Jalen Hood-Schifino showed off his stuff, especially on the defensive end as Combine Academy's National squad won the Orange National Division Championship on Sunday event over Core4. Hood-Schifino led the way with 15 points on offense and had a number of assists to stretch forward Josh Rubio (12 points) to seal the victory. He did well to run the point guard position and should continue to improve on his shooting. He's a solid get in Pittsburgh's incoming 2022 class. Under the tutelage of former NBA standout and current Combine Academy-Team Charlotte head coach Jeff Mcinnis, Hood-Schifino has become one of the nation's top on-ball defenders in the 2022 class.
To see what Eli Ellis gets done as a seventh-grader against high school competition is remarkable. Now in his third year of high school basketball, the 2025 prospect will have a chance to go down as one of the top scorers ever in the high school ranks. Ellis was a top 3-point shooter in the event scoring 13.3 points per game and earned an offers from Southern Mississippi and High Point with his play during the event. He scored a game-high 24 points including 13 made free throws in a semifinal victory over Carolina Basketball Academy and did well facilitating to guards Perez Bowser and Hamilton Campbell in their title win in the Blue Division Championship game. He can shoot it with range, off screens, hits floaters when ran off the line and gets to the free throw line at a high rate. An ultimate competitor that has the skills, toughness, work ethic and mentality to be a star and we just enjoy following it.
Versatile five-star Josh Hall showed off his skill set as a 6-foot-9 mismatch on the wing with his ability to create off the dribble. He put up 17.7 points per game, showing off his midrange game and finishing ability at the rim. He finished on pace with future teammate Shakeel Moore in scoring. Already attracting heavy interest from NBA scouts, Hall will be an instant impact player at NC State starring in Kevin Keatts system.
The relentless defensive pressure and instincts of Shakeel Moore will help him see time early and often at NC State. He showed off his ability to make plays on both ends of the floor for one of the top teams in the state of North Carolina. The 6-foot-1 guard put on a show in his final game against the iSchool of Lewisville with 24 points and a number of big dunks to keep the crowd entertained. His game reminds me of former WVU star Joe Mazzulla who led his team to the Final 4. He'll be fun to watch next season with the NC State Wolfpack.
The breakout player in the Prep Nationals was Quevian Adger, as he impressed all college coaches in attendance. At 6'7 with a stroke, length and athleticism it didn't take him long to make an impression racking off 13 points straight with Cincy and Marshall courtside. He’s an active guard that does well with and without the ball scoring off screens and creating off the dribble. Adger knocked seven 3-pointers to set the tone on the perimeter for his squad. A high level 3-level scorer that holds offers from Arkansas, Creighton, Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, Central CT and is receiving interest from Kansas State, Wichita State and Southern Illinois. His recruitment will really pick up even more from his play at Prep Nationals.
Ray'shon Harrison is as hot as any available player in South Carolina's 2020 class. He played the lead guard position from Legacy Early College with Jacobi Wright out with an injury at Big Shots Prep Nationals. He posted a division-best 65 total points alongside Joshua Tyler to lead the way with 21.7 points per contest for Legacy Early as they went 1-2 in some close battles. He showed he can get to the rim and the free-throw line with very little issue all weekend long. Harrison holds offers from American, Presbyterian, South Carolina State, Morgan State and Florida Gulf Coast with interest from some other D1 programs. American was courtside tracking the available 2020 SG.
South Carolina's top wing in the 2021 class Ike Cornish continues to show he is a high level wing in the 2021 class. He scored 24 points in round 1 win. A high level finisher, efficient mid-range game, game continues to grow each time out. Offers: Georgetown, Xavier, VCU, CCU, DePaul, Winthrop, UMass, Towson, GW, Boise St, Loyola MD, Stony Brook, Bryant, Southern Utah, ODU, Austin Peay
2020 GUARD GODWIN ILUMOKA - ASPIRE ACADEMY
Godwin Ilumoka is a strong combo guard that doesn't back down from a challenge and makes winning plays, including hitting the game winning 3 to knock off Moravian Prep in round one. He does a lot of things that don't show up in the stat sheet and defending with pressure is one of them. He's a physical defender at 6-foot-3 that makes things difficult for opponents on offense. He posted 16 points in the final game, a victory over Legacy Early 60-59. He holds offers from North Carolina A&T and Little Rock and is receiving interest from Utah State.
The top 2021 prospect in Prep Nationals was Mouhamed Mbaye, a high major big man that's just scratching the surface in the paint. The Senegal national team standout stands at 6'9 and has the ability to defend multiple positions, block shots and play above the rim. And with good reason he is attracting interest from the likes of Louisville. In a matchup versus Moravian Prep he shined as bright as any star in the game scoring 13 points along with a number of blocks until going out with an injury with 10 minutes to play. As a face up 4-man he can put it on the deck and go by finishing around the rim plus shoot the 15-footer. On defense is where he stars with his high motor energy and high level instincts for getting the ball for his team. Currently he holds an offer from Stetson and is drawing interest from Georgia and Louisville. Look for that to pick up in a hurry as he has potential of a Top 100 prospect in the 2021 class.
Cruz Davis was a standout prospect at the lead guard position for iSchool of Lewisville National out of Texas. The 4-star, No. 71 nationally ranked PG is a 6-foot-1 guard with a ton of burst and ability in his repertoire. He does well to get to the paint and finish strong and has a nice stroke on his jump shot. When he isn’t scoring, he’s looking to create for teammates and defensively, he’s already a competitor. He already holds an offer from SMU and has drawn interest from Houston, Baylor, Oklahoma.
Cyncier Harrison made his return to the HoopState in style with New Faith Christian out of Georgia. He showed off his skill set as a high-level lefty slasher with the ability to finish at the rim. He put up his best scoring effort in the title game against Moravian Prep Regional with 25 points and three made 3-pointers. Though it came in a losing effort, he showed off his ability as a three-level scorer with length and athleticism at 6-foot-1. Harrison is receiving interest from NC A&T , North Alabama, Alabama St, FGCU, Murray St, Ga St, South Carolina, NC State.
Redeetris Richardson is a bouncy wing prospect that caught the eyes of many with his ability to finish with style above the rim. He ran the floor well and showed off his athleticism and wiry frame with his ability to attack the paint and finish with authority. He finished the weekend averaging 15.7 points per game and finished tied for seventh in total points. He's an unsigned senior forward at 6-foot-5 to keep an eye on at New Faith Christian that is receiving interest from Georgia State, Kennesaw State, Alabama State and others.
Breakout performer in the 2021 class goes to HA Prep's Joshua Tyler, a 6-foot-3 combo guard that was a top scorer in the High School division at 21.7 ppg. A player that sought me out for his team to be in the Prep Nationals and Tyler took advantage of the platform. He turned heads of division 1 college coaches courtside with his shot making ability from all 3-levels off the bounce. Often times facing double teams he still was able to get to the rim using his quickness and length to score. On defense, he has the frame and motor to guard 1-3. Look for him to have a big spring and summer on the circuit that will quickly attract division 1 recruitment.
2022 point guard Hamiton Campbell is a growing name with Moravian Prep Regional. Campbell stepped up big in their championship victory over New Faith Christian Academy with 21 points along with five 3-pointers to take home Game MVP honors. He’s a crafty floor general that often flourishes as a passing playmaker with shooters like Ellis and Thompson around him but in the title game, Ham went HAM scoring himself. His defense stood out in the full court press creating turnovers with his instincts and active hands that led to big plays in the semifinal win vs CBA and New Faith Christian in the finals. A gym rat that thrives as a leader of a team and the character of a player that you want on your team. Look for him to continue to shine this Circuit season with Big Shots Elite Tri-Cities 2022.
Perez Bowser is another player that stepped up big in their championship victory against New Faith Christian Academy. He’s a 6-foot-1 point guard that excels in ball screen actions with the ability to exploit the defender in clear out situations. Bowser plays with burst off the dribble and is crafty at the rim to finish in traffic. As an unselfish player that makes the right reads either dishing or scoring. A division 2 prospect.
Kedrick Green Jr. was a standout for Core4 Academy at Big Shots Prep Nationals in leading his team to the title game. Green isn’t the biggest guard but he makes up for it with his ability to use his solid frame to create space and get open shots. When he isn’t looking to score, he’s finding teammates in the lane for easy baskets. He was a top competitor and really stood out with his confidence and ability to control the flow of the game. Green was a fan favorite to watch in the event with his playmaking ability. Division 1 prospect at the PG spot.
Caleb Robinson was another standout in the backcourt for Core4 Academy given his size at 6-foot-4 and shot making ability. Robinson was another top performer for Core4 Academy with his ability to create off the dribble and off the catch. He averaged 14 points per game for his squad as a top scoring option and earned an offer from Catawba during the event.
Standing at 6'9, 275-pounds Javarzia Belton was a big presence in the frontcourt for Moravian Prep and his teammates were feeding him to let him go to work. A top available big in NC's 2020 class, Belton has battled through some injuries during the weekend but when he got going, he was hard to stop, finishing with 13 points and 16 points in the two appearances he made in the rotation. He's a big man at 6-foot-9 that possesses a growing skillset as a strong back-to-the-basket threat and rim protector at the defensive end. He holds offers from Charleston, SC State, Wichita State, UMBC, UNLV among others.
With the will to win his eye Cam Thompson was determined to lead his team to the title. A point guard that plays with grit on defense and does well to create pressure and force turnovers. He's unselfish in the halfcourt with the ball in his hands but won't hesitate to get to the paint and finish strong. He produced 11.7 points per game for the regional squad on their way to a national title. A division-2 prospect.
Austin Lewis was a mobile big man to watch this past weekend. Lewis moves well for his size at 6-foot-9 and served as a solid inside-out option for iSchool of Lewisville National in their appearance in Big Shots Prep Nationals. He showed nice range on his shot and didn’t hesitate to put the ball on the floor and make shots on the perimeter off the dribble. He’s an unsigned senior out of Texas to keep an eye on with an offer from Youngstown State. Attracted interest from mid-high level programs with his play at the Prep Nationals.
The top 2023 big in the Prep Nationals, 6-foot-8 inside-out forward Matt Reed is just scratching the surface and will be heavily recruited at iSchool of Lewisville National. Reed is a high basketball IQ prospect that knows how to play along with soft touch in the paint and the frame to his ground on the block. He held his own as a rim protector and had a 12-point outing against Beckley Prep IJN. He picked up an offer from Georgetown as an 8th grader and continues to pick up high level interest like Texas A&M.
Arki Thornton is a big wing with the versatility to play inside given his strength and length. Thornton showed off solid instincts as a rebounder on both ends as well as a slasher throughout the weekend at Big Shots Prep Nationals. He finished as the Game MVP with 22 points, including a number of big dunks in their victory over GBA Europe to secure the fifth-place bid in the Blue Division.
At 6'6 Nolan Wells showed off his ability to balance the floor and knock down 3-pointers all weekend long. He was one of the leaders in 3-point shots made with eight by the end of the event and averaged 11.3 points per game throughout the event. He's a junior prospect to keep an eye on at Core4 Academy as he is receiving interest from FGCU, GA St, Cal, NAU, GA Tech.
Big body forward Josh Rubio showed off his ability to score inside and out all weekend long at Big Shots Prep Nationals. He does well navigating the floor and finding his spots on the floor. He went off in the title game against Core4 with four made 3-pointers and made a total of seven on the weekend. He's a 6-foot-6 bruiser with tons of potential. He has offers from Catawba Valley, Garden City CC and Montreat College.
Jacori Owens is an emerging power forward in the Combine frontcourt at 6-foot-8. He’s learning to use his size to protect the rim and rebound the ball. He's an impressive finisher as a rim runner and had a number of big finishes at the rim that were of the "And-1" variety. He already holds offers from Charlotte (courtside), UNC-Greensboro, Youngstown State and Elon.
Kai Steinman is a sharpshooting guard that showed off his range against Moravian Prep at Big Shots Prep Nationals. He got hot in a hurry and knocked down six 3-pointers to the tune of 20 points in a 66-65 wild victory to open their day on Thursday. He finished the weekend averaging 13.0 points per game. He's a prospect can get to the rim and finish as well as knock down shots on the perimeter.
Tylan Hutchison is steadily becoming a more polished point guard, did well to get his shooter Robert Sheldon shots, he has impressive PG size at 6'6 and skills and quicks to get to the paint and finish in traffic. He holds offers from Davis & Elkins , WVU Tech, Kentucky Christian and is drawing interest from Eastern Illinois, University of North Dakota and Morehead State
Robert Sheldon is a lethal shooter from the 3-point line that can shoot with confidence. He showed off his range, knocking down a total of eight 3-pointers across the weekend for Huntington Prep Regional. He’s an unsigned senior to watch in the state of West Virginia.
Akot Aguer continues to improve and impress in the frontcourt for Huntington Prep Regional squad. Aguer is a 6-foot-9 mobile forward that runs the floor well and when he's engaged in the flow of the game, he's hard to stop. He holds offers from Concord University, Davis & Elkins and WVU Tech and has drawn interest from Tulsa, Cleveland State, Arkansas, Youngstown State, Chicago State and Providence.
Robert Fields is a versatile prospect that flies around on both ends and makes things happen. Fields is an athletic shot-blocker and slasher that made an impact as the third option for New Faith Christian. He also showed a knack for the 3-point shot, making total of five across the weekend. He’s a 6-foot-4 senior to keep an eye on at New Faith Christian.
Tavis Bridges is a 6-foot-7 forward that gets things done as a rim protector and rim runner. Bridges is a prospect that’s just scratching the surface as an all-around threat. As he masters rebounding and finishing in the paint, he’s a player that will surprise some teams over the next season. Bridges picked up his first offer from Chowan HC Brett Vincent during the Prep Nationals.
6-foot-6 forward Davila Roseboro motor was on high in earning all tournament honors for Franklin Prep Academy. Roseboro was a burden to guard in the paint, going off for 28 points in a breakout game against New Faith Christian Academy, though it came in a 92-81 loss. He followed that up with a 21-point game in their final appearance at Big Shots Prep Nationals, showing off his ability to finish in the paint and in the midrange. A division 2 prospect.
Donte Walker was one of the top scorers in the High School division for Carolina Basketball Academy. Walker was relentless attacking the rim and finishing in traffic in the Tigers two appearances at Big Shots Prep Nationals. He produced 19.0 points per contest, showing off his size and speed off the dribble at 6-foot-5. He’s a prospect with a large frame and size that he uses well as a versatile threat on the floor.
Elijah Wilson was a standout in the backcourt for Carolina Basketball Academy. Wilson showed off his ability to knock down the 3-pointer as well as create off the dribble and get to the rim in the Tigers’ two appearances. He’s an intriguing prospect given his size at 6-foot-4 and ability to distribute and defend on the defensive end. As he learns to use his athleticism to his advantage, he’s one to watch. A division 1 prospect.
Matej Burda was an aggressive slasher that did well to create for himself in the paint as well hit the mid-range jumper and was a premier passer for the GBA Europe squad. A division 1 prospect for GBA that has had big games including 27 points vs. TSF in the recent weeks.
DeAngelo Patterson was a big guard that was fun to watch given his skillset. Patterson is a versatile threat given his ability to play inside and outside with his size and frame at 6-foot-4. He put up 19 points and handled himself well in the paint and as a playmaker in their early win over Elevation Prep. He finished producing 15.7 points per game and held his own as a top rebounder at Big Shots Prep Nationals.
Karl Paloots was a versatile forward that showed poise as a 3/4 in the rotation for GBA Europe. He uses his length well to battle for rebounds on the interior and can stretch the floor with his shot. He’s got good off the ball instincts for his size at 6-foot-8 that allow him to make easy cuts and post-ups for scores. He plays for the Estonia National Team and is a top prospect at his age group.
Olgierd Domochewicz was the final standout prospect from GBA Europe’s squad. The Poland native, Dmochewicz was an intriguing prospect given his size at 6-foot-11 with a 7'4 wingspan and ability to shoot the 3 at 40%. He showed flashes as a threat in the paint as a rim protector. He ran the floor well and had a number of quick finishes above the rim to show off his length. He currently holds an offer from Southern Miss and interest from Maine.
Immanuel Jones was a leading contributor on Elevation Prep's squad all weekend long at Big Shots Prep Nationals. He finished the weekend with 11.7 points per game, showing off his ability to finish around the rim in a variety of ways. He'll be an unsigned senior to get eyes on by the end of summer.