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Posted On: 11/13/18 1:19 AM
The eyes of @PrepHoopsTN can not be everywhere. Painful as it is to admit we need help enjoying the game statewide.
Dissect Clarksville’s Jamboree with the help of @931HoopsReport Founder Jake Price.
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Clarksville Academy was the only team from Division II competing in the jamboree.
“Their district in Div II is a practical cakewalk,” said Jake Price. “Nobody is going to compete with them.”
Daniel Loos ran with WHBH 16u Director J.P. Primm all spring. While the technician Loos thrives at the high school level his future appears a little foggy as a 6-foot-5+ power forward.
“Daniel (Loos) can definitely play with his back to the basket,” said Price. “And he can do it really well. He has to get a jump shot. There is no secret. He has to play a lot more like Alec (Kegler) or J’Quan Ewing. He is not going to go D1 playing the way he is.”
Daniel Loos is a dream big for the Division II level though. Part of the difficulty developing his wing game is that he makes it look so easy 10′ and in.
Kenwood is loaded with a two top 75 juniors in the state. James “Scooter” Williams belongs at #16 and J’Quan Ewing projects as the 61st best prospect in Tennessee.
Clarksville Academy boasts the #49 prospect Daniel Loos. The roster beyond Loos is very complimentary. Plenty of pieces remain despite the gut-punch of the Brandon Huntley-Hatfield transfer.
One of the top 10 players in the state (2021), Brandon now attends I.M.G. Academy in Florida where he serves as apprentice to a couple of HM players: Armando Bacot (UNC verbal) and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Nova verbal).
As for Clarksville Academy the Cougars run out Preston Moody (Northwest transfer).
“He is not as athletic as Huntley, but it is definitely a big body presence that can create a lot of problems as well,” said @931HoopsReport Price.
Junior guard Taysean Moss “played a really good amount.”
Two seniors Jake Price sees plenty of playing time for with CA are Noah Parker and Nolan Johnson
“Noah Parker, the Houston County transfer and Nolan Johnson of the Snipers (AAU) is a shooter,” shared Price.
As you would expect Clarksville Academy plays a fundamental style of basketball. They execute pretty well and actually boast a deep team too.
Coach Jason James takes over after his stint with Germantown High School.
After competing against Houston, Ridgeway, Southwind, and Kirby new Kenwood Head Coach Jason James is accustomed to difficult schedules. Coach James begins his KHS career with a wonderful roster.
“Williams and Ewing are the best duo you can imagine in the district,” said @931HoopsReport Price. “Scooter is way better than Alec. It is not so much physicality. It is more of the intangibles. Alec is way good and coachable, but Scooter is a dog. He takes losing very, very seriously.”
If the Jamboree is any indication Scooter and Kenwood are not going to lose much this season.
They hopped out to a 12-0 lead, smacking the Cougars around the gym to start.
In addition to Ewing and Scooter, Jake likes Kenwood senior Elijah Vincent.
“Kevin McIntosh (2020) can shoot really well,” said Price. “He is almost a Tony Parker-type. Can move the ball quickly. Really can spread the floor.”
Clarksville Academy’s Cougars clawed their back after the 12-point deficit. They finished the game (1 half) as 25-19 losers to Kenwood.
Last year Kenwood won just 13 basketball games. Scooter and J’Quan are a year older and the coaching staff is brand new. Is Kenwood a favorite to win District 10AAA?
“They are probably one of the front runners,” said Price. “I would say that.”
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