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Underclassmen Shine At NJ Playaz Spring Fling
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (10:48 AM CT, Tue April 4, 2017)
Carey had an impressive weekend for the Playaz
Carey had an impressive weekend for the Playaz
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Neptune, NJ (Future150) -- Every year, the NJ Playaz Spring Fling acts as the first big AAU event of the season in the tri-state area. Usually filled with a number of EYBL programs and a couple of other sponored teams, this year's edition was no different. With that in mind, Future150 looks back at who turned in at impressive weekends:

Jalen Carey, 2018 PG, NJ Playaz: Carey has spent the better part of the past year proving to be one of the top point guard prospects in the northeast. At 6-foot-3, he has great size for the position and is capable of being a high level scorer when needed as well. He went for 26 point on Sunday. Seton Hall is hoping to keep him close to home, but a number of high major programs are going to try and pull him out of the Garden State. 

Ryan Conway, 2021 PG, Team Takeover: One of the more natural scorers in the class of 2021, this was the first weekend Future150 saw Conway play with Team Takeover. He did a good job of getting his teammates involved and creating open looks, while still getting to the rim and putting up points the way he always has. He and fellow 2021 guard Trevor Keels are going to be a matchup problem moving forward, as the two proved playing 15U this weekend. 

Jeremy Roach, 2020 PG, Team Takeover: One of, if not the best point guard in the class, Roach was impressive yet again playing up on 16U. He has fantastic speed and is so dangerous in the open floor. His athleticism is freakish and he's very unselfish with the ball. Roach has a chance to be special when it's all said and done. 

Zion Bethea, 2020 CG, NJ Playaz: Playing up with 16U this weekend, Bethea made it clear that he is one of the top freshmen in the state of New Jersey. More of a scorer than distributor at this point, Bethea got into the lane and either scored or drew fouls. He is also a decent shooter who can put points up in bunches when given the opportunity. At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, he has the size to play either guard position. 

Moses Brown, 2018 C, New Heights: It's clear that Brown has turned the corner from prospect to player this year and now looks primed for a monster spring campaign. The big man was up to his usual tricks, blocking shots, rebounding and dunking everything he could get his hands on. Brown even went coast-to-coast on a couple of occasions, and while that isn't the best part of his game, it's certainly an interesting development. 

Dajour Dunkley, 2017 PG, Beantown Bulls: A talented scorer, Dunkley looks poised to do a post-grad year. At 6-foot, he is a scoring lead guard with great speed and athleticism. Dunkley had a number of highlight reel dunks throughout the weekend, as well as a number of 25+ point performances. He will be an intriguing option should he go 2018.

Noah Farrakhan, 2020 PG, Team Rio: Farrakhan had a monster high school season and now it seems as hes showing zero signs of slowing down. Equally talented as a scorer and distributor, Farrakhan dueled with Williams and ultimately put CT Select away with a number of timely shots. His vision is good, but like most young point guards his decision making is still a work in progress. At this point, there's little reason not to believe that he won't continue to be one of the top point guards in his class.

Isaiah Williams, 2019 CG, CT Select: Williams turned in one of the most impressive performances of the weekend as he shot CT Select into a near upset of Team Rio on Saturday. An explosive scorer, he is able to create his own shot and knock down pull-ups with relative ease, as well as get into the lane and finish. Despite standing at 5'10, Williams is a talented offensive weapon who will likely draw a number of suitors this Spring.

Myles Thompson, 2018 PF, SJ Select: An undersized combo-forward at 6'6, Thompson more than made up for his lack of height with his work ethic, ability to grab timely rebounds, and finishing around the tin. He has the speed to take bigger forwards off the dribble and caused problems in transition. Low-majors would be wise to track him this AAU season.


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