September 12, 2008

Top 2010 surprises from GA Hoops Fall Showcase

There were a number of talented class of 2010 prospects at the Georgia Hoops Fall Showcase.

The top juniors were already identified earlier in the week. Here are the top sleepers from the junior class that emerged.

TOP SIX JUNIOR SURPRISES

Santoine Butler, PF, Augusta (Ga.) Cross Creek - For low-majors looking for a forward with a junk yard dog mentality, the 6-foot-6 forward could be that guy. He's a raw player but eager to produce. His offense still need some refining but the foundation predicated on effort is a good place to start with his development.

Pierre Tyson, PF, Decatur (Ga.) Columbia - See Butler. Tyson is the 2010 version of Terrence Shannon. He's a max effort forward that loves to crash the boards despite his size. At 6-foot-6, Tyson doesn't let his height slow him down. He's more skilled than Shannon on the offensive end of the floor but not quite the rebounder. That being said, a move to Columbia High School will only help him develop in the post. The Columbia coaches have a proven history with college bound big men.

Rion Brown, SF, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County - The 6-foot-5 wing has ideal size for his position and showed off why he'll be a player that schools from all three levels will be watching his progression as a player. He can slash with the best of them and scored well at the rim. His perimeter game and his ball-handling will be the two areas to improve he wants to play as high as possible.

David Mason, SF, Chamblee (Ga.) High School - When it comes to freaky and intimidating athleticism, the 6-foot-4 wing was one of the best in his class in the camp. He was a dynamo on the baseline and loves to challenge players at the basket. There is an opportunity for Mason this season in high school to turn the corner with his game. Chamblee graduated two of it's top players and lost a player due to transfer. This is his year to truly breakout.

Trent Wiedeman, PF, Norcross (Ga.) GAC - If a game were to come down to who plays with more passion and effort, then his team will win every time. The 6-foot-7 post is a maximum energy guy that will grab offensive rebounds, score on putbacks and chip shots around the rim. His new head coach, Eddie Martin, has consistently produced Division I post players while at Norcross High School. Don't be surprised to see Wiedeman develop into a college-ready player, too, this season.

Daniel Coursey, C, Savannah (Ga.) Benedictine - The tall and lanky post player (6-9, 205) was a nice revelation at the camp. He's an intriguing big man with grades, good hands, good feet and was very coachable. Coursey has a good skill set with back to basket. When he improves his body and bulks up, he'll be a better rebounder. Overall, though, his solid face up game paired with his skills and academics will attract a variety of schools during his recruitment.

OTHER JUNIOR SLEEPERS OF NOTE

Kam Belin, PF, Roswell (Ga.) Centennial - The 6-fooot-7 forward did what he is supposed to do. He rebounded well, played hard around the glass and scored only when he needed to. This is the most important year of his high school career. He'll have the opportunity to turn the page in his recruitment if he wants to with a great season.

Hunter Briggs, PF, Dunwoody (Ga.) High School - His high school team has been a Division I prospect factory since the turn of the century. And at 6-foot-8 and skilled, he very well could be next in line.

Jordan Brown, SG, Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake - The 6-foot-4 guard knows how to play. That's a pretty fair compliment in today's sometimes chaotic game. He can play multiple positions, handle the ball and make plays on and off the ball.

Tyler Diehl, PG, Sequoyah - The 5-foot-10 guard was one of the best shooters at the event. He was automatic when he was open and was not afraid to pull the trigger. He averaged roughly three made three-pointers a game.

Joab Jerome, PG/SG, Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler - The Cobb County powerhouse just gets richer. The 6-foot-3 combo guard moved to Atlanta over the summer from New York and he should be a valuable asset to his new team. He's a fine athlete and a quick guard with good ball-handling skills.

Corbin Moye, PG, Loganville (Ga.) High School - There wasn't one particular part of his game that he did well. His overall balance was impressive. The 6-foot-1 guard never really forced the issue and played within his own talents. He valued the ball and raised the level of play of his teammates.

Martaveous Smith, C, Waynesboro (Ga.) Burke County - The 6-foot-9 center didn’t do anything to wow anyone but he didn't do anything to disappoint. He's a pure long term prospect with great size and raw natural ability. He was attentive in the drill work and has a good base of people around him that want to help develop him. Keep an eye on his progression.


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