Last month we introduced our updated Class of 2023 rankings!! Rankings are subjective and PrepHoops.com ranks purely upon potential and where the player will be at their basketball peak. Production factors in only when helping prove the potential is greater…
Last month we introduced our updated Class of 2023 rankings!! Rankings are subjective and PrepHoops.com ranks purely upon potential and where the player will be at their basketball peak. Production factors in only when helping prove the potential is greater or lesser. Why did we rank these guys? Why are they at this spot? Take a look at five Class of 2023 prospects and learn a little about their reputation.
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#26 Joshua Hood Joshua Hood 6'4" | SG Brainerd | 2023 State TN (Brainerd)
The versatility and size for his position (SG) is what excites most about Joshua Hood Joshua Hood 6'4" | SG Brainerd | 2023 State TN . He competed against public high schools in Chattanooga all year and two Nashville Metro Schools back in late November (Maplewood, John Overton). Hood’s ability to defend and score on very fast guards is wonderful, especially considering his height. Hood can score in a variety of ways, from long-range shooting to scoring a bit above the rim. He is not an incredible athlete like some Top 30 prospects, but he is certainly an average athlete with advanced wing guard skills.
#27 Damarien Yates Damarien Yates 6'8" | SF Fayette Ware | 2023 State TN (Fayette Ware)
Yates was the breakout player in his district. The team was not expected to get as much offense as they did from JaSteven Walker JaSteven Walker 6'10" | PF Fayette Ware | 2022 State TN ’s teammate. He is much more mobile than I originally imagined he would be at this point of his career. Evaluation by Courtney Smith: Damarien Yates, Fayette Ware: Yates made a huge jump in the latest rankings, leaping 17 spots to No. 29. The 6-7 wing helped the Wildcats reach the TSSAA Division 1 Class 3A State Tournament for the first time under head coach Demarius Chearis. Yates provided reliable scoring, which was needed since senior big man JaSteven Walker JaSteven Walker 6'10" | PF Fayette Ware | 2022 State TN saw a lot of double teams. Yates can make shots from the perimeter. For the entire season, he understood how to use his length and frame to crash the boards and score over smaller defenders. In 2021, Yates averaged 11.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.
#28 Seth Grandberry Seth Grandberry 5'11" | PG Lausanne | 2023 State TN (Millington)
Strong chest. Brave in the lane. Very savvy. Seth was a dominating high school varsity scorer both his sophomore and junior seasons. Seth is a terror with a plenty of self-motivation.
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— TnT Hoops (@TNTHOOPSSPORTS) February 28, 2022
#29 Devaki Garr Devaki Garr 6'0" | PG Ensworth | 2023 State TN (Ensworth)
Shot selection is a concern. Devaki is a blur with the basketball, but he would be more productive if he were to draw more fouls. Garr is a gym rat with rare devotion to his craft.
#30 Keelan Jackson Keelan Jackson 6'4" | SF Tyner Academy | 2023 State TN
Keelan needs to improve a couple of things: handle, lateral mobility. His strength is outside shooting. Keelan is capable of improving his weaknesses, while his size and shooting skill will forever be better than average.
Evaluation of his playoff game 3/7/2022:
Keelan was not the overwhelming offensive force that he occasionally can become. What he did Monday night was deflect passes and alter shots. Tyner was forced to slug out an overtime win against a undermanned yet prideful Alcoa team. Jackson’s long arms an advantage, but he managed to keep those hands in passing lanes and reacted quickly. Credit him for making the facilitation of offense difficult for Jahvin Carter Jahvin Carter 6'2" | PG Alcoa | 2024 State #168 Nation TN and the other AHS guards.