"It's All About The Game"

Seen in the gym, Pt. 1

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Bailey, Publisher

Gyms have been packed with talented guys.

 

 

January 29, 2018 - With the high school season in full swing, talented players have been in DMV/Baltimore gyms competing. Following are a number of them:

Jason Gibson is tracking towards being a very good collegiate lead guard.

Jason Gibson – 6’1”, 155 pound Class of 2019 guard, Sidwell Friends (DC) – A combo guard that runs a lot of point guard for Sidwell, Gibson is on the top curve of DMV shooters. When he pulls up, you think it’s going in.

JMU has previously offered Gibson. Expect more to follow this summer.

Has a solid handle, but more strength will help him accept and give bumps better. Must also continue finding teammates as a first option.

Morgan Park's Cameron Burrell turned heads.

 

Cameron Burrell – 6’6”, 185 pound Class of 2018 forward, Morgan Park (IL) – A strong finishing forward who uses athletic ability, movement and a solid mid-range shooting skill to score, Burrell also defends the rim, meeting the ball in the air repeatedly. Add pulling down boards and rim running to his wheelhouse.

Burrell, who did all the above in Charm City vs. Windy City Challenge action, has been offered by Morgan State and ETSU.

Needs to get stronger in college, which will help him hold position and continue being a paint force.

Rajeir Jones can do many things.

Rajeir Jones – 6’2”, 180 pound Class of 2019 guard, St. Frances (MD) – A strong, aggressive, all-around guard, Jones competes and impacts the game in multiple ways. Can the open jumper and defend an opponent’s best perimeter player.

Norfolk State has offered Jones, while Mount St. Mary’s Niagara and Towson have all shown interest. Indicated an unofficial visit to Drexel is on tap for Thursday (2.1.18).

Going forward must be more of a dimer, a guy making plays for others.

 

Think buckets when Christian Jones is discussed.

Christian Jones – 6’3”, 170 pound Class of 2018 guard, Annapolis (MD) – Severely under-recruited, Texas Tech, Georgetown, Randolph-Macon and others have shown him interest, but as of yet Jones has no offers.

That makes no sense; he is a guard who scores at all three levels, bring the ball up and has a sneaky first step. Scored 31 points in a loss at Southern, despite not shooting well in the second half. Knows how to put up numbers.

Should focus on going left more – he can, but favors that right. Is a solid passer and not selfish, but could also pick up the frequency of his dimes. Weight room action will be on his menu in college.

Jones is a slept on big time.

 

Poly's Cleveland Houston does whatever he needs to.

Cleveland Houston - 6’1”, 175 pound Class of 2018 guard, Poly (MD) – Often times lining up against all-everything forward Jalen Horton-Tucker who is four inches taller and at least 30 pound heavier, Houston showed he’s a battler, never shying away from Tucker in the Charm City vs. Windy City Challenge.

A generalist back court guy, Houston can do some of everything expected of guards; handle, shoot, pass, drive, finish, dime, defend. He gives coaches options.

Should continue to work on his entire game, possibly becoming exceptional at something other than competing.

Delaware State and Norfolk State, among others, have shown recruiting love. Has no offers.

Kejuan Clements loves to strap up.

Kejuan Clements – 6’2”, 180 pound Class of 2019 guard, Simeon (IL) – Think fellow westside of Chicago native and current NBA professional Patrick Beverley when discussing Clements, as he’s a strong, aggressive performer, one who relishes strapping up opponents for 94 feet. In fact, Clements admitted with a smile he patterns his game after Beverly in some ways.

“It’s just tough, playing in somebody’s hometown” said Clements after displaying is defense and toughness in the Charm City vs. Windy City Challenge. “I saw the way the game was going, I wasn’t playing like my regular self in the first half, defensive-wise. Coach (Robert Smith) told me to pick it up. So I picked it up”.

Tulsa, Green Bay – Wisconsin and others are showing interest. “Good academics” and a strong basketball program are desired points in a college, said Clements.

He should become more of a consistent shooter and finisher for college. It’s not that he can’t score, but teams on the next level will force him to prove he can regularly.

 

 

 
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