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Nationals and Showcase Recap: Wednesday
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (9:44 AM CT, Fri July 26, 2013)
Alabama Challenge stars William Lee and Devin Booker.
Alabama Challenge stars William Lee and Devin Booker.
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Orlando, FL (Future150) -- On Thursday at Disney, The 11th grade Gold Super Showcase got under way. With pool play tipping off, a lot of big name players were in attendance. Here are a few of the guys who really set themselves apart from the other players.

Matthew Fisher-Davis, 2014 SG, Charlotte Nets: Fisher-Davis has been one of the bigger names to blow up during the July live periods. He has a sweet shooting stroke and can handle the ball as well. At 6-foot-4, he has good size for his position and uses it in order to get his shot off over smaller defenders. He is equally comfortable shooting off of the dribble or in transition as he is shooting in the half-court.

Mario Manuel, 2015 PF, Iowa Elite: One of the biggest surprises of the second day was Manuel, a 6-foot-7 bruising power forward. He showed he has great hands and good touch around the rim. He is comfortable with scoring with his back to the basket. He uses his size well and carves out space, he grabs rebounds with the belief that every one belongs to him. Despite being undersized, Manuel plays with a high motor and is one to keep an eye on.

Malachi Richardson, 2015 SG, Team Final: Richardson is staking his claim as one of, if not the top shooter in the entire class of 2015. The six-foot-six wing has a great vertical and explodes into his jumper. He also handles the ball very well for his size and slowly is becoming a matchup nightmare. Make no mistake; he is an elite player in 2015.

Nana Foulland, 2014 C, Team Final: Foulland looks to be much improved in the past few months; he showed a more refined game when scoring in the post. Defensively, he is effective at blocking and altering shots as well as grabbing rebounds. He will be effective at the mid-major level.

Robert Johnson, 2014 CG, Boo Williams: Johnson is one of the better shooters still available in the class of 2014 and is one of the biggest risers in the class as well. Johnson was instrumental in his team’s first game of the super showcase, pouring in 20 points in their 11 point win. Johnson is also an adept defender who can fit in at almost any program.

William Lee, 2014 PF, Alabama Challenge: Lee was all over the floor on Wednesday, blocking shots, grabbing boards, and scoring around the rim. Standing at 6-foot-9, he is able to attack off of the dribble and has a 15-footer in his arsenal as well. While he is still making the transition to combo forward, Lee is seemingly getting better all of the time.

Devin Booker, 2014 SG, Alabama Challenge: Booker lived up to his reputation as a big time scorer during his game against Q6. While he got off to a slow start, Booker warmed up after a couple of threes went in. He began to show why he is considered such a deadly scorer who can bring almost instant offense to any squad next season.

Reid Travis, 2014 PF, Howard Pulley: Travis is another bruising, undersized forward who can attack off of the dribble as well. He finished at the rim through contact and showed off a great stroke from the foul line to boot. Travis seems to step up in the biggest moments and is a big time competitor who plays with a toughness that few players across the country have. It’s not surprising that many schools across the country are after him.

Curtis Phillip, 2014 SF, Team Thad: The White Station product shot the ball incredibly well for Team Thad, turning in a 7-for-7, 20 point performance. He shot 6-for-6 from deep and caused problems for the opposing defense with his ability to stretch the floor. While Phillip is an underrated recruit, he could boost his stock with a good performance here in Orlando.

Tyus Jones, 2014 PG, Howard Pulley: As the top rated prospect in the class of 2014, Jones showed why Future150 considers him to be so. He is possibly the best passer to hit the high school ranks since Chris Paul and an ultimate competitor. He can score the ball when he needs to and it is nearly impossible to keep him from getting to the rim. Most importantly, Jones is a winner.


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