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Mo Bamba Stars at PSA Cardinals Prep Showcase
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (10:11 AM CT, Tue December 6, 2016)
2017 post Mo Bamba had a big performance on Sunday.
2017 post Mo Bamba had a big performance on Sunday.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

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

Pottstown, PA (Future150) -- The PSA Cardinals Prep School Showcase took place on Sunday at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Featuring some of the best prospects in the PSA program as headliners, it was an event with a plethora of firepower, including elite big man Mo Bamba.

Mo Bamba, 2017 Post, Westtown School (PA): What's there to be said about the 6'11" big man that hasn't already been said? Sporting a 7-foot-8 wingspan, he's one of the most freakish athletes I've had the opportunity to cover since I began working in recruiting. On Sunday, in a blowout win over Saint James (MD), he coasted to a nine point, 14 rebound, seven assist & five block performance in front of Kentucky head coach John Calipari & Villanova head man Jay Wright.

Hamidou Diallo, 2017 SG, Putnam Science Academy (CT): Arguably the most explosive wing in the entire country, the 6'4" New York City native filled the stat sheet with relative ease, totaling 11 points, eight rebounds & six assists in a blowout win over The Phelps School (PA). What's next for the star senior? He'll choose between Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky & Syracuse.

Walter Whyte, 2017 SF, St. Luke's School (CT): Boston University could prove to have one of the best commitments in the 2017 class when all is said and done. The 6'6" wing is a strong prospect who's not only a talented slasher and rebounder, but a lockdown defender as well. Expect him to be a Patriot League all-conference player during his time in college.

Cam Reddish, 2018 SG, Westtown School (PA): The 6'7" wing continues to prove that he's a top 10 prospect in the junior class. On Sunday, he did the majority of ball-handling for Westtown, and showed off his silky-smooth jump shot in front of a throng of college coaches. He finished the day with 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two blocks & was named MVP for his team in their blowout win. 

Chase Audige, 2018 SG, The Hill School (PA): The 6'4" wing proved to be one of the highlights of the day, displaying his explosiveness and scoring ability in front of his home crowd in a 71-53 win over Isaiah Christopher Academy (NJ). The talented New York native finished the day with 19 points, eight rebounds & five assists in front of Rice head coach Mike Rhoades, who's one of several coaches to to have offered him a scholarship at this point.

Jonas Harper, 2019 PG, St. Luke's School (CT): The focal point of a highly entertaining 54-52 win over The Hun School (NJ), the 6'2" point guard shined brightly for his team. The 6'2", 170-pounder recently reclassed to 2019, and has the look of one of the premier floor generals in the Northeast. A strong penetrator and defender with good instincts, he finished the day with 16 points, including a key steal and score late in the game.

Desmond Cambridge, 2017 SG, The Hun School (NJ): Headed to Brown next fall, the 6'5" wing is an explosive athlete with significant upside. A native of Nashville, his prep school year seems to be doing him a world of good, as his stock is rising and his game is maturing at the right time.

Manasseh Small, 2018 G, Phelps School (PA): The 6'1" combo guard has been impressive all fall with his long distance shooting prowess, and Sunday was no different. He scored 10 points against Putnam Science Academy (CT), and showed that he's a solid ball-handler and decision maker as well. Look for his stock to rise as the high school season unfolds.

Bryce Golden, 2018 PF, Saint James School (MD): Maybe the prospect with the most impressive performance based on his opponent, the 6'8" post scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a battle against Westtown's big front line of Mo Bamba, Anthony Ochefu & Jake Forrester. Holding several high-major offers, the big man proved his worth as a recruit in the contest.

Jake Forrester, 2018 PF, Westtown School (PA): The Harrisburg native continues to make strides in his game. Now standing in the 6'8" + range, right now he's most effective as a rim-running forward with explosive athleticism and a nose for rebounding the basketball. Look for him to see more high-major offers come his way by the spring.

Solomon Ruddell, 2017 C, The Hill School (PA): The largest prospect in play on Sunday was the 7'1", 250-pound California native. We were most impressed with his mobility around the rim. While he grabbed 13 rebounds against a smaller opponent, his mid-range shooting was pretty impressive as well. The UC Irvine commit played very well for his team, and should have a big season.


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