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 IV of our player evaluations.
Jaylen Faber, 2021 G, Westwood: Faber's steady pace and smooth skill set was enough to attract the attention of our staff of coaches. Given his ability to maneuver off of ball screens, Faber put the weakside defenders in dicey situations. The ability to man either guard position should increase his stock whenever coaches are allowed back on the road.
Brendan Rigsbee, 2021 G, North Gwinnett: Rigsbee ended his high school season with a bang and then carried that momentum over to our Academy camps. His shot making was evident as he made attempts from both a stand still and off of movement. In regards to his defense, Rigsbee tends to make things hard on ball handlers give his size and strength. He made sure to make his mark as one of the events best two-way prospects.
Jens Rueckert, 2021 G, South Cobb: Rueckert's athleticism and skill set was on full display from the moment that the drills portion of the day kicked off. The South Cobb product oozes with confidence and it carried over to his ability to score in spurts. Given his fluid ability to make plays with the basketball, Rueckert was able to keep defenders off balance and score in a variety of ways.
Joshua Fulton, 2022 G, GACS: Fulton packs a ton of potential into his 6'5 frame. With his long limbs he affected passing lanes and disrupted easy going offensive players. Given his high energy play, Fulton made the most of his role as the "glue guy" for his team. For what he lacked in points he made up for in a number of different ways in the box score. I like Fultons upside as a prospect to watch.
Elijah Williams, 2021 F, Providence: There were few players that left our camp coaches more intrigued than the Providence forward. Given his size, versatility, and intriguing skill set, Williams will be a player that coaches will want to invest some time into researching going forward. With so tools to work with it is safe to say that the ending product will look significantly different.
Justin Birch, 2022 G, Mill Creek: When his team needed a scoring punch the ball would seemingly find a way to land into the hands of Justin Birch. With his ability to score in bunces his team seemed to naturally look his way when in need of a quality possession. Mill Creek has a quality scoring option that they can squeeze points out of this upcoming season.
Jayce Harrison, 2021 G, Rock School: The best facilitator at our camp made the live of everyone else seem easy. From hitting the dive man to kicking out to shooters, Harrison routinely made the right pass time and time again. His ability to dissect defenses on the fly was impressive and rarely did he miss his mark. Games like Harrison's typically translate well to other teams and to the next level as an unselfish facilitator.
Trenton Walker, 2022 G, Bishop Snyder: Making the right play for the good of the team came easy for the Florida prospect. Walkers unselfish play made him an easy player to put other offensive minded players around him without slowing down the movement of the ball. While some hunted for their shots, Walker was often the leading decision maker on who should get involved. His decision making was often on point as his possessions would lead to scoring situations.
Erick Powell Jr, 2021 F, Camden County: Powell's willingness to play through contact enroute to putting points on the board was an impressive feat to watch. Powell went on to get his points the hard way as he took on fouls and banged with others at the rim. After a few buckets went in he started to share the wealth and keep weakside defenders from over helping. In one on one situations he would find himself winning more times than not.
Nekia Wallace, 2022 G, Westlake: Defenses couldnt rattle Wallace as the junior guard kept his poise despite a heavy dose of pressure. Using a quick hesitation pull up, Wallace was able to create seperation from his defender but get a shot off before the defense rotated. It was the simple plays that made Wallace stand out as a scoring option for his team.