Diakite, Clarke, Pickett stand out

The Southern Jam Fest primarily featured a handful of big-time teams, followed by more regional and local outfits with lesser-known players. But in addition to those we already have and will cover individually, three more prospects warrant mention for their play this past weekend in Virginia.

In the Class of 2016, 6-9, 185-pound power forward Mamadi Diakite at Dyke (Va.) Blue Ridge boasts outsized promise for such a skinny athlete. He's a twig, no doubt, but Diakite is a very fluid performer who possesses quick reflexes and excellent speed.

He arrived in the United States from Guinea early this year and has adapted to the American style of play, combating others' strength advantages with a frequent edge in athleticism. He remains quite raw but, with wheels and size, will draw attention from numerous college coaches over the next several months.

He's touring with Boo Williams Summer League and already has visited Virginia unofficially.

Meanwhile, another BWSL product, junior Chris Clarke, competes with an energized style and possesses high-major ability as well. The 6-5 athlete projects as a power wing forward, a utility player who's likely to specialize in defense and transition play.

Clarke didn't showcase much offense during my viewings over the weekend, but he's a capable finisher and definitely can jump passing lanes for steals and one-man fast breaks. He told TerrapinTimes.com last month that he'd obtained scholarship offers from Maryland, Kansas State, Iowa State, Creighton and others, with more certain to follow.

A reclassified junior at Staunton (Va.) Stuart School who's touring with the East Coast Fusion, Adam Pickett appears to have strong mid-major potential. The powerful 6-1 point guard actually possesses big league speed in the open court, which is how he initially drew my attention. A southpaw, he's tough to track down when he's pushing in transition.

He pushes his jump shot and may not be reliable yet from that area, but he's a tough driver who also boasts outstanding potential for defense. If anything, I might be underselling him a little. …

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