DALLAS, TX — The HYPE Sports Winter Jam put a number of impressive scorers on display from the Class of 2025. Here are the top five off-guard standouts from the event, listed alphabetically, from my perspective.
KYLON JACKSON | BELIEF BASKETBALL SHARP SHOOTERS (TX)
6-foot-0 Arlington, TX
JADEN NICKENS| AET BASKETBALL (OK)
6-foot-1 Oklahoma City, OK
DE’SHON SCOTT | HOUSTON HOOPS BLUE CHIPS (TX)
6-foot-2 Houston, TX
SEBASTIAN WILLIAMS-ADAMS | NATION’S BEST ACADEMY (TX)
Deerfield Beach, Fla. — The 2021 Balling On The Beach tournament once again proved to be a fantastic way to turn over the spring calendar and jump-start the summer season on the youth hoops circuit. The event offered legitimate national flavor in the form of elite prospects and teams highlighting the field with a number of intriguing match-ups on the schedule. Among all of the talented perimeter players in attendance, here are the five wing players that caught my eye over the weekend in South Florida…
Trey Card | Tallahassee, FL | Class of 2025
Card has lost nearly twenty pounds dating back to last fall and was sporting a slimmer frame that allowed him to move more easily around the floor during the Balling On The Beach tournament. According to the Florida native, a regimented diet has been a point of emphasis, and his work is paying dividends on the court. The 6-foot-5 forward remains a “tweener” positionally, but that’s a positive, as Card flashed an improved first step when attacking the lane, and increased explosiveness around the rim. Additionally, he has maintained his strength and motor, and was an absolute bully among his peers at the eighth-grade level.
Isiah Harwell | Pocatello, ID | Class of 2025
Harwell is as well-documented a prospect as one will find in the Class of 2025 and the soon-to-be high school freshman has one of the most impressive physical make-ups of any player his age across the country. The 6-foot-5 swingman makes plays that others his age cannot and the next step for this likely blue-chip recruit will be finding consistency with regard to his production on both ends of the floor. He has enormous defensive potential and his versatility as a defender was crucial in helping lead the Rose City Rebels (OR) to the 2021 Balling On The Beach championship game.
Xzavion Mitchell | Oshkosh, WI | Class of 2025
Ending my months-long pursuit of Team Herro/Phenom U (WI) was high on my agenda at the 2021 Balling On The Beach event and Mitchell was one of the primary reasons why I prioritized their group. The Wisconsin product is nearing 6-foot-7, and as compelling as the clips I’d previously watched on Mitchell were, none properly captured the feel and pace with which he competes. He found ways to keep himself involved in the action at both ends, and while he’ll need to improve his explosiveness laterally, Mitchell displayed a variety of advanced skills on the offensive end which resulted in him being one of the tournament’s most efficient scorers.
Sebastian Williams-Adams | Cypress, TX | Class of 2025
Williams-Adams is the prototype of how an elite, incoming high school freshman prospect should appear. A willowy 6-foot-6 wing, the talented Texan (by way of Kansas) glides effortlessly around the floor, with the ability to handle the ball and create opportunities for himself and others in a far superior manner to most of his backcourt counterparts. Naturally gifted, there’s no denying his athletic ability, but he must continue ramping up his aggressiveness, defining his persona, and crafting a plan of attack offensively in order to fully recognize his potential. The opportunity exists for him to evolve into a nationally recognized recruit in due time.
Dwayne ‘DJ’ Wimberly, Jr. | Miami, FL | Class of 2025
One of the most explosive players in attendance regardless of grade (yes, including the high school divisions) at the 2021 Balling On The Beach tournament, Wimberly’s high-flying exploits make him a crowd favorite, and the 6-foot-5 wing certainly embraces his act as an above-the-rim artist. Not surprisingly, Wimberly thrived in transition, and excelled when attacking the rim in the halfcourt by drawing fouls and finishing through contact. As his game and confidence continue to expand off-the-bounce, and he works to develop consistency with his jumper, expect Wimberly’s status as a prospect to trend upward sooner than later.
DALLAS, TX — The South region has produced a number of quality lead guards and the HYPE Sports Winter Jam once again provided an excellent glimpse into the future of the position from the Class of 2025.
DALLAS, TX — Class of 2024 coverage from the HYPE Sports Winter Jam concludes with my breakdown of the best frontcourt prospects the event had to offer. While it’s true that guard play is typically more heavily emphasized, particularly in youth basketball, a truly elite post prospect can prove to be a value difference-maker for any team.
DALLAS, TX — Coverage of the 2020 HYPE Sports Winter Jam continues as we review a handful of the best and most wing-forwards from the event and attempt to determine which players will have the greatest impact at the next level.
DALLAS, TX — The perimeter talent at the HYPE Sports Winter Jam significantly influenced the Class of 2025 division. Which standout performers caught my eye? Let’s take a look at a handful of the best from the weekend.
DALLAS, TX — The eighth-grade division at the 2020 HYPE Sports Winter Jam provided an updated glance at some of the best prospects in the Class of 2024 from the South region. Here are the top five point guards from the event, listed alphabetically, from my perspective.
DEONTRELL BARRETT | PRO SKILLS (TX)
I’ve now had the opportunity to watch Barrett on several occasions during the past couple of years and he remains one of the more menacing lead guards among his peer group. The 5-foot-11 southpaw is strong, compact, and is an impressive finisher with his off-hand. He has a physical and competitive edge at the moment and I’ll be tracking his explosiveness and shooting consistency to determine if he can prolong his lofty billing in the Lone Star State.
JUSTIN BEGG | HOUSTON HOOPS BLUE CHIPS (TX)
The diminutive lead guard stands just 5-foot-5 but a future growth spurt should not be ruled out. He saved his best performance of the weekend for the championship game, where his 16 first-half points paced HHBC to a 38-19 halftime lead, and the group didn’t look back in capturing the Winter Jam title. Begg’s quickness and handle nicely complement his ability to get hot from the perimeter and he has the charisma and IQ to develop a game that should translate to the next level regardless of his height.
DAVID CASTILLO | TEAM GRIFFIN (OK)
I’ve caught glimpses of Castillo in the past, but now donning Team Griffin threads, the 6-foot-1 floor general is likely on the most talented team that he’s played for to date. Even so, Castillo still manages to stand out in positive ways among a crowded backcourt, steadying his squad from a ball-handling and playmaking perspective. I’m looking forward to breaking down his game in more detail as the travel season gets going.
JARED HARRIS | HHBC LOUISIANA (LA)
A wiry 6-foot-2 guard from Silsbee, Texas, Harris was certainly one of the most intriguing prospects that I evaluated at the HYPE Sports Winter Jam due to his combination of skill and length. He’s comfortable with the ball in his hands and demonstrated excellent vision and passing touch. He’ll need to continue polishing his all-around game and working to develop physically, but Harris has tremendous upside, and should be monitored closely among backcourt players in the South region from the Class of 2024.
NATHAN MACADORY | TEAM JUICE (TX)
A confident scorer with shotmaking abilities, but also a willing passer, Macadory was his team’s most electric player with the ball in his hands during the HYPE Sports Winter Jam. The 6-foot-0 spark plug had some impressive individual scoring runs but what caught my eye the most was how distributive he proved to be when focused on the defensive side of the ball. His instincts, agility, and active hands and feet are tools that should serve him well moving forward.
DALLAS, TX — Insight into the 2020 HYPE Sports Winter Jam continues with my thoughts on the event’s top five scoring guards, listed alphabetically, that torched the competition en route to an impressive weekend.
DYLAN CHAVEZ | NEW MEXICO HEAT (NM)
6-foot-2 Albuquerque, NM
LUKE COUGHRAN | HOUSTON HOOPS BLUE CHIPS (TX)
6-foot-0 Katy, TX
MARLON LINTON | PRO SKILLS (TX)
6-foot-2 Forney, TX
ISAYAH PANKEY | DA FAM ELITE BASKETBALL (TX)
6-foot-2 DeSoto, TX
CHANCE PURYEAR | HHBC LOUISIANA (LA)
6-foot-3 Dallas, TX
Howard Pulley Product Hoping To Join List of Greats
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The foundation has been laid for Trejuan Holloman to be the next big prospect on Nike-sponsored Howard Pulley, a program with a rich point guard history. spencerpulliam.net caught up with Rene Pulley of the Howard Pulley Program to discuss Holloman, who is among the upper echelon prospects in the Class of 2022.
Rene Pulley has seen his fair share of great floor generals in his program, most recently Duke-commit Tre Jones. Pulley sees that same type of talent in Holloman.
“He’s going to be that next talented high-level point guard in the line of point guards that we’ve had going back to Khalid El-Amin. He’s got the vision, the point guard mentality and can see the floor. He’s got it all.” -Rene Pulley, Program Director of Howard Pulley
Holloman began making waves at the King James Camp in Akron, Ohio as a sixth-grader while playing for the Minnesota Heat. This past season, the 6-foot-2 eighth-grader, was able to compete at the varsity level and this summer he will be traveling along and with the Howard Pulley 17U and 16U teams which begin their EYBL schedule in Dallas, TX on April 20th.
Director Pulley is excited about the experience Trejuan will be gaining over the course of the summer.
“The main thing I’m looking for him to gain over the summer is natural physical growth, along with getting stronger and more physical. He is still learning how to be more experienced playing against outstanding players. I love him. He’s a great young man. The confidence just oozes out of him, and he likes the role of being the heir apparent.” –Rene Pulley
Before joining the Howard Pulley program, Holloman was being coached and brought along by his mother Crystal Flint who played at the University of Minnesota. Which is oddly coincidental, since this isn’t the first time Pulley has seen a star-studded player, or two, coached by their mother.
“I had no idea that 25 years later her son would be the next potential great point guard to come out of the state. She coached him. This is funny because two of my most recent guards Tyus Jones and Tre Jones, were coached by their mother so it’s been really interesting.” -Rene Pulley
According to Pulley, Holloman is fully embracing his potential to be the top point guard across the nation in the Class of 2022 and continues to push himself to reach that potential.