Cartersville, Ga. — Coverage from the inaugural Prep Hoops Next Southeast Kick-Off continues as we remain on the trail of the top performers in the 5th Grade Division in Pool B. Here’s part two of our four-part series highlighting the…
Cartersville, Ga. — Coverage from the inaugural Prep Hoops Next Southeast Kick-Off continues as we remain on the trail of the top performers in the 5th Grade Division in Pool B. Here’s part two of our four-part series highlighting the best players in attendance…
Cam Cooper | Jacksonville, FL | Class of 2028
Cooper was one of the more impressive players among the fifth-graders that participated in the Prep Hoops Next Southeast Kick-Off. The E1T1 (FL) perimeter prospect brings quality size and length to the floor at this level standing 5-foot-5 but also boasts an advanced package of skills. A wiry lefty, Cooper can compete at both guard and forward positions, and mixed up his game nicely between jumpers and drives to the rim at this particular event. As evidence of his scoring ability, Cooper tallied double figures in each of his team’s four games, including a 20-point outburst to conclude his weekend.
Brielen Craft | Powder Springs, GA | Class of 2028
Craft was easily among the top performers at Prep Hoops Next Southeast Kick-Off in the fifth-grade division. Measuring in at close 5-foot-3, the Georgia native has a slight physical advantage over his backcourt peers when it comes to size and length, but the most glaring differences appear when examining his skill level. Not only was Craft effective as a scorer, exploding for eighteen and 20 point efforts against highly-regarded opponents in E1T1 (FL) and Team Teague (IN), respectively, but the ultra-talented also demonstrated his abilities to handle the ball and facilitate for others.
Qyntavious Davis | Atlanta, GA | Class of 2028
An opposing spectator at the Prep Hoops Next Southeast Kick-Off referred to Davis as the “heart and soul” of his Team Huncho (GA) Bridgewater squad following one of his club’s games and I must agree with the sentiment. Davis stands barely five-feet tall at this juncture but his constant motor and effort made it nearly impossible for defenses to slow him down. Both quick and fast, the Georgia native constantly sliced his way to the rim while finding ways to convert difficult finishes and make seemingly impossible passes in the lane. There’s no doubt Davis and his teammates will continue to learn how to make winning plays in time.
Javion Drake | Marion, IN | Class of 2028
In helping lead Team Teague (IN) Boyd to the Prep Hoops Next Southeast Kick-Off fifth-grade division championship, Drake simultaneously established himself as one of the top players at the event. The 5-foot-5 wing brings outstanding size, strength, and athleticism to the hardwood at this stage and is simply a dominant force. Drake scored an event-high 32 points before fouling out in an overtime victory versus A.O.T. (GA) that clinched the pool and advanced his team into the title game. Expect to hear his name mentioned more frequently as the top players in the Midwest region and beyond are discussed.
Shane Goines | Manning, SC | Class of 2028
One of the most productive prospects in the building at the Prep Hoops Next Southeast Kick-Off, the 5-foot-5 forward impressed with his play throughout the weekend in the fifth-grade division. Goines finished with both hands in transition and exhibited a capable handle when attacking off the bounce in the halfcourt. The South Carolina native is a silky-smooth finisher in the lane, capable of knocking down pull-up jumpers, and also converting over the top of taller defenders. A reliable catch-and-shoot threat on the perimeter, Goines’ game certainly extends to the wing, but he also managed to provide an excellent rebounding presence for his squad.
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