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May 11, 2009

Wallace Prather recap

ATLANTA - The Wallace Prather Memorial Classic drew a solid field through four classifications, pacing a bevy of young prospects on the Rivals.com radar. One prospect, however, that Rivals.com knows well Brandon Knight further established himself as an elite prospect.

Brandon Knight (2010 Southeast Elite)- Knight's offensive capabilities have been well documented. He can score anywhere on the court and is capable of being a high level passer. In a match up against Joe Jackson, Knight proved he is an elite defender. The highly talented Jackson still managed to score 23 points in a loss to Southeast Elite, but Knight established himself in the eyes of Rivals.com as a perimeter defender on the level of Avery Bradley.

Joe Jackson (2010 Memphis Magic)- Jackson solidified his position as a top 20 prospect with his play over the weekend. Along with scoring from all three levels, Jackson displayed an improved left hand with some powerful drives and finishes with his off hand.

Jelan Kendrick (2010 Hoop Planet)- The more Rivals.com watches Kendrick, the more we like him. A master at the hesitation move, Kendrick has a heavy dose of old school craftiness to his game. He has the potential to be a better version of Ohio State's Evan Turner.

Ryan Harrow (2010 Atlanta Celtics)- This North Carolina State commitment raised his stock with Rivals.com more than any other prospect at the event. Once slated for the mid-four-star range in the soon to be released 2010, Harrow has us contemplating whether or not he is a five-star talent. In the same vein as Joe Jackson, Harrow is a slight of build guard with a whole lot of game.

Luke Cothron (2010 Southeast Elite)- A natural basketball player, Cothron has moments of brilliance when he brings a focused and physical approach to the game. The challenge for Cothron is to play the game with that approach more often.

Jordan McRae (2010 Atlanta Celtics)- At around 6-foot-6 with exceptionally long arms, McRae has impressive length for a wing player. A lack of strength can be problematic when he tries to make plays in a crowd, but McRae is a natural scorer. On Sunday he impressed with his activity on the boards and shot blocking in the paint.

Trae Golden (2010 Atlanta Celtics)- A physical guard with a competitive streak, Golden is one of those players who just seems to get it done. It isn't always pretty, but he is a tough shot maker who embraces contact on the court.

Okaro White (2010 Nike Team Florida)- White impressed with his energy on the court as a defender and a rebounder. He is also improving his offensive skill game which a couple three-pointers against Southeast Elite attests.

Stacey Poole (2010 Jacksonville Lee Bulls)- Poole relentlessly attacked the rim throughout the tournament. Although he is not always the most efficient player, he does consistently produce.

Jamail Jones (2010 Hoop Planet)- Jones is an attractive high major prospect as an athletic wing who is wired to score.

Aaron Bowen (2010 Jacksonville Lee Bulls)- The long wing didn't score at the same pace as Poole, but he impressed with his overall skills with the basketball.

Patric Young (2010 Jacksonville Lee Bulls)- Young is a project offensively, but he brings a lot to the court with his energetic play as a defender and rebounder.

2011 Prospects

Adonis Thomas (2011 Memphis Magic)- There is a lot to like about Thomas. A sturdy and long wing prospect, Thomas is both comfortable and strong with the basketball. He has a reliable shooting stroke but is at his best when punishing defenders with physical drives to the basket. He also give a consistent effort defensively and on the boards.

Dai-Jon Parker (2011 Southern Kings)- A naturally talented combo guard, Parker is one of those prospects who plays within himself but also produces the feeling that he is capable of doing so much more. He was the Southern Kings top performer in a bracket win over the Jacksonville Lee Bulls.

Nick Marshall (2011 Georgia Blazers)- He is known more for his exploits as a quarterback on the football field, but Marshall looked awful good as a basketball player when scored 33 points in one of his games. A physical shooting guard, he bullied his way to buckets and also made shots from behind the arc.

Julian Royal (2011 Southern Kings)- Would like to see him develop a more physical edge to his game, but nonetheless, Royal is a skilled four with a soft touch.

Daniel Sapp (2011 Team Breakdown)- A 6-foot-3 shooting guard, Sapp displayed an ability to score off the dribble for Team Breakdown.

2012 Prospects

Jaylen Beckham (2012 Hoop Dreams)- A high level passer who is speedy with the basketball, Beckham is a promising looking point guard prospect. His shot needs work, but all the other tools are there for him to be a high level playmaker at the high major level.

Tony Parker (2012 Southern Kings)- Rarely does he play above the rim, but in a Jared Sullinger type fashion, Parker punishes defenders with both his physical play and nimble footwork.

Jordan Price (2012 Atlanta Celtics)- It's hard to believe that the physically developed wing player is a freshman with his mature game. Along with his physicality, Price is a multi-skilled basketball player.

Ismaila Dauda (2012 South Florida Elite)- The Miami commitment dwarfed the competition in the 16-under division. Dauda displayed sure hands, composure with the ball and an ability to finish and make free throws.

Winston Sheppard (2012 Franchize All Stars)- An impressive looking freshman at 6-foot-7, Sheppard is an athlete with an all around skill package.

Recruiting news

Southern Kings' 2011 point guard Shannon Scott lists offers from Clemson, USC, Xavier and Florida State. North Carolina, South Carolina and UConn are showing interest.

Head coaches Roy Williams, Bob Huggins and John Pelphrey visited Luke Cothron during the contact period. Kansas assistant Joe Dooley also checked on him.

Future 2011 five-star prospect Kentavious Caldwell spent much of the weekend at the Georgia state track meet, but the Georgia Blazer guard is being heavily recruited by the new Alabama staff. He also has offers from Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State and Oklahoma State. Texas is showing strong interest.


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