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16U National Championships: Tuesday Recap
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (11:19 PM CT, Wed July 24, 2013)
Skal Labissiere and Malik Monk are elite prospects.
Skal Labissiere and Malik Monk are elite prospects.
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Orlando, FL (Future150) -- On the first day of the 10th grade AAU nationals, some known names played well while many used the national stage in order to throw their names into the conversation as big-time prospects.

Malik Monk, 2016 SG, Arkansas Wings: Monk proved why he is to be considered one of the top wings in the class of 2016. He is a freak athlete who finished multiple plays above the rim. Monk is a super smooth scorer who can shoot it from deep as well. He has great size for the position already and should make a push towards the top of his class in August.

Kylia Sykes, 2016 SG, Karolina Diamonds: With so many big names on the Karolina Diamonds, it is easy to overlook a kid like Sykes. While he may not be as highly touted as his teammates, he has been the most effective. Sykes showed that he can shoot the ball from deep as well as attack the rim with a feroicity that few players his age possess. While his best asset is athleticism, it is easy to see that the future is bright for Sykes.

Skal Labissiere, 2015 PF, Arkansas Wings:  One of the most highly touted prospects in the entire event, Skal didn’t disappoint. The big man is highly skilled and can not only score the ball by using post moves, but by shooting from the perimeter as well. Simply put, Labissiere is a do-it-all talent that demands attention, as he will soon be one of the top players regardless of class.

Tony Carr, 2016 PG, Philly Triple Threat: He is one of the best kept secrets on the east coast, but if he keeps up his strong play here in Orlando then the cat will be out of the bag. Carr is a pass-first point guard with incredible vision and understanding of the game. The amount he impacts the game without scoring is a testament to how advanced his is as a lead guard at such a young age.

Eric Cobb, 2015 PF, Heart and Hustle: Cobb is a talented throwback post who can score either facing up or with his back to the basket. Physically he is ready for college now and uses his frame to power through defenders and score at the rim. His size also makes his a good defender and a great rebounder.

Bruce Brown, 2016 SG, BABC:  Brown is another sleeper prospect that will make his presence known with strong play here in Orlando. He is a physical guard who attacks the rim with a purpose. He has great length for the position and can be a lockdown defender when he wants to be, he locked down fellow top classmate Kwe Parker with ease today.

Tyrique Jones, 2015 PF, CBC: Jones was one of the more pleasant surprises of the day. The self-described “late bloomer” is a big time athlete who finishes plays above the rim. He also runs the floor incredibly well as well as attacks from the high post.  Look for Jones to become a name in the northeast sooner rather than later.

Udoka Azubuike, 2016 C, Heart and Hustle: The more raw of the two H&H bigs, Azubuike showed plenty of promise. He rebounded the ball well,  passed out of the post and ran the floor well. While his offensive game is still raw, it’s hard not to get excited about the youngster.

Terrell Brown, 2016 PF, BABC: Another young big who is showing plenty of promise is Brown. He has the ability to stretch the floor with his three point shooting ability. He ran the floor well and attacked the glass, in addition it appears he has plenty of growing left to do. He should pick up some post moves from 2014 PF and high school teammate Bonzie Colson.

Devin Cooper, 2015 PG, Team United- Rendleman: The 2012 Future150 Camp All-American had a solid showing against a powerful BABC 16U squad. He showed off his advanced court vision and ability to get into the lane and create for others. His powerful frame helps him to bully defenders in order to get where he wants to go on the floor. Once he begins to prove he can score the rock more consistently, he will be a solid division one prospect.
 

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