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Future150 Alums Among Standouts At Southeast Hoops Fest
by Zachary Lyon, Future150 (1:34 PM CT, Tue December 8, 2015)
King helped his team roll at the SENHF
King helped his team roll at the SENHF
Zachary Lyon
Zachary Lyon:

Future150 Regional Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball: NC, SC & VA

Charlotte, NC (Future150) -- The Southeast National Hoops Festival featured many top-tier teams in the nation including AC Flora (SC), Legacy Charter (SC), Word of God (NC), and Paul VI (VA), among others. 

Many players raised their stock as a college prospect at this event including a few Future150 Alumni's. Future150 will breakdown the standout performances and players from this weekend's Southeast Hoops Fest in Charlotte, NC. 

Jalen Knight2017 PG, West Charlotte (NC): Knight was outstanding during the opening game of the SE Hoops Fest. Even though his team lost to a tough Charlotte Catholic squad, Knight made sure he would leave his mark. Knight was scoring from all over the floor early and often keeping his squad in the game until late in the second half. Knight finished with 22 points, and his pure playmaking abilities were on display. 

Josh Brodowicz2016 PG, Charlotte Catholic (NC): Brodowicz was the MVP winner of game one on the day, leading his team to a twenty point victory over West Charlotte high school. Standing at just 5'11, Brodowicz doesn't look like much of an impact player, but don't let that fool you. He did a little bit of everything as he finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. His veteran leadership was very necessary and he looks to be a sneaky, under-the-radar D2 prospect. 

B.J. Mack2019 PF, Charlotte Catholic (NC): Future150 alum BJ Mack did not stuff the stat sheet on Saturday but he made sure his presence was known on both ends of the court. In a game full of guards and wings, Mack had to make sure he kept the paint locked down on defense. West Charlotte couldn't get much going inside with Mack on the floor, and once their jumpers started going cold Charlotte Catholic ran away with this one. Mack finished with 11 points, and 4 rebounds and had a handful of coaches on hand to evaluate him. Look for him to emerge as possibly the best four man in this class down the road. 

Kendale Hampton2016 CG, A.C. Flora (SC): Hampton was a well-oiled machine on Saturday afternoon. He scored in bunches and looked like one of the best rebounding guards after all the games had come to a conclusion. Hampton finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals in a ridiculous game against Independence that went into four overtimes. Hampton definitely has some low-major potential, with low-risk, high-reward upside. 

Christian Brown2019 CF, A.C. Flora (SC): Christian Brown easily had the best performance out of all the freshman who got a chance to showcase their skills on Saturday. The frosh put up 21 points and grabbed 5 boards but looked like a Senior down the stretch as he scored some clutch baskets to help A.C. pull out the victory. Versatility is the key to Brown's upside as he officially starts his high school career. Standing at about 6'8, Brown was knocking down jumpers and getting easy buckets in the paint. Once he develops a three point shot, he could be scary good. 

Marcus Thomas, 2016 SG, Independence (NC): Marcus Thomas played looked like a man among boys on Saturday. His scoring prowess was off the charts. From underneath the basket, to the free throw line, to five feet behind the three point line, Thomas scored everywhere. He finished with 33 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 steals while shooting 50% from the field and going a perfect 6-6 from the line. Any college coach looking for a high level shooter/scorer, Thomas may be your guy. 

Onteus Anderson, 2016 CF, Gray Collegiate (SC): Anderson was one of my favorite players I saw on Saturday. He helped his team to win and showed off his crazy versatility that could help him translate to the division one level. At 6'7 Anderson can play both forward spots with ease, and has decent handling abilities that would allow him to play SG in tall-ball line-ups. Anderson finished with 16 points, and 6 boards but most of his potential won't show up on a stat sheet. 

Juwan Gary2019 SF, Gray Collegiate (SC): Future150 alum Juwan Gary did not dissapoint any college coaches that came to watch him this weekend. His athleticism and basketball IQ were the main things Gary showed off. He can score at all three levels and if you throw him a lob, he is sure to come down with it. The sky is the limit for this guy and he is on his way to being a high major prospect. 

Nicolas Claxton2017 CF, Legacy Charter (SC): Claxton has been one of the more talked about prospects in the 2017 class as of lately due to him blossoming into a very complete player. He certainly lived up to the hype once again on Saturday as he led Legacy Charter to a win over Phillip O. Berry High school. Claxton is a very lengthy forward with great moves and soft touch in the paint. He is continually getting better on knocking down deep mid-range jumpers and making good passes when he gets double-teamed. His stat line was very impressive finishing with 23 points, 15 rebounds (6 offensive), and 3 blocks. Look for Claxton to continue pulling in high-major offers as the season continues on. 

Chandler Murray2016 PG, Phillip O. Berry (NC): Another Future150 Alum that put on a good showing was Chandler Murray. Even though his team was down big most of the game he never stopped hustling and kept looking for ways to score. Murray has a beautiful jump shot that extends out to deep three point range, and loves to snatch balls out of the passing lane. Murray finished with 19 points, and 2 steals while draining 5 three pointers as well. 

Jalen Harris2016 PG, Word of God (NC): Harris is back on the market after recently decommitting from Buffalo a few weeks ago. His showing at the Hoops Fest on Saturday proved why many think he could end up at a high-major program. He started off the game quite slow, but picked it up on offense and spent most of the game helping limit top 25 prospect, PG Aaron Thompson. Harris made sure his presence was felt on offense as he finished the game with 24 points, and 10 rebounds. 

Brandon Huffman2016 C, Word of God (NC): Huffman may have raised his stock the most out of all the prospects who played major minutes on Saturday. Going up against a tough Paul VI squad who features plenty of height and length, including big man Corey Manigault who is headed to Pitt next season, Huffman was very active on both ends of the court and pretty much scored at will in the paint. He ran the floor extremely well for his size (6'9, 235), and finished with 26 points, and 19 rebounds. Look for Huffman's list of offers to grow steadily throughout his senior season. For now he only list offers from Portland State, and Northern Colorado. 

Brandon Slater2018 SF, Paul VI (VA): Slater turned me into a fan after seeing him play for the first time in person on Saturday evening. He played major minutes on a team featuring eight upperclassmen, and was the main option on offense when VJ King was on the bench getting some breathers. Slater made most of his money inside finishing over the top of the defense, whether it was floaters, or vicious dunks, he made sure he converted or drew a foul when he was in the paint. Slater finished the game with 19 points, and 7 boards, with a side of angry dunks and blocks. 

VJ King2016 SF, Paul VI (VA): The #13 rated prospect in our 2016 rankings had himself a game on Saturday night. King's full skill-set was on display as he was slashing the lane and rattling the rim with dunks and used his length to bother a Rawle Alkin-less Word of God team. Even though Word of God kept it very close throughout the night, it was just way to much VJ for them to handle. King finished wth 35 points, and 10 rebounds and looks like he will fit in at Louisville just fine next season as he will be one of the main options on offense after Rick Pitino loses Damion Lee to graduation. 


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