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<b>EVENT COVERAGE</b> - The future of high school hoops in the state of Kentucky was on display Saturday at Manual High School in the Executive Inn All-Star Classic where several youngsters emerged as exciting future prospects.

Kentucky's finest hoops propsects were in action Saturday at the Executive Inn All-Star Classic at Louisville's Manual High School.

With 360 players in action during 16 games, there were no shortage of prospects and several underclassmen emerged as promising talents. Having seen most of the upperclassmen on several occassions, we devoted most of our attention to the classes of 2007, 2008, and 2009 to get a head start on the youngsters.

Leading the way were 6-foot-3 wing forward Darius Miller (2008), and 6-foot-4 combo guard Antwan Beckham (2007).


Darius Miller
Top 2008 prospect
Miller has tremendous talent and is an excellent athlete. He'll play for Kelly Wells at Mason County next season and has the potential to rank among the top players ever from the talent-laden program in Maysville. Miller, who looks like he'll grow to be 6'6 or 6'7, has tremendous range on his jumper (drained 2 three pointers), brings the ball upcourt and is unselfish with the basketball. He's got big time written all over him and he's certainly one of the top eigth graders in the state, if not the best!

While some claim the talent pool in Jefferson County has dried up, that certainly didn't look accurate on Saturday. And if the sophomore class is any indication, the future looks promising. Leading the way in the class of 2007 is Ballard's Beckham, who was the best prospect in the days top game for rising sophomores.

Like Miller, Beckham has room to grow, probably in the 6'5-6'6 range. Still, at his size, he possesses good ball skills and a nice stroke from the outside. A lefty, he's an athletic prospect who is strong enough to finish inside, yet skilled in the open court. He's got big time ability and gained varsity experience last season for Chris Renner. Don't be surprised if he's running the point next season for the Bruins. Beckham's is a definite name to remember!

2008 Checklist

Rod Lannon, PG, Johnson Middle - Only 5-foot-5, Lannon has all the skills. He's fun to watch and has suprising range on his jumper (good stroke, too). He's low to the ground and almost possible to trap. Excellent handle and with additional size could be a top prospect in this class.

Don Richardson, SG, Jeffersontown - Richardson showed the ability to get in the lane and knock in the midrange pull up. He played under control and finished around the rim.

Darius Miller, SG/WF, Mason County - He's got all the tools. He displayed a nice stroke from the outside, draining a couple three's from the wing. He can put the ball on the floor, pass it and excels in the open court. Potential big time prospect.

Others - Chris Starks, Aaron Williams (JCTMS), Barry Moore.

2007 Checklist

Derek Ford, SG, Fern Creek - Good athlete with long arms who excels in the open court. Uses his length to cause havoc in the passing lanes.

Mike Marshall, PG, Fern Creek - Marshall also excels on the gridiron, but on the hardwood he has an excellent handle and a nice stroke on his jumper.

Johonne Hamilton, PG, Ballard - Hamilton played quality minutes on the Bruins varsity last season because he's posied and skilled. He's got a nice left-handed stroke with range beyond the arch and can get in the lane and finish.

Kristopher Carree, F, Male - Carree scores well around the hoop and rebounds well for a 6'1 forward.

Andy Phillips, PG, Iroquois - Coach Just has a good one at the point the next three seasons! Phillips is strong with the ball and has a decent stroke. He drained a triple, but needs to hit that shot consistently. But Phillips earns his dues on defense. He simply gets after it, whether full court or half. One to keep an eye on.

Doug Beaumont, PG, Male - He's steady! Doesn't make mistakes, runs the offense and looks like he's grown a bit. If you're looking for flash, Beaumont's not it. If you want a winner, he's you're guy...simple as that.

Antwan Beckham, PG, Ballard - Impressive propects with a nice stroke and good skills. He's got good athleticism, finishes around the basket, and excels in the open court. Potential big time prospect.


Eugene Wade of Carroll County
Eugene Wade, PF, Carroll County - He passes the look test but he's certainly on the thin side. He struggles to finish around the basket but showed a nice post move and jump hook from the block. He'll run the court and dunk. If he gets stronger and/or develops some perimeter skills the sky's the limit.

Others - Jeroy Hayden (5'9, Waggener), Brandon Young (6'5, Manual), Thomas Coleman (6'4, Jeffersontown), Riley Benock (6'0, Meade County), Spencer Perrin (6'2, Danville), Davin Anderson (6'0, Doss), Jonathan Gholson (6'3, Moore), Antwain Loving (5'11, Hopkinsville), John Watkins (6'3, Tates Creek).

News and Notes

Eugene Wade will play with the Derek Smith All-Stars this spring...Johonne Hamilton is the son of former Kentucky Colonel Joey Hamilton....Nick Petrino, son of U of L football coach Bobby Petrino, played in one of the 2007 all-star games and drained two jumpers, one of which came from downtown....James Carney (2006, Eastern), Eurich Downey (2006, E. Jessamine), and Jimorris Johnson (2006, Western) played well in the rising junior contest...Beckham will play AAU ball with former Ballard standout Dion Lee.


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