Posted On: 04/15/18 5:30 PM
Five prospects that raised their stock below:
Brody Parker (2021/5’11/REACH)
Brody continues to solidify himself among the absolute best freshman in the state. Against GR Storm in pool play, the sharpshooting guard hit three triples while also handling point guard duties for large stretches of the game. As a playmaker he does a great job of catching the defense by surprise with no look passes that result in layups for teammates. Parker also flourished in transition where he finished with the off hand on his way to 15+ points in a REACH victory.
Javaughn Hannah (2022/6’2/Bates Fundamentals)
Early evaluation can be a slippery sloap, but Hannah sure has the look of a D1 prospect, potentially high-major within a few years. Already 6’2 with a great frame, Javaughn passes the eye test for sure. Against The Family in pool play he displayed three level scoring ability that was jaw-dropping for a prospect playing up a year. Hannah has a great pullup jumper from midrange, a solid handle and a good looking stroke from distance. Definitely one to track in the coming years.
Jaden Akins (2021/6’2/The Family)
If I could describe Jaden in a single word it would be smooth. The freshman guard makes the game look very easy at times. Akins had a very nice game against Bates Fundamentals during pool play and was a huge component of a second half run in a W for The Family. The southpaw has a great floater from 8-12 feet to negate shotblocking once he gets past his primary defender of the bounce. Jaden also connected on a triple from the left wing of the catch and displayed some shiftiness with the ball at times. While he rarely appears to really exert himself, he does show some explosiveness when necessary with a quick first step and some nice verticality when finishing.
Ethan Emerzian (2021/5’11/REACH)
Ethan has the ball on a string, that much is for certain. Against the GR Storm, the REACH floor general was able to get wherever he wanted on the floor off the bounce with an array of crossovers, hesitations and stepbacks to keep his defender off balance. While getting separation off the dribble always draws buzz from the crowd, it doesn’t necessarily result in baskets. Well, with Emerzian it does. The shifty PG knocked down midrange jumpers after making his defender stumble, forced helpside D and found his bigs for easy layups once helpside D committed to stopping penetration and had a few Lonzo Ball-like hit aheads in transition after getting loose.
Genesis Kemp (2022/6’5/Bates Fundamentals)
Kemp is the ultimate long term prospect at 6’5 with good length, nice athleticism and a motor that doesn’t stop. There are bigger names on his 15u squad but I’m here to tell that he is absolutely critical to any success Bates has. Genesis is a very strong rebounder on both ends and anchors the defense with great rim protection. Offensively he’s still a bit raw, but is a good finisher and knocked down knocked down a triple against The Family in pool play and looked comfortable taking the shot. The best thing about Kemp is upside, as he’s not even close to reaching his ceiling and he has a ton of physical tools to work with.
Kevyn Robertson (2021/6’5/REACH)
In a an era of small ball, defensively versatility has become an extremely valued asset. Well, let me tell you, Robertson defended every position on the floor against GR Storm and excelled checking each and every one of them. On one notable possession, Kevyn switched out on to the wing and beat the offensive player to the spot before rotating to the paint and blocking a shot helpside. He covered about 80 feet of ground and completely shut the opposition down in a matter of seconds…………..impressive indeed. Offensively, Robertson is superb as a rim-runner with soft hands and finishes well around the basket. I cannot wait to see what this kid looks like in 1-2 years with more development.