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D1Spects Power 48 Recap

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July 24-26th, 2015 McEachern High School, Atlanta, Ga With the end of July comes the end to a very long AAU season where we at GetMeRecruited got the opportunity to observe talent throughout the east coast and Southeast. One of our newer stops this year has been with the D1 Spects tournament series; Converse Elite […]

July 24-26th, 2015
McEachern High School, Atlanta, Ga

With the end of July comes the end to a very long AAU season where we at GetMeRecruited got the opportunity to observe talent throughout the east coast and Southeast. One of our newer stops this year has been with the D1 Spects tournament series; Converse Elite Invitational, Super 100 Championships, and now the Power 48. This has been by far the highlight of our summer as we have been thoroughly impressed with the organization of the events and the skill level of the athletes in attendance. The Power 48 was just what we needed to end our summer on. It was packed with action and kids that are undiscovered but have a high ceiling of potential. As always it is hard to see all of the many games going on this weekend but we have plenty of players to choose from with the games we did watch so here’s a few that got the eye of the GetMeRecruited staff:

Xavier Hudson
Nebraska Bobcats/Bellevue HS/Bellevue, NE
Height: 5’10
Position: PG
Class of 2018

Xavier Hudson is not a strong looking guard but he plays extremely strong with the ball in his hands. He was an absolute bully with the ball; forcing and absorbing the contact and still able to complete the and-1 finish. He had a really good feel on how to deliver the ball in traffic, just barely zipping by the defenders where only his teammate could secure it. We think he still needs to tighten up that handle, but for the most part he did a pretty good job not turning the ball over. Hudson was also a pesky defender that would force turnovers for transition points or jumpballs.

Nautika Philpot
Auburn Raptors/Auburn HS/Auburn, AL
Height: 5’1
Position: PG
Class of 2017

Nautika Philpot is one tough cookie that is as scrappy as they come. As the team’s point guard and leader, she led her squad to a championship victory. Nautika did all the things that separate winners from losers. She wandered into the land of trees, battled for rebounds, and hit the ground for every loose ball near her. As the lead guard she used her ridiculous handles to break down the defense, pull in the help side D, then delivered the drop off to her partners in the paint; she repeated this play numerous times without resistance. If that wasn’t enough, she could let the jumper fly almost anywhere on the floor and land it with consistency. We loved watching her play and look forward to keeping up with her progress and recruitment.

Micah Roebuck
NE Georgia Thunder/Frank Co.MS/Carnesville, GA
Height: 5’7
Position: PG
Class of 2020


Micah Roebuck is a kid that is not flashy or has the wow factor in his game. He is just a throwback of a hardworking player that impacts the game, sometimes without even touching the ball. He was so active with and without the ball he gave his defenders the daunting task of keeping up with him. He had pretty decent handles and ran the point guard position as it is intended to be run, efficiently. He did hit a few jumpers and has a good form on his shot. Xavier also did an admirable job containing his man and rotating quickly on his help side defensive assignment.

Sarah & Siera “CeCe” Carter
Georgia Jazz/Central Christian/Sharpsburg, Georgia
Height: 5’9
Position: SG
Class of 2017


There was no other tandem we were more anxious to see than the young ladies we fell in love with a few weeks ago, the Carter twins. Although the girls played solid this weekend, it was much harder for the girls to explode like the last time we saw them because of a very tough team, the eventual champion Auburn Raptors. But this type of competition is where elite athletes excel. Although they both were effective in their own way, Sarah was a little quieter while CeCe was a little more amped up. Either way the duo went to battle and blocked shots, attacked the rim, pushed the break, and fired up their teammates with their defense. The girls are fundamentally sound so there’s no major adjustments needed but there is minor tweaking needed such as improvement in the handles, a more consistent jumpshot, and quicker lateral movement on defense. With work in these areas, the Carter twins are going to pan out to be something special; like elite special. We absolutely love these two and think it’s only a matter of time before the basketball world knows these girls. We have already made a call to the staff of the Best of the Best Showcase that happens in Chicago every July and informed them these girls need to be invited!

Khalil Shaheed
Prime Time Elite/Wheeler HS/Marietta, GA
Height: 6’0
Position: CG
Class of 2019


Let’s get straight to the point; Khalil Shaheed is a different type of ball player. He’s an athletic combo guard that is efficient in shooting, passing, and dribbling. You factor in the fact that he has a high basketball IQ and the court vision and awareness to lead his teammates in any situation and then you start to understand how different Khalil is. We first caught wind of him a week prior at the NTBA Nationals where he wowed us and earned an invitation to the SE All-Freshman Invitational; an event that will bring out all the top rising freshman in the southeast from at least seven states. This kid’s change of speed and transition play is incredibly effective. While leading the break you may see a little bit of Magic’s ShowTime in his passes, razzle dazzle no-look passes, and quick-release threading-the-needle assists; however they will all still be dead on accurate. We’ve put the media in attendance on alert there may be a kid from Wheeler HS we strongly urge you not to miss!

Robert Kelly
Atlanta Express/Cumberland Christian/Austell, GA
Height: 6’6
Position: SG
Class of 2016


We remembered seeing Robert Kelly play back in May at the Converse Elite Invitational so we wanted to be sure to catch this young man’s game, and once again we were not disappointed. His versatility is obvious and he fits the mold of today’s basketball player. He’s long, athletic, and has a great skill set he can use at multiple positions. Although a little on the thin side, Robert does not shy away from attacking the rim in the half-court or in transition. He has a great jumper, point guard type handles, and contributes on the glass; usually that’s where he starts the break. Overall, Robert will be a great look at the next level, especially as he starts to gain natural size and strength.

Alexandria James
Auburn Raptors/Notasulga HS/Notasulga, Alabama
Height: 5’5
Position: SG
Class of 2016


Alexandria James was a young lady that played within her limitations and only did the things she’s good at. She had a knack for understanding position; whether it was being in position for her to get a rebound, receive the pass, or for her to score. James has one of the nicest mid-range jumpers we’ve seen in a while and we’re not sure whether we saw her miss one. Also, she was always aware of where her teammates were located on the floor. But there was only one thing better than her court vision and that was her entry passes to the post. This is a skill that not many players master and Alexandria has done just that. Her passes were spot on and delivered where only her teammate could get it.

Deseree Moore
Mississippi Lady Cardinals/West Harrison HS/Gulfport, MS
Height: 5’2
Position: PG
Class of 2018


We absolutely loved the game of Deseree Moore. She already possesses the handles and moves that a point guard at the next level should have. She has a nice crossover and change of direction dribble that totally froze her defenders. In transition she kept her head up and constantly surveyed the floor as she looked for an opening to attack or deliver the assist. What we really liked about Deseree most was her competitiveness, in that she was in on almost every play on both ends of the floor. If she keeps working on her skill set she will start to separate herself as one of the elite players coming out of Gulfport, Mississippi.

Diondric Harvey
Georgia Chargers/Union Grove HS/McDonough, GA
Height:6’5
Position: SF
Class of 2017


To say Diondric Harvey is intimidating on the floor is an understatement. With the muscular body of a Big 10 college tight end, this kid has the strength and power to absolutely control the boards. He often kept his arms up and spread wide on defense, displaying his impressive wingspan. Diondric was huge for his squad by protecting the paint and snatching rebounds to start the break. With no formal weight training, all natural strength by the way, this kid could turn out to be a special gem; especially if someone takes the time to develop his skill set because he already has the tools needed to complete the job.

Tazsa Garrett-Hammett
Lady Warriors Elite GA/Springwood HS/Lanett, AL
Height: 6’0
Position: PG
Class of 2017


When we first laid eyes on Tazsa Garrett-Hammett a few months ago, to say we were impressed gives it no justice. We loved her so much we made a phone call to have her invited to the Best of the Best Showcase in Chicago where it is reported she did very well. This weekend Tazsa did exactly what we expected her to do, dominate. Although her team was running short-handed you could not tell as Tazsa picked up the slack. She was, and always is, very competitive and led her team physically, emotionally, and mentally. Her aggressive style and never-give-up attitude continues to build her character and her stock to be one of the best female players coming out of the region.

Christopher Walls
Prime Time Elite/Wheeler HS/Marietta, GA
Height:6’3
Position: SG
Class of 2019


Our surprise find of the weekend was Christopher Walls of Prime Time Elite. He was very impressive and first caught our eye with his intense energy; especially his on-ball defense. He would move his feet exceptionally well to cut off his opponent’s forward progress. His athleticism also allowed him to block some very high arching shots. Offensively Walls has versatility; hitting jumpshots all over the floor, playing above the rim catching lobs and putbacks, and moving very well without the ball to score with easy layups. Christopher was so impressive he was given an invitation to the exclusive SE All-Freshman Invitational coming to Raleigh, NC October 3rd which features the best players of the 2019 class. We are looking forward to seeing how he matches up against the other top players in his class.

Isaiah James
Nebraska Bobcats/Omaha Central HS/Omaha, NE
Height: 5’5
Position: CG
Class of 2018


Isaiah James is the kid you may not notice because of his small stature, but if you want our advice you better get a hand in his face as soon as he checks in the game. During one stretch of the game we watched Isaiah came out of nowhere and start knocking down some big time three pointers. Not just a shooter however, this kid dropped some nice dimes and attacked the basket with no fear in sight, kicking the ball out to the other spot up shooters on his squad.

Domonique Fuller
Georgia Jazz/Sandy Creek HS/Fayetteville, GA
Height: 4’10
Position: PG
Class of 2017


Our second event watching Domonique Fuller, it seems every game she is the smallest player on the floor. However, this girl continues to impress us and have a major impact on the ballgame. We caught a small part of her performance in the morning game where she drained several three-point baskets in a relatively short span of time to rally her team. We knew from the Super 100 event a few weeks ago she could put defenders on skates and drop dimes, but add in her accurate long-range ball and she is an atom-sized bomb!

Desiah Bartleson
Prime Time Elite/Wheeler HS/Marietta, GA
Height: 6’5
Position: SF
Class of 2019


Desiah Bartleson may have pulled off the play of the year in the game we watched. Only three letters could properly describe that play; O M G! On the break Desiah dribbled from end-to-end, went to the center of the lane where an unsuspecting defender tried to jump and block his attempt, only to be given one of the nastiest facials in the history of Georgia basketball. The dunk left the crowd, the coaches, the players, and even the officials stunned by its ferociousness. Those types of plays are what legends are made of. We rewarded him with an invitation to the SE All-Freshman Invitational in Raleigh, NC October 3rd because one play like that could put him on the map to all the media that will be in attendance. Although not quite skilled enough for the wing, Desiah did show signs of being able to play the position; but for now he’s much more comfortable in the post where he snatched rebounds for putbacks and contested shots very well.

Desiree Tyner
Auburn Raptors/Loachapoka HS/Loachapoka, AL
Height: 5’11
Position: PF/C
Class of 2017


Desiree was the most animated player we had the opportunity to watch this weekend. She was an absolute terror on the boards, securing rebounds with great positioning and by properly using two hands to keep the ball high before clearing out the lane. She did an outstanding job defending the post as we watched her block shot after shot then yell “gimme that” to the opposing team that would even intimidate bullies. Her enthusiasm and energy fired up her teammates and the Auburn Raptors supporting fans. Desiree was a big part of the Raptors successful run at the championship title.

Sidni White
Elite Playmakers/Douglas County HS/Douglasville, GA
Height: 6’2
Position: SG
Class of 2018


Sidni White is a long guard with a very quick first step. It was obvious he was the main guy for his squad because often times when the offense fell apart it was Sidni they turned to for answers and a bucket. He had no problem accepting the responsibility either, and often did his best to encourage his teammates to be involved. He could get the ball up the floor in lightning speed; he would grab a rebound and push it up the floor from end to end before most of the players crossed half-court. We loved the fact that he gave it his all on every play and was the most active player for either team. He would have a hand in shooting, passing, rebounding, or blocking shots almost every play. He was determined no one was going to outwork him, and that’s what champions are made of.

Katrice Jackson
Georgia Jazz/Newnan HS/Newnan, GA
Height: 5’11
Position: PF/C
Class of 2017


There’s no secret we love the game of Katrice Jackson. Normally she has a quiet but aggressive demeanor while being the anchor in the paint for the Georgia Jazz’s squad. The game we watched this weekend we got to see a much more emotional and verbal Katrice. She was being challenged by another bully by the name of Desiree Tyner of the Auburn Raptors; and Katrice was not about to back down. Watching her battle Desiree for position and rebounds in the paint was like watching Godzilla vs King Kong. These two girls were going at it and Katrice proved she is no pushover and a force to be reckoned with. She pushed, shoved, grabbed rebounds, and blocked shots. We were already impressed with Katrice the last time we saw her, but after watching her being battle-tested this weekend we have even more respect for her.

Charles “CJ” Smith
Nebraska Bobcats/Omaha Bryan HS/Omaha, NE
Height: 6’0
Position: CG
Class of 2018


Charles Smith plays small forward for his Nebraska Bobcats but he actually is a guard, and a pretty good guard we might add. Admittedly he does need to work on his ball handling more but he has all the other tools to develop into a pretty good guard prospect. Defensively, he is an unforgiving bulldog who gives no room to breathe while playing on the ball defense.

Chris Henderson
Prime Time Elite/Kell HS/Woodstock, GA
Height: 5’5
Position: CG
Class of 2019


Chris Henderson is the little guy you forget about until he stings you. He did a good job dribbling in traffic and getting to the lane to finish. Once in the lane he had a nice floater but sometimes elected to dish the lob assist to a teammate or show off one of his athletic finishes. But make no mistake about it Chris’s specialty was his threat from beyond the arc. We watched him drain multiple three-point baskets; he even converted the unconventional 4-pt play off a three-pointer and-1. Chris is the poster boy for the meaning of small but effective.

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