I saw a lot of young talent in the month of January that I believe are ready to have an impactful spring and summer. Let’s take a look at a few of the talented players… McDavid All-American Camp Enrico Purnell (5’10/CG/’27/Bonnie…
I saw a lot of young talent in the month of January that I believe are ready to have an impactful spring and summer. Let’s take a look at a few of the talented players…
McDavid All-American Camp
Enrico Purnell (5’10/CG/’27/Bonnie Branch MS)
Enrico was a talented young guard that showed his ability to score off the bounce. Whether he was knocking down treys off the pull-up or getting to the rack and finishing, he was tough to contain when he was on the move. There is a lot of optimism when it comes to Rico’s game as he has promise as he prepares to step onto the high school scene. He is a playmaker with an exceptional ability to create off the bounce, and he has an opportunity to emerge into a high-level talent over the years.
Enrico was a talented young guard that showed his ability to score off the bounce.Terry J. Drake
Max Code (5’3/SG/’28/St. Francis)
Max had a good showing at the camp and showed an IQ beyond his years at the lead guard spot. He is a good decision-maker with the rock in his hands, and he has a good feel for the game. He does not force action but plays within himself and knows how to get his and get his teammates their scoring opportunities. Max can really stroke the rock, and despite standing 5’3, he can easily switch between the lead guard spot and the off-guard spot without the switch affecting his production. What will emerge as he physically grows remains to be seen, and it will have an impact on his trajectory, but as of now, I encourage Max to stay focused on improving in the lab.
He is a good decision-maker with the rock in his hands, and he has a good feel for the game.Terry J. Drake
Jaiden Martin (5’1/CG/’28/Slam Apollo)
One thing Jaiden showed in camp is that he can flat-out score the rock. His transition game is a place where he thrived as he showed great burst in the open court. He is a small guard with a knack for scoring at all levels. Aiden is a substantive contributor on offense and can manufacture points in various ways. He is a shifty little guard that put defenders on skates and had them at his mercy. He is an impactful scorer with production that can be counted on night in and night out. He is dazzling with the rock in his hands and is one to watch this upcoming spring and summer.
One thing Jaiden showed in camp is that he can flat-out score the rock.Terry J. Drake
Thomayson Isaiah Victor (6’4/PF|C/’27/Parkway MS)
Thomayson is a stout post player that did most of his damage on the glass. His ability to just outwork his opponents is what set him apart throughout the day. He was physical in the paint and did a lot of the dirty work that usually goes unnoticed, but it did not this day. He is an energy and effort guy who makes winning plays that are not always scoring plays. He is the type of player that doesn’t have to be the guy on the offensive end of the floor to significantly impact a game’s outcome. He is raw offensively, but when both sides of the floor get on the same level, what we will see in Thomayson should be fun to watch.
Thomayson is a stout post player that did most of his damage on the glass.Terry J. Drake
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Kaden Alfonso (5’9/SF/’27/Pembroke Pines Charter)
Kaden is a stout wing player that plays with a high level of physicality. He can get it done inside and out and was one of the more versatile players at camp. He can put the rock on the floor, shoot the trey ball, make on-time and on-target passes, and, simply put, just has a good all-around game. He is very skilled and pending on how much he grows, it is going to be interesting to see Kaden’s development and emergence on the high school level. As for now, he showed that he has the strength and bounce to rise up in tight spaces, can score in the paint with touch, and finishes thru contact with creative body control once near the rim. As I mentioned earlier, he is hard to guard as he has a true perimeter game with a nice ability to play in the paint.
Kaden is a stout wing player that plays with a high level of physicality.Terry J. Drake
Aiden Simon (5’8/SG/’27/Franklin Academy Cooper City)
Aiden is a gifted scorer that showed a lot of promise as he sets his eyes on high school play. He flashed his athleticism and is just a physically and mentally tough player at the guard spot. He isn’t easily rattled, and even when defenses walled up against his off-the#TerryTalks: Talent That I Saw In January-bounce attack, he still found ways to produce. He was one of the toughest one-on-one scorers at camp. His iso game is beyond his years, as he has a deep bag loaded with tools. One of the exciting things about Aiden is his ability to use the attention he gets from defenders to set up his teammates. He draws help because of his ability to score, and he is a willing passer to open teammates off his creation off the bounce. He has a knack for being around the ball, which makes him a good rebounding guard on the defensive end of the floor. He is definitely one of the rising talents in Florida.
He flashed his athleticism and is just a physically and mentally tough player at the guard spot.Terry J. Drake
Jayson Negrin (5’8/CG/’27/Somerset Central Miramar Academy)
Jayson is a combo guard with a special ability to make shots. He scores at all levels, but inside the arc is where he shows his craftiness to score the rock. Defenders have to respect his ability to knock down the trey ball, which causes them to have to play up on Jayson, which gives him the advantage as he has the quickness to get by defenders. He showed a lot of promise, and as he continues to elevate his game, he is going to be a productive backcourt prospect at the next level. The camp was loaded with guards, but Jayson just showed his multi-dimensional assets as he was comfortable and confident on the perimeter, showed game instincts, has a dependable 3-pt shot, purposeful handles, and played with outstanding energy throughout the day. I am looking forward to catching him play this spring/summer.
Jayson is a combo guard with a special ability to make shots.Terry J. Drake