Future150 Southeast Analyst. Covering high school basketball across the Southeast.
Atlanta, GA (Future150) -- The Future150 Atlanta Top 40 game brought together some of the Southeast's best talent, as several states were represented, including Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. With that being said, it was extremely competitive and quality players went home Sunday afternoon.
Here are some names to take note of this next basketball season and in the future:
Demyon Greenwood (2014 PF): Greenwood showed great length and athleticism throughout the weekend. He blocked and altered shots en route to leading his team to an undefeated record during 5-on-5 play. He also did a nice job of facing-up the opposing big men and using his strength and quickness to score.
Eric Hayward (2014 SG): Hayward was one of the more exciting players in transition in Atlanta. It wasn't because of high-flying dunks, but instead, it was his court vision and passing ability. He played very steady both days and shot the ball well.
Tyrone Sam (2014 CG): Sams is a very intriguing prospect at this point. He has great length and is very gifted offensively, yet he still has a lot of growing to do. The 6-foot-2 guard is crafty with his game and draws a lot of fouls. He also shoots the ball very well.
Trevon Smith (2015 PG): If you are looking for a spark-plug for your team, Smith is defintiely it. He played extremely hard on the defensive end each game and caused several turnovers. He handled the ball very nicely and controlled his teams as point guards are supposed to. However, his gamer mentality and attitude was second-to-none. Great player, even better kid.
Maurice Summerour (2015 PG): Summerour spent the weekend getting buckets and scoring points, leading to his nomination for the all-star game. He shot the ball extremely well off the catch, but he showed out when shooting it off the dribble. After breaking down his defender, he showed he could make shots from all over the court, whether it be from behind the three-point line or at mid-range.
Kendrick Summerour (2017 PG): The younger brother or Maurice, it's easy to see where Kendrick learned his craft from. Much like his brother, he is excellent when breaking his defender down with his supreme ball-handling skills. He runs the offense very well, and when he played "his" game, he proved to be one of the best lead guards at the camp, regardless of age.
Kwei Kwei Lartey (2015 SG/SF): The athletic guard/forward used the Top 40 game to showcase his skill set to the fullest. He toyed with defenders showing off his ball-handling skills, while also using his quickness to get to the rim with ease. When the defense backed off of him, he made them pay with long range jumpers extending out to the three-point line.
Ju-Ray Kuo (2015 PG): One of the most surprising stars of the camp, due to his quiet nature. Ju-Ray runs the offense to perfection by setting up teammates in ideal spots on the floor. He loves to attack the hoop and gets defenders off of their feet with convincing head fakes and was one of the craftiest players in the Top 40 game.
Trhae Mitchell (2015 SF): If we are talking about high-ceiling prospects, Trhae is one of the campers we are talking about. A long 6'5" with skills to play both small forward and the shooting guard position, he is waiting to be discovered on the national level. High level rebounder and shot-blocker who also handles the ball like a guard and has range out to three-point territory. His potential is scary.
Kedrick Pierce (2015 PG): Another young prospect with a world of potential was Kedrick Pierce. The southpaw loves to attack the basket and was a terror in transition during the Top 40 game. He is a smooth operator and is a crafty passer. The sophomore also proved to be a very aggressive on-ball defender all throughout camp.
Cameron Lewis (2013 PF): Lewis is a wiry player with super long arms and big hands. He was one of the top shot blockers in the camp. Since we saw him last summer he has improved his range and shot making ability to 18 feet. He runs the floor extremely well and knows what to do with it once he attacks the rim. He is a great rebounder and a plays with a high motor. He is definitely a player who is only going to get better as he matures.
Nick Martin (2014 SG): Martin was one of the more talented shooters in the camp. Because he is a threat from downtown, it propelled him into the all-star game. He has a great stroke from behind the three-point line, and it was shown throughout the weekend. Dont get caught trying to defend the 3-point line or he will blow by you on his way to the basket.
Jamelle Lanier (2014 SG): When Lanier scores, he tends to do it in bunches. Just ask those that went head-to-head against him this weekend. Lanier is a set-shooter from outside, but he hit several shots throughout the day. He also made plays off the bounce, as he hit several floaters in the lane.
Will Holt (2014 PG): Holt was another good shooter that pushed his way into the Top 40 game. He shot the ball well and distributed the ball to his teammates. He did a very nice job of managing games for his team.
Brian Walton (2014-PG): Walton was one of the more consistent players from the Atlanta camp. He made the right plays on the court, whether it was shot selection, help-side defense, or passing the ball off. He was an extremely effective point guard, and he was even more dangerous with his ability to hit shots from the perimeter. Without a doubt, he was the best on-ball defender in the camp. An absolute hound on the defensive end.
Jordan Malone (2013-SF): Malone was another great athlete on-hand at the camp. He used his superior jumping ability to dominate the rebounding categories, whether it was offensive or defensive. He ran the floor very well and used his length to block shots and finish easily around the goal. His skills need to be refined, but the potential is there with this athletic specimen.
Roger Davis- (2015-SF): Davis was one of the more intriguing prospects in the camp. He has super long arms and quick hops when getting off the floor. He might have been the top overall shot-blocker in the camp. He showed a nice mid range jumper that extended to the 15-foot range. He runs the floor well and knows how to finish when he gets to the rim.
Kendrick Thompson- (2014-SG): Thompson is a smooth guard with a lot of athleticism. He is a slasher who likes to get to the rim and finish in traffic. He can knock down the open jumper if left open and showed decent court vision when making his teammates better. Played solid all weekend long.
Deshawn Ruffin- (2014-PG): Ruffin is a pass first point guard who can score the basketball if need be. He was solid all weekend long and was constantly making the right pass. He likes to get out and run on the fast break and drop dimes to his big man after breaking down his defender. Court vision might be his greatest asset.
Tyresius Jackson- (2013-PG): Jackson is as quick as a hiccup. He is a tremendous on-ball defender and loves to get the ball to the open man. He plays with a good pace and has nice hesitation moves which makes him a nightmare to guard. If left alone he can make the open shot. He is also a terrific athlete who had one of the more impressive vertical leaps of all the campers.