SUWANEE, GA - Our Fall Preview II camp is in the books as evaluated many of the top players from across the southeast region. While it is always difficult to pick just a few, our staff and coaches have decided on a few select players for the honors of top performers. Here is part one of our standouts.
Aidan Hadaway - The 6-foot-7 forward out of LaFayette HS (GA) pushes ball in transition off the rebound. Finishes with both hands and has a soft touch around the rim. A mainstay at our HoopSeen events with the Atlanta Timberwolves, he is strong down low, gets baskets and can step out and shoot it. Plays physical down low, blocks shots and attacks the rim. Hadaway tells HoopSeen he is hearing the most from Mercer and Lee University. - Justin Byerly
Legacy Community Academy point guard George Pridgett played the PG spot about as well as you could ask a player to on Saturday. A lefty, Pridgett showed off his offensive skill set in a number of ways. He got to the rim with some shifty moves and was great off the dribble. He hit the outside shot, making sure everyone knew he had range. Although he’s listed at 6’0”, Pridgett has a deceptive strength about him that helps him get to the rim and compete on the boards. His basketball IQ shined in our situational drills. Court vision and precision passing are must haves for a guard of his size and he proved that he has both. He brought the energy on defense as well and just did a great job of controlling the pace and being the traditional point guard. - Bre Singleton
Having the skill set that Isaiah Nelson-Odada at his size is simply amazing. The fact that at 6’10” he can grab a board on the defensive end and push the ball 94 feet and get a bucket is a luxury that coaches around the country would kill to have on their squad. With a handful of D1 offers already to his name, Nelson-Odada showed why he’s garnered the attention that he has on Saturday. He was in full rim-protector mode, blacking shots off the backboard and stuffing shot attempts before his man could even get them up. He put his footwork to use in the paint, breezing by slower defenders and overpowering smaller ones. When he figures out how to package it all consistently, Isaiah Nelson-Odada will surely be one of the best forwards to come out of this 2021 class. - Bre Singleton
The 6’6” Wheeler hooper got the most votes from our staff for this Top Performers list. His length gave people problems all day. We were particularly impressed with his footwork around the rim. He’s strong, shifty and can finish through contact well. His passing as a big man is also very impressive. He crashed the boards hard every time and came with a very high level of energy that he maintained throughout the day. - Bre Singleton
The 2022 forward has had a great summer, earning his first offer from Mercer. His polished game was on display at our Fall Preview camp today. The buzz around Lockhart today was that he played like an old school forward. He is physical and wants to dominate you on the block. This is a big body player that will go through you and over power you each time he gets the ball. Lockhart also had a dominant day on the boards, too. -Bri Patton
My first time evaluating Harper in person was a memorable one as he far exceeded my lofty expectations. Despite watching him on a few different occasions, seeing Harper's length, athleticism, confidence could only be truly gauged with a front row look. Harper started the camp with a bang as he rattled off a few deep threes and a acrobatic yet powerful dunk at the rim. It was a sign of things to come as he held up his scoring through the course of three highly competitive games. With his confidence soaring through the roof, Harper showed signs of a player that is just starting to come into his own. With some added strength and experience, I wouldn't be surprised to see a drastically finished product some time down the line. The right situation will bear fruits that may not be seen today. - Tai Young