Who Want The Smoke All Upside Team

Chris Johnson

The only 2023 on a crowded 17U Johnson has the physicals to look right at home with the rising senior class. There were several drives where the guard displaced his bigger 2021 defender for good finishes at the rim. His combination of size, athleticism, and strength sets him up for more production this summer.

Scottie Johnson

Standing about 6-5 Johnson is a young athletic combo forward. Johnson beat a 6-9 center for a tip, threw down a couple of dunks on the break, and rebounded with the best of them. With the athleticism he’s shown on the perimeter and the break a role on the wing is inevitable for the 2024 prospect.

Kuol Atak

6-9 and mobile Attak brings a good blend of skills and size to the four. He rebounds and pushes the ball himself looking for any open looks in the transition. He showed a good jumper behind the arc and promising mechanics on his pull-up. As 2024 prospects go, his upside could land him some big local offers well before graduation.

Micah Robinson

Robinson adds to the list of forwards that can rebound and push the ball in transition. His versatile play stuffed the stat sheet against the toughest fields in the 14U division. In the half court, his face-up game opens him to cutters and sets up his mid-range jumper. A great frame for his age and a growing IQ have already earned him two high major offers.

Koat Keat

A three star center out of California that can shoot the three and run the floor as a 7 footer. Keat protects the rim as well though his biggest defensive highlight came from a chase-down block on transition.

Clarence Payia

Payia checks the strength, physicality, and athleticism boxes needed for an undersized 4 to be effective at the next level. He just finished his sophomore year playing an important role on a state championship-winning Beaumont United team.

Mercy Miller

Miller’s carving his name into the 2024 class as a scorer. The jumper is good, and he has a knack for getting near the rim after a move.

Lamar Washington

Scouting services hold Lamar Washington, the football player in higher regard than Lamar Washington the basketball player, but trust me he fits on the court. At 6-4 he plays the off guard using his natural size and strength advantage to pressure opposing guards. It would lead to a few tough stops, none better than the strip steal turned scramble where he’d recover the ball for an assist. The ball won’t stick in his hands giving him netting him 3 assists against Team Griffin. He showed a reliable shot from deep against Team Griffin and a solid drive game. A recent 50+ point game really shows off his scoring repertoire.

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