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The best player I've seen so far this HS season...

13, Dec 2019

The best player I've seen so far this HS season...

We’ve been on the road and been to a lot of events so far this early high school season. We’ve seen a lot of great action. We asked our staff to roll out the best players they saw at some of these top events. Meet the best players that we’ve seen so far this early high school season. 

Best Player I saw at HoopHall West 

Jalen Green

Fresno, CA

Class
2020
|
Position
SG
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Height
6' 6"
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School Team
National
2
National Pos. Rank
1
State
1
State Pos. Rank
1

He’s a future NBA All-Star. That’s it. There’s no other way to really spell it out. The Fresno, California native put on a show in Scottsdale in the one game of action Prolific Prep competed in. He has total control of his game and knows how to pump in the points. Green is pure entertainment. He plays in that manner. He competes as hard as anyone in the class and just simply wants to win. There’s no pretense about that either. Green is about that life. That’s why he’s great. And that’s why he’s a guy who is worthy of a different path to the NBA. That’s why he’s worthy of such consideration. And that’s why the blue bloods are patiently waiting on what he’s going to do. Green is one of three players that rotate on my unpublished top three players list. (The other two are Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley.) For this weekend in Arizona, Green was the top dog. No doubt about it. - Justin Young

Best Player I saw at The Lighthouse Classic 

Kennedy Chandler

Eads, TN

Class
2021
|
Position
PG
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Height
6' 1"
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National
8
National Pos. Rank
1
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

2021 Eads (TN) Briarcrest Christian point guard Kennedy Chandler was as good as advertised on Friday night at the Lighthouse Classic. Not only did Chandler win the head-to-head battle against fellow junior guard Daeshun Ruffin in the most anticipated matchup of the event, but he was the most impressive player I saw all weekend. The Memphis is product is one of the fastest end-to-end players I have ever covered. He’s nearly impossible to contain off the dribble and he gets to his spots on the floor when he wants. Known for his ability to score and get his teammates involved, the 6-foot-1 point guard is efficient at doing both. In my opinion, Chandler is the best point guard in the 2021 class nationally, and he’s also one of the best winners I’ve ever covered. I’ll go out on a limb and say he’s going to win a national championship in college. He’s the type of guy that can move the needle that much for a team. - Garrett Tucker

Best Player I saw at National High School Hoops Festival

Mark Williams

Bradenton, FL

Class
2020
|
Position
C
|
Height
7'
|
School Team
National
31
National Pos. Rank
3
State
6
State Pos. Rank
2

A man amongst boys. An immovable object. Unstoppable force. Chose whichever one you like and it will accurately describe the play of IMG forward Mark Williams. A commitment to Duke comes with high expectations, but despite that fact, any that I had were quickly surpassed after just a few possessions. Williams has the ability to touch various columns in the box score and do so in a commanding fashion. It's not just the points. It's not just the rebounds, and blocks. It is the fact that he can put a string of those things together after a quick down and back. With coach Krzyzewski sitting courtside, Williams showed us all what to expect from him this time next year. - Tai Young

Best Player I saw at Charlotte Hoops Challenge

Jaden Bradley

Bradenton, FL

Class
2022
|
Position
PG
|
Height
6' 2"
|
School Team
National
32
National Pos. Rank
3
State
8
State Pos. Rank
1

Jaden Bradley is one of the best point guard prospects that I have seen in the region since Dennis Smith was at Fayetteville (NC) Trinity Christian and now plays for the New York Knicks. Bradley wants the ball in crunch time and he has a knack for making big shots. In the Friday game against Lincolnton (NC) Combine Academy, Bradley had a quiet first half but came alive in the second half finishing with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Not a bad stat line, but also add in that with 10 seconds to go and Concord (NC) Cannon School down two, Bradley broke down two defenders, rose up from beyond the three-point line and connected on the game-winning shot as the clock winded down. - Justin Byerly

Best Player I saw at Holiday Hoopsgiving 

Robbie Armbrester

Mount Pleasant, UT

Class
2021
|
Position
SF
|
Height
6' 5"
|
School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
4
State Pos. Rank
1

Robbie Armbrester just continues to produce every time I see him. In fact, not only does he produce, he tends to show me an aspect of his game that I didn’t think he had. It was his dominant first half against Durham Academy(NC) that made me put him in this spot. Eighteen points in a variety of ways was no easy feat against a team that features four-star forward MJ Rice. Beyond the points, it was his rebounding, defense, and willingness to take on a challenge that left me impressed. - Tai Young

Our HoopSeen stage is designed to provide the best exposure opportunities for top independent programs. Tons of coaches, social media exposure, and elite competition are some of what you'll find at our events. For more information on our 2020 events, visit our events page, or call our hotline at 470-266-8862

 


Justin Young
Editor-in-Chief

Justin Young has been the editor-in-chief of HoopSeen.com since 2013. He manages the day-to-day operations on the site and in conjunction with our national and regional events. He was the national basketball editor for Rivals.com and a contributing editor at Yahoo! Sports. Young has been earned numerous awards for his work in sports journalism, including the Georgia Press Association Columnist of the Year. His Justin Young Basketball recruiting service has been in existence since 2002 and worked with over 300 schools from all levels. He is the director of HoopSeen Elite Preview camps and our national Preview camp series. 

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