After a long break from the hardwood, there was an excitement in the air as 72 prospects from across the southeast converged to Suwannee Sports Academy. Our HoopSeen Academy featured prospects from every high school classification and gave us several memorable moments through the course of two days. Here is part V of our player evaluations.
Leslie Black, 2023 F, Statesboro: Black first made his mark at our stage last season and he's carried that momentum over to this season. In pick and pop situations he often made the right play, whether it was advancing the ball or getting it to the rim. Even during the times that he was not involved with the offense he made it a point to rebound and defend. Both are quality traits that should make him a recruitable prospect down the line.
Nasir Brown, 2021 G, Creekside Christian: Quick twitch moves and a variety of them kept defenders off balance as Brown approached them at his top speed. His use of hesitation dribbles and other moves helped him open up the court to then score or share the basketball. Browns creative handle is the best part of his game as it allows him the freedom to make plays off the bounce for himself and others.
Christian Welcher, 2021 G, Mundys Mill: The skill that popped off the page for the Mundy's Mill prospect was his ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways. It seemed to come natural as Welcher would make a simple move and get to his spots on the floor. Everything was natural and unforced as he plays the game in a simplified type of way.
Jaxon Wolf, 2021 G, Ola: Members of the defense were forced to get back on defense given Wolf's ability to put pressure on the rim. Anytime it was kicked out to him in transition, Wolf made it a point to look for pitch ahead passes or try to get a foot in the paint. His aggressive style put pressure on help side defenders as he also showed the ability to kick out to others.
Robert Reisman, 2021 G, Gainesville: Gainesville has a long distance threat at their disposal with the shooting ability of rising senior guard Robert Reisman. From a stand still or off of movement, Reisman made more thatn a few shots that impressed. From his feel to his skill, Resiman had several impactful moments without touching the court. His ability to move without touching the court. His ability to move without the ball opened up shots from his self and others as he earned his honors as a top performer.
Lance Saulisbury, 2021 F, Pinewood Prep: Our biggest prospect at camp played as such as he did a solid job at manning the rim. Saulisbury would snag in a ton of rebounds and his size alone was enough to alter some shots. Even with his size he was mobile enough to defend multiple pick and rolls and stay between the rim and the ball handlers. As Saulisbury develops he could become more of a viable option to score around the rim.
Luka Avaliani, 2021 G, Walton: From fundamentals to getting out in transition Luke Avaliani excelled as a tough minded, hard willed driver. On the defensive end his motor was felt non-stop as he challenged from rebounds and kept producing at a high level. Some players were caught off guard by his energy levels as he kept playing harder and harder as the day got longer. Walton has a quality option to up start their team when an energy boost is needed.
Kameron Little, 2021 F, Legacy: Little's showing at our Academy camp has me excited to see how he seamlessly blends with some of the top prospects in the country. Little's low maintenance approach to the game gives him a ton of small as a player that can make the most of limited scoring opportunities. From guarding multiple positions to making plays off the bounce, Little was a nice swiss army knife prospect that should catch the eyes of college coaches this fall.
Carter Davis, 2022 G, Auburn: Davis finishes well through contact as he made the most out of his body frame. It's a skill that should only develop over time as he learns more tricks to the trade in regards to finishing at a higher and more creative rate. Davis was uber aggressive in transition and would use his euro step well to evade traffic. Mix in his beautiful shot mechanics and Davis presented a well rounded skill set worth tracking.