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HoopSeen/Be The Beast Always Live Showcase Top Underclassmen, Part III

12, Aug 2020

HoopSeen/Be The Beast Always Live Showcase Top Underclassmen, Part III

As is the case most HoopSeen events, our underclassmen group of teams and players was impressive. Let's look back on the guys who stood out from the classes of 2022 and 2023 at the HoopSeen/Be The Beast Always Live Showcase. 

RELATED:  Top Underclassmen Part IPart II | Top Performers Part IPart II | Top Story Starters Part IPart II

Brandon White

Simi Valley, CA

Class
2023
|
Position
C
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Height
6' 11"
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School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
30
State Pos. Rank
4

This was the second event in a row that we had the chance to see one of North Carolina’s top big men and the potential is there. The 6-foot-10 forward is an aggressive rebounder and alters any shot that goes up in the paint. On a few occasions, White let loose and threw down some one-handed jams that got the crowd going. He still has some polishing to do on the offensive side but he will be on every major college’s recruiting board this time next year. - Justin Byerly

Randall Godfrey Jr.

Suwanee, GA

Class
2022
|
Position
SF
|
Height
6' 7"
|
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
5
State Pos. Rank
2

Georgia’s 2022 class is as deep of a class that I’ve covered in my career here in the Peach State. I love the talent at the top of the class and the overall depth that we are seeing within this bunch. When we start to really dive deep into this bunch and organize our lists for the top 10 players, I can see the debates being spirited and well-founded with great points for a number of players. When we talk about the hybrid forwards, RJ Godfrey of Atlanta Xpress 16U/North Gwinnett has a great body of work to put him at the very top. Godfrey is a special talent with a wide-variety of skill on both ends of the floor. You see an entire game from him. The best part of his game that I saw this weekend? His vocal leadership. We’re starting to see the alpha dog grow. Godfey impacts the game at every level and we are just barely seeing the fruits of his game. I think he’s in store for a terrific future. - Justin Young

Elijah Gray

Hargrave, VA

Class
2022
|
Position
PF
|
Height
6' 8"
|
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
36
State Pos. Rank
2

The upside with Gray is there with his size and his skillset. The versatile 6-foot-8 forward can score from the perimeter and can score in the post. He attacks off the dribble and goes right at the rim. He uses size to beat down smaller players and has the length to cause problems on defense. His offer list at this point includes East Carolina, Cleveland State, USC-Upstate and Elon. - Justin Byerly

Joyful Hawkins

Brunswick, GA

Class
2022
|
Position
PF
|
Height
6' 7"
|
School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

Joyful Hawkins was one of the best underclassmen at the Be the Beast Live Showcase. He is an immediate impact player. At 6-foot-8 with the wingspan to match, he is a force on both ends of the floor. Whether he was scoring off a step back jumper or catching an alley-oop from Scoot Henderson, Hawkins’ athleticism was on full display. Hawkins is a tremendous shot blocker. This kid has such great timing for the ball, he is almost impossible to finish over. He has spent the past year working on improving his jump shot and it shows. His jumper is very fluid, especially for his size. Only a junior, I expect his game to develop even further making him a top prospect in the 2022 class. He holds several offers from the likes of Auburn, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, but Auburn appears to be the favorite here. Hawkins will play at Kell High School this coming season with his AAU teammate, Henderson.  - Brianna Patton


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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