Posted On: 07/21/20 2:02 PM

There was so much gritty basketball at the Prep Hoops A-Town Showdown this weekend at the LakePoint Sports Complex in Cartersville, Georgia.

I wrote about top performers after Saturday and Sunday’s packed slate and now it is time to look at some steady post players in the 17U division.

Keshawn MurphyKeshawnMurphy6'10" | SFRamsay | 2021State#219NationAL | 6-10 | Alabama Celtics

Any Division I program in need of a true big man can look right at Keshawn MurphyKeshawnMurphy6'10" | SFRamsay | 2021State#219NationAL. The 6-10 Ramsay center came to play this weekend after de-committing from Western Kentucky on Friday. Vocal in every game, he had 18 points in a win over X-Factor and 12 points in the final against Team Speights. Murphy uses his quick feet and inside skillset to hurt defenses. When he finds an opening, he’s always looking to slam it home and he razzled the crowd with reverse dunks, one-handed punches and alley-oops (see at the bottom of the story). He’s very versatile for his size.

JaHeim RobinsonJaHeimRobinson6'5" | PFJohnson-Savannah | 2021StateGA | 6-6 | Atlanta Celtics South

Showing his skill as a point forward, it is rare to see a player that strong and built like a football player do the things that Keshawn MurphyKeshawnMurphy6'10" | SFRamsay | 2021State#219NationAL | 6-10 | Alabama Celtics Any Division I program in need of a true big man can look right at Keshawn MurphyKeshawnMurphy6'10" | SFRamsay | 2021State#219NationAL. The 6-10 Ramsay center came to play this weekend after de-committing from Western Kentucky on Friday. Vocal in every game, he had 18 points in a win over X-Factor and 12 points in the final against Team Speights. Murphy uses his quick feet and inside skillset to hurt defenses. When he finds an opening, he’s always looking to slam it home and he razzled the crowd with reverse dunks, one-handed punches and alley-oops (see at the bottom of the story). He’s very versatile for his size. JaHeim RobinsonJaHeimRobinson6'5" | PFJohnson-Savannah | 2021StateGA | 6-6 | Atlanta Celtics South Showing his skill as a point forward, it is rare to see a player that strong and built like a football player do the things that JaHeim RobinsonJaHeimRobinson6'5" | PFJohnson-Savannah | 2021StateGA does on the basketball court. The Johnson-Savannah forward doubles as a dominant point man and it showed all weekend long in Georgia (VIDEO). In a Sunday win over Rod Howard Select, he led his squad with 21 points and showed he will fight on the boards all game long. There isn’t much not to like about Robinson as he came to play in all four games this weekend. Colleges need to get him right now.  Pete LaidleyPeteLaidley6'6" | PFPembroke Pines | 2021StateFL | 6-7 | Team Work The size and demeanor inside is fun to watch with Pete LaidleyPeteLaidley6'6" | PFPembroke Pines | 2021StateFL. The Pembroke Pines Charter forward is maturing before our eyes. As he becomes more aggressive and stronger, his stock will take off. He has impressive length and footwork and it showed with a 14-point outing in a win over Atlanta Select on Sunday in a victory. LaSalle, Barry and Castleton all offered in mid-March right after the Florida state tournament. Laidley is a prospect to keep a close eye on. Michael PhillipsMichaelPhillips6'3" | PFSurge Christian | 2021FL | 6-8 | Team Speights Any college program looking for smarts on and off the court and hard work/energy every second on the floor, take a peek at Michael PhillipsMichaelPhillips6'3" | PFSurge Christian | 2021FL. The 2021 Team Speights forward is headed for a post grad year and has been rock solid for a few seasons. Watching Phillips clean up misses, fight for boards and put away dunks and mid-range shots is a pleasure. He is always mixing it up on both ends of the floor and his strength and willingness to scrap give him a ton of value for any colleges looking for someone at his size. Justice Asante | 6-6 | Rod Howard Select There was plenty of power and instincts seen from Vance forward Justice Asante this weekend for Rod Howard Select. On a hard-nosed group, he was getting inside and slashing quite a bit. His frame suits well for the next level since he is certainly not skinny and his motor is non-stop. Asante is a prospect who will make a program better instantly. Kareem Grant | 6-6 | SPSA Runs Holding offers for football as a tight end, Lakewood athlete Kareem Grant flashed his abilities on the hardwood for SPSA Runs this weekend. The Lakewood forward had a big one-handed dunk in transition (VIDEO). He capped off the weekend with a steady 13-point game in a win over the Auburn Raptors. A big body, Grant takes chances and fights for his buckets. He will certainly take the football route and rightfully so, but his basketball game shows just how good of an athlete he is at his frame. ICYMI: A-Town Showdown: Day 1 Standouts A-Town Showdown: Day 2 Standouts A-Town Showdown: 17U Top Performers (Part 1) A-Town Showdown: 17U Top Performers (Part 2) A-Town Showdown: 17U – Playmakers A-Town Showdown: Saturday’s Best Lead Guards Part 1 A-Town Showdown: Saturday’s Best Lead Guards Part 2 2021 Keshawn MurphyKeshawnMurphy6'10" | SFRamsay | 2021State#219NationAL with the nasty BODY off the lob ???? @overtime @PHCircuit @LakePointHoops @BAMAMIXTAPE @PrepHoopsAL @kballer_21 #DontJump #WeBangin #CelticsVsEverybody pic.twitter.com/29QlnG9FAK — Bama Celtics (@bama_celtics) July 19, 2020

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