Oumar Keita is a 6’8 freshman who has an unbelievable basketball IQ and a mature approach to the game. Oumar Keita recently moved from the class of 2018 to the 2017 class. Currently playing his high school ball in Kentucky, Keita showed his skill set off at the John Lucas Middle School Combine in Houston and Jr All American Camp in Atlanta. Keita passes very well out of the post and does a great job organizing his team in half court sets.
While many young players want to dunk the ball every time they are inside, Keita would rather play a style of ball that emphasizes movement off the ball and playing team basketball. While Keita can throw the ball down with ease, he usually opts to lay the ball up and get back on defense. Definitely a rarity in today’s youth basketball culture.
Cameron Reddish is one of the best 8th graders in the country and his game continues to improve. At the 2013 Jr All American Camp Cameron Reddish was a force on the defensive end, finished well in transition, and was deadly from beyond the three point line. While the class of 2018 is still shaking out, it is clear that Reddish is near the top. With his frame, athleticism, and ever improving skill set he is more than just a player, he is a big time prospect who has the tools to be very successful on the high school level.
Here’s an excerpt from the NBC 4 Washington article about Zion Harmon. Make sure to click on the full link at the bottom of this post to see the full report and video story.
“Lebron James, Jason Kidd and former Washington Wizard Kwame Brown all were noticed by college and NBA basketball scouts before they had their drivers permits and were household names among basketball fans before they graduated high school. In Bethesda, Md., an 11-year-old player named Zion Harmon is the No. 1-ranked fourth-grade player in the country, and some predict he’ll be an NBA star.
The Ashburn Middle School student plays for Team Glory, one of the best groups of 11-year-old basketball players in the country.
At 4-foot-11 and 93 pounds, Zion scores between 30 and 40 points per game for his team, coached by his father Michael Harmon.”
Chase Adams is considered one of the top point guards in the class of 2018 and has long been known as the #1 player in the country according to Hoop Scoop’s Clark Francis. The lead guard from Chicago has great basketball IQ, consistently knocks down deep threes, and pesters opponents with his on ball defense. Adams is the definition of a floor general, making everyone around him better and leading his team verbally and by example. While there is a debate over who the #1 player in the class of 2018 is, there is no debate over the fact that Chase Adams is a great player and he’s one of the most entertaining guards in the country.
Cassius Stanley is a 6’2 eighth grader who electrified the 2013 John Lucas Middle School Combine in Houston, Texas last Spring. Cassius Stanley brought his game from Encino, California and showed that he could compete with the best players in his class (2018) and players a year older as the majority of the camp was class of 2017. Stanley plays with great energy, has a nice floater and mid range game, and finishes strong around the rim. With Stanley’s combination of athleticism and skill level he has the potential to be a big time prospect in the class of 2018.
Simon Banks is a 7th grader who did a little bit of everything at the 2013 Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase in Columbus, Ohio. Simon Banks teamed up with Wendell Moore at the camp and the two combined to create one of the best teams in the event. Banks knocked down three pointers, pressured the ball like a madman, and created open opportunities for himself and his teammates. One of Indiana’s top 2019 Prospects, Simon Banks is one to watch.
Kobe Langley showed his athletic ability at the 2013 NYBL Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Langley showed the ability to finish in transition with both hands and demonstrated his body control with several big time finishes during the NYBL’s finale in Ohio. Kobe Langley is a member of the class of 2019 and plays for the Carolina Preps in the National Youth Basketball League.
Wendell Moore is a 6’1 seventh grader from Concord, North Carolina. Moore possesses court vision that’s rarely seen in a player his size and age. While Moore consistently does damage in the paint he also has the ability to knock down mid range jumpers and even stroke occasional threes. The forward from North Carolina blocks shots inside and runs the floor very well. He can also beat defenders to the rim off the bounce which is impressive given his size. Moore is currently ranked #1 in the country by Basketball Spotlight News in their newly released Class of 2019 Basketball Rankings. These highlights are from Wendell Moore’s appearances at the NYBL Championship in Columbus Ohio and the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.
Damon Harge has moved to Florida and he hit his first event in Sunshine State in spectacular fashion. Harge showed off his crazy handle and great shooting at the event. It’s clear that the point guard is ready to start his 8th grade season at Orlando Christian Prep with Adonys Henriquez.
Jordan Simmons is an 8th grader from Chicago who has been making waves at Buckeye Prep Showcases for the past couple years. Simmons is a great passer and gets to the rim at will. Here is his play of the day where he fakes out a whole team and drops a dime to Kobe Stanton for an easy lay up. Stay tuned for much more from the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase here on MiddleSchoolHoops.