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Camden Easley Leads Best of the Best Standouts
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (4:43 PM CT, Sun November 20, 2016)
2021 PF Camden Easley continues to grow and improve.
2021 PF Camden Easley continues to grow and improve.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

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

Bradenton, FL (Future150) -- Future150 headed for the sunny skies of Bradenton, Florida this weekend for the 2016 Best of the Best Showcase, an event that has attracted many of the best middle school talents in the state over the past several years. Below, you'll find our list of standouts from this years crop of prospects.

Camden Easley, 2021 PF (Orlando, Florida): The prospect with the most upside in the entire event was the improving post. Still growing, having recently sprouted to 6'6.5", he was a menace on the boards and as a shot-blocker on the defensive end. He runs the floor extremely well, and also possesses a very long wingspan. It's very easy to envision him ending up as an athletic/rim-running 6'8" four man at the high school level.

Darius Runner, 2021 SF (Jupiter, Florida): A relatively young 8th grade prospect, the 6'3" wing made plays all day on both ends of the floor. He finished well around the rim on slashing opportunities, and racked up impressive rebounds on both the offensive and defensive ends. Expect to hear his name more after making his presence known among other elite Florida prospects in Bradenton.

Austin Lewis, 2021 SG (Jacksonville, Florida): A creative scorer with impressive ball skills, there's certainly a lot to like about the future of the 6'1" prospect. He's capable of running the offense for his team, but looks more natural on the wing. Judging by the looks of his frame and size 14.5 feet, there should be more growth left in the tank, which bodes well for his future.

Michael James, 2021 SF (Orlando, Florida): One of the more physically imposing prospects in attendance was the 6'4" small forward. He's very good when putting his head down and attacking the rim, but also shows the tools to be a devastating defender at the high school level as well. The next stage of his development will include improving his perimeter shooting.

Jordan Shorter, 2021 SG (Hialeah, Florida): Arguably the most effective offensive player at the camp was the 6'3" shooting guard. He showed the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter while also finishing well around the rim on slashing opportunities, thanks to his strong frame. He also is an explosive leaper, creating the highlight of the camp with an impressive drive-and-dunk on an aggressive drive.

Craig Starks, 2021 PF (Miami, Florida): Easily the most physically intimidating presence at the event, the 6'5", 190-pound post has the look of an elite football prospect. However, he specifically plays hoops. While his game is quite raw at this stage, he really shined on the boards and when defending, thanks in large part to his high motor. He also finished well around the rim when given the opportunity to do so.

Gaston Dudley, 2021 PG (Orlando, Florida): The smoothest playmaker at the camp was the 5'9" prospect with outstanding court vision. He has an excellent feel for the game, and seems to always get the ball to his guys in the right spots. When necessary, he can also score, showing off a pretty runner in the lane, while also showing on several occasions that he can use creativity to finish around post prospects inside.

Caleb Jones, 2021 PG (Fort Myers, Florida): While he's listed as an 8th grade prospect, it's important to note that he is very much young for the class, only turning 14 late in the school year. With long arms, exceptional feel & excellent court vision, it's easy to see his name catching on in the state of Florida and beyond in the next year. Right now, he's definitely a point to keep an eye on in South Florida.

Jamar Houston, 2022 SG (Orlando, Florida): A phenomenal athlete, there wasn't a better above-the-rim prospect in attendance than the 6-foot wing. While he caught our eye with his explosiveness, he also showed that he's a capable jump shooter as well. However, what was really impressive was his unselfishness, seemingly always passing up scoring opportunities in order to make the extra pass, which is rare in a camp setting.

Ahmad Watkins, 2021 SG (Fort Myers, Florida): Just by looking at the 6'2" wing, you can tell he has a bright future in the game. He's very long, slashes well & is a fantastic leaper. He also showed that when left open, he can knock down the open jumper. As he gains strength, he should be able to absorb contact and finish better around the rim, and in turn, his production on offense will rise.


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