Monday, March 17, 2014

East Coast Sleeper of the Year - Brandon Slater (MD)

As evaluators its easy to analyze a known star; the true skill is differentiating between fringe players, quality players and future stars.   Brandon Slater is a future star and officially one of the most underrated players in the class of 2018.  Often over looked due to strength of team and his willingness to sacrifice his game for the benefit of the team Slater has performed admirably in camp and all-star situations proving consistently that he has the "goods" to compete with the top talent in the class.  Appearing on all national boards; Brandon’s proving grounds (DMV), national schedule (Team Takeover), and big-time upside (Paul IV HS Commit) will bode well for continued success in the future.

Slater has an impressive pure basketball frame for his age and is still growing and it appears he'll be a versatile scoring wing at the High School level. He will need to put on weight and get stringer but he already plays much bigger than he is, due to his wingspan and length. He has a smooth stroke out beyond the three point stripe and he runs the floor well and can finish with the best on both sides of the basket. During our times in the gym and viewing multiple games tapes; Slater has displayed a nice mid-range game and a dangerous dribble pull up.  This multi-skilled perimeter player also puts the ball on the floor using straight line drive to attack the rim along with his long arms and finishes with an array of finishing moves that are more befitting a much more mature player.  Brandon has an old school style that is smooth and refreshing – a joy to watch; with shades of a young “Ice Man” Brandon Slater is name to remember over the course of the next 5 years.  We believe before its said and done he will be a well sought after prospect for many school at the mid to high major level.

His versatility is not just on the offensive end; Brandon defensively can guard multiple positions and see’s things before they happen – making him excellent at anticipating steals and starting breaks.  A very complete player with super star qualities, a humble hard worker who would be an asset to any program; folks will regret not recruiting this player harder to their HS program, college coaches will not make the same mistake.

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