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Elite100 Middle School Recap

10/04/2018, 1:45pm EDT
By Jarrod Lindsey

Collier, Walters, Daniels, Carlyle were standouts, among others

The Elite100 Middle School Camp was an elite group of kids from the 2023 & 2024 class. The talent level was high and the IQ level on display was high. I was very impressed with the play in the 5 v 5 session. Here are a few of the standouts:

2023 5’9 PG Isaiah Collier (Woodward Academy/Georgia) looked like the best prospect in the camp. He’s a smooth kid that plays with poise and at his pace. Collier has a nice feel for the game, high IQ and is a gifted passer. He uses his eyes to get other players open for easy baskets. Collier finishes well in transition and he can finish with either hand. This kid understands using ball screens to get space for his shot and to create mismatches for his teammates. 

2024 6’7 F Sam Walters (Foundation Academy/Florida) has major potential. Lengthy kid that can rebound, push the break and finish at the rim. He handles the ball well in transition and has good passing ability. When the lefty develops an ability to use either hand the sky is the limit.

2023 6'2 G David Thomas Jr. (New Creation/Georgia) Tough, physical guard that can finish plays in traffic. He was one of top rebounding guards in camp. Did a good job of using his strength to beat defenders off the bounce. Showed good passing ability.

2023 5’8 CG Thomas Holmes (Lindley Middle/Georgia) was one of the toughest guards on display during the camp. He’s a lockdown on ball defender. On offense this kid can absorb contact and finish with either hand.

2023 6’5 WF Javar Daniels (Lowrance Middle/Tennessee) was another long wing who could grab the ball off the rim and push the break. His handling ability is solid for his size. Daniels runs the floor well and  has a nice touch around the basket. He also has the ability to pull up in transition and knock down the midrange jumper.

2023 5’9 PG Kanaan Carlyle probably had the best handle of the group. He can get anywhere on the floor off the bounce. He’s a crafty finisher around the rim and can finish with either hand. On defense Carlyle plays in the passing lane, forcing many turnovers. He also is one of the best rebounding guards in the class. Carlyle also has sneaky athletic ability. 

2023 5’11 G Malachi Robinson (Mercer Middle) caught many by surprise with his size. Robinson runs the floor and finishes around the basket. He has a nice stroke from deep when set. He also possesses the ability to put the ball on the floor and use his body to get to the basket.

2023 6’2 F Jackson Head Knows how to get open. He’s good rolling to the basket and finishing. He finishes well around the basket and he knows how to use his body to finish the defender. Head can finish with either hand.

2023 6’0 PG Rashad Headges (Luella Middle/Georgia) loves to play in transition. Headges can finish in transition and thru contact. 

2023 6’1 PG RJ Johnson (Luella Middle/Georgia) was a silent killer. By the time I realized what he was doing he already knocked down 4 Trey balls and had 2 layups. This kid like to catch and shoot when set. His form isn’t too pretty but he knocks the, down. Johnson also has a good handle and can get to the rim where he has a soft touch.

2023 6’1 CG Jelani Hamilton (Cumberland Christian Academy/Georgia) has a tight handle of the rock. He makes the right plays and doesn’t try to do too much. Hamilton has a nice stroke from deep. This is a kid you want to keep your eye on because he displayed great potential to be a problem as he continues to mature. 

2023 6'2 G Parrish Johnson Jr. (Home School) Long guard with smooth stroke and quickness to get to the basket. Very effective in transition with ability to finish plays. Length gives him a major advantage in the passing lanes.

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