|Jaden Bradley, Elijah Fisher, Malik Bowman, Alex Karaban & David Solomon|
For the forth year, Mike Melton held his annual Basketball Spotlight Future Phenoms Camp and once again, there was a ton of talent in the gym. This year’s event was held at Discovery Sports Complex in Boyds, MD., an 8-court facility located in southern Maryland.
One of the best kids we saw all day was Jaden Bradley (6’1”/PG/2022/Concord, NC). Bradley started slow, but about midway through the 1st half he turned it on and started giving the opposing team buckets! Super smooth, Bradley is a high volume scorer who makes it look easy. He does it all; rebounds, defends, shoots it and gets to the rack. There is little doubt why so many people see him as one of the top kids in his class. Speaking of tops in their class, Canada’s Elijah Fischer (6’3”/WF/2023/Toronto, CN) retuned to the spotlight and left off where he finished at the D-Rich TV Camp last week. In the game we saw (before he suffered an ankle injury), Fisher proved he could impact a game without a scoring barrage. Oh he scored with drives to the cup, but he also defended the rim, rebounded, found open teammate with pin point passes and got out in transition.
We got our first look at Malik Bowman (6’4”/C/2023/Washington, DC) and we liked what we saw. Although he did not seem super motivated (playing with the smaller kids in his 2023 class), Bowman demonstrated solid post play and a soft touch around the rim. He’s long, strong, with great vision and passing ability for his size. Bowman was moved up to the 8th grade division in game two, where he flashed a face up game and ability to hit from the short corner. Bowman could be a good looking prospect going forward. Alex Karaban (6’5”/PF/2022/Boston, MA) caught our late in the day with his combination of size, athleticism and skill. Karaban rebounds at a high level, but is skilled enough to push the rock in transition, pass to open teammates and euro step and finish near the rim. He also runs the floor well and has a nifty little spin move in the paint. In a word, Karaban is productive.
|Mason Docks, Jaquan Harris, Raja Coleman, Rory Stewart & Christian Bliss|
David Solomon (6’5”/C/2022/Berke, VA) made some noise on the opening day. He’s big, strong, smart and rebounds at an high rate. His camp coach was big fan of Solomon’s as he described how he opens up the court for his teammates. We saw some really good things out of Akil Watson (5’11”/WF/2023/Middleton, NY). We liked his motor, his ability to get into the paint as well as knock down catch and shoot treys. He also excels in transitions and defends with a purpose. He’s still a little raw right now, but Jalen Duren (6’8”/C/2022/New Castle, DE) has a chance to be good with added skill work. He’s long, elevates well, dunks with ease and defends the rim. In another year or two Duren could be a problem.
We saw several quality guards on day including: Chris White (5’0"/PG/2023/Fort Lee, NJ), Julian Brown (5’8”/CG/2022/Middletown, NY), Malik Olafioye (5’6”/CG/2023/Detroit, MI), Christian Bliss (5’6”/PG/2023/NYC), Toby Ojukwn (5’1”/PG/2023/Voorhees, NJ), Raja Coleman (2023/NJ), Antonio Hamlin (6’0”/PG/2022/Baltimore, MD), and Mason Docks (5’8”/PG/2022/Lansing MI). Docks is the type pass-first floor general who can easily go unnoticed in a camp environment. Howevere, spend a few minutes watching him play and you’ll come to realize his talent and the fact he does all the little things you need in a PG. Hamlin is a multi-talented athlete who can play all 5 positions on the court. Although he’s undersized, he was productive banging in to post.
Other day one standouts included: Rodney Rice (2022/MD), Dre Cole (2022/CN), Devon Johnson (2023/NJ), Anthony Seoage (2023/NJ), Vaughn Shannonhouse (2022/CT), Chauncy Presley (2023/PA), Marvin Bromage Jr. (2023/Washington DC), Travis Roberts (6’3”/WF/2022/White Plains, MD), Marcus Johnson (CG/2026, Garfield Heights, OH), Jaquan Harris (6’2”/SG/2022/North Brunswick, NJ), Aiden Holloway (5’5”/PG/2023/NC), Sabastian Robinson (2023/NJ) and Rory Stewart (2022/CN).