LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Last Saturday was spent learning about the 2020 class in the state of Kentucky and beyond. Many young and talented prospects made their way to the KBA in Lexington, KY for a day full of hoops. As follows are some of the prospects who stood out to our staff:
Tough, heady point guard that loves to attack. He has the ability to create for others, and has really good vision. He can finish at the rim, or shoot if from deep.
Toughest kid at camp. Played with a chip on his shoulder the whole time. He had a big frame but could move, handle, and shoot with range. He was a warrior in the paint, and would sometimes clean up his own miss.
Had an extreme handle and was a very crafty finisher. He could finish in the paint with both hands, shoot the mid-range, or knock it in from deep. He was a competitor with a high motor.
McFarlane is an explosive wing who is unguardable off the bounce. He does a good job of using his strength and athleticism to finish with contact and gets to the FT line frequently. If his jump shot continues to improve, McFarlane will make a strong run for the top 2020 player in Kentucky and should be an immediate varsity contributor at North Hardin.
Moore is a physical combo guard with a great feel for the game. He can score at all 3 levels and takes pride in creating open shots for his teammates. If Moore gets in better shape and improves ball handling, he could develop into a true point guard.
Mathis is a lightning fast PG who changes speeds effortlessly in the open court. He displays typical Hopkinsville toughness and a refuse to lose attitude. If Mathis can cut down on turnovers and improve his outside shot, he could be next in the strong tradition of Christian County point guards
One of the youngest players at camp, Stepp may have been the best passer at the event. Showcasing good court vision and constantly looking to lead the break Stepp showed that he will be a name to watch out for in the future.
A long and athletic wing, Williams motor never stops running. Whether grabbing offensive rebounds, diving for loose balls or getting deflections Williams is a coach’s dream. If his perimeter skills develop Williams could be an immediate contributor at Frankfort High.
A skilled wing who shows a consistent midrange game, Bearden was one of the biggest surprises at camp. Already 6’4 Bearden has a fundamental skill set and once he adds some strength and confidence he will be one of the top 2020 players in Louisville.
A sharpshooter with deep range, Spurlock has improved immensely since our Next Up Middle School camp last fall. While he needs to add weight and play more physical, Spurlock has the length and offensive skill set to develop into one of the better young players in Eastern Kentucky.
D’Andre Davis II
Arguably the top prospect at camp, Davis showcased a D’Angelo Russell type skill set and dominated the games with both scoring and assists. A high IQ combo guard with good size and a nice outside shooting touch, Davis controlled the game without taking many shots. If his defensive effort improves we could be watching a future high major prospect
John Ross Mazza
This young guard was absolutely lights out from deep during all parts of the day. As his offensive game expands, he will have a chance to be a hard to cover player.
We’ve seen Colton quite a few times outside this setting but the first thing that stood out on this day was his poise. He never seems to get rattled and limits his turnovers while making plays for teammates. He will be a big part of a very talented Pulaski County team this season.
One of the best players in attendance, Amari has a chance to be one of the best players in his class down the road. His skill is the first thing that stands out when compared to his peers and his feel for the game is excellent. He understands how to use his length and as he cuts down on turnovers, will be a really good PG.
A tough guard, Mikaleb stood out very early in the day and left a good impression every time we watched after. He is an absolute pest on D, had a good handle, and found a way to get to the rack against everyone he faced.
A favorite among the camp staff, Nijel was absolutely dominate at the point guard spot. His ability to get to the rim was the best in the camp and that skill allowed him to score at the cup or setup teammates for wide open shots. He will attend Lawrence Central this fall and should make some noise out of Indianapolis.
Jared’s got some flair to his game as a highly skilled point guard. He spent most of the day trying to make plays for his teammates, which he was highly successful at, while also taking the wide open shots he found for himself. The flow of the game changed completely when the ball was not in his hands.
He stood out during drill work with his combination of size and ability to shoot the mid-range jumpshot, and as we entered games, he did not disappoint. He runs the floor extremely well and found himself the recipient of many easy opportunities at the rim. His soft hands and inside touch were very hard to stop.
If given the chance to play on what should be a good North Laurel squad, Cole should earn minutes with his ability to make shots. He has great form and drilled shots from everyone on the court.
The lefty out of Lexington was the best player in last season’s city championship in the 8th grade division and his strong play carried over into the camp. He has the ability to stroke it from deep to compliment a good slashing game. As he heads into Henry Clay in the fall, don’t be surprised to see him force his way onto the court with good play.
Cion was one of the quickest guards in the event. He can handle the rock with the best in his grade and his speed from one end of the court to the other is remarkable. Finishes well in traffic and can shoot the ball very well. Once he learns to read the floor better, he will be a big time playmaker and contributor to his HS team.
Hampton is a big, strong guard, that can bully his way to a bucket. He brings a physical presence that coaches will love. Finishing with contact in transition is no problem for this young man. Once Hampton develops a jump shot from the perimeter, he will be a very tough matcup.
Joyce is a long guard that can get by his man off the dribble whenever he wants. He creates for others and was unselfish at camp. His mi range game and in is solid, but he needs to continue to improve his perimeter jump shot. Joyce brings a lot of energy on defense and if he can work on his game, he will be one of the better guards in Lexington when it’s all said and done.
Anthony played well all day offensively. Every time we looked up he seemed to be splashing a 3 off the dribble. He can really shoot it and is a crafty guard that makes things happen. One of the better shooters in the event.
Jake is another elite shooter that we found at camp. Not only can he knock down open shots from 3 with consistency, but he mixes it up by putting it on the floor as well. Rebounds well at the guard position. Would like to see him tighten up his handles, but really liked his game.
Bilal showed off his athleticism throughout camp and he was one of the more physical players on both ends of the floor. This Forward does not shy away from contact one bit. Very active on the floor. Really like the energy that he brings to a team.