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2022 Top Performers From 8th Grade Finale
by Jason Pratt, Future150 (9:39 AM CT, Sun July 22, 2018)
2022 PG Dior Johnson, SF Emoni Bates, and PF Gregg Glenn.
2022 PG Dior Johnson, SF Emoni Bates, and PF Gregg Glenn.
Jason Pratt
Jason Pratt:

Future150 Senior Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Augusta, GA (Future150) -- Future150 was in Augusta, GA last week scouting some of the top talent in the country during the first "Live" period for college coaches.  One of the top 8th grade tournaments was taking place and we stoped by the Made Hoops to check things out.

The tournament featured some of the top players in the country.  Their were 48 teams on hand and competing at the highest level.  The Nightrydas Elite (FL) beat Bates Fundamentals (MI) 59-51 and went undefeated on the weekend.

Lets check out some of the top performers on the weekend.

Jalen Washington- PF 2022 (Meanstreets) Washington is a 6-foot-7 inch power forward who runs the floor well and showed good ball skills on both end. He is long, wiry and plays with a high motor.  Even though he is somewhat raw and in a developing stage, you can see a nice prospect in the making. He showed that he can stretch his game to the 15 foot mark when making jump shots.  Solid overall performance on the weekend.

Dior Johnson- PG 2022 (City Rocks) Johnson is a familar face to Future150 as he was the Elite25 MVP last summer.  Since then all he has done is exponentially better.  His ball handling skills, court vision and play making abilities are on an elite level.  Getting downhill on defenders is something that he did all weekend long. He was one of the top scorers on the weekend and was almost impossible to stop.  His performance is going to vault him into the Top 5 in the class next update.

Dilon Hunter- PG 2022 (Georgia Stars) Hunter was a nice suprise this past weekend.  He has good size, excellent ball skills and can score the rock at will.  At 6-foot-2 inches tall, this lead guard ran his team and lead them in scoring on the weekend.  His overall ability to play both ends at a high level makes him one to watch in the class.  Hunter proved he belongs in the conversation as one of the top players in the class.  As he matures mentally look for his game to take the next step.

Emani Bates- SF 2022 (Bates Fundamentals) Bates was very impressive all weekend long and showed improved ball skills. He has streched his game to the 3-point line where he made shots consistantly. At 6-foot-8 inches tall, this long wiry and athletic prospect might be one of the most skilled forwards in the country. Playing above the rim, rebounding at an elite level and handling the ball in the half court are all things he has improved this year.  It's easy to see why he's currently the top ranked player in the class.

Julian Phillips- PF 2022 (Atlanta Cavs) Philips was one of our favorite prospects we saw this past weekend.  At 6-foot-6 inches, he is athletic, has long arms and is very active in the paint area. Rebounding on both ends, blocking shots and finishing around the rim are things he did at an elite level.  Weight, strength and shot consistency from beyond 12 feet are three things that will take this prospect game to the elite level.

Jaxon Kolher- PF 2022 (Las Vegas Prospects) Kolher was one of the more fundamental big men was saw in the tournament.  At 6-foot-6 inches, he has a nice frame, long arms and does all the small things when attacking the ball. Scoring with either hand and make the mid range shot are two things that he did extremely well when he had the ball in his hands. As he continues to develop and grow look for this skilled forward to be one of the better big men in the country.

Joyful Hawkins- PF 2022 (Atlanta Big Five) Hawkins was a complete beast all week long.  At 6-foot-7 inches, he is wiry, long and really athletic when attacking the rim. He had one of the better big on big dunks of the weekend.  Shot blocking, elite level rebounding and scoring above the rim and things that stand out when you watch him play.  As he gets stronger and his shot mechanics are more consistent, look for his game to take the next step. 

Gregg Glenn- PF 2022 (Nightrydas Elite) Glenn was one of he most impressive prospects we have seen this summer in the class.  He affects the game on both ends both offensively and defensively. At 6-foo-6 inches tall, he has a nice frame, long arms and is quite bouncy when in attack mode.  The one thing that stands out the most is his ability to stretch the floor to the 3-point line where he made several shots on the weekend.  After this weekends performance look for him to make a big jump in the national rankings.


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