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The Proving Ground Session One: 13U Top Performers
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (9:31 AM CT, Fri February 26, 2016)
Dezonie is one of the leaders on a Sports U squad.
Dezonie is one of the leaders on a Sports U squad.
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Baltimore, MD (Future150) -- This past weekend was the inaugural session of Elevate Hoops’ The Proving Ground. Held in Baltimore, the league got off to a fantastic start and looks to be one of the premier middle school events in the country. The 13U division was very talented, and a number of players turned in big time performances: 

Christian Clover, 2021 SF, Philly Triple Threat: Clover is an active body who does a good job of scoring around the rim. He rebounds the ball at a high rate and is a very good slasher. At 6-foot-5, he will need to round out the rest of his perimeter game, as he projects as more of a wing prospect. 

DeTwan Montague, 2021 PF, Baltimore United: Montague is one of the best long-term prospects in the entire leauge. His 6-foot-7 frame makes him a good rebounder and shot blocker. Despite being fairly skinny, he knows how to get position in the low post and keep his man on his hip.

Doug McDaniel, 2021 PG, Team Havoc: McDaniel might be short in stature, but has bigtime game. He got to the rim when he wanted and shot the ball pretty well throughout the weekend. He will need to refine his lead guard skills moving forward. 

Mahki Williams, 2021 CG, Canada Elite: Williams is a talented scoring guard who can also serve as a primary ball handler as well. Due to his size, he may be better suited as a point guard moving forward. It will be interesting to see how he develops. 

Trey Patterson, 2021 SF, Sports U: Patterson can do a little bit of everything. He rebounds the ball very well for his position, has good court vision, and gets to the rim with ease. Few players his age have the advanced skill set he does. 

Rasheed Dupree, 2021 CG, D.C. Blue Devils: Dupree is intriguing thanks to his versatility. He can score the ball, rebound it, and can create as well. He averaged close to a double-double over the first sesssion of the Proving Ground. 

Tymel Stevenson, 2021 PF, Brooklyn Rens: Stevenson is an active big man who rebounds the ball well and can finish around the rim. He averaged a double-double during the first session of The Proving Ground, as was one of the more impressive prospects in attendence. 

Zion Russell, 2021 SG, D.C. Premier: Russell is a versatile scorer who excels in a fast-break setting. He can get to the rim and either finish or kick out to open teammates. Russell can also shoot the ball pretty well. Like most younger guards, he needs to get stronger. 

Shane Dezonie, 2021 SG, Sports U:  Dezonie is intriguing thanks to his innate scoring ability combined with his vision. He is a big guard who can make plays for his teammates. At this point, he is still very much a wing, and assuming he grows more, projects as one as well. 


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