Rawle Alkins, Marquis Godwin shine at Elite 75

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Elite 75 camp tipped off on Saturday and featured an impressive collection of talent from North and South Carolina. Some top seniors were on hand, but primarily the event served to introduce underclassmen to the grassroots scene. Held at Rocky River High School, Rawle Alkins and Marquis Godwin truly stood out.

Class of 2016

Rawle Alkins, SG — This New York native only recently enrolled at Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God, and thus the likely McDonald’s All-American has more incentive to compete at camps and showcases than the established N.C. stars such as Edrice Adebayo and others. Alkins demonstrated why he’s a priority for programs such as KentuckySt. John's, NC StateNorth Carolina and others, using his powerful driving style, solid dribbling and passing skills, improving jump shot and overall toughness to dominate the action at times. He still must develop more of an in-between game and keep working on his shot, but Alkins is considered a blue-chip prospect for good reason.

Malik Brevard, PF — One of several prospects from Winston-Salem (N.C.) QEA to attend the camp, Brevard performed aggressively and maximized his athleticism on Saturday. He’s a ‘tweener rather than a combo and must improve his handling (especially left hand) and shooting, but he projects as a highly capable defender and versatile defender. He has obtained recent offers from schools such as Stetson, Middle Tennessee State and Longwood, with more likely to follow.

Class of 2017

Marquis Godwin, WF — Without question, Marquis Godwin was the breakthrough player of the event. The 6-5 wing from Hampton, Va. — who has transferred to Arden (N.C.) Christ School for this season — is a pure shooter and warrants major conference interest on the basis of his jump shot alone, even though he was quiet at times this past summer for the Boo Williams 16-under squad. Beyond his shooting, he’s also a very gifted passer and good dribbler for his size. He’ll need to gain strength and try to improve his first step, but a catch-and-shoot ace can play high-major college basketball. No doubt about it. He’s mostly getting mid-major attention right now, but look for that to change soon.

Brandon Huffman, C — Likely the top frontcourt player at the event, Huffman is making strides rapidly in his first year at Word of God. Blessed with a solid frame, meaty shoulders and above-average athleticism, the 6-9 post player already holds significant interest from programs such as Colorado and Memphis, and undoubtedly he’ll bring in new suitors as WoG packs the stands with college coaches this season. Huffman’s goal will be to improve his post footwork and moves, but the building blocks are there for him to take big strides over the next year.

Renathan Ona Embo, SG — Ona Embo transferred to QEA from San Diego’s Balboa high, where last season he teamed with outstanding junior big man DeAndre Ayton. Ona Embo is an outstanding athlete who explodes off one foot and authored some of the event’s most eye-catching plays. He did most of his work in transition and may need to refine his game in structure, but at QEA he’ll be forced to blend in with a talented supporting cast, top to bottom, and the experience should benefit his development.

Class of 2018

Qon Murphy, WF — This highly athletic and active slasher seemingly gets where he wants to go anytime he wants to go there. He competes enthusiastically and put himself on the map thanks to a strong freshman season in 2014-15. Murphy’s next step will be to improve his ballhandling and jump shot, areas we’ll watch closely over the next several months. He has visited Charlotte this month and is an early priority for the 49ers, among others.

Class of 2019

Christian Brown, PF — A Columbia, S.C., product, Brown rapidly is making his case one of the best overall freshmen talents in the Southeast. The 6-7 forward is more of a 4/3 right now but could transition into a 3/4 over time. Regardless of his position, Brown is a fine athlete whose understanding of how he can be effective belies his years. He plays with a confidence and maturity that are highly impressive, while of course he must cultivate a more expansive skill set over the next several years. Of course, he also may keep growing and become a true post player, and the only real certainty from here is that he’ll continue adding his name to major conference radars.

Juwan Gary, WF — Gary already has constructed a reputation as one the region’s most explosive freshmen, and it doesn’t take long watching him to understand why. He’s a slasher who actually is more of a utility forward right now, but based on his height and body type the wing is where he projects long-term. There’s plenty of time for him to improve his skill level, and in the meantime he’ll continue to win fans on the basis of his high-flying


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