NEO Youth Elite Camp Standouts: Part II
The annual NEO Youth Elite Showcase is traditionally a loaded event with high-level prospects from the all over the country. The 2020 version did not disappoint, as several players from various age groups took the floor at The Edge and made a huge impression. After evaluating hundreds of prospects carefully throughout the two day event, these prospects had the strongest performances.
Brent Walker (2021/Canton McKinley HS)
Brent goes around 6’6 with a chiseled frame that could pass for a starting DE on the football field at the Division I level. Walker was the most physically imposing prospect in attendance by a wide margin. The rising senior was absolutely ferocious finishing around the rim, going up with authority for strong dunks every time he was in the restricted area. He displayed good verticality, particularly when he was able to elevate off 2 legs. Brent was a monster on the glass, swallowing up boards in traffic while bullying the competition. Walker embraces his status as a more traditional big, but did flash some ability to put the ball on the floor from the elbow area in half-court settings. While Brent may be a bit undersized, he plays bigger than his 6’6 height. Walker uses his strength advantage on every possession and plays with a level of physicality that isn’t seen much in modern basketball. He projects to be a high-motor big that rebounds at a high rate while being a solid finisher on dumpoffs/lobs that can face-up with the ball a bit with further development. NAIA/D2 programs should definitely give Brent a hard look.
Jaden Hameed (2021/Warrensville Heights HS)
Hameed has some nice wiggle as a ballhandler that he used to get wherever he wanted on the court. Jaden shifted gears and played at multiple speeds to keep defenders off-balance and get to the paint. His sturdy frame allowed him to absorb contact while maintaining his balance as both a ballhandler and finisher. While his ability to dictate pace with a live dribble was impressive, we really liked his perimeter shotmaking ability. The 5’11 lead guard repeatedly connected on pull-up triples with a quick release and good arch. Hameed was also consistent off the catch, burying shots from NBA range on multiple occasions. While Jaden may not necessarily blow you away with athleticism in a lay-up line, he does produce at a high clip in game action as evidenced by 25+ ppg game average during his junior campaign. Add in his academic resume as a 3.8 GPA honor-student and Hameed is a prospect that Division II and low-major Division I programs should have on their radar.
Prentiss Suggs (2021/Twinsburg HS)
Suggs caught our eye as a swiss-army knife guard that does a bit of everything. The 6’3 senior is first and foremost a fluid athlete that moves very well on the court with good length. He runs the floor extremely well in the open court, covers ground with his strides and elevates well off 1 leg. While he’s mostly an off-ball option at this point in his development, Prentiss did connect on a few pull-up jumpers from beyond the arch that suggest more of an on-ball role in the future. Defensively, he moved his feet well and uses his wingspan to be disruptive when jumping passing lanes and applying on-ball pressure. The best quality about Suggs is upside, as he’s not even close to reaching his ceiling as a basketball player. With a solid physical profile, above average athleticism and some tools to work with in terms of skill, Prentiss is prospect that small colleges should be tracking. He has some real potential to be a difference maker on the defensive end of the court while scoring in transition, hitting catch and shoot threes and attacking closeouts.
Yarell Greer (2023/Bogan HS)
We really liked the competitive spirit that Greer displayed throughout the weekend. Yarell took every possession seriously……….on both ends of the court. The Chicago-native is an all-business defender that picked up 94 feet, embraced contact, made the opposition uncomfortable and played much bigger than his 5’10 frame. Offensively, Yarell was definitely one of the more shifty prospects in attendance, blowing by several defenders with sudden change of direction/speed dribbles. He’s a good athlete at his size, with good acceleration and straight line speed. Greer takes some high-difficulty shots, but was able to connect on his fair share of pull-ups from NBA range. The rising junior may still grow, and if he’s able to reach 6′, he’s going to be very intriguing for Division I coaches seeking a PG that can break down the defense off the bounce, hit perimeter shots and be a pit-bull on defense.