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2013 Gulf Coast Hoop Fest: Friday Night Recap
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (1:10 PM CT, Sat April 27, 2013)
2016's Spencer Newman and Herman Williams stood out Friday.
2016's Spencer Newman and Herman Williams stood out Friday.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

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

Biloxi, MS (Future150) -- The 2013 Gulf Coast Hoop Fest presented by Rob Engemann and Elevate Hoops kicked off its action on Friday night, and there were several prospects who were as hot as a Mississippi summer.

Future150 was able to check out prospects in not only the 17 and under age group, but action in the 16U and 15U field as well. Here are the kids who impressed us most.

Blake Paul- 2014 PF, Big Easy Elite:

The 6'8" power forward from Louisiana was the breakout performer on the first night of action. He was a relative unknown to the college coaches and media...until the Gulf Coast Hoop Fest. He rebounded absolutely everything in his area, runs the floor well, has excellent length, and has soft hands. He is also a very skilled low post passer. Expect high major coaches to swarm him now that the secret is out. Blake is a player!

Herman Williams - 2016 SG, Georgia Renegades:

The 6'2" shooting guard is an extremely active prospect who has a great nose for the ball. He is a capable passer who loves to play above the rim. He isn't quite as heralded as a few of his teammates, but make no mistake, Herman is a prospect.

Zach Parker - 2014 SG, Gulf Coast All-Stars:

Zach is an excellent scorer who can get you baskets in a variety of ways. The 6'1", 185-pound combo already has an offer from Belhaven University, and there will be more to follow. He has good lift on his jumper, as well as picture perfect form. What we liked best about him is his ability to create his own shot off-the-dribble, a rarity in today's game. He scored 14 points in a win.

Jordan Harris - 2016 SG, Georgia Renegades:

The 6'3" shooting guard from Seminole County High School (Ga) showed that he is steadily improving his game, and that is scary. He scored 22 points in a variety of ways Friday, including long range bombs, step-back jumpers, and acrobatic drives to the basket. He is a super smooth athlete whose best basketball days are well ahead of him.

Brandon Sampson - 2015 SG, Baton Rouge Celtics:

Another excellent sleeper prospect from the event is the Madison Prep (La) wing. The 6'4" shooting guard has an excellent feel for the game. He knows when to attack, when to defer to teammates, and when to try and take over the game. He is a very good athlete and loves to play above the rim.

LaDamion Keys - 2014 PF, New Orleans Elite:

The 6'9" big man from Bogalusa High School (La) is a prospect who oozes potential. He is long and athletic, runs the floor, and dunks everything around the rim. Once he puts on muscle and develops some inside skills on the offensive end, he will be a valuable contributor at the college level.

Spencer Newman - 2016 SG, Georgia Renegades:

The newest addition to an already dangerous Renegades team is the 6'2" shooting guard. He is a lights-out shooter from both mid-range and long range. He has decent ball-handling skills and picks his spots well on the floor. He had the crowd buzzing Friday night with his long range bombs on the way to 19 points, including five 3's.

Craig Victor - 2014 PF, New Orleans Elite:

It's easy to see why schools such as Arizona and Oklahoma love the blue collar forward. He is a a big and physical post player who has excellent finesse around the rim. He always finds ways to get baskets, rebounds at a high level, and defends the post well. Easily a top 40 prospect in the 2014 class.


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