Alabama Elite Preview: Top Performers, Part II
After the Alabama Elite Preview, we polled our coaches and support staff on the top 10 players they saw in camp. With over 20 players nominated, we were able to narrow it down to 12 top performers.
With that being said, these players were brought up the most when talking to our coaching staff. This is Part II of our top performers from the Alabama Elite Preview.
Related: Top Performers, Part I
Emmanuel Littles, 2018 SF/PF, Lanett: Need an efficient two-way player? Emmanuel Littles is your guy. The 6-foot-7 forward made impacts on both ends of the floor with his versatility and toughness. He had no problem finishing around the rim with contact, and he also showed the ability to knock down some mid-range shots, too. Littles brings leadership and another voice on the floor. He does the little things that will help a team win. It’s not hard to see why he helped lead Lanett to another state title. - Garrett Tucker
Jakorrian Edwards, 2018 SF, Hale County: Edwards came out of nowhere and started his story with his motor and competitive attitude at the Alabama Elite Preview. Coming off a state championship victory with Hale County, Edwards was focused on the tasks at hand during camp. When given the opportunity, the 6-foot-5 forward was more than happy to jump in and compete. The lefty knocked down several tough shots throughout the day and proved to be a tough matchup problem with his versatility, quickness, and strength. Bigs could not stay in front of him, and guards were not physical enough to handle his brute strength. With a competitive edge and a coachable attitude, Edwards was a unanimous top performer selection by all our coaches. - Garrett Tucker
Jason King, 2018 CG, Parker: A few minutes into the camp, something clicked with the big Parker HS guard, and his mindset became that nobody could stop him from putting the ball in the basket. He rattled off bucket after bucket, scoring from all three levels of the floor. When King attacks the rim, he is a lot to handle at a physical 6-foot-5 with the ability to finish off plays above the rim. Overall, he was one of the top scorers on the day. - Carter Wilson
Logan Dye, 2018 C, Haleyville: Dye started out the day with an ankle injury but that didn’t stop him from competing and displaying his dominance in the low post. There weren’t many players that could matchup with his 6-foot-7, 230-pound frame. The Haleyville product continues to add different facets to his low-post game. He can finish with both hands around the goal, as well as doing it in a variety of ways. Dye’s ability to stretch the floor continues to improve and he is an intriguing prospect from the 4 & 5 position. - Garrett Tucker
Jamari Smith, 2020 SG, Sidney Lanier: When you look at Smith, you do not see a freshman. In fact, the name Nick Saban came up in talks regarding Smith, who is built like a linebacker. However, Smith hones his skills on the hardwood rather than the gridiron. And he excels. He was one of the best athletes in camp, showing that he can finish above the rim in a fashion that most freshmen cannot. He also showed the ability to play the role of playmaker, making great passes to teammates for buckets. Overall, he had a great showing and proved he is a name to remember in Alabama over the next few years. - Carter Wilson
Damon Harper, 2018 PG, Hewitt-Trussville: Harper came into camp one of the lesser-known players; however, he made a huge impact to increase his stock. The Hewitt-Trussville point guard did everything you would want to see from a lead guard: he scored it, he shot it well, he made plays for others, and he competed on the defensive side of the floor. Overall, he was one of the top point guards on the day, and his afternoon matchup with Jeffery Armstrong was one of the most fun back-and-forth matchups of the entire camp. - Carter Wilson