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Additional players that stood out.
May 7, 2013 - Yesterday we discussed the Reebok D.C. Classic Run participants that earned an invite to this year's Breakout Camp in Philadelphia, an event that has helped launch careers. Just ask Thomas Robinson, now in the National Basketball Association.
Today, we have six more guys. They didn't get the big camp call up - yet - but still displayed talent and skills:
Jabreel Faulkner – 6’8”, 190 pound, Class of 2014 forward, Theodore Roosevelt HS (DC) – Faulkner has eye-popping athletic ability, which he uses to pound the rim, rebound, and run the floor. Jabreel is also a long player, allowing him along with jumping ability (around 40 inch vertical) to block shots.
He is currently becoming a small forward, so a greater comfort level in space is necessary, and will come through repetition and ball handling work. Weight work is also on his development plan.
UMBC has offered Faulkner, while Columbia, Villanova, Quinnipiac, UNC Greensboro and Jacksonville have expressed interest.
Keandre 'Lil Ken' Gibson loves the runner.
Byron Hawkins – 5’11”, 160 pound, Class of 2014 guard, Good Counsel (MD) – A true combo guard, Hawkins is shifty with the ball, allowing him to get into the paint often. Will hit spot up and stop and pop jumpers. He’s a scorer.
Hawkins understands being more of a point guard is beneficial in college, given his size; that means driving to pass and then score, more often, in addition to being a floor leader consistently.
An impressive list of mid-major schools have offered Hawkins: Delaware, Fairfield, GW, George Mason, Towson, William and Mary, UNC Greensboro and St. Joe’s.
Mamadou N’Diaye – 6’7”, 200 pound Class of 2015 forward, Laurel (HS) – A rugged player, N’Diaye defends everything in and around the paint, rebounds, runs the floor and plays with effort. Willl also dime in the paint.
Must illustrate more skill in terms of getting his shot off, thereby allowing him to play against bigger guys. That includes ball handling work. Has the frame, with strength work to be a beast inside.
Is a relative newcomer to regional and national consciousness, but expect his recruitment to skyrocket.
Austin Williams - 6'7", 220 pound Class of 2014 forward, Trinity Episcopal (VA) - Possessing a 7'3" wing span and rugged frame, Williams' cleans the glass, finishes and defends. Capable of playing very hard. Seems to embrace the interior game.
Must work on his pull up jumpshot, back to the basket game, and ability to face up.
SEC schools are becoming interested.
Keandre 'Lil Ken' Gibson - 5'8", 135 pound Class of 2014 point guard, Dunbar (MD) - Think floor general that makes others better when mentioning Gibson, as that is what he is/does. Will find people and score, while also controlling the tempo. Understands the game.
Must get physically stronger for college. His outside jumper from distance is solid, though he needs to get more physical lift on the shot - Gibson understands strength development will assist that.
Mid-major schools are very interested in Gibson, who definitely has the skill level to play college hoops.
Donovan Walker - 5'10", 150 pound Class of 2015 guard, Paint Branch (MD) - A high major sleeper in the making, Walker possesses stunning jumping ability, allowing him to play bigger than he is. Plays - defends and scores - above the rim. Excels in transition.
Being more of a point guard is a necessity for Walker, as is being more efficient in half court settings. Needs to embrace strength training also.
If he follows that development path, schools will be all over Walker. Let him grow a bit, and watch out!
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