Preseason Top Forwards

High School
Washington

Posted On: 12/30/17 7:17 PM

Emmitt Matthews (2018)

Matthews has earned his spot as one of the top recruits in Washington and is poised to continue this play his senior season. Matthews is a six-foot-seven wing player with a smooth shot. He is a bit thin for the forward position, but uses his size to over match smaller players. He plays well on the outside but has shown some skill at getting to the basket. He is also valued for his strong defense and his ability to play and defend any position. He plays good on-ball defense, having shown a knack for locking down opposing players.

J’raan Brooks (2018)

Brooks is a six-foot-eight power forward who uses his size to his advantage. He has an old-school style to his play, playing close to the rim and using post moves with his back to the basket. He can knockdown mid range shots as well, but will need to keep expanding his range to make as big of an impact as his potential will allow him to on the next level.

Jamon Kemp (2019)

Kemp spends a lot of time at the small forward position, but is a bit undersized for that role, though he takes advantage of his matchups. He has a high motor and does a great job cleaning up the glass for his size. He has shown that he doesn’t quit on plays and is always looking for those second chance points. He is a good slasher and can finish around the rim, but needs to work on his shot. A consistent outside shot would round out his game and compliment his other skills. His athleticism is one of his strong suits and helps him on the defensive end. He should take some strides this year at Garfield High School under new coach Brandon Roy who helped turn Nathan Hale into champions last year.

Abdul Mohamed (2019)

Mohamed should be primed for a breakout year at West Seattle. He is six-foot-seven and usually plays center or power forward because of his size, but he has the footwork and dribbling to suggest that he could play the three or stretch-four position at the next level. He does a great job playing inside, using his footwork and fakes to get around and fool defenders so he can create space to get up a hook shot. He has also displayed some great passing and court vision for a player of his size.