Prospect Report: National High School Hoops Festival
By ERIK LARSON, Director of Scouting
Keith Stevens has proven his ability to attract talent. Whether fielding Team Takeover, one of the top AAU/Travel Basketball teams in the country or putting together his 5th Annual National High School Hoops Festival, high-caliber talent seems to follow. DMV Elite sat courtside on Day 2 of this event. Here are some of the top performers:
Zach Douglass 6'7 2013 PF National Christian Acadamy- Zach has improved since his sophomore campaign, adding upper body strength and really showing the ability to face up. He is at his best when he draws his defender 15-18 feet from the basket and attacks. He will need to be able to hit the shot from this range to be a constant threat. He rebounds well and utilizes a baby hook when he has good post positioning. Zach does need to add strength to his legs so he doesn't get pushed out of the paint. Also, he needs to assert himself and demand the ball more because he is a legitimate option.
Christopher Obekpa 6'9 2012 F/C Our Savior New America (NY)- Coaches, fans and media members in attendance were very impressed by this big man's play in the event. Christopher controlled the paint on both ends of the floor. Against National Christian, he posted a triple-double, the most impressive part was his 13 blocks. He showed great timing and aggressiveness when going after the ball. This aggressive play carried over to his rebounding. He attacked the ball at both ends of the floor, showing his understanding for the value of possession. Offensively he showed the ability to catch, rise and score. He does need to work on his shooting touch, hitting shots from 15 feet in will make him dangerous. He could add strength to bolster his positioning against other big men.
Felix Balamou 6'2 2012 W/G Our Savior New America (NY)- Felix is a ultra aggressive player with mid-major potential. He is very athletic, can compete above the rim and drives the lane hard. He is very effective, has a knack of scoring and is not selfish. Defensively he has long arms and shows the ability to stay in front of his man. He does need to add consistency to his outside shot and add a little strength.
Stanford Robinson 6'3 2013 W/G Paul VI- Stanford's performance on Day 2 was simply clutch. When it mattered most, he showed his ability to score, handle the ball, and defend. Though it sometimes seems it takes him time to warm up, he showed his best stuff when it mattered most. He is very versatile with the ability to shoot from three-point range, driving to the basket and finishing or pulling up mid-range. His athleticism allows him to defend three positions, he just needs to be motivated to do so. A high-major talent, Robinson picked up more offers at The Hoopsfest and will be expected to contribute.
Kethan Savage 6'2 2013 G Episcopal (Committed to George Washington)- Kethan is a high-major combo guard with toughness and aggressiveness. He is a stopper defensively and his athleticism makes him dangerous on the help side for steals, blocks or taking charges. He shoots with efficiency and can create his own shot with crossovers and hesitation moves. He has range beyond the 3 point line, but also distributes the ball very well. At times he tries to take on too much responsibility on the court and must trust his team when he is pressured. George Washington truly has a steal in this explosive player.
Arnaud Adala Moto 6'6 2012 F Episcopal (Committed to Wake Forest)- Arnaud is a very explosive and versatile forward with a developing perimeter game. Defensively, he can cover 3 positions and is a bulk rebounder. He can shoot from 3 point range and put the ball on the floor and attack. He is most effective when working near the basket for post ups and put backs. He already has a college body and the game to match but musn't fall in love with the perimeter because of his ability to dominate in the paint.
Tyler Cavanaugh 6'7 2012 F Jamestown-Dewitt (Committed to Wake Forest)- The second Demon Deacon commit at the Festival showed why he is such a hot commodity. Tyler has great basketball instincts and plays with toughness. He's a tough defender, though not overly athletic, he works very hard to disrupt the offense and is a tough rebounder. He has a descent handle which can open him up for shots as does his sense of the court. He initiates contact on both ends of the floor.
DaJuan Coleman 6'8 2012 F/C Jamestown-Dewitt (Committed to Syracuse)- DeJuan is large to say the least. He's listed at 280 lbs. and has the game to match. His conditioning could come into question if he is needed to play major minutes, but he does move around the floor very well for his size. He creates positioning on his post ups and sheilds the defender off. On the defensive end, he is a space eater that clears the boards with regularity. He's a top 5 recruit; his biggest short cming of the weekend was likely his team's inability to get him the ball.
Lennard Freeman 6'8 2013 F St. John's- Leonard is an athletic big with shot blocking ability. He is a good rebounder who positions himself well on offense and defense. His offensive game is developing. Right now his strengths lie in following shots and facing up and attacking the rim. He does need to add a little bulk and work on his back to the basket game. He seems like he will develop into a mid-major player.
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Left: Episcopal's Kethan Savage was one of the weekend's top performers. Bottom: Paul VI's Stanford Robinson poses with Team Takeover CEO Keith Stevens after being named MVP of the Panthers' win agaisnt Episcopal on Sunday. - Photos by Charles Matthews, DMV Elite. SEE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.
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