We’ve talked about the 2026 and 2027 standouts; now, let’s dive into the 2028 class. Here are a few standouts from the division. Kameron Mercer (6’0/CG) Team: Edmond Sumner Select 2027 Instagram: killakam2028 Twitter: @kmeecer Kam is…
We’ve talked about the 2026 and 2027 standouts; now, let’s dive into the 2028 class. Here are a few standouts from the division.
Kameron Mercer (6’0/CG)
Team: Edmond Sumner Select 2027
Kam is a smooth lefty with good length as a 2028 combo guard. He has handles and hit defenders with combo moves that left them standing still. He showed an excellent hesitation game and the ability to change speeds and change directions.
Once he gets a step on his defender, he got to his spots where he was highly productive, scoring with a mid-range pull-up, a floater, or crafty finish directly at the rim.
With his size and skill set, he is a tough guard in the 2028 classification, and playing up with 2027, he was the same playing against 2027 kids throughout the weekend. At times throughout the weekend, he was just too big for a lot of the guards trying to defend him and too skilled for a lot of the post players trying to defend him. He is on a good trajectory, and I look forward to our continued coverage of him.
Opportunities For Growth: If you have been following my evals, you know for every kid that I write up in the 6th grade or younger, I always encourage them to continue working on their overall game. So, Kam needs to continue working on his overall game. Looking ahead a couple years, I encourage Kam to continue working on his quickness, speed, and footwork.
Camden Cooper (5’11/CG)
Team: Tre Mann Elite Twain
Camden is a 2028 kid playing 2027. I have put ink on him before when he played 2028. I saw Cam a couple of times during the weekend, and as you would think, he had some good moments and some not-so-good moments. When he was on, he put on display his c&s capabilities. He is a lefty sniper that can stroke it from behind the arc. He played as though he had something to prove, as he was active on both ends of the floor.
His defense, mainly his on-ball D, has gotten much better.
This was a smart move that Cam’s circle of influence made. If he continues to play as though he has something to prove, it will elevate his game. I am looking forward to seeing what this opportunity does for Cam’s game. I will have an update on Cam’s progress near the end of the summer.
Opportunities For Growth: Cam needs to continue working on his overall game. As I mentioned, I like Cam’s opportunity to play up this spring and summer, and I encourage him to continue playing as though he has something to prove, which will help him over the next few months.
Brady J. Pettigrew (5’7/CG)
Team: Flight Athletics (Illinois Flight)
Brady is a high IQ guard that played with a lot of poise and a nice pace. Of all the 2028 players I saw, he played beyond his years and impacted the game in ways even beyond the stat sheet. He has a smooth game, is tough off the bounce, and finishes well in the paint.
He has a reliable jump shot that keeps defenders honest and off-balance.
He showed he understands how to read his defender, and from there, he takes what the defense is giving him. As I said, he showed a game well beyond his years, and as he continues to develop, he will have a chance to be a name to remember across grassroots basketball.
Opportunities For Growth: Brady needs to continue working on his overall game. I encourage Brady to continue developing his PG IQ, and one way he can continue doing that is by studying some of the best PGs that have played the game and are currently playing the game.
Antonio T. Adams, Jr. (6’0/Center)
Team: Team SAC
Antonio has been a solid piece of the puzzle for Team Sac. He is a stout center that clogs up the middle. Since I saw him last summer, he has become more mobile and agile, as he is moving a lot better.
He is still extremely active on the glass, and I would venture to say that he is close to double-digit rebounds every game.
He attacks the rim with force when he is looking to finish, and he is often getting easy putbacks on the offensive end of the court.
Opportunities For Growth: Antonio has been dominant the last two years I have covered him, and his size has been the x-factor. As with all at this age, he needs to continue working on his overall game. For Antonio, he needs to continue working on expanding his game outside of the paint and getting comfortable having an inside-out game.
Dakota Kyle Moncus (5’0/CG)
Team: Team SAC
Not sure if Dakota played with Team Sac during the latter part of last season, so I label him as a new addition to the team. He brings another combo guard to the team that can facilitate and score. From my early observation of Dakota’s game, facilitating is the strength of his game, but when needed or when scoring opportunities present themselves, he takes advantage of what opens up.
He is a tough cover that puts pressure on defenders off the bounce.
He was constantly breaking down the defense, getting two feet in the paint, and making high IQ decisions with the ball. He played with a lot of confidence and was rarely rattled when the defense tried to speed him up or trap him. With the addition of Dakota, Team Sac continues to add the pieces to a team that has become a targeted team in grassroots basketball.
Opportunities For Growth: As I say with all kids in the 6th grade, I encourage Dakota to continue to work on his overall game. I will add for Dakota to continue working on creating space with his handle and creating space to get his shot off against bigger and longer defenders.
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