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MADE Hoops Session II: Statement Day For Dior Johnson
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (6:46 AM CT, Sun January 14, 2018)
2022 G Dior Johnson had a very impressive Saturday.
2022 G Dior Johnson had a very impressive Saturday.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

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

Springfield, MA (Future150) -- With each passing year, MADE Hoops Winter League continues to gain strength. With teams from as far south as Georgia to as far north as Canada, the Lea8ue/7eague always gives us a glimpse of the stars of tomorrow in the 7th and 8th grade classes. With a plethora of talented prospects and interesting storylines taking shape, Saturday proved to be an eventful day for Future150 staff. Who stood out to us?

Dior Johnson Proves #20 Ranking Too Low In MADE Outburst 

After dropping our updated national rankings for the class of 2022 a few weeks back, Saugerties (NY) guard Dior Johnson wasn't happy that he sat at #20 in the country. While most would be thrilled, the talented 6-footer claimed, "I'm top five." Well, while we might not be quite ready to completely agree with him on that, he certainly did show that he's due for a positive bump in our next update. On the opening day of action in his first MADE Hoops Session, the explosive scorer put up games of 29 and 25 points, respectively, while leading his City Rocks (NY) squad to a 1-1 record on the day. We're excited to see what he has up his sleeve for Sunday's game action. 

Canadian Giant Turning Heads

As soon as we walked into the gym on Saturday, we were greeted by a monster of a prospect suited up for UPLAY Canada. Meet 2022 Jayden Webley, a 6'10", 260-pound post player who made life miserable for the New York Lightning/Wiz Kids. Nobody in the league, outside of maybe Team Final big man Jalen Duren, has the size and ability to truly guard the young giant, and he took advantage by scoring around the rim, rebounding, and playing physical basketball on both ends of the floor. 

DJ Wagner Impressing In 7th Grade Division

In a limited view of 7th grade action on Saturday, there wasn't a more impressive prospect that we got our eyes on than the 5'10" combo guard. The son of Dajuan Wagner, the 2023 prospect came into the league with a reputation of already being one of New Jersey's rising stars, and he's living up to it early on. He's a fantastic playmaker with a high IQ on the floor, and he plays angry when going to the rim. He's also a great teammate who is always encouraging and instructing. 

3 More MADE Hoops Session II Standouts: 

Christian May, Team Takeover (DC): In a big win over Team Final, the 2022 shooting guard showed that his stock is on the rise after steadily improving over the past 12 months. Known primarily as a shooter last year, the 6'3" wing is now a talented attacker who is starting to show some explosiveness above the rim. Excellent opening day for the Virginia native. 

Dasean Lecque, Playaz Club (NJ): The improvement of the 6-foot combo guard has been staggering over the past year, and it showed in his opening game on Saturday. He set the league on fire, scoring 21 points in the first half on his way to a blistering 37 in an opening day win. He got baskets however he wanted to, and showed that he's one of the hottest 8th grade prospects nationally heading into AAU season. 

Tyrell Ward, Team Durant (MD): A name that we didn't know coming into this weekend, the 6'4" multi-positional prospect made a statement of his own in Springfield. He's a long and fluid athlete who can play multiple spots on both ends of the floor, and he knows how to score not only around the rim, but showed impressive pull-up ability as well. His name is definitely trending in the right direction heading into the spring. 

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