Monday, May 22, 2017

UA Next Combine Rolls into the ATL

Khalil Brantley, Camden Blount, Joshua Beadle, Korey Richardson & Shayne Monsanto
The second leg of the UA Next Combine Series tipped off at Milton High School in Atlanta. GA on Saturday and played host to a number of talented ball players.  Although he was one of the smallest players at the event, Khalil Brantley (5’10/PG/2021/Jamaica, NY) made a compelling case as the event’s top guy.  Brantley is well known nationally, so it comes as no surprise to us that he excelled on Saturday.  Brantley dominated on both ends of the floor, and he not only scored the ball, his playmaking skills were on full display as he found open teammates consistently.  Brantley is a smart PG who is highly skilled and plays with an elite motor. He’s also crafty and he has the rock on a string.  At his current rate of development, Brantley projects no worse than a mid-major prospect.  In fact, word has it he has already secured an offer form Iona as an 8th grader!

Right behind Brantley in performance was Camden Blount (6’4/combo forward/2021/Smyrna, GA), a strong and athletic combo forward who plays with a lot of energy.  Blount is solidly built, rebounds in bunches, runs the floor with purpose, handles the ball well and finishes at a high rate around the basket. Blount also has a nice little mid-range shot to boot.  Another good prospect with continued growth and development.

We saw some really god things out of Joshua Beadle (6’1/PG/2021/Columbia, SC). Beadle already has good size for his position at an age, and he’s smooth, athletic and possess an impressive skill set.  We saw a three-level scorer who also doesn’t mind sitting down defensively. He excels at 1 dribble pull-ups or knocking down catch and shoot treys.  If left unguarded after he crosses half court, he is more than capable of stepping into a trey with little hesitation.  We also loved his motor and explosive first step! Kory Richardson (6’2/CG/2021/Columbia, SC) balled out Saturday as well.  Richardson showed the ability to create space with a nifty step back jumper. He also has a nice mid-range game including a, effective floater.  He’s got nice size already, rebounds well, and is super smooth.

Rounding out our top 5 is Shayne Monsanto (6’0/WF/2021/Columbia, SC), who is strong, and understands how to use his football-type frame to dominate in the paint.  Monsanto is also full of energy and is more than willing to do the dirty work.  He rebounds well for his size, is a solid defender and feasted on put backs all day. He also finishes plays through contact, is active in transition and has a great motor. We're not sure if Monsanto will stay the course with basketball or end up playing on the grid iron, but for now, he's nice! Although we have featured only our top 5 players, we will feature the rest of our top 10 tomorrow.

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