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Future150 Main Event Atlanta: Saturday Standouts
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (11:51 AM CT, Thu May 16, 2013)
2013 SG Greg Pryor is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
2013 SG Greg Pryor is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

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

Atlanta, GA (Future150) -- Saturday action at the Future150 Main Event Atlanta had each of the five courts buzzing all day long. Here are the next wave of prospects who caught our attention...

Greg Pryor2013 SG, Memphis Hoopers:

Greg is a scorer who can get hot in a hurry. He can light it up from the outside, as well as the mid-range. He is a strong shooting guard who finishes with contact at the rim. He is a division one talent, and it will be interesting to see where he ends up.

Christian Turner, 2016 PG, Heat Check:

Watching the 5'8" point guard dominate action this past weekend in 17U action, you would never have guessed that he is only a freshman. He has a gift for making his teammates better and is also very skilled when scoring the basketball. The lefty also has a consistent jump shot from the outside. When all is said and done, expect him to be one of the best point guards in his class.

Kobie Whitfield, 2016 SG, Georgia Fury:

The 5'9" jumping jack may have been the most fun prospect to watch all weekend long with his above-the-rim antics. He is uber-explosive, and loves to finish above the rim when attacking the basket off the bounce. He is a solid jump shooter from the outside and when left alone, will drill jumpers all day long.

Deshawn Cooper, 2014 PF, Team ASA:

Cooper excels on the gridiron with scholarship offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Tulane, and other schools, but he also can play basketball, too. At 6-foot-4, he is an under-sized forward, but he made up for that with his high motor and strength. He is as strong as an ox and extremely athletic. Cooper owned the boards throughout the weekend, and he protected the rim by blocking shots. He is a very rare athlete and one football program will be lucky to get him.

Rodney Ross, 2013 PF, Atlanta Select Granite:

The 6'8" forward has lost a lot of weight over the past year and because of it, he runs the floor much better now. His athleticism has also improved because of his conditioning, and finished above the rim on the fast break consistently all weekend. He also rebounded the ball very well and showed excellent shot-blocking skills.

Shawn Jones, 2014 SG, Team ASA:

Like his teammate Cooper, Jones also has a football physique. However, he excels on the basketball court. He used his strength and body to get to the rim and finish with contact constantly. Jones’ upper body strength allowed him to protect the ball in his arms as he pro-hopped in the lane time after time; he could finish or dish the ball off to open teammates. Jones has a chance to be a nice player.

LeCarey Newkirk2014 SF, Florida's Finest:

The 6'6" forward from Kathleen High School (FL) had an excellent weekend. He used his long arms to rebound the basketball, flashed a consistent mid-range game, and ran the floor very well. He also played tough interior defense and scored around the rim using both hands.

Michael Hemphill, 2014 PG, TCI Warriors:

In an event loaded with point guard prospects, Hemphill may have stuck out the most of anyone. He is very smooth with his game and made things happen as a point guard. He has a great basketball IQ and understands what needs to be done during the game, whether it means speeding up/slowing down or facilitating/driving. The kid just gets it. Hemphill used his smooth play to get in the lane when he wanted and he could finish with a layup or floater, as well as kicking out to open shooters. He will be a prospect that needs to be monitored by low-major coaches in July.

Precious Ayah, 2015 PF, Team Forrest:

The 6'7" power forward is an athletic specimen. He is a very good rebounder and has excellent fundamentals, including boxing out and keeping the ball high after rebounds. He has good second-jump instincts and scores around the rim when given the opportunity.


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