What better time to announce yourself as a prospect on the national stage than the 15’s championship at Boo Williams? That’s exact what Raejon Figures, of Montclair (N.J.) Immaculate Conception, did by hitting the game-winning pull-up at the buzzer to propel the NJ Playaz to the title over Team CP3. The 6-foot-2 guard has moxie and is an aggressive player that’s equipped to score it. He hit multiple mid-range pull-ups, showed an ability to shoot from distance and made heady plays with the ball. Figures, a 2020 prospect, finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the win.
Nike Team Florida guard Trey Doomes had a strong, productive weekend, averaging 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists through four games. Doomes, a 2018 combination guard, displayed good athleticism and was very aggressive when he had opportunities to score. He finished in traffic, found ways to get to the rim in the half court and did a good job, especially for a guard, of going to the glass and putting back misses. The southpaw established himself during the first evaluation weekend and college coaches surely took notice.
The PSA Cardinals always have some young talent in the pipeline and that was evident by watching their 16’s team at EYBL Hampton. Among the 2019 prospects that stood out were Ishmeal Massoud, a 6-foot-7, lengthy forward out of Granby (Mass.) MacDuffie School. Massoud plays on the perimeter and moves fluidly. He shoots the ball with confidence and appears to be a shot maker from distance. He’ll need to add strength and continue to work on his handle, but there’s upside here and he’s intriguing long-term prospect.
No one was more impressive blocking shots than Akok Akok. The class of 2019 prospect took away the rim from opponents, and then also showed some skill on offense. While at this point Akok is skinny and not comfortable with his back to the basket, but he can make shots shows a little bit of game off the dribble when attacking closeouts. Still he is at his best protecting the rim where he is long and has tremendous timing to go along with excellent explosion off the floor. Not a ton of schools were familiar with him before the event, but now he is one of the most sought after bigs in his class.
A versatile forward, Jalen Wilson is definitely someone who should be one of the top prospects in Texas in the class of 2019. Coming into the weekend he was known on a regional level, but a strong showing now could make Wilson a national recruit. He isn't super explosive, but Wilson has an excellent skill level and a tremendous motor. More than anything Wilson is fantastic finishing through contact going to the rim. Add in a reliable outside shot, and Wilson is someone who could see his offer list explode before too long.
A combo forward who is probably better as a stretch power forward than a wing, Jimmy Nichols is someone who emerged while playing with Garner Road at the adidas Gauntlet. Nichols is a solid athlete who is a good straight line driver from the perimeter to the wing. Also he has a good looking shot and projects to be a fairly high level pick and pop shooter. At the moment he only has one offer, from Longwood, but more are sure to follow. With good length, solid athleticism, and a nice skill level, Nichols is going to find himself on the high-major radar before too long.
A long small forward with good size at 6-foot-7, Saddiq Bey make a name for himself this weekend at the Under Armour Association. He's a capable shot maker who plays hard and uses his size, length, effort and bounce to chase rebounds on both ends of the court. While Bey has range to three, he also can finish against bigger opponents inside. Bey is an active defender who can not only guard multiple positions on defense but also will provide versatility on offense.
Aaron Wiggins has good size, a natural small forward frame with long arms, and a very high skill level. While he can get to the basket, what Wiggins does at a high level is shoot the ball and he was efficient this weekend off the catch and pull from midrange and three. While Wiggins is best as a shooter, he also sees the court well, is active on the glass, and has the size, length and athleticism to guard multiple positions.