Atlanta, GA (Future150) -- Future150 Main Event Atlanta has always been the jumping off point for some of the top prospects in the Southeast, and this year's edition was no different. Club 51 made the trek down from Nashville and brought home a title in the Gold Division, Atlanta Select Silver brought home the Silver Division title, while the Charleston Playmakers won their first Future150 championship, taking home the Bronze Division title. Which prospects stood out in the 15U age bracket?
Keshawn Lawrence, 2020 SG, Club 51 (TN) - Lawrence was an absoulute difference maker no matter what position his team used him at on the floor and was head and shoulders about the rest of the 15U division. At 6-foot-3, the wing is an elite level defender and is able to create his own shot. He also showed the ability to run the offense and play point guard at times. It's still early but Lawrence looks to be a high-major recruit and potential national level kid as well.
Antoine Parker, 2020 SF, Charleston Playmakers (SC): The 6'3" wing continues to improve his stock in the Southeast. He has one of the most impressive motors we've seen for a prospect his age, making him a constant threat on the glass. He uses his springy athleticism to get to the rim at will, and takes pride in defending as well. In the 15U Bronze Division title game, he had a monster performance, leading his team to a victory.
Antonio Lavert, 2020 PG, Alabama Flight (AL): The 5'10" floor general was the go-to-scorer for his squad in the game we viewed him in on Saturday. He scored 14 points on aggressive drives to the rim, being the fearless leader that his team desperately needed him to be. While they ultimately came up short at the end of the game, it was to no fault of the Wenonah (AL) product.
Travion Martin, 2020 PG, AUSA Rampage (AL): The point guard showed his ability as a facilitator and scorer over the weekend. He made good reads on the offensive end, and also tallied a few impressive scoring outputs, including a 12 point game on Saturday. On defense, he was the leader of his team from the perimeter.
Morgan Edwards, 2020 PG, Memphis Royals (TN): While he may be small in stature at 5'7", don't be fooled, because this kid can absolutely fill it up. He's a high-volume scorer who knocked in 20 points in a victory against the Savannah Blue Chips over the weekend. He shows good command of his offense and understands how to dictate the tempo.
Janard McKinney, 2020 SF, Savannah Blue Chips (GA): The long and athletic 6'2" small forward had it rolling in his game on Sunday, scoring 21 points in a variety of ways. He knocked down five three's in the game and scored on a few pretty slashing plays as well. As he refines his game, he will see his stock rise.
Korbin Lane, 2020 SG, Atlanta Hoop Starz (GA): The 5’11” shooting guard prospect opened the weekend with a huge game on Friday night, blitzing his opponent with his scoring skills. He was able to get to the rim whenever he wanted, while knocking down several shots from the perimeter as well. He proved it was no fluke, scoring the ball with ease all weekend long.
Khyree Thompson, 2020 CG, Rock Nation (SC) - Thompson is a quick guard with a solid build that got into the lane and finished or made good passes. He is very adept at entering the ball into the post and showed the ability to hit the three as well.
Treshun Marion, 2020 PF, TNBC Elite-Walden (TN) - He is a physical big man who rebounds well thanks to his build. It's clear that he is still learning the game but he has a high motor and has a chance to be a big time prospect as long as he keeps developing his offensive arsenal.
Arshad Cresac, 2020 SG, Georgia Barons (GA) - The shooting guard prospect was comfortable with the ball in his hands throughout the weekend and looked as though a move to point guard may not be out of the question moving forward. He has a high basketball IQ and got his teammates involved. Once he learns how to break his man down in isolation he will have a chance to be a very nice prospect.
Dylan Wade, 2020 CF, Club 51 (TN) - Wade is a powerfully built combo forward at 6-foot-4 who was effective no matter how he was deployed througout the weekend. A very good rebounder and finisher, Wade was effective on the low block, but also stepped out and took his man off the dribble and knocked down jump shots. One of the best freshmen in the Nashville metro area, it will be interesting to see how he continues to develop.
Jaisean Bostic, 2020 SF, God's Property (GA) - A wing forward with a decent amount of upside, the athletic Bostic thrived in transition and slashing to the rim. He also had a couple of monster blocks throughout the weekend and was effective as a rebounder as well.
Jordan Smalls, 2020 SF, Team Showcase (GA) - Upside is the name of the game for Smalls, who stands at 6-foot-5. He is an athletic slashing wing with some post game, and Smalls is just starting to scratch the surface on how good he can be. As he continues to develop his perimeter game, he will have a chance to really make a name for himself in the Southeast and potentially nationally.
Thaddeus Williams, 2020 PG, Birmingham Blue Devils (AL) - A cat-quick guard with good vision, Williams was a terror due to his lightning-quick first step and ability to finish at the rim. While he didn't take a ton of shots, he was still effective throughout pool play and was hard to stay in front of.
Isreal Palmer, 2020 SG, Atlanta Hoop Starz (GA) - Palmer is a skilled and smooth wing prospect who looks like he will sprout up another 2-3 inches in the coming years. He's got a decent wing span and is able to put the ball on the floor and attack the rim, as well as create scoring opportunities for his teammates to boot.
Manessah Thompson, 2020 PF, Middle Georgia Game On (GA) - A physically imposing big man, Thompson proved to be deceptively quick and took his man off the dribble a number of times from the high post. At 6-foot-5, he has a decent looking shot and looks like he may grow a couple more inches as well. If he does that, it's clear he will be a division one prospect.
Tyreese Gordon, 2021 CG, H-Town Stars (GA) - Gordon showcased a nice looking jumper on Saturday as he knocked down a number of threes. A lanky combo guard who is clearly not done growing at 6-foot, Gordon also made a number of nice passes throughout the weekend and could be one to keep an eye on moving forward.
E.J. Mason, 2020 SF, Mississippi Force (MS) - A long and lanky slasher who got to the rim on straight line drives on Sunday, Mason was able to help get his team to the silver bracket final thanks to his scoring ability. He will ultimately need to improve his ability to break his defender down, as well as improve his shot, but the future looks bright for the Mississippi product.
Marcellious Lockett, 2020 SG, Atlanta Select (GA) - Lockett burst onto the scene last year after turning in a 41 point performance at the prior edition of the Atlanta Main Event. Friday night was no different, as he put up points every way imaginable and was able to create scoring opportunities for not only himself, but his teammates as well. Lockett will certainly be picking up offers as his career continues to progress thanks to his ability to put up points in bunches.
Dewan Wright, 2020 SF, Team Showcase (GA) - One of the breakout players on Friday night, Wright showcased a big time motor and a decent looking jump shot. While he still rushes and is putting his perimeter game together, Wright looks like a promising wing moving forward. He is also a big time rebounder who gets low, follows the ball off the rim and gets good position before meeting the ball at the highest point.
Javon Magee, 2020 SG, Mississippi Force (MS) – Nearly unstoppable during the first game of pool play on Saturday, Magee was shooting the ball extremely well. He has a good frame that allows him to slash the lane and finish through contact, and he never lacks hustle or energy when on the floor. It will be interesting to see how his game progresses over the next year or so.
Chris Williams, 2020 SG, Atlanta Playmakers Elite (GA) – Williams was one of the best guards in the 15U division given his good size and length at 6’2” and his elite three point shooting abilities. Not only was he extremely effective from deep, but he used his length to cause turnovers and was able to guard multiple positions all throughout the weekend. He scored 27 points on Saturday morning against Mississippi Force during pool play, and kept it rolling from there.
Cam Edwards, 2021 SG, Charleston Playmakers (SC) – Edwards attended Future150’s All Southeast Qualifier Camp in Alabama a few months ago and was one of the best 2021 prospects there. This weekend was no different as Edwards was playing an age division up and still played extremely well. Already standing around 6’1” and having a good knack for scoring and being a good on-ball defender makes his future in basketball look very bright.
Kyron Pleas, 2020 CG, TNBC Elite Walden (TN) – Another alumni of the Future150 Camp Series, Pleas had a big time game on Sunday in the bronze division semifinals. Scoring 11 points and racking up the steals with his smothering defense, he continues to improve on both ends of the floor and if he grows and continues to develop his game, he could definitely be extending his basketball career beyond high school.
TySean Cobb, 2021 CF, SC Focus (SC) – Cobb was easily one of the most exciting players to watch regardless of age division. At 6’5” he has great size and length as an 8th grader and also has solid handles and good shooting abilities for a young, big swingman. At one point during the weekend Cobb hit four three’s in transition in a row. He definitely has some talent and if he reaches his ceiling he could be special.
KeShun House, 2020 SG, Middle Georgia Game-On (GA) – House was an excellent scorer throughout the weekend and certainly showed that he has the potential to continue to grow, develop and get even better. He carried his squad through stretches of some games, and looks like he could develop into a killer, go-to scorer on offense.
Damien Johnson, 2021 PF, Charleston Playmakers (SC) - Johnson had a solid showing at the Future150 All-Southeast Qualifier Camp a few months ago, and made some really big plays for the Playmakers all weekend long. The 6'2" post man was playing an age division up and used his size and strength to compete against opposing big men. Johnson's biggest moment of the weekend came Sunday when he grabbed an offensive rebound and layed the ball in the basket as time expired to defeat TNBC Elite - Walden in the bronze division semifinals game. The Playmakers went on to win the bronze division and Johnson was certainly a big reason why.
Connor Gillespie, 2020 G/F, TNBC Eite Thompson (TN) - Gillespie displayed a great knowledge of the game as he rarely made mistakes and was a very fundamental player on both ends of the floor. He possesses a solid stroke from deep and has no problems with playing through a little bit of contact. The Arlington native stands at just over 6'0" and it would be nice to see him grow a few more inches so he can max out his potential.