makes sense why SEC schools have offered him so early.
“Ole Miss, Baylor, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and Tennessee have all offered Ladarius,” Carter told us. “LSU hasn’t offered yet, but they’re about to.”
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The scoring machine that is Malik Newman continued to build his legacy over the weekend. While we were in Jackson to check out Omhar Carter’s Global Elite Camp, we stopped over at Callaway to watch Malik’s playoff game against Neshoba Central. Not only did he drop an effortless 38 points in to take his squad one game closer to yet another state title, but he topped it off with his nasty cuff dunk.
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It has been an interesting year for Marvin Bagley III. After dominating the circuit as a middle schooler with the We All Can Go All-Stars, the 6-foot-10 freshman was recruited by every high school powerhouse in the country before deciding to stay at home for his high school days. Playing for Arizona power Corona del Sol, Bagley has lived up to the hype and more. He recently dropped 23 points and 12 rebounds in his squad’s playoff win, none more emphatic than the two-handed windmill that he threw down. Corona del Sol now stands 30-1 and is one game closer to an Arizona state title.
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