30 Eye-Catching athletes from Southeast Kickoff
Atlanta, GA — Prep Hoops Next kicked off the 2021 calendar year hosting the first-ever Southeast Kickoff at the LakePoint Sports in Alpharetta, Georgia. It was the first event for the Prep Hoops Next Circuit. Tons of primetime performers showed up and the PHN staff and scouts were in the gym all weekend long discovering hidden gems and the next generation of top talent.
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Here are 30 standouts, as compiled by Prep Hoops Circuit Director Matt Reynolds, who was in the house all weekend long.
Shamar “Pop” Madden – 2027 – AOT Elite Guard
Madden already has the nickname “Pop” and for good reason. He can pop up outside and hit a shot from deep range at any moment. The form of his jumper is superb for any age much less a young man in Middle School. Madden poured in a double-digit effort with five three-pointer finding the bottom of the bucket.
Jahari Miller – 2027 – Team Teague Guard
Miller dominated in the performance I saw him in putting on a flat out clinic in all phases of the game. He is the tallest member on the team so rightfully so he finds himself in the paint a fair amount. However, I think he can be a guard long term as you can see his ball skills are solid. The jumper is what sold me that he projects to a Guard even more as his shooting stroke is effortless. Miller was a driving force in the success of Team Teague.
Jamier Jones – 2025 – E1T1 Wing
Jones is long, lanky, athletic and full of potential. Instantly he caught my eye gliding down the court for an easy slam. Jones dominated in the paint, but it was not just because of his skill and athleticism. This young man has a lot of dawg in his game. He was battling for every rebound. Jones projects long term as a Wing. By the looks of it he has really been working on his jumper. As the jumper and handles develop lookout this kid is going to be a nationally ranked prospect with a name entering high school.
Kieran Granville-Britten – 2025 – E1T1 Forward
Granville-Britten was one of my favorite finds of this weekend. Towering over defenders Granville-Britten did not just want to have a good game, he wanted to annihilate his opponent. Granville-Britten really controlled the boards well. In the entire tournament, Granville-Britten was the most efficient scorer in the paint making every attempt count. This young man has a bright future. Let’s all hope he continues to grow as height will play a big factor in how high his ceiling is at the next level.
Trey Maddox – 2025 – E1T1 Wing
Maddox was super active on the Wing handling the ball quite a bit as he orchestrated the offense. Most of the time he was in attack mode going to the basket with authority. Maddox was at the line often due to his aggressiveness with the rock. Defense was another bright spot of his game as he thrived running the press.
ZeBrian Boller – 2027 – AOT Forward
The constant activity of Boller wore me out just watching him play. This kid was everywhere grabbing boards and rebounds. He also caught my eye with his ability to finish in traffic. Keep an eye on the lookout.
Grant Robich – 2027 – Team Huncho Point Guard
This kid is easily my favorite find of the weekend. I’d happily pay the fee to watch him play. He communicates exceptionally well on the court for a young man in the sixth grade. There is a fire in his belly to compete and be the best at everything he does. Handling the Point Guard duties Robich dropped 9 assists with dramatic flare.
Omari Jointer – 2027 – Manimal Elite Guard
Jointer is a very versatile big guard for his age who excelled at many aspects of the game. The drive and cut to the baskets for Jointer proved to be where most of his points came from. But he did show off his jumper. Don’t go to sleep or he will hit you with a slick jumper.
AJ Lee – 2027 – Manimal Elite Guard
Lee is a big-time spot-up shooter from behind the arc. If he has time to get his feet set watch out. Lee was a big part of his team’s success.
Lmarkus Scott – 2027 – Team Huncho Forward
Scott was all over the boards for Team Huncho using his body and skill set to his advantage. He was one of the best Forwards in the entire tournament at scoring second-chance points. The potential is there for Scott to become a Wing with some ball-handling development. He has the most important ingredient, a great work ethic.
Ashtain Preston – 2027 – Team Huncho Point Guard
Preston has some elite swagger to his game. He balled out this weekend making defenders pay for leaving him any room at all three levels. Preston was most impressive showing off his deep three-point range. He’s going to be a fun scorer to keep track of.
Jordan Rouse – 2026 – Team Power Guard
Rouse was super effective in transition with the rock in his hands making wise decisions. The activeness of Rouse on defense led to many of those transition buckets. He had a good feel for the game, especially in the clutch moments of the game.
Ayden “Scoop” Donald – 2027 – Florida Phantom Point Guard
Donald or “Scoop” as everyone calls him is very wise on the court making great decisions. Although he is probably the best scorer on his team Scoop looks to pass a ton finding the open man. Scoring for Scoop primarily came from inside with his great drives to the rim. Scoop is one of those kids that has the “IT” factor.
Zack Dawson – 2027 – Florida Phantom Guard
Dawson is a knockdown shooter from behind the arc. He mainly spots up with his favorite spot being in the left corner. When the opening is there Dawson takes full advantage.
Qyntavious Davis – 2028 – Team Huncho Point Guard
Davis is a little guy who plays with the heart of a lion. He runs the Point with passion, IQ, and always in attack mode. He thrived using his quickness to the basket. What really shocked me was his leadership at such a young age being a vocal leader. He loves to talk up his guys. Davis is a young pup to keep a close eye on over the years.
Kaylen Brooks – 2028 – Team Teague Guard
If there is a shooter in the fifth grade bracket that was better than Brooks I’d be hard-pressed to believe it. He shot the ball lights out from distance all weekend long. You saw his confidence grow with each bucket.
Tay’vion Moore – 2028 – Team Teague Guard
Moore was a great creator for Team Teague with the rock. Moore opened up things with a nice hesitation dribble to the hoop. The quick burst of Moore had defenders looking as if they were in quicksand.
Latrell Allmond – 2025 – Boo Williams Forward
Allmond is a physical force in the paint using his strength to bully players for buckets and boards. He is more versatile than you’d think at the surface. His ability to surprise with his quickness had defenders out of sorts. Keep a close eye on how Allmond develops physically and skill-wise on the court over his high school years.
Zymicah Wilkins – 2025 – Boo Williams Wing
Wilkins is immensely talented standing at 6’6 on the Wing. Let me be clear he is a legit Wing. The ball-handling skills he put on display were very impressive. Not only can he score in the paint he has the ability to get to the paint from his dribble. Wilkins has the potential to be a special player at the next level. I’m excited to see what he does in high school.
Camron Wilcher – 2026 -Team Power Forward
Whilcher was the definition of a glue guy that weekend. He used his great size in the paint to own the boards with great intense battle for each opportunity to bring one down. The effort of this young man was fun to watch.
Jamari Mosley -2025 – Norcross Heat Wing
Mosley is a beast at getting to the bucket off the drive. Plus he’s got a solid jumper teams must respect. The length Mosley has on the Wing with his athleticism and height makes him a very intriguing prospect.
Javion Drake – 2028 – Team Teague Guard
Drake could not be stopped going to the basket this weekend. He was in the conversation for the best performance in the fifth-grade bracket. The bigger the game the bigger performance he put on. Drake is a young one to keep an eye on.
AJ Williams – 2027 – Team Power Wing
He’s got a strong body build that most coaches would put on the block. However, Williams can handle the rock and even run the Point when needed. He’s got a burner from deep. Williams was a scoring machine using his skills and physicality.
Lincoln Cosby – 2027 – NYBA Elite Wing
Cosby is full of potential with a young KD type build. He plays smooth on the wing with a stellar deep three-point shot. Cosby can drive, shoot, defend, and was also huge on the boards. He was a kid with some of the hugest potential in the 6th grade division bracket.
Tahj Saragva – 2027 – CP3 Forward
Saragva was taller than most every kid in the 6th grade bracket but let’s be clear that’s not the reason why he dominated. He wanted every rebound he could get his hands on.
Derwin Hodge – 2026 – Atlanta Celtics Forward
Hodge is oozing with potential standing around 6’5 with a slender build. He’s still growing into his body coordination wise of course. He was super impactful on the boards and scoring inside. When he gets used to being so tall and gifted look out he’s going to turn the corner and be one of the best 2026 prospects in Atlanta.
Yasir Turner – 2027 – Fidonce Point Guard
First things first, he is playing up an age, and balling! Turner was the smallest guy on the court but was handing out buckets from all three levels. He sees the floor well and uses his small stature to his benefit. Turner was a fun one.
Ashton Pierce – 2026 – CP3 Wing
Pierce found every way possible it seems to get a basket. The James Harden flop level is at 100 with this young man and I say that in a full complement as he got the line over 5 times on moves. The size of Pierce and IQ for the game is going to take him a long way.
Sherrod McCormick – 2027 – CP3 Point Guard
McCormick runs the Point with fierce competitive fire. The way he commands the floor is impressive for any age much less the 6th grade. CP3’s success weighed heavily on his shoulders this weekend.
Austin Sears – 2028 – Louisville Legends Point Guard
This kid’s got it. The lightning-fast speed of Sears had him blowing past defenders all weekend to the hoop. For as good as he scored it I don’t want the passing of Sears to go under the radar as that is what made him so difficult to defend. If he was not open for a shot he hit a teammate in a great position for a bucket. Sears was one of, if not the best, fifth grade Point Guard.