Elite 75 Recap

GASTONIA, N.C. – The Elite 75 is an excellent opportunity to steal a sneak peek at the up and coming players from the Carolinas and beyond. The most impressive prospect this time around was sophomore big man Kennedy Meeks.

Josh Harmon, SG: He's set to enroll at Mount Zion in a few days. Harmon has good size and the capability of being a scorer. He'll draw Division I interest and played at Evangel Christian last season.

Jarvis Haywood, SF: He's managed to fly just below the radar but not for long. A jack of all trades wing, even in a scattered camp setting you can see his basketball IQ. Rebounds his position, can score and plays like he has something to prove. He's a mid level target for sure.

Kennedy Meeks, C: He's a classic center. Meeks has exceptional hands and good feet plus he's already a good passer. The next step is gaining lift and improving his athleticism. You don't find many young bigs who have his feel and comfort in the lane. With the right attention to detail conditioning wise he can transform himself into a top tier pivot man. Meeks had 21 and 14 in his first game of the day.

Antonio Davis, SF: The son of a former NBA center, Davis continues to show promise as a developing small forward. At camp he struck a balance between playing around the goal and behind the arc. He's got excellent range and touch.

Sindarius Thornwell, SG/SF: Unfortunately, word was that he injured himself during one of the games. A terrific athlete, Thornwell has range on his jump shot.

Mark Blackmon, PG: Word is he's reclassified and left his native S.C. for Word of God in Raleigh. This kid has speed and a jump shot. He'll be a guy to follow this season.

Marqui McKelvy, PF: He's only 6-5 but he plays with great energy and showed terrific instincts for rebounding. We'd like to see him either hit a growth spurt or round out his skill package. He's a college player who is tracking somewhere from a small to potential mid-level school based on the next three years.

James Demery, SG: He played varsity last season and was cast in the role of shooter. His body is coming around and it was great to see him put it on the deck and attack. He's got a bright future.

Daquan Cook frequents the Elite 75 every year. We liked his pull-up game. … Ryan Burnett, a lefty and 2012 prospect, has an air of smoothness to his game. Really good with his mid-range jump shot. … B.J. Gladden played JV last season but he'll start on varsity this year at Queens Grant. Loves contact in the lane and he's a 2013. … Either Gladden or 2013 forward Tyreke Thompson was the hardest playing guy at the event. Anthony Estes was also here but we didn't have a chance to see his team. Thompson's a beast and presently is an undersized four man. … Isaiah Tripp, a 2013 point, is old school with a handler's mentality. … 2014's point guard Eric Johnson, forward Shaun Thompson and guard Sheldon Mitchell had their moments. …

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