Elite60 Camp Standouts; Part 2
Here is part 2 of The Elite60 Camp Standouts… Anthony “AJ” Williams (6’4/SG/’28/Mcdonough, GA) Instagram: aj._williams._ Anthony “AJ” Williams is one of the more impressive long-term prospects I enjoyed evaluating at the #Elite60Showcase. The lengthy shooting guard plays an under-control…
Here is part 2 of The Elite60 Camp Standouts…
Anthony “AJ” Williams (6’4/SG/’28/Mcdonough, GA)
Anthony “AJ” Williams is one of the more impressive long-term prospects I enjoyed evaluating at the #Elite60Showcase. The lengthy shooting guard plays an under-control brand of basketball. What I mean by that is he allows the game to come to him and is never sped up. He is very comfortable with the ball in his hands but clearly wired to score. I was impressed with his creative handle that allows him to penetrate almost at will. AJ has a smooth stroke from the perimeter, although I would love to see him put his head down a bit more, as he is nearly unstoppable when working downhill. In a matchup with the consensus top player at camp, he more than held his own, even drawing 3 charges. I would place AJ in the upper echelon of prospects in attendance.
Xavier Davies (5’6/PG/’28/Columbus, GA)
I feel comfortable stating that Xavier Davies was the most well-rounded lead guard in attendance. The 5’7 point guard has a solid build that allows him to absorb contact in an efficient manner. He is extremely shifty without overdribbling, a true mark of his maturity for a young guard. He kept his defender on skates the entire event. His killer crossover is one of the best I’ve seen among the middle school ranks. Xavier is more than just a flashy ball handler; he sets his teammates up for easy looks like someone much more experienced. He is a winning player in all aspects of his game, from leading the offense to defensively locking down at the point of attack. Xavier is one of the brightest prospects that I laid eyes on at the #Elite60Showcase.
Caldwell Cantrell (6’6/C/’28/Cleveland, TN)
Caldwell Cantrell is a throwback to the days of dominant low-post presences. He is at his best when he is able to secure deep post position where he does a good job making himself available. Once he catches it deep, he relies on sound fundamentals to get his shot off. Caldwell showed the ability to score with either hand in the lane. He picks up a handful of points simply off, outworking his matchup for offensive boards. Despite not having extraordinary vertical pop, he has an impressive second jump. He is a smart positional defender who does a good job guarding with verticality. Overall, Caldwell is a strong fundamental player who has the potential to be a big-time player.
Andrew Doyley (5’10/CG/’28/East Point, GA)
Andrew Doyley simply makes good things happen on the basketball court. He is a true combo guard in the sense that he is just as capable of orchestrating his team’s offense as he is operating off-ball in a primary scoring role. I was impressed with Andrew’s ability to change speeds. It is rare for a middle schooler to understand how to not play with the throttle down at all times. A quick first step opens up the rest of his offensive game. More of a slasher than a pure shooter at this stage in his development, he has the potential to lead his teams to plenty of wins throughout his HS career.
Dorian Douglas (5’5/PG/’29/Dacula MS)
Dorian Douglas made a lot of teammates happy at the #Elite60Showcase. A consummate teammate, Dorian would much rather set his running mates up with an easy score than look for his own offense. Dorian is a maestro in transition and seems to always make the correct read without getting sped up. He showed a true willingness to kick ahead at every opportunity. Dorian also shows blazing speed with the ball in his hands and is a terror to stay in front of. Dorian is firmly in the upper echelon of guard prospects that I evaluated.
Hunter Wilder (6’3/SF/’28/Auburn HS)
Hunter Wilder is a big-bodied wing with a lot of promising attributes. The skilled forward is versatile and capable of contributing across the board. I witnessed him guarding 1-5 and holding his own against each matchup. Hunter has a motor that never runs dry and picks up a handful of points every game simply off of hustle. Hunter is really advanced in his ability to take what the defense gives him. He has a deep bag of floaters and off-balance shots in the paint, where he picks up a lot of his points. He has shown flashes of being a knockdown shooter, especially in spot-up situations. Hunter will be a player I will evaluate every chance I get to track his development.