On September 30, our Court XIV team traveled to Charleston, West Virginia for the fourth annual Court XIV Exposure Camp. Players from across four different states made the trip to the Charleston YMCA gymnasium to showcase their talents to a plethora of scouts and college coaches. After closely evaluating the elite competition, here are some of the standouts that caught our eyes.
PLAYER: Marvin Price
HIGH SCHOOL: Huntington Prep (WV)
AAU PROGRAM: DC Blue Devils
THOUGHTS ON PRICE:
After a successful summer running with the DC Blue Devils on the Under Armour Circuit, Marvin Price came to the Charleston YMCA Saturday afternoon to make a statement… and he did. The 6-foot-5 four star rated product put on an absolute show all afternoon long. He was a leader on offense, a force on defense, and managed to take control in his own hands whenever he had the rock. Shortly into the early morning station drills, it was apparent to us that Price might have been the most talented player on the entire floor. He worked hard, and had fun in the process. The rising senior currently holds nine D1 offers, and will continue to receive many more as the year progresses. Look for Price to be one of the DMV’s most talented prospects in quite some time.
PLAYER: Emmanuel Okpomo
HIGH SCHOOL: Huntington Prep (Huntington, WV)
AAU PROGRAM: MBA Hoops
THOUGHTS ON OKPOMO:
Emmanuel Okpomo was a player that really impressed a lot of scouts during the exposure camp this past weekend. Having already had one D1 offer from Houston, the Huntington Prep product should be in store for many more in the coming years. Okpomo was a special type of player for his size. He rebounded extremely well, and was a force around the glass, but one thing in particular stood out the most: his ability to run the floor. Okpomo played with a motor unlike any other, and continuously helped his team on both sides of the floor during five on five play towards the end of the afternoon. This is one player high-major coaches want to keep a close eye on. If he can work on his offensive game and get a little stronger, Okpomo will be a force for any program at the next level.
PLAYER: Seth Fallon
HIGH SCHOOL: Parkersburg South (Parkersburg, WV)
AAU PROGRAM: WV Wildcats
THOUGHTS ON FALLON:
Seth Fallon is the type of player that everyone hates to matchup against. Although an elbow to the eye limited his action at the beginning of the afternoon, this kid gave it his all every time he stepped foot on the floor. After watching him annoy defenders with his serious on-ball defense and scrappy style of play throughout the majority of his high school career, we immediately knew we had to add Fallon to our radar. Offensively, the Parkersburg product showed all the signs of a future team leader. He doesn’t care about his statistics and doesn’t exactly blow you off your feet, but he works hard and created endless amounts of opportunities for his teammates throughout the afternoon. Expect Fallon to have a strong junior campaign this year.
PLAYER: Mckinley Mann
HIGH SCHOOL: James Monroe (Peterstown, WV)
AAU PROGRAM: WVBC
THOUGHTS ON MANN:
Mckinley Mann was one of the biggest surprises from camp this past weekend. When we arrived at the gym a few hours prior to set up, Mann was already on the court getting ready for the afternoon of play. Standing at 6-foot-8, Mann stood out like a sore thumb. He was tall, lengthy, and didn’t necessarily pass “the look test” at first, but after just a few short minutes of watching him play; we immediately fell in love with his overall game. Mann was an absolute animal around the basketball throughout the afternoon. Dunk after dunk, board after board, the James Monroe product looked absolutely fantastic. College coaches were beyond impressed, but he may need to bulk up a little bit before taking his talents to the next level. Be sure to keep an eye on this kid as he prepares for a huge junior season in Peterstown.
PLAYER: Zack Loveday
HIGH SCHOOL: Gallia Academy (Gallipolis, OH)
AAU PROGRAM: Louisville Magic
THOUGHTS ON LOVEDAY:
Zach Loveday has been one of our favorite players since he joined the Court XIV team two years back. Standing at 6-foot-11, Loveday is one of the biggest and most talented young players in the 2020 class. When he came to camp last summer, he was impressive, but needed some work. Needed to develop a better jump shot and get a little stronger, and he did. This past weekend Loveday showed us that his game could expand from beyond under the basket. His shot is much improved and he is still just as dominate down in the deep post. Loveday is also a beast on the boards, grabbing pretty much every ball throughout the course of the afternoon. This high-major recruit could shape into one of Ohio’s most dominant high school prospects in quite some time.
PLAYER: Jayln Hickman
HIGH SCHOOL: Gatlinburg-Pittman (Gatlinburg, TN)
AAU PROGRAM: N/A
THOUGHTS ON HICKMAN:
Jayln Hickman came to West Virginia this weekend and put on an absolute show. The explosive point guard has numerous abilities on both sides of the floor. His floor vision was outstanding, his shooting was consistent and his defense has shown significant improvement since we last saw him at our Lake Norman camp last year. One thing that really stood out this weekend was his awareness and basketball IQ. Several players tend to struggle with that at such a young age, but Hickman showed he is up for any test. He’s a mature player that wants to be seen and noticed. Hickman will be a stellar point guard at the next level. One of Tennessee’s top 2019 recruits.
PLAYER: Miki Tadic
HIGH SCHOOL: Wesley Christian Academy (Allen City, KY)
AAU PROGRAM: N/A
THOUGHTS ON TADIC:
Miki Tadic emerged as one of the top combo guards from camp this past Saturday. Right from the start of the five on five drills, the 6-foot-2 jack-of-all-trades went to work. He was shifty with the rock, quick on his feet, and had a sweet stroke from deep that led his team to a victory in the first game. Tadic knocked down four threes, and dished out a handful of crafty assists. After interviewing Miki at the end of the game, he told us: “I want to go down as the best player in Netherlands history.” He’s already on pace, as he leads the Dutch 16U national team. If he can work on a few minor aspects of his defensive game, Miki has an opportunity to do some big things for his Wesley Christian Circuit Rider team this winter.
PLAYER: Sasha Sukhanov
HIGH SCHOOL: Teays Valley Christian (Scott Depot, WV)
AAU PROGRAM: N/A
THOUGHTS ON SUKHANOV:
Standing at 6-foot-11, Sukhanov impressed scouts throughout the course of the regular season last year, and ended a strong season with Boo Williams on the EYBL Circuit this summer, racking up nine offers and interest some several high major programs. When he stepped foot into the YMCA Saturday afternoon, we could tell he had gotten even better. He was stronger, smarter, and expanded his range beyond the post. You could easily tell that he was progressing even more than what we thought was possible. Sasha is the type of player every coach wants on their team. His offensive game was unmatched in the post, and his lengthy frame made him a force defensively. He needs to pack on a few pounds and fix a few minor aspects of his game, but expect Sasha and his TVCS Lions to have a big year for HC Ryan Arrowood.
Andre Irvin Jr
PLAYER: Andre Irvin Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Olentangy Orange (Lewis Center, OH)
AAU PROGRAM: Ohio Basketball Club
THOUGHTS ON IRVIN JR.:
When our Court XIV team first got a look at Andre last year at our Lake Norman Exposure Camp weekend, we immediately fell in love with the kid’s overall game. Although he was undersized and much younger than all other campers in attendance, Irvin Jr. was just as phenomenal as he was a year ago. His offensive game was outstanding, and he even provided a nice spark on the defensive end of the floor, despite being heavily undersized. If Irvin Jr. can work on a few minor aspects of his game, and get taller and stronger, this kid has a chance to be one of Ohio’s top 2021 prospects.
PLAYER: Augustine Chuckwu-Noe
CLASS: (Post Graduate)
THOUGHTS ON CHUCKWU-NOE:
Augustine was one of the most intriguing and talked about prospects from camp this past weekend. After noticing his play in the early morning station drills, we began to take notice. He possessed an unreal amount of athleticism, and has a motor unlike many players we’ve seen before. Augustine looked determined and eager to gain some exposure at camp, and he did. The biggest surprise of all? He’s a post graduate player. Augustine is an under the radar player that will make any coach happy at the next level.
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Luke Lerose – Nicholas County HS (Summersville, WV)
Luke Lerose is a smooth,crafty, and poised point guard. Here really showed us his skill level throughout the day as well as his much improved leaping ability. He showed us the ability to make shots at all levels on the court as well as a high IQ of making the right plays. Throughout his development as he continues to gain strength he will be a major prospect for college coaches to keep a close eye on.
Peter Mgbechi - Logan HS (Logan, WV)
Peter's 6'10" frame and athleticism immediately stood out from the beginning of camp, and the rest of camp confirmed that he is a player that goes beyond the eye test. Peter had a high level motor, going all-out when he was on the court. He showed a nice touch around the basket, and consistently blocked and altered shots throughout camp. Peter has major potential, and it is time for his name to get out there! We expect big things from this guy.
Cameron Allen – South Charleston (South Charleston, WV)
Cameron Allen is a scorer! This kid really showed us his ability to light it up and his long range shooting ability. He has good length as well as the athleticism to play at the college level. Although thin Allen still plays with a great level of toughness and strength. As he continues to put on weight he will be a great find for a college coach. Continue to keep a very close eye on him this season for South Charleston High School as he will be one of the top guards in the state of WV.
Denys Bachurin - Wesley Christian (KY)
Denys showed real improvement and a maturity that we had not seen in the past. The 6'8" Bachurin has always been skilled, but the question was "is he consistently tough enough?" Denys showed that he seems to have erased that thought from our minds. He displayed his vision, ball handling, and scoring ability throughout camp, and his confidence should be sky high coming into this season.
John Ross Mazza – Bridgeport (Bridgeport, WV)
Potential is a good way to describe John Ross Mazza. His ability to consistently shoot the ball will make him a high level prospect. After some time of being away from Mazza we have seen an improvement in his body as well as his skill level. His ball handling continues to tighten and he seems to be developing physically. Time will only tell how good this player will become. As he continues to develop and grow watch out for him to be a big time prospect. He showed us many times throughout the day his ability to be efficient with his scoring ability by hitting many long range three pointers. Continue to pay attention to his development as he showed us a toughness level that will take him a long way!
Alex Woolard – Parkersburg South (Parkersburg, WV)
Alex Woolard is a long and athletic wing that has a high ceiling. He has many good things about his game including his skill level. As he continues to develop he must continue to improve his strength and physicality. He showed the ability to knock down shots and also play at the rim. We expect Alex to have a breakout season this year under Coach Mike Fallon at Parkersburg South.
Ahmad Harvey - Wesley Christian (Allen City, KY)
Ahmad showed great athleticism and potential to play at a high level. He understood his ability to slash and get to the rim, and used it often. As he continues to develop his skill level and pack on muscle he will have an opportunity to gain the attention of many high level coaches.
David Walker – Wesley Christian (Allen City, KY)
David Walker of Wesley Christian is a competitor. He should a high level of toughness throughout the day. Whether it was grabbing offensive rebounds or slashing through the lane on cuts he showed his athleticism. He also showed the ability to play multiple positions on both ends of the court. As he continues to develop his skill set he has a chance to be an impactful college player.
Devin Heeter - Roane Co. (Roane Co, WV)
Devin Heeter showed us great improvement in his game since the last time we saw him this past summer. He has improved his ball handling and has actually grown to about 6’3’’ now. His ability to consistently knock down shots is still very strong. As he continues to develop his handle and create off the dribble be prepared to see him scoring the basketball at all three levels this season. He is strong framed player and showed us a level of toughness that will take him a long way. Keep an eye out for Devin!
Brandon Simoniette - (Belpre) (Belpre, OH)
Brandon showed us his competitive nature throughout the day. This multi-sport athlete can do it all. He can defend, knock down shots, and put it on the floor. He showed his his willingness to make the right play as well. Surprisingly Brandon showed a solid level of athleticism especially in his vertical which allows him to play at the rim. Continue to watch this Belpre standout this season as his eagerness to learn and competitiveness will allow him to continue to develop.
Austin Castleberry – George Washington (Charleston, WV)
Austin is a long shooter out of George Washington high school. He has a solid skill set that will allow him to create scoring opportunities for himself. He has improved his handle since the last time we saw him. His ability to knock down shots will find him many minutes this year. As he continues to develop he must tighten his handle. If he works on this then we expect big things in the future from Castleberry.
Casey Colquit - Wesley Christian (Allen City, KY)
Casey showed us throughout the day a strong level of toughness. He showed us the ability to control the flow of the game as well as knock down shots from the mid-range and three-point levels. He has a solid skill level to his game that he will continue to build on. As he continues to develop he will be a prospect to watch.
Shawn Moran - Lewis County (Lewis County, WV)
Shawn showed us a solid skill level that makes him a good prospect. As he continues to grow and work on his game keep him on your radar. He showed us the ability to make shots from different spots on the court which makes him a valuable asset to his team. He also showed us the ability to create for others as well.