When we think about the class of 2019, it reminds us a bit of 2017 with multiple high majors at the top with pro potential mixed in with solid low-mid major prospects.
The class of 2020 started off really hot when the kids were in 8th but the sophomore slumps are starting to take effect. We don't expect it to end badly but as body's start to mature, changes in player's game start to become noticeable for the bad and good.
His name is Austin Harvell. Virtually unknown to the basketball world, largely in part to a broken leg he sustained only two games into his freshman season at Clements High School that put and end to his season. Disappointed but not deterred from his dream he continued to work and was committed to getting back on the court to do what he loved.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association held their annual Player of the Year/Mr. Basketball banquet on Tuesday, April 10 and there were some familiar faces among this year’s winners.
There weren't many big names in the 17U field this year but there were some new faces. Central Park continues to hit the international trail while a few sleepers have arisen. The class of 2019 has always been good and its starting to fill out with some depth.
Jayden Stone 6’3” SG (Central Park/Team Carroll Premier 2020) is the new face and may be the best player in the class. He hasn’t been in America too long but has already made a name for himself in Alabama. He has a complete game and can score on all levels.
The Southern Spring Invitational, hosted by Team Carroll Premier, is one of the best events in the south hosting over 300 teams at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. It’s a good measuring tool to evaluate most of the young talent in the state as they go ahead to ahead.
Tommy Burton always knew he’d play basketball. 6’5 seventh graders walking the halls don’t make it past the entrances of the school before the coach is shaking his hand introducing himself. Getting on the court is the given.
Theo Akwuba during the Alabama North-South All Star Game (Photo Cred/Julie Bennett of AL.com)6’9 Brewbaker Tech Senior Center Theo Akwuba isn’t a household name in recruiting circles. At the beginning of the season you didn’t find him on any of the state’s pre-season top senior lists.
The Steel City Invitational is always a good measuring stick for teams and players. It’s a good spot for evaluators like myself to see kids compete against other college prospects all in one place. For the most part, the top kids did their parts and the improvement and confidence gained during the off season was evident.