Elite Preview: Team 2 Breakdown

Brendon Myles

The Elite Preview was a tremendous day of basketball at Suwanee Sports Academy Cobb. We had 80 of Georgia's best players from the class of 2016, 2017 and 2018. The camp was so good we decided to break down every player at camp. Here's an examination of Team 2 from our staff of evaluators and media.

Jalen Butler - JB
Kory Keys - KK
Winston Neal - WN
Carter Wilson - CW
Justin Young - JY

Travis Anderson, PG, Holy Innocents, 2018: The young freshman point guard ran the show in some tough environments this year, but the stage at Elite Preview might have been the toughest to date. He responded by showing that he is very strong with the basketball in his hands and showed a variety of crafty ways to get the ball where it needed to go. He showed a well-rounded offensive skill set and does not have a glaring weakness in his game, handling the ball and shooting the ball very well. He has sufficiently established himself among the best freshmen in the state. - CW


Kyrin Galloway, PF, Buford, 2016: Galloway certainly looks the part. He's a legit 6'9" with great length and athleticism. Where he's currently lacking at this stage is bulk and a developing skillset offensively. At this point in his development, he's already an exceptional rim protector that rebounds out of his area well. He's a kid that has the foundation to be a really intriguing prospect in the future. - KK

Rayshaun Hammonds, PF, Norcross, 2017: Georgia's class of 2017 is shaping up to be as good as any Southern state at the top of the class. Why? Because guys like Hammonds continue to impress and improve. The 6-foot-7 rising junior showed off his versatile offensive game. He was terrific from the wing, efficient with the midrange pull-up and, as always, good going to rim. The effort was there on offense and he left a major impression on all those at camp. Hammonds was one of the top five performers of the day. Expect a litany of high-majors to roll in after the spring. - JY

Tae Hardy, CG, SW DeKalb, 2017:Hardy is a combo guard with some solid height and length. At the Elite Preview, he showed his ability to play both guard positions, being both a scorer and facilitator. As a scorer, he was able to be crafty while maneuvering through the lane and finding ways to finish around bigger defenders. He was also good with the ball in his hands, keeping a strong control while looking for his teammates both in transition and in ball screen action. - CW

Derek St. Hilaire, PG, Dacula, 2016: Looking back on the camp, St. Hilaire was probably the best player to raise his stock in the backcourt. The 5-foot-11 point guard was a combination of speed, confidence and delivery. If you are looking for a breakout guy on circuit, put his name on your recruiting wish list coaches. His base knowledge is strong and his confidence, we'd like to think, is growing after his showing at the Elite Preview. - JY

Brendan Myles, SF, Whitefield Academy, 2016: Shooters come at a premium these days and Myles knocked down jumpers all day long from all spots on the floor. The 6-foot-4 wing has always been a guy that can find a place on the court to be effective. In this setting he was good with the pull-up jumper and mentally caught on to what the coaches were dishing out from the teaching sessions. - JY

Brandon Robinson, SG, Douglas County, 2016: We've seen the accession all year long so to see the reports of him becoming a prospect of national significance, we aren't surprised. Robinson has shined two years in a row at the Elite Preview and did so with smooth delivery from the backcourt. The long and slender 6-foot-4 guard pours it in from deep, passes like a point guard and has incredible feel to his game. Don't be surprised to see Robinson be a must-see player for high-major to elite high -major head coaches during the first live period in April. - JY

Mikael Sampson, PF, Westminster, 2017: Not many kids are blessed to be as physically gifted as Sampson, especially as a 2017 prospect. At 6'6", Sampson has the shoulders to be an angle-scorer at this next level. The skillset that makes him intriguing, however, are his ability to handle the basketball on the perimeter and create his own shot by penetrating to the rim. Sampson is also an exceptional passer for a player of his size and stature. As he continues to develop under Westminster School head coach Tray Malloy, a consistent 15+ ft. jump shot would serve him well and, in turn, make him a really interesting prospect as an undersized 4. - KK

Lance Thomas, PF, Norcross, 2017: Talk about owning the stage and writing your story! The 6-foot-9 forward took full advantage of the opportunity to start his spring. There wasn't a better surprise on the day than him. A reserve with Norcross, Thomas came out and looked like a guy ready for big minutes next season. He drilled three-pointer after three-pointer and was one of the toughest players to defend on the wing because of his high shot release. Thomas hit eight three-pointers over the course of three games. Keep an eye on him this travel season. We certainly will be. - JY



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