September 11, 2008

Top 2009 surprises from GA Hoops Fall Showcase

The 2008 Georgia Hoops Fall Showcase had plenty of prospects to watch and Rivals.com's Justin Young saw every player in camp. He breaks down the best of the rest from the class of 2009.

We looked at the top seniors from the camp already. But what about the rest of the class?

TOP SIX SENIOR SURPRISES

Levi Barnes, C, Douglasville (Ga.) Heirway Christian

At 6-feet-10, he was one of the tallest players in the camp and for all intents and purposes, Barnes was impressive by all accounts. He has good footwork, proved he can step out and be a shooter. Barnes is also a good shot-blocker. Adding strength will be important to his development. At the moment, Barnes is a solid low-major Division I prospect

Brit Duncan, PG, Irwinton (Ga,) Wilkinson County

His high school team consistently produces Division I players and the 6-foot-2 guard looks like he is next in line. Playing the point guard position, the jet quick and athletic guard found his teammates and zipped passes through tight spots all camp long. Duncan should be looked at by the low-major programs the mine the Peach State for talent at a regular clip.

Zach Lamb, PG/SG, Norcross (Ga.)

Lamb is a good-looking combo guard that took full advantage of the big stage. He hit shots, both open and with a defender draped on him. He ran a team with confidence and control. His game started to really turn the corner at the end of the high school last year, kept escalating in the summer and the 6-foot-1 guard is primed for a huge senior year. A number of low to mid-major programs have already been in or scheduled to see him this week, too.

Jeremy Lampkin, SG, Peachtree City (Ga.) McIntosh

Keep an eye on the 6-foot-3 wing. He was a consistent producer with good size and bounce at his position. Lampkin can shoot it from deep but also put the ball on the floor. Defensively, he made his presence felt, too. With teammate Robert Chubb, an Auburn commitment, now off to Montverde Academy in Florida, Lampkin will be asked to carry a bigger load his senior season. A spot at the Division I level will certainly be the reward for his efforts.

Ryan LeGates, PG/SG, Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity

The 6-foot-3 combo guard played with an infectious spirit all camp long. He was having fun and made the game fun for his teammates. LeGates has a great confidence in his own abilities and never tried to do what he's not capable of. The low-major prospect can break guys down with the dribble, run a team and knock down perimeter shots. LeGates never shied away from a challenge. Because of that mentality, he is primed for a big senior season.

Jodd Maxey, PF, Winder-Barrow (Ga.)

He'll find a place at a good low-major because of his size (6-7, 180), his attention to rebounding and his bounce off the hardwood. Maxey rebounds with a purpose. He can also score facing the basket, ran the floor like a guard and he has a frame that could carry 215 solid pounds in college.

OTHER SENIORS OF NOTE

There were a host of other seniors in the camp that caught the eyes of our evaluators at the camp.

Brian Berl, SG, Colquitt County (Ga.) - Solid combo guard, always moving without the ball, found his teammates in the offense, good shooter, smart player, good grades.

Charles DeCosta, PF, Southwest Atlanta Christian (Ga.) - Good looking high energy power forward that can score with his back to the basket, likes to face up, could be a great post defender because of his size. His recruitment should see some low-major programs join the fray.

Stefan Frank, SG, Kennesaw (Ga.) North Cobb Christian - One of the staff favorites because of his ability to jump into any situation. He defended the center spot on one possession than covered a two guard on the next play. He also led the camp in offensive charges taken. His perimeter game is solid.

Jerome Hamilton, PF, Worth County (Ga.) - Fresh off a commitment to Wichita State, the 6-foot-7 forward did what he always does - rebound and score inside. Because of his great size, long arms and intensity, few players could slow him down.

Marcel Hawkins, SF, Columbus (Ga.) Carver - Put a helmet on him because he plays like a middle linebacker. The 6-foot-3 wing powered his way to the basket whenever and however he wanted. His perimeter game, when developed, will be the key that unlocks more collegiate doors.

Shawn Kemp, Jr., C, Canton (Ga.) Cherokee - Hard to really call him a surprise but the Rivals150 prospect blocked shots, used his size to change shot attempts and was a presence in the middle of the paint.

James McRae, PF, Brunwick (Ga.) - Blessed with great grades in the classroom and a junkyard dog mentality, the 6-foot-6 forward rebounded well and scored at the rim consistently.

Khiry White, SG, Columbus (Ga.) Shaw - The 6-foot-3 slasher was one of the best players en route to the rim of all the seniors in the camp. He loves to attack, attack and attack. White did plenty of that last Saturday.

Derek Zittrauer, PF/C, Cumming (Ga.) South Forsyth - The 6-foot-8 center played an understated but efficient game inside the paint. He's a real sleeper in the Peach State and will be a guy for low-majors to evaluate this season.


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