Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Names You Know & Need to Know: Prominent Youth Players Making Impacts Nationwide

John Mobley Jr. out of Ohio has captivated the country for the past two years with his phenomenal upside and skill set.  Many have documented their opinion that Mobley at his tender age may frankly be the most skilled and talented player that we have seen at the same point.  Without question he is and remains the #1 player in the class.  He is a joy to watch ~ not only play, but to train, to teach, Mobley is the son of a coach who just gets it and as he continues to get “it” he continues to get better and improve as he works as if he is the last guy on the bench.  It is a special luxury to youth basketball fans throughout the country to be able to watch Mobley Jr. grow; this is a story that deserves monitoring of the highest order.  Check him out below just released footage.

W.A.C.G arrived in Houston this past weekend to compete in their first NIKE EYBL Session at the 16U level.  Rumors have been running rampant that the southern program has established a direct relationship with NIKE.  Their appearance this past weekend has done nothing to dispel the real possibility that this program will be represented moving forward.  Featuring 6’9 forward Marvin Bagley Jr. who previously held the #1 spot in the P2bball.com 2018 player rankings; and who was recently offered a full ride to Kentucky University amongst others as a high school freshman and PG Tyger Campbell the #1 rated PG in the class of 2018 the W.A.C.G All Stars are 1 for 1 on the EYBL circuit.  They look poised to compete at the 17U league level after this weekend’s performance in the tournament style setting.

Team Rio National, currently sponsored by the NBA Miami Heats Mario Chalmers also showed up in Houston as they are touring the major circuit outlets advertising their goods - of which they have plentiful amount. The 2019 group arrived at the EYBL and competed at the 15U level. Size, strength, and power are provided by nationally ranked 6’9 center Tariq Ingram who is a behemoth in the middle.  The high ceiling post is your natural back to the basket center and his old school style give Rio an inside presence that can rival anyone in the country.  With two 6’4 high end, highly skilled, and high flying wings Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis filling the lanes and the basket they are hard to stop when they are coming at you.  After playing up successfully in the Pittsburg Jam Fest their EYBL 4-0 showing in a tournament style setting shouldn’t have been a surprise.  They had every chance of taking home the title but a flight out of Houston cause them to forgo the championship game which many believe the way they were rolling they would win. 

The #1 player in the state of Delaware Corey Barns has reappeared on the national scene looking bigger, badder, and better than ever.  Possessing one of the best motors in the country, the class of 2020 stud has been hidden from many major media outlets.  The one consistent is that whenever he appears he makes the most of his opportunities always proving that he is not only one of the best on the floor but also one of the best in the nation.  Currently ranked #42 and tending up Barns who was previously listed on the Terror Squads roster for NYBL while battling injury; made his first official appearance this weekend in Virginia.  The consummate teammate Barns does it all on the floor – a lockdown defender who seeks out the challenge of guarding the toughest guy on the floor, he can also handle and see the floor and exhibits great decision making with the rock in his hands.  He rebounds at 6’1 with any big on the floor and is a maven in transition.  Cory Barns is an ultra-athletic specimen who can impacts game on every possession and in a variety of ways. He attacks the offensive glass, finishes in transition, and is explosive around the rim. He has grown a lengthy frame with long arms and he has great feet. He plays with tenacity at both playing both 2020 and 2019 for Team Melo who is quietly adding piece after piece to their stable in the DMV area.

Marcus Johnson, son of Sonny Johnson Sr. the former Mr. Ohio Basketball and considered by Sports Illustrated to be the #7 ranked player to come out of the state of Ohio – and brother of top 10 nationally ranked Sonny Johnson Jr.; Marcus has begun to make noise of his own.  Currently only in the 1st grade, many will turn their noises and scream as to why this is even being discussed at this juncture.  Well besides the lineage which cannot be debated or argued – his cousin is “Meechie” Johnson; he is playing up not 1, not 2, but 3 age groups competing against 4th graders while being in the first.  Can we project 10 years out? No.  Can we determine 5 years from now? No.  But we would venture to guess with confidence that Marcus Johnson will be someone to watch and to keep an eye for a long time to come.  If we nail this assertion this could change opinions for decades to come with respect to the scouting of grammar school player  - if we are going to bet on anyone in the country our money is on the Ohio native Marcus Johnson see why below.

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