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Posted On: 07/13/18 12:12 AM
On Thursday, the second day of the UA Challenge was held at the Lakepoint Sports Complex.
Former NBA players Larry Hughes, Juwan Howard and Jamal Mashburn Jr. all made appearances while Kentucky head coach John Calipari showed up for one of the final games of the day.
Here is a look at the top performances from Thursday’s slate (Part 1).
Day 1 – Part 1
Day 1 – Part 2
Josh Green (IMG/West Coast Elite)
Constantly playing with his head up and on the break, 2019 IMG guard Josh Green is very instinctive. The 6’6″ prospect is an elite athlete who will shoot in bunches, create for others and mix it up inside on both ends of the floor. He connected with ease on mid-range looks and 3’s on Thursday. There are endless reasons why he is a top 2019 player.
Jamal Mashburn Jr. (Brewster/Team Breakdown)
Much like Wednesday, 2020 Brewster G Jamal Mashburn Jr. was almost unstoppable as a shooter and an attacker. Even though he is smaller framed at 6’0″, he powers through defenders with his strong legs and quick footwork. Mashburn Jr. has packed a lot of strength in his core which allows him to fight inside.
Samari Curtis (Ohio Xenia/C2K Elite)
Previously committed to Xavier until late May, 2019 Xenia guard Samari Curtis is open in his recruitment and that bodes well for colleges looking for a confident talent. The 6’4″ guard plays with a chip on his shoulder, is always vocal and loves moving around the floor. Curtis is a good touch shooter
Ryan Ayers (North Carolina West Forsyth/Flight 22 Elite)
A 6’5″ forward, West Forsyth’s Ryan Ayers was making things happen for Flight 22 Elite on Thursday afternoon. The 2019 prospect showed off his strong rebounding and boxing out ability while also playing tough defense, serving as a steady presence and picking up his team on the fast break.
Kaleb Coleman (Oak Ridge/Team MOAM)
Right now, 2019 Oak Ridge forward Kaleb Coleman is playing wisely and making it look simple. The 6’6″ athlete is shooting the ball well, doing the little things in transition as a passer and runner with ease. Coleman is in for an increased role this fall at Oak Ridge and it could come at a better time for his recruitment.
Makhi Mitchell (Maryland Bishop McNamara/DC Premier)
Committed to Maryland since fall 2017 alongside his twin brother Makhel, Makhi Mitchell is a very fundamentally sound big man. The 6’9″ 2019 Bishop McNamara center has gotten stronger and continues to be active on the glass. He was doing his typical slashing and grinding inside. Defensively, he loves to get in his opponent’s head with his vocal play.