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PrimeTime Nationals HS Recap: New Names Star
by Corbin Osby, Future150 (9:43 AM CT, Sat July 30, 2016)
2019 Shemar Pearl of Eclipse at PTNBC16
2019 Shemar Pearl of Eclipse at PTNBC16
Corbin Osby
Corbin Osby:

Future150 Regional Analyst covering high and middle school basketball. GA, SC, FL

Dallas, TX (Future150) -- On Friday at the 2016 PrimeTime Nationals, it was a slew of new faces who stole the show and earned themselves some ink from Future150 staff.

Shemar Pearl, 2019 SF/PF, Eclipse Elite: The 6-foot-6 Pearl is a real life bulldozer running up and down the court. There’s truly nothing average about this kid. With arms the size of tree logs and springs in his legs that allow him to get in the air and dunk with two hands, he would be a nice cornerstone for any team. He has a decent shot, great feet, and guarded the best player on the floor every possession regardless of position. His presence on the court alone intimidated opponents. Then he grabs a rebound, starts the fast break, and passes a bullet from halfcourt to the man under the basket with such precision the opposing team’s bench got excited. That’s when you know, this kid is more than a body; he’s the real deal. 

Daylen Minor, 2019 PG, Team Texas: Minor’s court vision is extraterrestrial, simply out of this world. He repeatedly made on-point bullseye passes to teammates, who didn’t even know they were open themselves. He controls the ball like it’s on a string and can score the ball from every spot on the court. When he gets to the lane, Minor uses angles on the backboard you rarely see a young player utilize. He is a dynamic performer and a joy to watch.

Jalen Lyons, 2019 Forward, Dallas Northstars: Lyons was the heartbeat of his team. A 6’4 old fashioned scrapper with a terrific motor, that is quite frankly, a jack-of-all-trades. Lyons does everything consistently well. Shooting, driving, rebounding, defending, running the court: he did them all well. His last name describes him perfectly, he is a lion on the court.

Xavien Beasley, 2019 CG, Prime Time Ballers: He is a tall, fluid shifty guard that can score the ball at will. Showing no mercy for the opposition, Beasley got by his defender off the dribble countless times. Once he got into the lane, he was able to get a bucket or make the correct pass to a teammate for an assist.

Gabe Tanella, 2017 SG, Nike D1 Premier: This kid can flat-out play. Gabe Tanella is a 6’4" scorer that has the length, speed, strength, and skill set to play both guard positions and both forward positions. He plays with unmatched passion and has the motor of a Ferrari.

Cameron Gooden, 2017 PG, Nike D1 Premier: Gooden is an explosive guard that can get to the basket whenever he feels like it. He was torturing teams with his relentless defense. He’s a very vocal teammate that possesses a first step that can rival anyone else’s in the country.

Kevon Cooper, 2019 SF, Team Portis Wings Elite: He's a 6’6 small forward that has a solid outside and inside game. He is a tremendous rebounder, and dribbles the ball well. His upside and natural ability made him stand out.

Devante Brooks, 2017 PF, A-List All Starz: If catching the ball down low in the post and slamming it in the hoop vertically was worth five points, Brooks would have easily scored 50 points. He received the ball in the post and connected on 10 dunks. He is built like a Ford truck; he has broad shoulders, big hands, and a large wingspan. With the true post position starting to become a lost art; this kid found the supplies and painted a perfect picture of what it should look like on the court.

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