Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2017 SEBA Atlanta College Showcase (Event Review)


The 2017 Southeast Basketball Academy (SEBA) Atlanta College Showcase took place on March 18 on the campus of Oglethorpe University. For the past twelve years, this event has successfully brought together available prospects from throughout the South and provided them with an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to College Coaches. The event has served as bridge between players and coaches and has resulted in scholarships and playing opportunities for hundreds of players since its inception.

This year’s edition of the SEBA College Showcase carried on that tradition, as 180 prospects representing all parts of Georgia as well as seven other states were eager to compete and display their talent to the large collection of college coaches in attendance.

Event's Top Performers:
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Ceaunte Zachery (Lithia Springs)
Ceaunte Zachery (6’ 2, CG, Lithia Springs; 2017)
Wiry and smooth scoring guard with athleticism and versatility. Can take the ball to the rim, knock down the three ball, and thrives in transition. Active and versatile defender. Late bloomer who has improved significantly over past year. Was named 1st Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-State this past year at Lithia Springs. Recruiting interest is picking up, including recent inquiries from several programs at Low D1 level.     
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Eric Lovett (TSF Prep)
Eric Lovett (6’ 4, CG, The Skills Factory Prep; 2017)
One of the top all-around guard prospects in the camp. He showed nice combination of size, skill, and athleticism at the guard spot. Really excelled when taking the ball to the rim on the fast break. When defense sagged, he knocked down good looking three point shot off the bounce and catch. Good court vision and set-up teammates nicely. Is going to be an excellent addition to a program at the High D2 or Low Major D1 level.   
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Josh Brown (Riverwood)
Joshua Brown (6’ 7, Wing, Riverwood International; 2017)
Intriguing prospect with big upside. Had excellent showing throughout camp. Showed great versatility with ability to score from wing and around the rim. Knocked down several three point shots within flow of offense. Has good leaping ability and had several impressive above the rim finishes. On defensive end, was strong on the boards and blocked numerous shots. Averaged double-double for strong Riverwood squad this past year. Very bright future.   
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Dijon Brown (Morrow)
Dijon Brown (5’ 8, PG, Morrow; 2017)
Dynamic and explosive scoring point guard. Has tremendous quickness and was able to get penetrate at will into the paint, creating shots for himself and teammates. Has nice pull-up midrange jumper. Worked hard and showed positive attitude throughout the day. Averaged 23 ppg this year as a Senior and was a 1st Team All-Region Selection at Morrow High.  
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Desmeontay Dyer
Desmeontay Dyer (6’ 3, SG, Eastside; 2017)
Impressive Wing-guard who stuffed stat sheet on both ends of floor. Was one of the camp’s better scorers, converting on a mixture of drives to rim and outside shots. Plays with a big motor and was consistently attacking the boards for second chance opportunities. Plays much bigger than listed height. One of the State’s most improved players, Des Averaged 18 ppg and 11 rebounds this past season, which was his first and only season of varsity play. All-Region selection for Eastside.     
  
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Matt Chism (Dawson Christian)
Matt Chism (6’ 4, PG, Dawson Christian; 2017)
Excellent playmaking guard who caught attention of multiple college coaches with his play. Has great size for a lead guard and handles ball well. Used a deceptively quick first step and tight dribble moves to penetrate the lane at will throughout the day. Finishes well at the rim and with floaters in paint. Has good passing skills and vision and is adept at setting up teammates. 
      
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Caelon Ball (Kell)
Caelon Ball (6’ 2, Wing, Kell; 2017)
Physically strong and athletic wing who plays very well in transition. Has good leaping ability and had several impressive dunks when attacking rim. In the half court set, has ability to create his shot off dribble. Solid three point shooter off the catch. Active defender in passing lanes. Rebounds very well from guard spot. Was named Region “Player of Year” in 7-AAAAA this past year and led team to school record 21 win season. Above average student in classroom. 
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Mason Kelly (Eagles Landing Christian Academy)
Mason Green (6’ 10, Forward, Eagles Landing Christian Academy; 2017)
Prospect with excellent length and upside potential. Showed flashes of dominant play. Has the ability to protect the rim and consistently block shots. Was aggressive on the offensive and defensive boards. Had fair share of offensive put backs for scores. Finished around rim with dunks. Will need to put on weight and work on being more consistent, however, the makings and talent are there for him to be an excellent prospect at next level.  
      
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Carson Culverhouse (Carrollton)
Carson Culverhouse (5’ 11, CG, Carrollton; 2017)
Standout guard who plays with “pizazz” and a big motor. Has deep range on three-point shot and was one of the top shooters in camp. Creates well off the dribble and gets good separation from defense on his jumper. Handles the ball very well and has great court vision. Strong student with 3.7 GPA and 24 ACT score. Was named 1st Team All-Region this past year at Carrollton.           
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Devin Gardner (East Bay)
Devin Gardner (6’ 2, CG, East Bay, Florida; 2017)
Athletic scoring guard out of Tampa area who impressed with his all-around play. Slashed to the rim for scores, while also consistently knocking down three ball. Looked good while leading break and setting up teammates. Pressures ball well on defense and created several turnovers that led to easy scores.   
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Jibril Wyckoff (Redan)
Jibril Wyckoff (6’ 3, SG, Redan; 2017)
Long and wiry guard who attacks the rim really well. Gave opposing defenses fits with his ability to drive to the rim and finish strong. Plays with good motor and with purpose. Was one of the top players in talent rich Dekalb County this past season averaging 17 ppg.  
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Bryce Parks (Dutchtown)
Bryce Parks (6’ 3, CG, Dutchtown; 2017)
Long and bouncy guard with very long wing span; Bryce was one of the camp’s better shot makers. He has a scorers mentality and was pumping in buckets from the perimeter, in transition, and while attacking the basket. Had couple impressive above the rim finishes. As he continues to physically develop, has great upside and best ball is certainly ahead of him.     
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Olando Merrick
Olando Merrick (6’ 6, Wing, True Partnership Christian Academy; 2018)
Physically strong wing with good leaping ability. Was a tough matchup throughout the day for opponents. Excelled when putting the ball on floor and penetrating to rim. Had several thunderous dunks in traffic. Consistent jump shot. Excellent rebounder for position and runs floor hard on break. Reclassified to Class of 2018. 
  
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Tony Pulice (Dawsonville Christian)
Tony Pulice (6’0, PG, Dawson Christian Academy; 2017)
Skilled and speedy lead guard who impressed with his ability to create and score. Sees the floor well and set up teammates for easy baskets with well-timed passes. Knock down shooter from three-point land. Understands the game and plays within himself.  
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Michael Johnson (Allatoona)
Michael Johnson (5’ 10, PG, Allatoona; 2017)
Athletic lead guard who shined on both sides of the floor. Offensively, has good presence as a floor leader; comfortable running a team. Is good distributor and scoring threat. Finishes well at basket and knocked down good share of outside jumpers. Defensively is tough on ball defender and active in lanes. Helped lead Allatoona to State championship game as a Junior and Final 4 appearance as Senior.    
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Destin Exinor (River Ridge)
Destin Exinor (6’ 4, Forward, River Ridge; 2017)
Powerful and athletic forward who was a force in the paint. Plays with great strength and energy, Was one of the top rebounders in the camp. Workhorse on the offensive boards converting put backs and creating many second chances for his team. Averaged a double-double this past year while being named 1st Team All-Region. 
  
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Malik Lawrence (Calhoun)
Malik Lawrence (5’ 11, PG, Calhoun; 2017)
Smooth playmaker who can score and distribute. Has a deadly pull-up jumper in half court set and in transition. Has good quickness and handle. Showed ability to draw defense and kick to open teammates for easy shots. Has good defensive intensity and plays with hustle. All-Region selection for strong Calhoun program that has won 50 games over past two seasons.  
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Eddie Figueroa (Sprayberry; 2017)

​Additional Camp Standouts:


2017 Guards

The camp roster included a very deep pool of talented perimeter players worthy of close looks from college coaches. Cobb County standout Eddie Figueroa (6’0, PG, Sprayberry) is a jet quick high scoring lead guard who takes the ball to the rim extremely well. He is a threat from deep and very good in transition; has quick hands and picked up his share of steals on the day. Eddie averaged 21 ppg this past season and was named All-Region. DJ Jackson (5’ 7, PG, South Paulding) was one of the smallest players in camp but he has “big” game. The ultra-quick point guard is a first rate distributor and set-up man. He has a solid three point shot that prevents defense from sagging. DJ is also a very good on ball defender who can harass opponent’s length of floor. A proven winner, he was major contributor for Coach Gil Davis’ South Paulding squad which spent bulk of season ranked # 1 in State. Kennon Watkins (6’ 1, PG, Booker T Washington Magnet) is a talented lead guard out of Montgomery, Alabama. He has a very quick first step and good handle which allows him to penetrate the lane and create. Excellent pull-up jumper and can finish strong around basket. Kennon is also an excellent student in classroom. Quintus Evans (5’ 9, PG, Stockbridge) was one of purest point guards in camp and one of the event’s top assist leaders. He does a great job running the show for his team and making players around him better. Excellent passer who can also score the ball when situation calls for it. He is also an active and vocal defender. 
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Elijah Butts (2017; Kennesaw Mountain)
Elijah Butts (6’ 1, CG, Kennesaw Mountain) is a strongly built combo guard who can put up points and score from all three zones. The 1st Team All-Region player has good defensive versatility and rebounds well from the guard spot. Holt Shannon (6’ 2, SG, Mt. Paran) is a multi-dimensional and skilled guard that needs to be evaluated by higher academic programs. He has a nice pull up jumper where he creates good separation from defense. Has strong build and can body smaller guards on way to basket. Moves well in half court set and utilizes screens well to set up shot. Uriah Pickens (6’ 2, SG, Decatur) is a physical guard with nice game. He showed good shooting ability, knocking down threes off the dribble and the catch. He uses change of speed moves very well to penetrate and has the strength to finish strong at the basket. Jesse Holt (6’ 0. PG, Dade County) is a skilled guard who showed a well-rounded perimeter game. The North Georgia standout knocked down numerous shots and distributed the ball to his teammates in scoring position, while playing with poise and court presence. Jaylen Love (5’ 11, SG, Hampton) is an athletic combo guard who scored the ball well. He penetrates aggressively and thrives in transition. An All-Region selection at Hampton this year, he plays with intensity and strong desire to compete. Chandler Gibson (5’ 11, PG, Monroe Area) is a skilled player who knows how to play the game. He is a deadly long range shooting threat, and balances his outside prowess with ability to beat man off the dribble and finish at the hoop. The All-Region selection sees floor well and had his share of well-timed assists. Derrick Newberry (6’0, CG, South Effingham) is nice looking guard who can create with the ball in his hands. He has above average quickness coupled with good floor vision. The All-Region player out of Savannah area scored the ball with efficiency. Clayton County’s TreJon Taylor (6’ 0, CG, Mt. Zion) is an athletic guard with good quickness and playmaking ability. He showed a deadly pull-up jump shot as well as ability to get to the rim and finish around bigger players. Whid Childs (5’ 10, PG, Marist) is a skilled guard with a high basketball IQ. The All-Region 1st Team selection has a nice handle and outside stroke. His court stability and extremely high test scores make him a prospect worthy of close looks from elite academic institutions.  ​​
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Holt Shannon (2017, Mt. Paran Christian)
Underclassmen Guards

The Underclassmen also boosted a good number of standout perimeter players. Christian Kelly (6’ 3, SG, Duluth, 2018) is a high potential player that College Coaches should track this Spring/Summer. The long and skilled guard can create his shot very well off the dribble and is a knockdown three-point shooter who can light it up when in a rhythm. Tahkwon King(6’ 1, CG, Jefferson County, 2018) is a talented player who drew attention with his productivity and athleticism on both ends of the floor. The 1st Team All-Region player was very good in transition and had several eye opening dribble moves and finishes. William “Tripp” Black (6’ 3, CG, Charles Drew, 2018) is a big-time shooter who can fill it up from beyond the arc. He has deep range, moves well without ball, and has the ability to get real hot and reel off string of treys. Jahwan Smith (5’ 10, PG, Kell, 2018) is a speedy floor general who is an excellent distributor and on-ball defender. He averaged six assists a game this year for a strong Kell squad. Another impressive prospect to keep eye on is Wil Walraven (6’ 2, CG, Sonoraville, 2018). The talented combo guard has the ability to score in bunches all over the floor. The All-Region selection averaged 19 ppg as a Junior this past season and has already reached the 1000 point plateau with a season left to go in his career. Joshua Strong (6’ 0, CG, 2018) is a dangerous scorer with very quick first step. The left handed guard attacks rim and uses body well. Averaged 18 ppg as a Junior in strong All-Region campaign at Kennesaw Mountain. Andy Blair (6’ 2, SG, Palm Harbor, FL, 2018) is a heady and fundamentally sound player who had a nice showing. Versatile and well rounded, he shot the ball well from beyond the arc, distributed, and made smart plays. Jalyn Hickman (5’ 10, PG, Gatlinburg-Pittman, TN, 2019) is a talented lead guard with a bright future. One of the top sophomores in attendance, He showed a high level of skill as well as a quarterback’s mentality on the floor.  Talique Williams (5’ 8, PG, Harris County, 2020) was the youngest player in attendance, but that did not stop him from having a strong showing. The cat quick point guard, who was named 1st Team All-Region as a freshman this season, plays with a maturity beyond his age and is a very good distributor. With continued development, he has a chance to be a really special player.
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Ken Stanciel (Collins Hill; 2017)
2017 & 2018 Wings

Kenneth Stanciel (6’ 3, Wing, Collins Hill, 2017) is a tough wing who plays with high energy. The type of “glue guy” who helps teams win games, He was all over the court on both ends of the floor and impressed with his ability to match up defensively with guards and bigger forwards. The 1st Team All-region selection finishes well at the hoop and has great body control. He is an above average student in classroom with strong test scores. Jackson Baylark (6’ 4, Wing, Pope, 2018) is a promising wing with fantastic athleticism. His leaping ability was on display with several impressive dunks and great production on the offensive glass. Defensively, he is a strong rim protector and rebounder. As he continues to develop his perimeter skillset, he is a definite player to watch among Georgia’s 2018 prospects. Terry “TJ” Goodrum (6’ 4, Wing, Allatoona, 2017) is a big wing with the ability to stretch the defense with his outside shooting ability. He is a versatile defender capable of matching up with guards and guarding bigger forwards. Khaleed Stapleton (6’ 3, Effingham County, 2018) is an athletic wing who attracted attention with his strong play throughout the day. He slashed his way to the rim and uses his body well to score at the rim. Also gets up and down the floor well and is in good in transition.Austin Panks (6’ 3, Wing, Buford, 2017) is a smart and battle tested player who won a State Championship this past season at Buford. For his camp team, he knocked down jumpers, finished on drives, and made hustle plays and was a clear asset for his squad. Jonathan Wood Jr. (6’ 4, Dade County, 2018) is a well-balanced inside-out threat who made a good impression. He was active defensively, strong on the boards, and a capable scorer; while also doing many intangibles that help win games. Ellis Wester (6’ 3, Wing, Jonesboro, 2017) is an athletic wing who scored the ball well off drives and on jump shots. He worked hard in skill stations and showed eagerness to improve. Terraius “AJ” James(6’ 2, Elbert County; 2019) is a promising athletic slasher with good feel for the game. He ran the floor hard and is good in transition, while also having a knack for being around ball to make plays. Benjamin Ross (6’ 3, Wing, Woodland, 2017) is a high energy guy with some explosive bounce. He plays bigger than his height and was effective on the boards, in addition to blocking shots and deflecting passes. His intensity was constant throughout the day, which was great to see.Kenneth McCullough –Lomax (6’ 4, Wing, Eagles Landing Christian Academy, 2017) is a strongly built and athletic wing who had a good showing. He excelled while putting ball on floor and attacking basket, where his lift and strength allows him to score consistently.      
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Jackson Baylark (Pope; 2018)
2017 & 2018 Forwards

Timothy Green II (6’ 7, Forward, Carrollton) was one of the highest upside potential players in attendance. The long and athletic forward scored on variety of interior moves complemented by consistent pull up jumper. He moves well for his size, and is an excellent rim protector on defensive end.  His on court talents combined with a top notch academic profile make him a 2018 prospect Colleges will definitely want to evaluate  Kristian Collins (6’ 5, Forward, Peachtree Ridge, 2017) had a good showing throughout the day. He is a player with inside-out versatility and can play on wing and in paint. He was excellent on the offensive boards and creating second chance points for his team. Has nice potential and will be a nice pickup for a program. Khalil Brown (6’ 6, Forward, Tri-Cities, 2017) is a long and athletic forward who opened some eyes with his play. He finished consistently in paint and put the ball on the floor to slash to rim. Showed a consistent pull-up jumper and can run the floor. Khalil was also active while grabbing boards and playing good interior defense. Brendon Tyler (6’ 4, Forward, Tri-Cities, 2017) is another prospect out of Tri-Cities High school with potential. He is long and athletic and was very effective in and around the paint. Cyrus Barnes (6’ 4, Forward, Lake Gibson, FL, 2017) is a prospect out of Central Florida who plays with a big motor. Whether knocking down baseline jumpers, grabbing offensive putbacks, or running break in transition, He was making plays to help his team succeed.
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Tim Green II (Carrollton, 2018)
Kyree Bell (6’ 5, Forward, New Manchester, 2017) was a player who made a name for himself amongst camp staff with his work in the paint. He crashed the boards hard, ran the floor on the break, and exhibited potential that is worthy of looks from schools at next level. Cameron Crowe (6’ 6, Forward, Woodstock, 2017) is a stretch forward with a nice outside shot and team first mentality. A prospect with a tremendous academic profile, he plays within himself and is a player that elite academic colleges can evaluate for their program. Kyler Ingram (6’ 4, Forward, Cambridge, 2018) is a big bodied forward that is a tough matchup for opposing teams in the paint. He is deceptively agile for his size and his long wingspan allows for him to contest and block many shots. He has already became Cambridge’s all-time leader in his Junior season. With improved conditioning, Kyler can become an attractive prospect. Dre-Wan Clarke (6’ 5, Forward, Zephyrhills, FL, 2017) is an aggressive interior player who finishes well around the basket. Whether it was in half-court set or on the break, he was in attack-mode throughout the day. The Sunshine State product is also an active defender with good strength.     

Honorable Mention Players

(Listed in no particular order)

Class of  2017 & Prep: Gabriel Stinson (Booker T Washington Magnet, AL);  TyShawn Chaney (Discovery); Zikenya “Shawn” Percy (Jeff Davis); Conterro Harris (Tri-Cities); DeJuan Hyde (New Creation Christian Academy); Joshua Sippial (Loveless Magnet, AL); Jake Owens (King’s Ridge); Jordan Booker (Harrison); David Sever (Marist); Terrance Gaines (TSF Prep); Garriott Jones (Riverview, FL); Deandre Billinger (Douglas County); Jomo Cousins (Bell Creek Academy, FL); Tariq Tilghman (Delaware Valley, PA); Levi Griffin (Hampton); Jonathan Bishop (Arlington Christian); Mikhail Johnson (Decatur); Nasir Stewart-Muir (West Port, FL); Dwayne Kemp (Jacksonville Ribault, FL); Stanley Heller (Appling County); Derrick Dawson (Tri-Cities); Justin Benjamin (Eastside); James “Trey” Stevens (Hillgrove); Kindu Hamilton (Creekside); James Johnson (Riverdale); Rodney Pearson (Sprayberry); Chris Jallah (Colonial Hills Christian); Sammy Smith (Sherwood Christian); Antoine Jones (Hillgrove);       

Class of 2018: Shakari Williams (Demopolis, AL); Daylan “DJ” Smith (Duluth); Nathan Gauthreaux (John’s Creek); Austin Canaday (Greenbrier); Caleb Snyder (St. Francis, 2018); Kari Olive (Arabia Mountain, 2018); Russell Li (Providence Christian); Dustin Ladson (Hillgrove); Riquieto Leonard (Harris County); Nelson Haskin (Demopolis, AL); Zach Gay (Franklin County); Nick Nagy (Etowah); Kannen Derryberry (Gordon Lee); Stone Champion (Creekside Christian); Micah McCuen (Sprayberry);  Xander Ouellette (Cumberland Christian); Trent Gibson (Appling County); Isaiah Burns (Cypress Creek, TX);   

Class of 2019: Tycarius Hill (Elbert County; 2019); Jack Murrah (Athens Academy); Jason Houston (Bremen); Tay Howard (Madison County); Jamison Syphore (Elbert County; 2019); Jacob Scaible (Wharton, FL, 2019); Khaelil Russell (Appling County, 2019); Thomas “Gabe” Ross (Gordon Central);  Griffin Hunter (Daniel, SC, 2019); Ed Ziegler (Tampa King, FL);

Class of 2020: Eric Grier (Mt. Zion, 2020); Justin Johnson (Loveless Magnet, AL)
    

Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 SEBA College Showcase (Prospect Report & Top Performers)


The 2017 Southeast Basketball Academy (SEBA) Atlanta College Showcase took place on March 18 on the campus of Oglethorpe University. For the past twelve years, this event has successfully brought together available prospects from throughout the South and provided them with an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to College Coaches. The event has served as bridge between players and coaches and has resulted in scholarships and playing opportunities for hundreds of players since its inception.  

This year’s edition of the SEBA College Showcase carried on that tradition, as 180 prospects representing all parts of Georgia as well as seven other states were eager to compete and display their talent to the large collection of college coaches in attendance.

Links: 

2017 SEBA Showcase Top Performers (Recap - Part 1) 

2017 SEBA Showcase Top Performers (Recap - Part 2) 

2017 SEBA Showcase Top Performers (Recap - Part 3) 

2017 SEBA Showcase Top Performers (Recap - Part 4) 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

2017 SEBA College Showcase (March 18)


The 2017 Atlanta Spring College Showcase, presented by the Southeast Basketball Academy (SEBA), will be held March 18 on the campus of Oglethorpe University.

This Annual SEBA Event, now in its 12th year, is one of the nation's most highly regarded spring basketball exposure camps for Unsigned Seniors (2017 grads) aspiring to play college basketball. The camp is also open to Juniors from the Class of 2018, and Class of 2019 (Sophomores) who played varsity ball this season, as well as Prep-Post Grad Players and JUCO players looking to move on to a Four Year College.

Many of the Top NCAA Division II, III, NAIA, and JUCO College Programs throughout the South will be in attendance to evaluate prospects. Several recruiting publications will also be covering the event. Over 45+ College coaches attended last year's camp, resulting in numerous college opportunities for the players in attendance. The camp is the official exposure event of the Georgia College Basketball Coaches Association (GABCA). 

The event will consist of 5-on5 Full Court Scrimmages (3 Game minimum), skills stations, and Top 30 All-Star Game. All players with also receive a profile in the College Coaches Packet and receive SEBA Reversible Jersey.

Interested Players should visit the SEBA website for registration information

Link: http://www.southeastbasketballacademy.com

Friday, October 7, 2016

2016 SEBA Atlanta All-Star Shootout (Scouting Report)

The 2016 SEBA Atlanta All-Star Shootout was held September 17th on the campus of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. This 14th annual event featured a full capacity roster of 170 prospects from all areas of Georgia, as well as from the states of Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Washington. The Shootout brought excellent exposure to all of the participants, as numerous college coaches representing programs from throughout the South were in attendance to evaluate and recruit the talent on hand.

The Camp consisted of a complete day of competition, development, inspiration, and exposure. During the morning session, the players participated in fundamental skills stations conducted by a fantastic group of accomplished high school, travel ball, and skill development coaches. Following the morning stations, Courtney Brooks spoke to the players. Coach Brooks, who led Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (SACA) to national prominence and State Titles in 2004 and 2006, gave a passionate speech challenging the players to strive for success not only on the court, but more importantly in the game of life. Fresh off the inspiration, the players moved into 5-on-5 play, where they competed in three (3) full-court games with their respective camp team throughout the afternoon and early evening. The event concluded with a hotly contested "Top 30" All-Star Game which was well played and a fitting end to a highly successful event.    

Below is a summary on the Event’s Top Performers: 


Most Outstanding Performers 
(Players Listed in no particular order)
 
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Demiere Brown (6’ 6,  Wing, North Cobb Christian; 2017)
Talented Prospect with impressive combination of size, strength, skill, and athleticism. Has excellent versatility to his game and is capable of doing many things on the court. Creates well on the perimeter, but is equally dangerous in the paint, where he uses his size to shoot runners or to overpower smaller defenders. Handles the ball well, especially on the break and is a good finisher. Has the ability to be a top notch rebounder from the wing position. Was named Region “Player of the Year” and All-State as a Junior and will be the go-to-scorer for Coach Greg Matta’s talented North Cobb Christian squad this coming year.      

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Alex Watson (6’ 2, Point Guard, Pope; 2017) 
Excellent lead guard with potential to be one of the top players in Cobb County this season. Has a nice handle and quickness; uses combination of dribble moves to create space for pull-up jumper and drives to the rim. Equally effective knocking down the spot up trey. Plays with intensity and knows how to compete. Bright future. Was named All-Region in very competitive 5-AAAAAA as a Junior.    


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Keiodre Perry (6’ 4, SG, Eastside; 2017)
Dynamic and athletic player who can flat out score the basketball. Keiodre showed off a very impressive repertoire of offensive skills where he scored off the bounce, at the rim, beyond the arc, and in transition. Was able to repeatedly create good shots for himself, while also having the court awareness to dish for assists when defense collapsed on him. Exhibited a smooth and accurate three point shot; as well as superior slashing ability. Excellent prospect with very bright future.    

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Gary Bishop (5’ 11, PG, Dacula; 2017)
Very impressive point guard who was a delight to watch. Gary used his quickness and ball handling ability to slice-and-dice opposing defenses. He created many scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates off the dribble. He shot the ball really well from the perimeter and is strong and physical on-ball defender. With Dacula having graduated three super talented guards who are all now playing College Ball, look for Gary to step into a featured role and have a big-time senior season for Coach Russ Triaga.        
 

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Moses Merritt (6’ 8, Forward, North Cobb Christian; 2017)
High potential prospect with size and athleticism, “Mo” finishes very well around the rim and threw down several powerful dunks in traffic. He runs the floor very well for his size and is effective on the break. Crashes the offensive boards hard and creates second chance opportunities for his team with putbacks and tips. Has a couple of developing low block scoring moves. Showed he can hit faceup jumper. Sees double team well and finds open man. On defensive end, he protects the rim and altered/blocked numerous shots. Has a chance to be an exceptional player with continued work and development.      

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Michael Foster (6’ 0, PG, Heirway Christian Academy; 2017)
Diamond in the Rough prospect who made a big statement with his impressive all-around play. Coming off a Junior season where he averaged 23 ppg and 6 assists at Heirway Christian; Michael seized the opportunity to play against talent from “bigger” schools and excelled throughout the day. He carved up opposing defenses with his exceptionally quick first step and ability to consistently finish at the rim. Was equally impressive distributing the ball; feeding teammates with well-timed and delivered assists. Strong performance played him onto the radar of several of the colleges in attendance. 
            

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Ceaunte Zachery (6’2, CG, Lithia Springs; 2017)
Versatile and athletic guard who was one of the camp’s top scorers and overall performers. He slashed to the rim and scored on a variety of acrobatic finishes. He knocked down the long range three and showed good court vision in setting up teammates. Looked good leading the fast break and in transition. He has good wingspan and is active on defensive end. Best ball is definitely ahead of him.  

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Uriah Pickens (6’ 2, CG, Decatur, 2017)
Combo guard with good size who displayed a well-rounded offensive skill set. Plays with good intensity, but is also very poised. Creates well off the dribble and can score at all three levels. Showed ability to consistently get in the paint off the dribble and create for himself and others. Had to sit out Junior season due to transfer-eligibility issue; but is cleared for this coming year and has the potential to have a huge Senior year. 

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Mikael Sampson (6’ 6, Forward, Westminster School; 2017)
Physical athlete with great strength, Mikael was extremely effective scorer around the rim and on the boards throughout the day. Plays within flow of game and with good focus, he repeatedly crashed the offensive boards for putbacks and tip-ins. Runs the floor very well for a forward and can finish with authority. Demonstrated a solid face up jumper from mid-range. Excellent defensive player and rebounder on the interior. Is an elite student in classroom with impressive SAT score and is receiving strong interest from a number of high academic college programs.    
      

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Trey Foster (6’2, PG, Westside Macon; 2017)
Guard from Middle Georgia was one of the best playmakers in the camp. Showed great passing ability and court vision; made his teammates better and dished assists  for easy buckets. Handles the ball well and showed good decision making. Knocked down outside jumper when defense sagged, and attacked rim while driving gaps. Aggressive defender and very active on both ends. Transferred to Westside for Senior season. 

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Weber Sandlin (6’ 3, G, Creekview; 2017)
Heady guard with excellent skill level and overall game. Shot the midrange pull-up and three ball well. Has quick and natural release on shot. Has good court vision and sees passing lanes well while setting up teammates for easy scores. Not afraid to dive on the floor for loose balls and make hustle plays. Was constantly involved on both ends of floor. Has good length which allows him to defensively contest shots on perimeter. Named All-Region as Junior. Good upside potential.  
     

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 Eddie Figuera (5’ 10, PG, Sprayberry; 2017)
Quick playmaker with ability to score and distribute; Is a first rate penetrator and has great body control; finishes very well at the rim over bigger players. Exhibited a good floater and pull up jumper shot. Very active defender in passing lanes and picked up numerous steals. Has strength and potential to be a top notch on-ball defender. Has above average three point shoot which he balances well with his driving ability.    

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Terrence DeJohn (6’ 4, Wing, Naples, FL; 2017)
Extremely versatile player out of Southwest Florida. Terrence does many things well on the court. He is an active player on the defensive end; deflected passes and grabbing steals. Looks good in transition and can lead the break or run the lane well. In the half court, beat defense off the dribble and finished consistently. His well rounded abilities combined with his strong ACT score had several college coaches highlighting his name as a prospective recruit.   
  

Cameron Starkes (6’ 0, PG, Lakeside; 2017)
Lightning quick guard who relentlessly attacked and scored at the rim throughout the day. Was able to consistently get into the lane and make good things happen for his team. Was one of the top on-ball defenders in the camp and grabbed several steals in each of his games. Looked good leading the break and playing in transition. High energy player.       

Darius Giles (6’ 2, SG, Arabia Mountain; 2017)
One of the top perimeter scorers in the camp, Darius used a combination of aggressive drives, pull-ups, and three point daggers to fill up the score book. He has a very effective pull-up jumper and creates good dribble separation from defenders and to create shot. Has quick release and uses his body well on runners in the paint. Was named All-Region in very competitive 6-AAAA while averaging 15 ppg as a Junior. Look for Darius to be one of the top players in talent rich Dekalb County this coming season.   

Tyonn Stuckey (5’ 11, CG, Redan; 2017)
Yet another Dekalb County standout who shined at the camp; Tyonn is an electric lead guard with great speed. He broke down opposing defenses and set up teammates for easy scores. Sees the floor well and finds open man. He gets in the paint and has the athleticism to finish at the rim. His three point shot is very solid and very complimentary to his driving abilities. He is a tough on-ball defender and does an excellent job pressuring his man.    
Was named All-Region and All-Dekalb last season as a Junior and is primed for a huge Senior season
Additional Camp Standouts:

2017 Guards

The Camp roster boosted a very deep pool of talented 2017 perimeter players. In addition to the players listed above, here are some others who also made their mark. Carson Culverhouse (6’ 0, CG, Carrollton) was one of the top shooters in the camp and can knock it down off the catch or off the bounce. He handles the ball well and is an exciting player to watch in the open court. He is an above average student in classroom and is a definite player to watch for higher academic programs. The South Georgia duo of Christian Knight (5’11, PG, Lowndes) and Octavious Fudge (5’ 7, PG, Lowndes) were terrific. Knight is a true floor general with great feel for the game. He served as a quarterback on the floor and runs the offense with skill and confidence. Fudge is speedy sparkplug who makes his presence felt as a scoring threat, distributor, and active defender. Both are returning All-Region performers.Angelo Taylor (6’ 2, PG, South Gwinnett) is an intriguing player to keep an eye on in Gwinnett County. He has good size for a point guard, a strong handle, and a quick first step. Michael Johnson (5’ 10, PG, Allatoona) has the ability to score the ball off the bounce, from beyond the arc, and in transition. He is energetic and showed good defensive anticipation while forcing numerous turnovers. He is expected to play a key role for Coach Markus Hood’s powerhouse Allatoona squad this coming season.  Ja’Len Kellum (6’ 0, PG, Opelika, AL; 2017) is a good looking lead guard who impressed with his grasp of the position. He is poised with the ball in his hand and makes excellent decisions; while playing excellent defense on opposing guards. Patrick Fries (5’ 10, SG, Flint River Academy) is a smart, fundamentally sound prospect with the ability to light up the nets from beyond the arc.  Tre’Jon Taylor (6’ 1, CG, Mt. Zion) has a quick first step and was able to make good things happen for his team when penetrating the lane for pull-up jumpers and kick-out assists. Expect Taylor to be the go-to scorer the Mt. Zion this coming season. Jay Shropshire (6’ 2, SG, Chattooga) is an athletic inside-outside threat. He has a nice pull-up jumper and spot up three point shot. He also showed off his leaping ability with several above the rim finishes. Holt Shannon (6’ 2, SG, Mt. Paran) is an impactful scoring guard with good physical strength. He aggressively attacks the rim and finishes well. He can creates his own shot and gets good separation from defense on his dribble moves. Ibrahim Shabazz (5’ 10, PG, Holy Innocents) is an aggressive guard with strong court presence. He is an excellent facilitator in pick-n-roll situations and also showed a very serviceable three-point shot. Kamron Dozier (5’ 10, PG, King’s Ridge Christian) is a quick and physical playmaker who excels at drawing and kicking for assists. He also has a nice pull-up midrange jumper and plays strong on-ball defense. Kam was named All-Region as a Junior last season. Caelon Ball (6’ 2, SG, Kell) is a physical guard with good athleticism and instincts. He thrives in the open court, rebounds well, and has above the rim leaping ability. Post Grad player Jordan Coffin (6’2, SG, Karns, TN) is a combo guard with good size and a nice three-point stroke. His deep range stretches the defense and he has good court vision. Jordan is a qualifier and immediately available for interested programs. Drew Sheppard (6’ 0, PG, South Paulding) received positive evaluation from coaches with his deep shooting ability, court vision, and hustle. The crafty guard created scoring opportunities for himself and teammates while also doing the little things that help teams win ball games. Shawn Percy (5’ 11, PG, Jeff Davis) is an athletic and physically strong point guard who was one of the top defensive players in the camp. On offense, he has the ability to break down opposing defenses with his penetration skills and finishes well around the rim. Shawn will build upon a strong Junior season where he was named All-Region at Jeff Davis. Bryce Parks (6’2, PG, Dutchtown) is a hardworking lead guard with a multi-faceted skill set. He was one of the top assist men in the camp, and showed good scoring ability. Multiple coaches commented on his on-court hustle and effort. DeJuan Hyde (6’ 0, CG, New Creation Christian) is a guard who can score in bunches. He was very effective in creating off the dribble and has an accurate stroke from beyond the arc. The talent is there for DeJuan to become a big-time scorer for Coach Buck Hunter’s New Creation program this coming season. Chandler Gibson (6’0, PG, Monroe Area) is a very skilled player and has some Steve Nash like characteristics to his game. He can score the ball at all three zones and utilizes change of pace moves very well. He uses screens very effectively and is a passer with good court vision. Jesse Holt (6’ 0, CG, Dade County) made a positive impression on coaches in attendance with his combination of perimeter skill, court awareness, and leadership. Named All-Region as a Junior, he is an asset playing as the lead guard or at the two spot. Rodney Pearson (6’ 1, G, Sprayberry) is an attacking guard with good length and quickness. A three year starter for Sprayberry; he has good slashing ability and is also an active defensive player on the ball and in the lanes. Aaron Rowe (6’ 3, SG, Grayson) is a talented and well-rounded guard with size. He showed a consistent jumper, ability to finish at rim, and passing ability. Rebounds well for a guard and is a very solid defender. Kennon Watkins (6’ 1, PG, Booker T Washington Magnet, AL) made a positive impression on both ends of the floor. The cat quick prospect attacked gaps, shot the ball very well from the outside, and showed great effort on defense. One coach also commented on his excellent work ethic in the morning skills stations. Tyler McConnell (6’ 2, SG, Lee County) is a smart player with a nice three-point shot. He uses screens very well to his advantage and has good range. An All-Region player as a Junior, Tyler is also an academic standout in the classroom and is a prospect academic elite programs should evaluate.         

2018 Guards

Rabun Gap has several talented prospects from the Class of 2018 with excellent potential. One of those players is Adama Kpaan (6’ 1, CG, Rabun Gap). Adama is an athletic and strong guard with very good penetration skills. He plays with a big motor and is constantly around the ball on both ends. He gets up and down the floor quickly and is very good in the open court. Javin Boles (6’ 1, SG, Temple) is an athletic scorer who thrives in transition. He finishes nicely at the rim, is an active defender, and showed he can knock down the three point shot. With continued development, Javin has a very bright future. Duluth High boosted a trio of young guards that impressed with their play. Christian Kelly (6’ 3, SG, Duluth) is a smooth guard who shot the lights out from three point land during 5-on-5 play. He is skilled, has good length, and was effective shooting off the dribble and spotting up. Adam Flagler (6’ 1, PG, Duluth), who was named All-Region as a sophomore last season, has a balanced floor game. He shot the three ball well, while also effectively setting up teammates with nice passes.Daylan Smith (6’ 0, PG, Duluth) is a lightning quick point guard who runs the show. He has excellent ball handling ability, leads the fast break, and creates high percentage scoring opportunities for his teammates. Devin Sheats (6’ 2, CG, Monroe Area) is a strong bodied guard with good potential. He finishes well, can knock down the trey, and plays good team basketball. Roscoe Spruill (5’ 8, PG, Cumberland Christian) is super quick floor general with an excellent handle and playmaking skills. While he suffered a muscle pull that sidelined him halfway through camp, he impressed with his energy, distribution, and shot making ability.

2017 & 2018 Wings

At the Wing position, Michael Croft (6’ 5, Cedar Bluff, AL; 2018) is a prospect with a bright future. He is long, very active, and possesses a nice three point stroke. He was named All-Area and All-Region last season as a Sophomore. Cameron Crowe (6’ 5, Wing, Woodstock; 2017) is an extremely high academic prospect who is starting to come into his own as a player. He is a good shooter from three point range, runs the floor well on the break, and is aggressive around the ball. Benjamin Ross (6’ 3, Wing, Woodland, 2017) is an athletic wing with a huge motor. He plays the game with excellent energy, hustle, and had a couple of highlight reel worthy dunks.  He is a constant on the boards and the type of player you want to go into battle with. Ege Olzer (6’ 5, Wing, Flint River Academy, 2018) showed an impressive all-round game. The International student from Turkey knocked down jumpers, ran the floor, and finished around the rim; while displaying a high basketball IQ. Terry “TJ” Goodrum (6’ 5, Wing, Allatoona) is a long wing with a good outside stroke. He has the ability to stretch the defense and create mismatches, while also serving as a versatile inside-out defender for his team.  Jacob Howard (6’ 3, Wing, Johnson Ferry Christian Academy) is a blue collar player who plays with much hustle, energy, and intelligence. He has good touch on his mid-range shot and is a strong rebounder from the wing. Jacob has close to a 4.0 GPA and is a player high academic schools can evaluate.  Jackson Baylark (6’ 4, Wing, Pope, 2018) is a high rising wing who had several fantastic dunks in traffic. He used his leaping ability to rise above defenders for short pull up jumpers and offensive putbacks. Defensively, he controlled the boards and blocked numerous shots. Jonathan McFall (6’ 4, Wing, Rabun Gap; 2018) is a high ceiling prospect with skill, length, and athleticism. Although he isn’t quite there yet, you can see the potential and he has all of the makings of an eventual scholarship player at the College level. Quiyante Burroughs (6’ 4, Creekside Christian, 2017) is a strong physical player who handles the ball well. The New Jersey native excels when attacking the rim and uses his body well to finish. He has good court vision and had several nice assists for layups.                          
2017 & 2018 Forwards

Kristian Collins (6’ 5, Peachtree Ridge; 2017) is a long and active forward who had success scoring the ball in the paint and from mid-range. He runs the floor well in transition and crashed the offensive and defensive boards hard. Jesse Walden (6’ 9, Eastside; 2017) is a developing post player with excellent size. He showed decent touch in the paint and a solid feel for the game. While he is far from a finished product, with continued work, the potential is there for him to develop into effective interior player at the next level. Aidan Hancock (6’ 6, Forward, 2018) is a good looking young forward who played well on both ends. He scored on a variety of post moves, face up jumpers, and drives to the rim. He is an above average defensive rebounder and interior defender.  Elijah Goodman (6’ 6, Forward, Monroe Area; 2018) is a long and athletic combo forward with a solid outside shot. He has grown several inches since we saw him last; has become more of a presence in the paint and on the boards. Overall a talented player with definite potential. Cole Chaudoin (6’ 7, Forward, MLK Magnet, TN; 2018) is a lengthy forward out of Nashville who has improved significantly since we saw him last season. He is now more aggressive, has a soft touch around the basket, and plays with more confidence. He is comfortable looking for his offense and knocked down several mid-range jumpers from the elbow and baseline. With continued development, he has a chance to be a really nice player.              
 

Honorable Mention Players

(Listed in no particular order)

Class of  2017: Sean Flanigan (6’ 2, SG, King’s Ridge Christian); Jordan Bourge (6’7, Forward, South Paulding);Sam Bush (5’11, PG, Walker); Dawson Wehunt (6’2, SG, Buford); Odera Unigwe (6’3, Wing, Cumberland Christian);Darius Howard (6’1, PG, Redan); DJ Jackson (5’6, PG, South Paulding); Terrian Wester (6’3, SG, Lee County); Jake Shore (6’4, Wing, Walker); Gimal Evans (5’11, PG, South Gwinnett); Alejandro Cabrera (6’5, Forward, Islands); Austin Panks (6’2, SG, Buford); Demetris Page (6’0, PG, Kell); Sean McDonough (6’4, SG, Wesleyan); Tremaine Anderson(6’1, SG, Redan); Michael Roberts (6’2, CG, Tate, FL); Max Yang (6’4, Forward, North Cobb Christian); Phillip Young(6’1, Wing, Fayette County); Jaquan Torian (6’4, Wing, Mt. Zion); Jake Owens (6’0, CG, King’s Ridge); Marquis Maffett (6’0, SG, Heirway Christian); Nick Cook (6’5, Wing, Hiram); Trevor Gulley (6’2, SG, GAC); Jibril Wyckoff (6’ 3, Wing, Redan); Xander Haymore (6’1, PG, Westminster Christian Academy);  Isaac Tartal (6’8, Forward, Cumberland Christian).


Classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020: Peyton Barman (6’ 2, SG, Pike County, 2018); Abba Wague (6’ 1, SG, Rabun Gap; 2018);  Luke Burnett (6’0, PG, Heritage, TN, 2020); Nick Nagy (5’11, PG, Etowah, 2018); Graham Owenby(6’ 5, F, St. Francis; 2018); Renhao Li (6’2, PG, Providence Christian, 2018); Miko Stankewicz (6’ 1, PG, Rabun Gap; 2019);  Julian Walker (6’0, SG, Riverwood, 2018); Vance Anderson (6’2, SG, Paulding County, 2018); Jacarlin Dennis(5’ 6, PG, Griffin, 2019); Jonathan Wood Jr. (6’ 4, SF, Dade County, 2018); Zach Gay (6’1, PG, Franklin County, 2018);Lance Smith (5’ 10, CG, Hiram, 2018); Jaques Glover (5’ 8, PG, Bearden, TN, 2019); Jason Rudolph (6’0, CG, Mt. Zion, 2018); Nicholas Clifton (6’3, SF, Screven County, 2018); Jeremiah Reed (6’0, SG, Paulding County, 2018)