GREAT SOUTHERN SHOWCASE REPORT
By PrepStars.com staff
JACKSON, Miss. -- The third annual Great Southern Showcase is fast becoming a mainstay on the prep school tournament circuit. This year's event featured many future D-1 players, led by DeAndre Jordan, Mamadou Diarra, Mac Koshwal, Troy Gillenwater, Justin Brownlee, Olu Ashalou, Brandon Cooks, Junior Cadougan and others.
Boys to Men and Philadelphia Lutheran were the most impressive teams. Boys to Men received solid performances from Jeremiah Kelly in their three games. Kelly scored 32 points against Life Christian and clearly outplayed Cadougan. He had 28 points in a victory over Progressive Christian Prep and 24 in a 43 point game over Rise Academy.
Philly Lutheran defeated Houston Inner City Academy, Life Christian Academy and Future Academy. Mike Scott, Delonte Taylor, David Tuoiro, and Jason Sabb turned in impressive performances.
The Showcase featured several talented underclassmen. Jeremiah Kelly, Olu Ashaolu, Junior Caduagan, Justin Brownlee and Malcolm White were impressive. Kelly was named the most outstanding player at the event.
Kelly's game is ideally suited in Coach Loren Jackson's frenetic, aggressive system. He's quick and can run a team. The 6-0 senior PG plays tough defense on the ball, as well as in the passing lanes. He shoots the ball well enough to make opponents respect his ability to finish off the dribble. He does tend to over-penetrate at times, but he appears to have developed a consistent jump shot since we saw him in December.
Cadougan and Ashalou played well for a short-handed Life Christian Center squad. Caduagan is strong and is quick from baseline to baseline. The 5-10 sophomore PG sees the court very well and often makes the right decisions with the ball. However, his shots were inconsistent and he didn't finish well. He's a player we have watched since he burst onto the scene as a 13-year old. It will be interesting to see how his body develops as he matures.
Ashaolu, a 6-5 junior WF, had several strong finishes and demonstrated great footwork, which allows him to spin away from defenders for dunks. He needs to develop a more consistent mid-range game for the next level.
Justin Brownlee has apparently reclassified as a junior. He showed range, the ability to finish with both hands around the hoop and can beat a defender off the dribble. He's listed at 6-7 but is closer to 6-5. He did not show that he has the footwork which he will need at that height at the next level.
The 6-7 junior BF Malcolm White of Genesis did not fill up the stat sheet, yet several high-major coaches in attendance were captivated by his length and athleticism. He made several blocks while helping from the weak side. Several observers compared his game to that of a younger Tyrus Thomas, although that's obviously lofty praise.
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Antoine Watson of Milestone was getting interest from every high-major coach in attendance. He is strong, extremely quick and has nice shooting range. He didn't always finish and tends to waste energy looking for shots, but having the ability to beat his opponent off the dribble sometimes lead to those out of control east-west moves.
Derick Echols of Covenant, Tyquan Stroman of Genesis, and Jordan Brickman and Eric Frederick of Cornerstone also are solid D-1 prospects.