The class of 2017 has shown depth early on with several five-star caliber prospects not even cracking the #BCSELITE25. From Tomas Murphy of Wakefield, R.I., to Isiah Jasey of Killeen, Texas, there are plenty of high level forward options. Both Murphy and Jasey earned their four-star plus status with consistent play at the Nike Elite 100 Camp in St. Louis during June.
MJ Walker of Jonesboro, Ga., played his way into the ELITE 25 with quality showings at the OnTheRadarHoops.com Fall Showcase and the Under Armour Association stop in Houston. He’s a wing to keep an eye on over the next year as he tries to earn a fifth essay on my role model nelson mandela star. Like Walker, Jatarious “JJ” Smith of Fayetteville, N.C., is a wing prospect that our staff has seen multiple times already. We watched Smith play in the Nike EYBL Hampton and Minneapolis stops as well as the Nike Elite 100 Camp in June.
Brian Bowen of Saginaw, Mich., is a silky smooth wing who added a Louisville offer today. The small forward caught our attention with his play at the USA Basketball Mini-Camp in early-October. DJ Russell of Jacksonville, Fla., has not had some of the same stages to showcase his game that other players in the ELITE 25 have. That said he already showed enough to earn a scholarship to the University of Miami. Judging by our Norman Parker Showcase eval in April, we see why the Canes pulled explaining a concept essay the trigger on Russell early.
Paul Washington Jr. made his presence felt both in St. Louis as well as in Colorado Springs. Currently a swing forward, the four-star plus prospect projects as a guy more than capable of rounding out his game to serve as a third ball handler if need be longterm. Jaylen Hands of Chula Vista, Calif., has already put the country on notice that he is a primary ball handler at the point guard position. Arizona and UCLA have taken note and both have offered the Left Coast prep this fall.
While two Hands draws attention from the Pac 12 members, Markus Howard of Chandler, Ariz., already has his future as a point guard inside that power conference secured. Howard will essay writing advice take the talent he showed at USA Basketball Mini-Camp just down the road to Herb Sendek’s Arizona State program. Unlike Howard, Isaiah Stokes of Memphis, Tenn., is still wide open in his recruitment and is an interior oriented prospect. Like Howard, Stokes’ game is built on a unique combination of athleticism, intelligence and skill.
Jalek Felton of Mullins, S.C., has a feel to his game similar to ELITE 60 class of 2016 member Kwe Parker of N.C. Felton is a legitimate option at either guard position with his slashing ability. He is a willing passer and at times a reluctant long-range shooter though at USA Basketball we saw him show that he can hit those shots. Wendall Carter of Ga., joined Felton in Colorado and showed himself as essay writing for scholarship application a capable jump shooter from the forward position.
Last but not least, we welcome Gary Trent Jr. of Apple Valley, Minn., to the BrandonClayScouting.com ELITE 25. Trent Jr. shined bright as a diamond at the Breakdown Classic last December in front of approximately 4,000 fans. We also watched the sharp-shooting guard show his range at the Nike Elite 100 Camp in St. Louis.
Brandon Clay is the Executive Camp Director of the Elite Basketball Academy and the owner of Brandon Clay Scouting. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and ProspectsNation.com. He serves Director of Scouting for the OTRHoopsReport.com National Scouting Report. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com