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Elite24 All-American Camp: MVP Dior Johnson Leads 2022 Stars
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (8:07 PM CT, Sat August 12, 2017)
2022 PG Dior Johnson out of NY take home Elite 24 MVP honor.
2022 PG Dior Johnson out of NY take home Elite 24 MVP honor.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

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

Atlanta, GA (Future150) -- The 2017 Elite24 All-American Camp was loaded, as usual, and point guard Dior Johnson led the way for the class of 2022 all-star selections. So who else made the coveted list from our national middle school camp? Find out below.

Dior Johnson, 2022 Guard, New York: Making the trip to Atlanta all the way from Upstate New York, the small town star did not disappoint. He was easily the most dominant player at camp, and for his efforts, he was named MVP of the class of 2022 all-stars. The 5'11" point guard is an excellent prospect, showing ability to run his team, scoring from all three levels, and is a high level rebounder who isn't afraid to crash the glass. What may have been most impressive about Dior is just how unselfish he was, consistently looking for his teammates in good spots to score the basketball.

Chandler Jackson, 2022 Wing, Tennessee: If it weren't for Dior Johnson, the 6'0" Memphis product would have been the most dominant prospect in his age group. He was an absolutely electric scorer throughout the weekend, putting his team on his back and leading them to several wins. He's a strong driver who embraces contact and has no trouble finishing plays around the rim. He also showed a pretty mid-range jump shot and can also shoot the three-ball as well. With continued polish on his ball skills, his game can go to a new level of dominance.

Matt Curtis, 2022 Wing, Connecticut: One of the most dominant prospects in the Northeast right now, the 6'2" shooting guard is highly skilled. Not only does he have an advanced frame, but his scoring ability is also on another level. He showed that not only can he knock down the long ball, but when the defense crowds him, he has no trouble working off-the-bounce and pulling up in the mid-range. As he works on his lateral quickness and athleticism, he's going to become an even more dangerous offensive threat over time. 

Nick Smith Jr., 2022 Guard, Arkansas: Talk about an impressive weekend for the 5'11" wing prospect. One of the most talented scorers in the field, he was able to get buckets however he wanted. His specialty was making contested jumpers from deep, which included several fadeaways/step-backs with a defender in his face. The Little Rock prospect is wired to score the basketball, and is capable of getting hot at any time. As he continues to fill out and get stronger, he'll become an even more impressive offensive player. On defense, he needs to become more engaged consistently. 

Jordan Walsh, 2022 Forward, Texas: If we're talking about a player with significant upside from the 2022 class at camp, it's the 6'4" forward. He was the most dominant big man prospects in the field, but also showed that he can potentially play on the wing down the road as well, depending on just how much more he grows. Sporting a massive 6'8" wingspan, he was a dominant shot-blocker and finished everything he got his hands on around the rim. He also has excellent footwork and good hands, catching everything thrown his way at camp. 

Larry Hughes II, 2022 Guard, Missouri: Easily one of the most skilled prospects in the camp, regardless of class. At 5'9", he's an unselfish wing who always makes the right pass. His ball skills and shooting ability are also both impressive, as he's the type of player who is always going to make the right play offensively. He's also an aware defender who gets into passing lanes. The son of former NBA player Larry Hughes, it's clear that he gets his skills from his father, and he's going to have an impressive future in the game of basketball.

Braylen Ragland, 2023 Guard, Tennessee: Only a rising 7th grader, it didn't stop the Memphis prospect from being one of the most dominant prospects in the 2022 group at camp. After dominating our Future150 Main Event Birmingham 12U division in May, he earned his invite. His big calendar year continued at camp, as he showed that his offensive skills are way ahead of the curve, as he proved the ability to be a three-tier scorer who's unafraid to attack the rim when necessary. But if you give him any room on the perimeter? Count it as a bucket. 

Alex Odam, 2023 Guard, Alabama: Another rising 7th grader, the 5'10" combo guard was again sensational in front of our staff. A talented shooter from the perimeter, he repeatedly wiggled loose for open looks over the weekend, and knocked them down every time. He's got a level of shiftiness to his game, making it hard for defenders to crowd him on the perimeter. He also has solid court vision and makes plays for others when the opportunities present themselves. Regardless of how much more he grows, his fate will be at the point guard and/or shooting guard spot, which is perfect for his abilities.

Shane Lancaster, 2022 Guard, Maryland: Sporting excellent size for the point guard spot at 6'2", it was a standout weekend for the DMV prospect. He's good solid ball skills and a good natural feel for the game. He also showed that he can score on slashing opportunities and can hit the occasional jumper as well. Defensively, he has all the tools to really become a lockdown on-ball defender, and now it's just a matter of really committing to it. Expect a big year from him over the winter months.

Jyshaun Melvin2022 Guard, Georgia: As far as natural lead guards go, there were very few as talented as the 5'8" southpaw. A strong guard and natural passer, he had no issues getting his teammates involved in the flow of the game. He also has a penchant for getting baskets for himself, whether that be from deep or on aggressive drives to the rim. He also showed clutch ability, winning a game for his team with a tough basket in traffic at the buzzer as time expired. Overall, it was an excellent weekend for the point guard.

Kaleem Moultrie, 2022 Guard, Pennsylvania: The Team Final product made the trip from Philadelphia for camp, and showed out in the process. Already a lanky 6-footer with solid ball skills, he has very good court vision on the floor, consistently finding open teammates, even when they don't always realize they are open. He's also a capable slasher when going to the rim. His jump shot needs a lot of work, but his other tools for the offensive and defensive end make him a very talented young guard. 

Caylen Goff-Brown, 2022 Guard, Oklahoma: One of the most talented shooters in the camp was the 5'8" combo guard prospect. He routinely drained long range bombs throughout the camp, making defenders have no choice but to crowd him well beyond the arc. As he improves his lateral quickness, he'll become more of a threat to finish at the rim, which will make it very hard for defenders to stop him. He's got a lot of growth left in his frame, so we're excited about his long term potential.

Trey Miller, 2022 Guard, Texas: Miller's offensive skill set for a guard his age is ridiculous. There aren't any glaring weaknesses in his game that sticks out up front. During 5-on-5 play, he was dropping 20+ points a game with ease. His speed, handles, and elite scoring abilities are phenomonal for a rising 8th grader. Easily one of the best middle school prospects in Texas right now, don't be surprised if you see Miller crack our 2022 national rankings once we update them again. 

Jayden Forrest, 2023 Forward, Arkansas: Another prospect who was young for the camp, the 5'10" forward was uber-productive throughout the weekend. He crashed the glass at all times and showed a very high motor, which is definitely a skill. He's a reliable finisher around the rim and also showed that he can attack the rim from the wing spots. While he's currently listed as more of a post prospect, there's definitely ability for him to end up as a power wing depending on his future growth. Very bright future for him!

Mekhi Collins, 2022 Wing, Minnesota: At 6'2", Collins has solid size on the wing and can flat out score the ball. He was very impressive on the glass as well as on the defensive end. His versatility stood out on both ends of the floor as he was playing and guarding multiple positions. His long-term upside and potential is very exciting to think about, and he is definitely one of the best 2022's out in Minnesota at this point, there's no question. 

Kyle Marcelin, 2022 Guard, Florida: Marcelin came out of nowhere this past weekend with huge performances during 5-on-5, and 4-on-4 play. He has good measurables and physical attributes for a point guard his age standing around 5'10" with long arms. Even though listed as a PG, he showed that he was more than capable of playing and defending the two and three spots as well. Huge weekend from the Florida native. 

Nick Foster, 2022 Guard, Oklahoma: Foster is a talented guard that can do a little bit of everything on the offensive end. He was at his best when slashing and dishing, but also had no problems knocking down the three point shot. His ball-handling and vocal leadership on the floor were also very impressive. Foster has a chance to be very good, no glaring weaknesses, just a pure talent.   

Peyton Ackerman, 2022 Guard, Oklahoma: Ackerman may have been the best passer in the camp out of the 2022 class. His court vision was on full display in both the halfcourt and transition setting, along with his crafty finishing abiltiies around the rim. Even though he doesn't have the best size, Ackerman is a highly skilled, highly efficient lead guard with a bright future ahead of himself. 

Sam Akinrelere, 2022 Forward, Texas: Maybe the most physically intimidating prospect in the division, the 6-foot wing was dominant on aggressive drives to the rim throughout the weekend. Not only is he tough to contain on the offensive end, but defensively he was a beast as well. Using his 6'5" wingspan to his advantage, he racked up steals and finished plays in transition. What was most impressive on offense was his ability to finish plays in heavy traffic using his excellent strength. 

Myles Pettis, 2022 Guard, North Carolina: Running with a talented Team Wall team this summer, Pettis was expected to come in and make an impact at camp, which he did. The 5'8" lead guard showcased his great feel and understanding for the game, always making the right passes, and rarely turning the ball over. The 2022 class in North Carolina looks to be loaded and Pettis will be in the mix with the best. 

Isaiah Barganier, 2022 Forward, Texas: One of the biggest prospects in the division, the muscular 6'2" lefty made his mark on the camp. While he's certainly got a long way to go on both ends of the floor, there's considerable reason for optimism based on what he showed in Atlanta. Sporting a 6'7" wingspan with size 14 shoes, it's easy to envision him sprouting several more inches as he develops his game. Right now, his best assets are his defensive ability and his finishing ability around the rim. 

Cameran Oates, 2022 PG, North Carolina: One of the best scorers in the camp, the 5'8" lefty was able to get baskets whenever he wanted. What was really impressive about it was that he did it not only by using his speed to get to the rim,  but he also showed pull-up ability in the mid-range as well as 3-point shooting ability. An intense competitor, he loved to put the clamps on when he was on the defensive end of the floor as well.

Jacob Barnes, 2022 Guard, Tennessee: Barnes is a two-way guard that showed how talented he was on both ends of the floor. A versatile defender, he consistently guarded the one, two, and three spots throughout the weekend. On the offensive end he was a very tough cover and was at his best when slashing to the rim, and draining pull up mid-range jumpers. Don't be surprised if he turns out to be one of the best prospects in southeast in the 2022 class. 

Max Hamra, 2022 Guard, Oklahoma: Harma came into camp with lofty expectations after having a big weekend with AET Elite at Future150's Main Event Dallas Tournament. Even though he's undersized, he is a very talented shooter and has fantastic court vision. He can finish around the rim in a variety of ways, and this young fella definitely has a bright future in front of him.

Elite24 Class of 2022 Prospect Rankings:

1.) Dior Johnson
2.) Chandler Jackson
3.) Matt Curtis
4.) Jordan Walsh
5.) Braylen Ragland
6.) Nick Smith Jr.
7.) Larry Hughes Jr.
8.) Sam Akinrelere
9.) Alex Odam
10.) Isaiah Barganier
11.) Shane Lancaster
12.) Jayden Forrest
13.) Jyshaun Melvin
14.) Kyle Marcelin
15.) Kaleem Moultrie
16.) Mekhi Collins
17.) Nick Foster
18.) Trey Miller
19.) Cameron Oates
20.) Peyton Ackerman
21.) Caylen Goff-Brown
22.) Myles Pettis
23.) Jacob Barnes
24.) Max Hamra

 

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