Seven Story Starters from the Spring Preview
Our spring preview was filled with a ton of talent that I enjoyed watching compete throughout the day. There were some that stood out as ones to watch heading into this travel season.
Josue Capeles, F, 2022: Capeles was one of the top overall performers of the entire camp. The forward out of Apalachee had himself a day as his entire skill set was on display. This kid can hurt you in a variety of different ways. He has a surprisingly quick first step that he uses to get to the rim. He knocked down shots from the outside in catch and shoot situations as well as off the dribble. Capeles was also really impressive on the low block. As a smaller forward, he was able to use his quick feet to score around bigger players. He was a true inside-out threat throughout the day. He showed his ability to lead the break and create for him teammates too.
Austen Colton, G, 2023: The sophomore guard out of East Coweta has added some muscle to his frame. With his newly formed upper body, Colton was able to muscle his way into the lane and finish through contact. He has a nice handle and is precise with his moves that he uses to get separation. He is a physical guard that wants to get downhill and make plays. Colton is an exceptional shooter that can hit shots from deep range as well.
Major Freeman, G, 2022: We have all seen those players that carry themselves on the court a certain way, like they can go get a bucket at any moment. Freeman carries himself with that type of swagger. The 6-foot-3 guard has a nice offensive skill set. He is shifty off the dribble and knows how to get into the teeth of a defense. He can knock down shots off the catch, but he can also put a series of moves on a defender and elevate on a dime for a shot. Freeman plays with a ton of athleticism and a high motor on both ends. He can finish above the rim and make big stops on defense. I am interested in seeing how he continues to develop this travel season.
Anthony Robinson, F, 2022: Robinson was a top big man at the camp. At 6-foot-9, his size made him a dominant presence in the post. Once he got the ball on the low block, there was not much that defenders could do. Once he got around defenders, he threw the ball down with lots of force. With his size, he is also a solid rim protector. It was difficult for opponents to score over his outstretched arms. He showed good timing when blocking shots and was dominant on the boards.
Jalen Tatum, G, 2022: This is one of those players that lives at the rim. At 6-foot-3, Tatum is a springy athlete that has no problems finishing above the rim. He is a slasher that has a knack for making himself available in the open spots on the floor which helps him get lots of buckets inside the paint. With the springy player that he is, you can imagine the elevation he gets on his jump shots off the dribble. He also uses that athleticism to block shots and attack the boards. The Heritage product could make some noise this travel season.
Elijah Wiseman, G, 2022: Wiseman's craftiness off the dribble makes him so fun to watch. He has a plethora of dribble moves that he uses to get separation or blow by defenders. He is extremely tough to defend in transition due to his athleticism and speed. He showed that he can finish through traffic and score from the perimeter. Wiseman is very active on the defensive end, especially on the ball. He was able to create turnovers where I then watched him flourish in the transition game. The 6-foot-2 guard out of Cumberland Chrisitan was also one of the best passers in attendance.
Kenton Zackery, F, 2022: Just about each time I heard "ayeeee" through the gym, I looked up and it was Zackery throwing down a big dunk. This kid was dunking off two feet on the low block, throwing down put backs, and even had a poster dunk over a defender. He plays with so much power and strength. Each time he got the ball inside the paint, he wanted to dunk it and dared defenders to try and stop him. He used that same energy and power to attack the boards on both ends. The athleticism and power he plays with is so fun to watch.