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Final Thoughts From the 2014 Hoophall Classic
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (11:25 AM CT, Wed January 22, 2014)
2016 PG Devin Gage is flying under the radar in Chicago.
2016 PG Devin Gage is flying under the radar in Chicago.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

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

Springfield, MA (Future150) -- Now that the dust has settled on the 2014 Spalding Hoophall Classic, it's time to sit back and take in everything the Future150 staff saw this past weekend.

With almost 20 games under our belt from Friday through Monday, myself and National Analyst Brian Flinn got a chance to see a wealth of talent. Here are our final thoughts from the event.

- Dejounte Murray is becoming one of the hottest names on the west coast. The 2015 Rainier Beach (WA) shooting guard is a 6-foot-4 slasher who has good versatility on the floor. His ability to score the basketball from mid range and three point range only enhances his stock as a prospect. Currently, he has offers from Washington, Gonzaga, California, Washington State & Oregon. Interest is coming from Arizona, Colorado, Stanford & UCLA.

- Speaking of Rainier Beach (WA), 2015 PG David Crisp had an excellent showing in Springfield as well. The 6-foot guard is very fun to watch. The recent Washington commit is built like a truck, but has the quickness to get into the lane whenever he wants. He also has excellent ball skills and can get hot in a hurry when shooting from deep.

- The talk of the 2014 Hoophall classic was Curie (IL) upsetting then national #1 Montverde (FL), along with Cliff Alexander's dominating performance, but Future150 was focused on a younger prospect in that game. Curie 2016 point guard Devin Gagea 6-foot-2 floor general, has fantastic passing skills and wasn't intimidated by Montverde's monstrously talented team. Currently, the only school to offer and really recruit him is Bradley, but expect that to change.

- Most of the attention paid to Neumann-Goretti (PA) is star guard Ja'Quan Newton, but 2015 SG LaMarr Kimble is going to take the reins of the Philadelphia power next year.While he had a rough night shooting against Mater Dei (CA), it's easy to see he has division one skills. He's a tough Philly guard who is always in attack mode on offense, able to score by attacking the rim or knocking down shots anywhere on the floor. He currently claims offers from Drexel, St. Peter's, Hofstra, Robert Morris & Towson. He is also hearing from St. Joe's, Rider, Florida Gulf Coast & San Francisco.

- Academic Alert! 2015 power forward Josh Ayemi of St. Frances (MD) not only had a good showing on the court this past weekend, but he also is extremely impressive in the classroom as well. Against St. John Bosco (CA), he scored around the rim and showed that he is a high level rebounder on both ends of the floor. He also has an excellent motor. Cornell has offered the 6-foot-8 prospect with a 4.1 GPA. American, George Mason, Princeton, Temple & Yale are all showing interest.

- Expect to see schools around the country make 2017 St. Benedict's Prep (NJ) SG Trevon Duval a priority very soon. The 6-foot-2 wing is a slippery prospect with excellent slashing ability and body control. It remains to be seen if he will transition to point guard, but it is clear that he has the skills to. Right now, Seton Hall has offered, while Florida State, George Mason, Maryland, Miami (FL) & Penn State have all inquired about him.

- The Washington Huskies are in an excellent position right now for two of the Rainier Beach (WA) stars. After already landing David Crisp and being one of the only schools to offer Dejounte Murray to this point, they seem primed to land 2014 wing Djuan Piper.  At the Hoophall Classic, he informed us that he has narrowed his school list down to Gonzaga, Minnesota & Washington. Landing him might be the key to getting Murray as well. The only thing certain at this point is that the Huskies positioning with these two recruits will be crucial to them locking down Seattle area talent going forward.


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