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Under Armour Finals: 2016 & 2017's Make Waves
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (11:19 PM CT, Thu July 17, 2014)
Charles O'Bannon, Jaylen Fisher & Troy Brown.
Charles O'Bannon, Jaylen Fisher & Troy Brown.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

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

Atlanta, GA (Future150) -- While 17U Showcase Games stole the spotlight on Wednesday night at the Under Armour Association Finals, on Thursday, it was time for 2016 & 2017 prospects to earn their shine as elite 16U and 15U teams took the floor at Suwanee Sports Academy. Hear are some of the standouts from the action:

Sidney Wilson, 2017 SF, New Heights: If you're looking for a young New York City product to root for over the coming years, the 6-foot-6 small forward is your guy. The St. Raymond's wing has the tools to become a high major priority over the next few years. An excellent athlete, he can score on all three levels and oozes upside.

Brandon McCoy, 2017 PF/C, Team Vegas Elite: The most impressive prospect of the day was the rising sophomore from San Diego, California. At 6-foot-10 and 225 pounds, the physically impressive post is an active body on the low block, has good hands, and runs the floor well. While he isn't the best finisher around the rim, he is more than capable, and he even showed that he's capable of knocking down jump shots from out to 18 feet. Right now, he is easily a top 30 prospect in the class.

Charles O'Bannon, 2017 SG, Team Vegas Elite: Another West Coast prospect who has the look of a future star is the Bishop Gorman (NV) 6-foot-4 shooting guard. Already holding a UNLV offer, it's easy to see why. He is a smooth scorer from the wing but he also has the ability to penetrate and finish using both hands. He is also a big time athlete and a prospect with a high IQ.

Jaylen Fisher, 2016 PG, Team Thad: The 6-foot-2 defensive demon is picking the right time to play his best basketball of the summer. On Thursday, he showed off a well-rounded game against GamePoint, and his performances so far this week have impressed college coaches in attendance, landing him offers from UConn and Arkansas. When his jump shot is falling, there aren't four other point guards in the class better than he is.

Justin Jackson, 2016 SF, Canada Elite: The Findlay Prep (NV) small forward is quickly evolving into one of the premier frontcourt prospects in the country, thanks to his perimeter skills and his 6-foot-8 frame. He has steadily improved his overall skill set since last year, and he is a jump shot away from becoming a top 25 prospect in the class.

Aric Holman, 2015 PF, Hoop Dreams: The buzz has been building on the 6-foot-9 Owensboro (KY) product over the past month, and colleges coaches have been crowding his games all week to this point. While he is a bit raw right now, he shows the potential to become a stretch four man at the next level, and if he gains strength and skills, he can develop into an all-conference college player.

Troy Brown, 2017 PG, Las Vegas Prospects: Already holding scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, UNLV & USC, the Centennial (NV) 6-foot-5 point guard has all the tools to continue to be an elite prospect in the 2017 class. He has excellent feel for the game and is comfortable running the show or being a lead scorer for his team. The future is bright for Brown, and his time is now.

Frank Jackson, 2016 PG, Utah Prospects: In an absolutely loaded class of 2016 on a national level, the BYU commit proved that he belongs in the the discussion as a top 50 prospect, based on his skills and overall feel for the game. A high volume shooter and scorer, the 6-foot-2 combo guard is effective both on and off the ball. Expect his name to continue to gain momentum nationally as he heads into his junior season.


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