HoopSeen/Be The Beast Always Live Showcase Story Starters, Part II
SUWANEE, GA - This past weekend we brought together some of the top talent around the Southeast for the HoopSeen/Be The Beast Always Live Showcase and, man, let me tell you, it was loaded with college prospects. Here we take a look at some of the top break out players that we saw over the weekend.
The big man out of Lake Norman (NC) Christian had a solid weekend. Kurtas is a skilled, high basketball IQ forward hat understands the game. He can score over either shoulder and he battles down low. On the weekend he averaged right around 5 points and 5 rebounds per game, solid numbers for a big man over the tournament. Currently Kurtas has offers from Tennessee State and Denver and has been hearing from Charleston, UNC-Pembroke, Charleston Southern, Drexel and Army. - Justin Byerly
You gotta love a forward who can step out and shoot. That’s exactly what Jones did at the Always Live Showcase. The 6-foot-7 senior from Tennessee was one of my big story starters from the weekend. He played at a level that would warrant a wide variety of mid-level schools to come in and take a good, long hard look at him. He was money from deep and was the beneficiary of great guard play from his teammates. Moreover, Jones showed that he can, and is, a good rebounder in traffic. But that shot of his will be the separating factor. He looked quite comfortable launching three-pointers and connecting on them. He currently holds an offer from Kentucky State. - Justin Young
One of the hottest recruits on the gridiron is also garnering some high-major attention on the basketball court. The 6-foot ultra-athletic guard showed he can consistently knock down shots from the perimeter and get into the paint making plays. On the weekend, Pass made 9-21 shots from behind the three-point line and 17-40 from the field. Georgia Tech offered this past week to go along with NC State, Providence, Rutgers, UNC-Greensboro, College of Charleston, UNC-Wilmington, Hampton, NC A&T, Elon, East Carolina and Winthrop. - Justin Byerly
Another Burlington School (NC) product and a guy that has a very high ceiling, Mading uses his length to get easy baskets and contest shots. He uses the rim to shield defenders and score and gets a lot of easy tip-ins because of his timing and size. Another impressive aspect of Mading’s game is his ability to run the floor. He can get up and down the floor as quick as some of the guards on the court. He holds offers from Clemson, VCU, Radford, East Carolina, Elon and Wichita State to name a few. - Justin Byerly