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Capitol Hoops Fest standouts, Pt. 1






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Elevate Hoops' DC event was packed with talent.


April 7, 2016 - Last weekend’s Elevate Hoops Capitol Hoops Fest and Proving Ground event didn’t disappoint, as talented travel team players competing in 13u through 17u action. Hats off to Rob Engemann and his staff for running a top level event!

Following are several standout high school aged performers:

J.J. Miles – 6’5”, 195 pound Class of 2017 forward, Northhampton HS (VA), Squires Richmond 17u – Bursting on the scene, Miles is an athletic, aggressive wing player that’s starting to turn heads. He finishes, pulls up from deep, and scores at multiple levels.

Oklahoma State, VCU and Gonzaga have shown interest.
To round out his game, Miles knows he must improve “Coming off ball screens and defense”.

J.J. Miles is one to watch.

Denmark Slay – 5’10”, 170 pound, Class of 2017, St. Stephens/St. Agnes, The District 17u – A uber-tough, penetrating point guard, Slay is a competitor, never backing down from a battle. The kid gets after it.

Given his size, Slay will clearly have to play point guard in college. To that end, he must focus on running the show – it’s not that Slay is selfish, he seemingly takes the burden on his own shoulders solely, which at times translates to teammates not being set up as often as would be beneficial. Extending his jumper’s range will improve effectiveness.

St. Francis (PA) has offered Slay, while schools from the Northeast and Southern Conferences, along with Ivy and Patriot League (including Holy Cross) colleges plus NJIT and Loyola (MD) have shown interest.

Denmark Slay is a tough competitor.

Logan Curtis - 6’2”, 170 pound Class of 2019 guard, Calvert Hall (MD), B’More United 15u – A slashing, driver who can pull up from mid-range, Curtis has the chance to become a highly sought after player.

Must change pace more often, as now he’s always full out, on the attack. Also needs to get stronger.

Be sure to follow Logan Curtis.

Devon Sims – 6’4”, 200 pound Class of 2018 forward, Paul VI (VA), The District 16u – Think of a young Trevon Bluiett when Sims is discussed; at the same stage he’s similar in being slightly undersized as a college forward, yet battles, takes charges, rebounds, defends and scores from mid-range in.

Also like Xavier’s Bluiett did, Sims must become a more proficient long ball shooter for college. Add ball handling and shot-creating dribbling to development musts for Devon.

Devon Sims can make it happen.

Rashawn ‘R.J.’ Blackney – 6’4”, 165 pound Class of 2019 guard, Goretti (MD), Team Durant 15u – Athletic and long, Blackney is a strong, relentless driver, a guy that simply gets buckets.

As he matures, Blackney has to improve his 1-2 pull up game, as well as changing speeds and open floor (under pressure) dribbling.

R.J. Blackney on the break.

Curtis Holland – 6’2”, 200 pound Class of 2018 guard, Southern (MD), MD 3D 16u – A strong and a skilled dribbler/shooter, Holland is tough, strong and versatile, being able to play around the cup and on the perimeter.

More of a grinder, Holland tries to go through folks instead of around them. Must get more ‘wiggle’ in his game for college.

UMBC and Mount St. Mary’s have shown interest.

Curtis Holland, getting into the lane.

Jordan Goodwin – 6’1”, 170 pound Class of 2018 guard, St. Frances (MD), B’More United 16u – A sweet shooting backcourt guy, Godwin is guard who can play both lead and shooting roles.

Understands he needs to be more of a point guard for college, including driving to pass, changing speeds and setting up teammates more often.

UMBC has offered him.

Jordan Goodwin (defending) can turn the corner this summer.




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