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2013 UA Summer Jam: Guards Shine on Saturday
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (10:41 PM CT, Sat July 20, 2013)
Seventh Woods is a breathtaking athlete.
Seventh Woods is a breathtaking athlete.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

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

Milwaukee, WI (Future150) -- While big men stole the show on Friday at the 2013 Under Armour Summer Jam, Saturday it was time for perimeter prospects to take center stage. Several guards proved their worth in elimination games. Here is who shined the most...

Seventh Woods, 2016 PG, Carolina Wolves: The hype surrounding the South Carolina native is incredible, and it's something that must be hard to deal with for a 14 year old kid. So far, he is doing a masterful job. The 6-foot lead guard is as explosive of a prospect as you will find on the circuit, and he got loose for several big dunks on Saturday. He is very good at taking defenders to the basket using his quick first-step. While his ball skills and jump shot still need work, there aren't many prospects who possess the natural gifts that Woods has.

D.J. Wilson, 2014 SF, Team Superstar: One of the longest prospects we have seen on the circuit this year is the California native. He's a 6-foot-8 small forward whose wingspan is hovering around the 7-foot range. He rebounds very well on both ends of the floor, using his length to his advantage. He possesses range out to 18 feet on his jump shot, and he also can handle the ball with relative ease. A 4.0 GPA has schools such as Stanford and other Pac-12 programs hot on his trail.  

Jarred Dixon, 2015 PG, KC Run GMC: The brother of former Missouri standout Michael Dixon, Jarred is a also a high level scoring guard. The 6-foot-1 combo has good ball skills and really excels when playing transition basketball, where he uses his court vision to find open teammates for easy baskets. He is also a long and wiry prospect who can get to the basket and use his length to finish at the rim. A nice low-major to mid-major type point guard.

Kevon Looney, 2014 PF, Milwaukee Rebels: Duke was hot on Looney's trail all week, and with good reason. The face-up power forward is multi-skilled and is always productive. He wrapped up tournament action by dropping 16 points and 11 rebounds on the Wisconsin Swing in a losing effort. He was rebounding the basketball at a high level all week, and his outside jump shot was falling with consistency. Whichever high major school lands Kevon will be getting a potential all-conference and All-American candidate. He's that special.

Darrell Davis, 2014 PG, Michigan Hurricanes: One of the bigger point men you will find is the 6-foot-3, 150-pounder. Darrell uses a combination of length and his lightning-quick first step to get to the basket where he finds success scoring the ball regularly. He is most impressive when playing full-court basketball where he can wreak havoc on helpless defenses in transition. In his game against the powerful D.C. Assault on Saturday, he did enough damage to merit consideration as a potential high major lead guard. He is unquestionably a mid-major steal for one lucky program.

Derryck Thornton, 2016 PG, Dream Vision: Sitting at #13 in the national rankings before the Under Armour Summer Jam, Derryck did nothing to hurt his national profile. He showed us a consistent shooting stroke from the perimeter, as well as crafty ball-handling and excellent court vision. He didn't get rattled by pressure defense and was fearless when attacking the basket. A tough kid with swagger, Derryck is a budding star on the West Coast.

Romelo Trimble, 2014 PG, D.C. Assault: The 6-foot-3 lead guard continues to impress us, getting better each time we evaluate him. He is one of the smoothest shooters in the country, and his release is as pure as you will find. He is powerfully built and could play at the college level right now. His ball skills are also advanced, and he rarely turns it over. Mark my words, he will be an absolute star at the University of Maryland.

Lamonte Bearden, 2014 PG, Wisconsin Swing: One of the biggest "breakout" stars of the event was the Germantown High School (WI) point guard. He's a 6-foot-2 point man who has a surplus of wiggle in his game. He plays under control at all times, and racks up assists every time he's on the floor. A lengthy guard, he is also able to finish at the rim with both hands, and has a smooth release on his jump shot. On Saturday he led his team to an upset win over a powerful Milwaukee Rebels squad. 


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