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2012 Peach State/Nike Elite: Saturday Recap
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (10:43 PM CT, Sat July 21, 2012)
2013 Donovan Harris and 2015 Malik Newman.
2013 Donovan Harris and 2015 Malik Newman.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

Future150 GM / Senior National Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Augusta, GA (Future150) -- After starting the day at the USC-Aiken Convocation Center for a game between the Chester Panthers and Southeast Elite, we headed to Augusta State University to check out some younger prospects on hand this week. Here is who the Future150 staff liked on Saturday...

Peach State Summer Showcase Standouts:

Parris Ridgeway-Higgs: PG/SG (2012-Chester Panthers)

A gigantic sleeper emerged at the Peach State Showcase on Saturday in the form of Parris Ridegeway-Higgs. The point guard prospect exploded for 26 points against Southeast Elite today, scoring in a variety of ways. The 5'11" combo guard looks equally comfortable distrubuting the ball to teammates, making him a huge steal for any low to mid-major programs filling a scholarship need for the incoming freshman class.

Seab Webster: SF (2013-Southeast Elite)

The beefy, 6'6" small forward prospect may look like a football player on the court, but don't be fooled. He is a highly skilled recruit who can take his defender out on the perimeter and sink shots from the outside. He is also a very good defending small forward in the painted area.

Logan Evans: SF (2013-Swish City Elite)

A 6'5" small forward who is an absolute hustling machine, Logan Evans also is a great mid-range jump shooter who occasionally knocks down the long-distance jumpers as well. On the defensive end, he is more than capable of depending shooting guards, small forwards, or even some power forwards.

Donovan Harris: PF (2013-Rising Stars Phenoms)

The book on Donovan is that he is a player who flat out wants to win more than other players. His motor right now is his biggest asset. He is at his best when rebounding the basketball, especially on the offensive end.  He loves to score in transition and can make the mid range jumper.

Hasan AbdullahPG (2015-Birmingham Ice)

The 5'6" speedster had a scoring explosion today against the Southern Kings, where he scored 25 points. He showed off his on-ball defense with a ton of steals today. He also got out in transition and showed his speed running the floor. Very good at slashing to the basket as well as getting his teammates involved.

Nike Elite Youth Invitational Standouts:

Marlon Hunter: SG (2015-Team Thad)

After watching the 6'2" Memphis native today, Future150 came away believing we had just witnessed the best defender in the entire Nike Elite event. He is an absolute ball-hawk who wreaks havoc on any guard attempting to bring the ball up the floor. He also has great instincts when playing off the ball and runs the floor extremely well.

Justin Jenifer: PG (2015-Team Takeover)

Since last year, Justin has grown considerably, both mentally as well as physically. Now standing 5'10" and weighing 165 pounds, he toyed with the competition today. Showing off ball-handling skills which rival just about any guard in his class, he used quick bursts of speed to get to the basket. What really impressed us, however, was his ability to hit long-range jump shots, whether they were off the dribble, highly contested, or even step backs. He is really beginning to evolve into a major player.

Marcus Derrickson: PF (2015-Team Takeover)

The 6'7" power forward is definitely a blue-collar prospect. He plays the game like a center, although being quite undersized for the position. However, that doesn't stop him from using his advanced post skills to punish the defense, as well as defending the opposition by destorying them with physicality. 

Dwight Coleby: PF (2013-Jackson Tigers)

Saturday was our first time seeing the 6'9" big man from Mississippi, and we came away very impressed. He is a lengthy jumping-jack who loves to get out in transition and finish plays with rim-rattling dunks. Unlike most post prospects today, he also loves to play physical, and has a great skill set on the inside. On the defensive end of the floor, he had several blocks for his Jackson Tigers team today. He currently holds offers from almost every SEC school.

Tadric Jackson: SG (2013-Georgia Stars)

The 6'2" shooting guard displayed his rare athletic ability today on a breathtaking block as well as a dunk in the half-court set against the Jackson Tigers. He has a sturdy body capable of locking-up offensive players as well as bullying his way to the basket for easy finishes at the rim. 

Malik Newman: PG (2015-Jackson Tigers)

Future150's #1 player in the class of 2015 lived up to the hype this weekend in Augusta. Playing up two age classes in the 17U division, he had scoring outbursts of 31, 26, and 17 points. He also showed his unique ability to balance his scoring with effortless playmaking skills and great court vision. An absolute stud!


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