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Posted On: 04/30/18 10:30 AM
On Sunday PrepHoopsIllinois headed over to the Under Armour Association where we saw quite a few standout performances. Check out some of the players that made this biggest impressions here!
PG RJ Hampton (Mudiay Elite)
This was my first time seeing this elite 2020 point guard play and he was spectacular! The 6’5” Texas native is a game changer in every single way possible. He is an ultra-smooth playmaker that showed amazing vision and feel passing the basketball. Hampton can also really score it in a variety of ways. Got to the hoop whenever he wanted off the bounce and his silky smooth jumper was on point! Drilled an array of turnaround jumpers and threes. Got to the line at a high rate where he made all his free throws. Elite top 3 player nationally. He had 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 dimes in a win.
PG Nico Mannion (West Coast Elite)
Mannion is another 2020 standout at 6’3”. The Arizona native is an electric passer! Slick ball handler that got anywhere he wanted against PWP. Elite feel for the game and explosive ball handler. Plays with a lot of swagger. Showed clean mechanics on a jumper from deep. Mannion had 9 points and 6 dimes in the game.
SF Bryan Antoine (Team Rio)
Antoine started off slow against Team Thad, but the 6’5” small forward was an absolute monster from that point on! The New Jersey wing proved why he is a consensus top 15 player nationally. He is a plus shooter connecting on 3-7 from deep including a couple of really tough looks. Gets elevation off the floor with a clean release. Burst with the ball in the open floor was impressive especially at his size. Not too many 2020 prospects have that type of physical profile and speed in the open floor. He scored at the rim well in the transition game. Antoine finished with 22 points on 7-15 shooting.
G Dekeyvan Tandy (Team Thad)
This 6’2” Kentucky native can really get buckets in a hurry! He did just that against Team Rio. The strong and stocky combo guard struggled shooting it from three, but attacked the paint over and over again for conversions. He is a powerful guard that when he is going downhill is really tough to stop! Almost plays bully ball from the guard spot over powering weaker defenders. He has some bounce as well shown on a monster dunk early in the game. Tandy had 27 points on 10-21 shooting.
PF Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (KC Run GMC)
Robinson-Earl is a prospect from Bishop Miege High School in Kansas that stands at 6’9”. We really liked what we saw out of him last July and his game has improved even more especially physically. He is much stronger especially in his upper body and his athleticism has gone through the roof. Robinson-Earl made some plays above the rim that were extremely impressive! He can score with his back to the basket with quick and athletic post moves as well as drill mid-range jumpers for days! The elite 2019 post has a big time second jump getting on the glass for put backs. Another area that impressed was his passing. Made several great outlet finds and passed it well out of the post too. Shot blocking presence with his springy legs. JRE had 20 points on 10-20 shooting. Grabbed 14 boards and had 3 assists.
PF Tom Welch (Illinois Wolves)
This Naperville North 6’7” power forward continues to see his stock rise and with that the offers are rolling in! He started off this game on fire with several offensive rebound put backs and a sweeping layup. Really crashed the glass hard against Atlanta Xpress. He has gotten so much stronger in his upper body over the last year. That has also helped improve his athleticism which he showed on a tip dunk. Was kind of quiet in the second half, but Welch put on a show in the early part of the game finishing with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
SG Anthony Edwards (Atlanta Xpress)
Hello Mr. Edwards! The 6’5” shooting guard from the south put his team on his back and carried them to a win over the Illinois Wolves! This 2020 two guard was on fire from deep hitting 6-10 from behind the arc including a few heat checks in the second half. He is a strong and explosive wing that can attack the basket with authority. Finished through contact well and got to the line where he made 9-10. Plays with a high motor and intensity level. Just completely took over the game in the second half leading his team to an OT win by scoring 43 points on 14-24 shooting and grabbing 5 boards.
PG Jamal Mashburn (Team Breakdown)
The son of a former NBA player with the same name more than held his own against Hampton. This 6’2” lead guard from Florida is a strong and compact guard that can really fill it up scoring the rock. He was most effective connecting from the mid-range on pull up jumpers where he was on point throughout the first half. Hit a couple threes, but was 2-8 from that spot on the floor. Volume scoring 2020 point guard had 20 points on 8-19 from the field.