The first annual PlayMakerz Breakout Classic went down on Saturday in Richmond, Virginia and brought in some of the best talent from within the state, along with those form the DMV and North Carolina. While there were a lot of known ballplayers like Aamir Simms and Ejike Obinna, a few committed recruits like Demonte Buckingham and Bruce Moore, and others unknowns that made headways like Ben Stanley and Kris Monroe, the day couldn’t have been much better in finding the best of the best out of the Mid-Atlantic. Highlighting those that broke out from the relative unknown were Josh Carlton, Kaleb Hunter, Ben Stanley, Isaiah Moseley, and Isaiah Todd.
Kaleb Hunter, SG, Neuse Christian Academy, 2017: The 6-foot-3 lefty is the epitome of a playmaker on the floor. He does a lot of positive things with the ball in his hands and has some bounce at the basket. While he has yet to really grow into his body just yet, Hunter doesn’t shy away from contact on the hardwood. He scores the ball at all three levels and displays a nifty stepback jumper from within 12-feet of the basket. With a bevy of mid-level programs on him to date, expect for a few higher-end programs to jump on board with the Carolina native in the coming months.
Ben Stanley, SG, Millwood School, 2017: Reclassing back a year and transferring into the Millwood School in Midlothian, Virginia, Ben Stanley displayed quality playmaking skills and great size for his spot on the floor. The lefty is super confident in all that he does and is capable of hitting the contested outside jumper off the bounce. He makes quality, skilled passes on the break and doesn’t have a problem finishing at the basket with the tomahawk jam. While his recruitment is a bit lacking at the moment, the talent sure isn’t, making Stanley someone to watch this winter at his new home.
Josh Carlton, C, DeMatha Catholic High School, 2017: Interior bigs who can score with their backs to the basket are becoming a dying breed. Josh Carlton is like an eclipse you spot every once in a while; with a strong, wide body, yet super soft hands and touch around the basket, the Carolina native looks to get his spot in the post and goes to work thereafter. The big fella can score with hooks over his left shoulder and even displayed an impressive upfake and step-through move on Saturday. He isn’t the most athletic of guys around but he does buy into what allows for him to produce, thus the reasoning for why programs such as Penn State and Old Dominion have already offered the 6-foot-9 center.
Isaiah Mosely, PG, Millwood School, 2019: From north of the border, Isaiah Moseley stood out to our Justin Young at the CP3 Camp back in August and now at the Millwood School in Virginia, the Canadian guard impressed again. His feel and instincts on both ends are pretty impressive, especially with just being a freshman at this time. Throw in his passing skills from all across the floor and quality finishes at the basket where he can score through bigger bodies at the lid, and what you have is a solid offensive threat at the lead guard spot that can make others better but also score the ball efficiently within the confines of his squad’s offense.
Isaiah Todd, SF, Thomas Henderson Middle School, 2020: It is a bit difficult to look five years in advance, especially in the sport of the basketball. However, it isn’t difficult to see just how good Isaiah Todd can be if all goes right with his developments. With some Brandon Ingram to him, the 6-foot-7 8th grader is no stretch forward but a true wing as he glides to the basket off the long first step off the perimeter, can handle it some and hit the mid-range pull-up, and sits down and moves his feet on the contain in defending the ball. Moving to the Richmond area in June from Baltimore, Isaiah Todd is the next man up out of the 804 in 2020.