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MADE Hoops Winter League: Post Prospects Overview
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (10:01 AM CT, Wed January 17, 2018)
2022 big man Jayden Webley is a massive Canadian prospect.
2022 big man Jayden Webley is a massive Canadian prospect.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

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

Springfield, MA (Future150) -- At the middle school level, you usually don't see a ton of towering bigs who dominate the paint consistently. More often than not, a lot of these kids are a constant work in progress, and many are in the developmental stages. We certainly encountered several posts who gave us glimpses of just how good they can become, along with a few immediate studs who will be moving the needle very soon. Read on to see who our MADE Hoops Winter League post standouts were. 

Jayden Webley, UPLAY Canada (CAN): Easily the largest prospect in the league at 6'10", 260-pounds, he had a very nice weekend overall. The highlight of the weekend for him came in a matchup against Team Final and their star 6'8" big man Jalen Duren, where he more than held his own. He can score around the rim by imposing his will, and he's a tough rebounder anywhere within five feet of the rim. We also love his non-stop motor, which will serve him well in the future. 

Jalen Duren, Team Final (PA): Coming into the event as our #3 ranked prospect nationally in the 2022 class, there was a lot expected of the 6'8" big man, and he produced. He continues to grow and evolve, with explosive athleticism, excellent hands, and very good finishing skills around the rim. We got a glimpse of what he can do when he plays angry, and it was a scary sight for the opposition. He can, and will, become a dominant big man at the high school level. 

Jerrell Roberson, Team Takeover (DC): We're very excited about the potential of the long and lean 6'7" big man, who was a monster in the middle all weekend long. Not only is he active and bouncy, but he's very agile for a post his age. His features project more growth, and it's easy to envision a player who will have impressive versatility as he grows and develops over the next few years. 

Silas Sunday, New York Lightning (NY): The Lightning program has developed quite a pipeline from Ireland over the past few years, with talented posts Aidan Igiehon & Max Amadasun making a splash in the United States since 2016. Next in line is the another talented big man in the 6'9", 250-pound post prospect in the class of 2022. While he's still raw at this stage, the upside potential is certainly there. 

Vindell Witherspoon, New York Lightning/Wiz Kids (NY): We keep playing the upside card with the 6'6" post, but his production is starting to come around this year. Not just a tall prospect, but he's very long with some explosive athleticism as well, which helps him play bigger than he is. As he continues to grow and improve, his stock will only rise. 

Amani Hansberry, Team Durant (MD): What's not to like about a 7th grader already standing 6'4"+ with excellent hands, good footwork & tremendous finishing ability with both his right and left hand? Finding prospects his age with those types of advanced skills are hard to come by. Throw in the fact that he rocks a size 16 sneaker and you're beginning to imagine that by this time next year, he'll be an even bigger monster. 

Tarik Watson, East Coast Elite (NY): The man in the middle for his team all weekend long, doing damage on both ends of the floor, was the 6'2" sixth grade prospect. Yes, your read that right. The 2024 big man played up in the 7th grade division and was still dominant, thanks to his strong frame and nose for the basketball. His brother Akil Watson was their star on the wing, and Tarik did his part, cleaning up the glass, defending and scoring everything he got his hands on inside the paint. 


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