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Southern Jam Fest Player Evaluations
Wednesday, 30 May 2012

by Alex Schwartz

HAMPTON, Va. – Recruit Recon had the opportunity to catch some players DMV area and below while at The Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest last weekend.

Here is a look at our evaluations of a dozen of those players from the class of 2013.

Greg Alexander, SG, 6’4, Kecoughtan (VA), BWSL Woods: Alexander was one of the bigger surprises of the Southern Jam Fest, turning in a very impressive performance in his Friday night contest. The two guard has a really nice jump shot that he can knock down from both midrange and beyond the arc. His baseline pull-up off the bounce is especially impressive. Although Alexander does not attack the rim much, the consistency of his jumper allows him to be an effective offensive player.

Rakeem Brown, PG/SG, 5’10, Bethel (VA), Virginia Assault Gold: Despite his size, Brown is actually more of a shooter than he is an offensive facilitator. He is a terrific shooter from 3-point land and will really hurt a defense if given room to get his shot off. Brown, who has nice length for his size, is especially adept at hitting shots from the corner. He handles the rock well and does have the ability to get to the rim off the bounce. All said, Brown is a guy who simply knows how to score the basketball.

Trey Chapman, SF, 6’6, Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC), Charlotte Reign: Chapman is a long wing with good athletic ability who turned in a nice showing in a double overtime loss against the Westchester Hawks. In addition to his length, Chapman has a solid overall frame. He is a player who can attack the basket off the bounce and has quality body control in the air once he gets there. While Chapman scores quite a bit around the rim, he can also knock down a midrange jumper.

Deshawn Freeman, PF, 6’6, Rocky Mount Prep (NC), NC Red Storm: An undersized four man, Freeman can somewhat make up for his lack of height by utilizing his strong build and solid athleticism. Additionally, unlike many big guys with his build, Freeman actually has pretty good length as well. He is an active frontcourt player who can score around the rim and is capable of throwing down a nice dunk. Freeman also handles the ball fairly well and is a productive player despite his size.

Devonte Graham, PG, 5’11, Broughton (NC), Garner Road: Although he stands under 6’0, Graham has some real nice leaping ability and can get up and slam home a dunk. He is comfortable running the offense and does a nice job of distributing the rock. A quality athlete who can really handle the basketball, Graham possesses a good spin move that he uses to beat his man and get in the lane..

Keysheen Hinton, SG, 6’2, Upper Room Christian Academy (NC), SEBL Elite All Stars: Hinton is not one of the bigger names on a deep SEBL roster, but he played extremely well when Recruit Recon watched the team. An undersized two guard, Hinton is a solid athlete for the position and is adept at scoring the ball. The main way he puts points on the board is by knocking down pull-up jump shots.  

Tyrone Outlaw, SF, 6’5, Person County (NC), Garner Road: On a talented team that actually won the U17 Gold championship, Outlaw was arguably the best performer for the squad, from what we saw. He is a wing with very nice athletic ability and is a guy who seems to just make plays. Outlaw can really put the ball in the cup and is adept at both attacking the basket and knocking down midrange jumpers.

Donte Reynolds, PF, 6’7, Word of God Christian Academy (NC), SEBL Elite All Stars: Reynolds is another member of the SEBL team that was impressive over the weekend. A long four man with some quality athletic ability, Reynolds has impressive hops and thus can provide some impressive dunks. Additionally, the well-built frontcourt player does a nice job of getting up and down the floor.

Andrew Roswey, PG/SG, 5’11, Rockbridge County (VA), Team Loaded: Rowsey is undersized, but the main aspect of his game is shooting the basketball and he is more of a combo guard right now. He did display some point guard skills in this game, though.  Despite his height, Rowsey can really make shots and if he is given space, can light it up from beyond the arc. He is especially good at knocking down shots off the catch.

Brandan Stith
, SF/PF, 6’6, Brunswick (VA), Boo Williams: Stith seems to be more suited to play the four spot, but he can move over to the three as well. The son of ex-Virginia star Bryant Stith and the older brother of Virginia-commit BJ Stith ’14, he clearly has basketball in his blood. Stith has a good build and is a pretty good athlete. He is a solid overall player who has the ability to score the ball around the basket.

Shane Whitfield, SF/PF, 6’6, Word of God Christian Academy (NC), SEBL Elite All Stars: Whitfield is yet another talented player who is a part of SEBL’s quality frontline of 2013 prospects. He has a good frame and actually displayed the ability to play either forward spot in the game we saw over the weekend. Whitfield is adept at scoring around the rim and many of his points do seem to come from in the paint. Like many of his teammates, he also gets a thumb’s up in the athleticism department.

Waymond Wright, PG, 5’10, Upper Room Christian Academy (NC), SEBL Elite All Stars: What Wright lacks in the way of height, he makes up for with his impressive quickness on the hardwood. Additionally, despite his height, Wright actually has a good build, which can help him deal with bigger players. It also aids him when he is driving in traffic to the basket, something that he is adept at doing. He is not a player who will wow observers, but he gets things done anyway.
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