After a long break from the hardwood, there was an excitement in the air as 72 prospects from across the southeast converged to Suwannee Sports Academy. Our HoopSeen Academy featured prospects from every high school classification and gave us several memorable moments through the course of two days. Here is part II of our player evaluations.
Vanari Johnson, 2021 G, Palatka: The lefty senior guard made enough shots to keep the defense honest through out the course of the weekend. As teams tightened up their outside coverage, Johnson would then put the ball on the floor to put pressure on the interior defense. Keeping his head on a swivel would prove beneficial as he would pitch out to guys for wide open shots. All things considered, Vanari Johnson had a very productive outing.
Josh Goode, 2023 G, North Atlanta: Goode's subtle contributions made a lot of noise this weekend when seeking feedback from our staff of camp coaches. From knocking down open threes to finding open teammates, Goode impacted the game in several ways despite not having a ton of scoring opportunities. Overall it was the deep range on his shooting that impressed our staff of coaches the most.
Corey Donerlson, 2021 G, Hapeville Charter: Not having a ton of opportunities to score the basketball did not take away from the aggressive style of play that Donerlson played with on the other end. From putting his body on others to guarding his position, Donerlson proved throughout that he was willing to play team oriented defense. There wasn't much flash to his game but the substance of his play was evident.
Jaylen Jackson, 2021 W, Greenforest Christian: Jackson has been one of the state's best stock risers over the past few months and his play over the weekend gave glimpses into what college coaches are seeing. A combination of outside shooting and athletic maneuvers would keep defenders at bay as he figured out ways to score at from different areas. UAB extended an offer shortly after camp as Jackson continues to catch the attention of college coaches around the region.
Albert Mills, 2021 G, Collins Hill: A playmaker in every sense of the word, Albert Mills made it a point to make sure that everyone involved got a piece of the pie. Kick ahead passes that led to easy attempts often started from the finger tips of the Collins Hill guard. There was an obvious affinity for passing as Mills made the camps offense more enjoyable for everyone.
Eric Ivory Jr, 2022 G, Dooly County: I love high energy prospects. For two days it was exactly what I got from the Dooly County prospect. Giving effort seemingly came naturally for Ivory as he rebounded and guard with pride in both along the way. His energy was contagious and it forced his teammates and the opposition to keep up with his play.
Jamaal Leggett, 2021 G, Brookwood: The first thing that stands out about the Brookwood guard is that he made a ton of finishes through the course of two days. Despite being undersized, Leggett had a knack for getting past defenders and finished with good variety around the rim. Leggett was a difficult cover at times due to his ability to show several counters whenever the defense met him at his spot.
Elijah Terry, 2022 W/F, Enterprise: Our platform gives prospects a chance to make themselves known for the first time and no one did that better than Enterprise forward Elijah Terry. Every time I looked up, Terry was scoring the basketball at an efficient rate his ability to drive the ball to get to the rim. His size came in handy on those drives as defenders couldnt react quickly enough to get his off his spots. Terry used the weekend to become a story starter to watch going forward.
Jalen Coleman, 2022 G, Eufaula: A deadly first step would often make life easy for the Eufaula junior. Multiple possessions would result in blow bys as he would craft his way to some points around the rim. His instinctive passing in transition would lead to a few easy ones as he facilitated offense without many mistakes. Limiting his mistakes made for quality possessions through the course of both days.