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 I of our player evaluations.
Johann Martin, 2022 G, Archer: Scrappiness and effort came at an abundance on the defensive end from the Archer point guard. As our camp coaches stressed the importance of effort and communication, Martin delivered well in both areas. For a team like Archer thats built the reputation of playing hard, Martin fits nicely given his showing at our Academy camp.
Henry Humphries, 2021 G, Statesboro: One of the more craftier prospects in the gym, Henry Humphries would shake and wiggle his way to the front of the rim on a number of occasions. Defensively, Humphries controlled the pace with his ability to speed up or slow down ball handlers with his constant and hectic pressure.
Khi Cook, 2021 G, Greenforrest Christian Academy: One thing that I've come to appreciate about Khi Cook is that I know what to expect every single time that he laces up his shoes. It's been written time and time again but you wont find a better on the ball defender than the Greenforrest senior guard. Looking past his defensive acumen, Cook did a great job of getting his team in an organized offense despite not knowing many of his teammates. His development in ball screen situations is evident as he routinely found player in their sweet spots.
Jordan Collins, 2022 G, Sprayberry: While some players for the issue, Collins remain cool, calm and collected as one of his teams lead distributing guards. A strong driving ability, coupled with playing with his eyes up led to some high level assists for his teammates. While his touches didn't come in an abundance, Collins made the most of his possessions by being efficient and unselfish.
Ashton Maddrey, 2021 G, Pike County: Another facilitating guard that didnt force the issue, it was clear from the start that Maddrey's focus was on making others better. Given his high IQ and sound decision making, putting his guys in position often seemed to come easy. During the 3 vs 3 portion of the day his creativity shined through as he maintained a high level ability to getting a piece of the paint. Once there he kicked out and dumped off to teammates that were in a position to score.
AJ Williams, 2022 G, Southeast Bulloch: Time after time, quality possessions often stemmed from the work that the Southeast Bulloch product did with the ball. Paint touch after paint touch would often result in positive looks for himself and others. A lightning quick first step made defenders appear to be in quicksand as he made his way to the rim. For a long portion of the camp, most defenders could not contain him from getting to his sweet spots on the floor.
Jordan Franklin, 2023 G, Jenkins County: While his team carried the bulk of the scoring, Franklin was more concerned with putting them in position to do so. As a high level facilitator he shined as he was skilled and unselfish enough to make several high level passes. For such a young guard to have that mindset coming into camp he impressed not only me but out staff of camp coaches.
Brandon Goodman, 2021 G, Jenkins County: Goodman made for a tough cover due to his shiftiness and confidence as a scorer. With a ton of moves at his disposal, defenders found themselves in tricky situations whenever they were left alone on an island. For what Goodman lacked in size he made up through with sheer toughness. From rebounding to defending bigger prospects, Goodman never back down from a good challenge.
Kaleb Beckwith, 2022 G, Richmond Hill: Unselfishness is always one of the key traits that our camp coaches look for our camp. Beckwith checked off that box well as he strung together several hockey assists and "one more" passes. His great decision making kept the offense clicking, even as he found his offensive rhythm. Possessions never bogged down with his as the lead guard our even in positions were an attempt would've been warranted. Beckwith was an exemplary teammate over both days.