Richmond, VA – In the 5th annual Big Shots Mid-Atlantic Top 150, many of the Mid-Atlantic’s top talent took center stage. In years’ past MVP’s have included Collin Sexton, Jalek Felton, Prentiss Hubb, Naji Marshall and Marvin Price Jr. Marchelus Avery Jr, Che Evans Jr, Jaeden Jefferson, Jimmy Sorunke were stars at this years camp. Let’s check out the top performers in the 2020 class at Big Shots Mid-Atlantic Top 150:
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MVP: Marchelus Avery Jr. 6’7 SF Life Christian Academy (VA)/Big Shots Elite VA “The Dream” | As versatile as any wing in VA’s 2020 class. Avery Jr. displayed why he is a Top 100 caliber player. Creates a mismatch with his skill set to blow by slower 4’s or shoot over smaller 3’s. He got to the rim at will even finishing multiple big-time dunks over defenders. Avery Jr. displayed great feel on the perimeter as a ball-handler, attacking from all angles to score. He measured with a 6’9.5 wingspan and knows how to use it whether blocking shots near the box or finishes with length. Reminds me Trevor Ariza as a two-way player with a smooth stroke from mid-range out to the three-point line. He had 16 points in Game 1 and 8 points in Game 2 for a 12 ppg average. MVP at Big Shots NC Tip Off, DC Premier, Team Loaded event for Big Shots Elite VA this season. Holds offers from ECU, ODU, interest from Oklahoma State and VCU.
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Che Evans Jr. 6’6 W Dulaney (MD)/Team Melo | He is a Top 50 player in the nation for the Class of 2020. Evans Jr. is a smooth shooting wing with a high major skill set, footwork and elite size at the 2G spot. He has a tight stroke with an effortless release off the catch or dribble. Confident handler in traffic able to use his strength to bounce off defenders and finish above the rim. Balanced game that can be used in a number of ways to score or distribute. Showed his ability to find teammates open for easy shots when attacking the rim. With no dip in his shot he is able to come off screens and complete contested shots extended to NBA range. Evans Jr. really thrives in transition, grabbing rebounds going coast-to-coast. No one at camp seemed to be able to keep Che from getting to his spots. Following the event picked up an offer from SMU & UCLA. He is one of DMV’s heaviest recruited prospects in 2020 holding offers from UCLA, Georgetown, Florida, SMU, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Texas Tech, TCU, UNLV, Georgia Tech, Penn State, St. Johns, Boston College, ODU, Ole Miss, Kansas State.
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Jaedan Jefferson 6’5 W Western Branch (VA)/Team Melo | A breakout performer at Big Shots Mid Atlantic Top 150, Jefferson was the best on-ball defender at camp. A coach’s son (dad Kelvin assistant at ODU) that understands angles, how to use his 6’5 frame with athleticism to be a presence at both ends of the floor. Loved his energy and his motor with relentless pressure on offense and defense. A high level shutdown defender with the athleticism and drive game to match. He showed his ability to the mid-range jumper and will continue to be an efficient shooter from distance. Clearly one of the hardest working players in camp. Jefferson is an explosive athlete who had many highlight reel dunks in five-on-five play. Excelling in transition and in traffic knowing how to use his body to get into the paint and score. Converts defense into offense. Jefferson had 24 points in Game 1 and 8 points in Game 2 for a 16 ppg average. In Big Shots VA 2020 rankings he will make a big jump.
Malik Spellman 5’10 PG Wheeler (GA) | Pure point guard that you want running your team; a top leader, scorer and distributor at Big Shots Mid Atlantic Top 150. A coach’s son (dad assistant at powerhouse Wheeler HS) is an extension of the sideline caller on the court. He an athletic slasher that gets into the paint making right reads to hit the mid-range jumper, finish with the left and right at the rim or hit the open man for an easy bucket. Has a high basketball IQ that makes teammates around him better. Positive energy, positive player that makes a coach’s job much easier knowing the ball in his hands is in good hands. Defends 94 feet. Scored 25 points Game 2, 11 points in game 1 to average 18 ppg at camp. Division 1 prospect in Big Shots GA 2020 rankings.
Jimmy Sorunke 6’10 C Rockville (MD)/Team Melo | Sorunke is a mid-high level big prospect, amongst the top bigs in DMV’s 2020 class. Top big at Big Shots Mid-Atlantic Top 150. Received an offer from Long Beach State the following after camp. Currently holds offers from ODU and LBSU with interest from LSU and Syracuse. At 6’10 with a 7’2 wingspan and a 265 lbs frame, Jimmy has the body to attract mid-high major offers on his build alone. But it was skills combo of power moves in the post to shooting the 3 mixed with light movement on his feet that solidified to me he will be a high level prospect. Yes, I said shooting 3, the stroke was smooth and something that will only get better with time. A tremendous person to work with and a camp favorite. His footwork back to the basket was polished. Excelled in 2 on 2 able to play in pick and roll game scoring or passing out of it. Sorunke is an aggressive shot-blocker who blocked 10+ shots meeting it at its apex. Sorunke dominated on the boards. And his finishes had me worried the rim was coming down, dunking off one and two feet. Big Shots DMV 2020 Top 15 prospect.
Logan Washington 6’6 F Life Christian (VA)/Big Shots Elite VA “The Dream” | A shot blocking specimen, Logan was the top shot blocker at Big Shots Mid Atlantic Top 150 and led the Big Shots Circuit 2018 in blocks. From the first event of the year starring for Big Shots Elite VA, Washington has been dominant around the rim at protecting home with an unbelievable knack of blocking shots. At 6’6 with a 6’11 wingspan his timing and length mixed with quick lift have him amongst one of the top shot blocker not just in Virginia but in the country in 2020 that I’ve seen. Gifted defensively, his offense is picking up to where he can score not just around the rim but also shoot the 3. At camp he scored 13 points game 1 , 9 points Game 2 to average 11 ppg. Offensively he excels off two feet in the post with his back to the basket or off dump offs. Takes advantage of his quicks from the high post to beat slower bigs off the dribble. Division 1 prospect in VA’s 2020 class.
Karree Smith 6’3 G Green Run (VA)/910 Vengeance | High motor guard that plays with pride and purpose and stays in attack mode. Karree transfers back to Virginia from North Carolina now at Green Run and will be a name you will hear from throughout the high school season. At Big Shots Mid Atlantic Top 150 he was relentless off the bounce starting in skills session winning the 2-on-2 competition for the overall camp. It carried over to the games where he averaged 17 ppg. A two-way toughness combo that is downhill driving sums up Karree’s game. He can get to the rim at will scoring with athleticism and touch, and is confident in his pull up if stopped short of the rim. He knocked down the 15-footer at a high rate. Offensively and defensively, he has the motor to run all day another trait he possesses that I love in guards. He starred on the Big Shots Circuit with 910 Vengeance.
Elijah Jones 6’2 G Lee Davis (VA)/Threat 220 | Explosive lefty 2-guard that has a college body and efficient game. Elijah is a “3 and D” type guard that could explode at the rim with a flush on you, match it with a 3 and then be a shutdown defender on the other teams best scoring guard. explosive guard that could bang on you at the rim. In saying that defensive minded Liberty is showing interest in him. Noticeably added strength to his frame only added more burst to his game and ability to finish through contact. At Big Shots Mid Atlantic Top 150 he scored 16 points in game 2, averaging 12 ppg for the camp. Last year he was named 2020 MVP at Big Shots Mid Atlantic Top 150. A high motor lefty that plays both ends of the floor, is a 3-level scorer with fluidity off the bounce to make a play. Quick first step, efficient shooter and can really finish going left. He made big plays to win games for Threat 220 throughout the season and in Big Shots over the last two years. A star for Lee Davis alongside James Wallace and Dana Woodley. Big Shots VA 2020 Top 25.
James Wallace III 6’2 G Lee Davis (VA)/Threat 220 | Explosive combo guard with a fluid floor game. James was a BIG SHOTS Mid Atlantic Top 100 2020 All Star in averaging 11 ppg scoring 17 points in game 2. He shot it very well from 3 in skills session off the catch. A lengthy combo guard that is aggressive off the dribble, competes at both ends of the floor using his length to score and effect shots. Gets out in transition, active on the glass that can lead the break off a rebound. High academic player that will get recruited by low majors and division 2 plus programs. Like his upside, forms one of states top backcourts in 2020 alongside Elijah Jones at Lee Davis.
Christian McLeod 6’2 PG Life Christian (VA) |
Bounce, burst and balanced floor game. Christian is a 6’2 PG with combo ability that is a college level player. At the lead guard spot he plays with pace, handles and court vision to make the right pass at the right time. A high basketball IQ seeing the play before it happens. In game two he hit three 3’s showing his efficiency from deep. Averaged 10 ppg for the camp in earning 2020 All Star honors at Big Shots Mid Atlantic Top 150. In working with him in skills session he was quick to pick up on all drills starring in ball screen actions and 1 on 1 segments with his breakdown ability. He has division 1 talent and size at the PG position.
Corey Hines 5’11 SG Archer (GA)/G3 Elite |
Corey had the hot hand from distance hitting 4 3-fg in two games and scoring 16 points in game 1. Hit the 3-ball at a high rate even in skills session, efficient stroke off the catch and dribble. Combo guard due to his ability to handle and shoot. Best off the ball utilizing coming off screens to score. He excelled in transition getting open and scoring in the break. Big Shots 2020 All Star at Big Shots Mid Atlantic Top 150
Isaac Parson 6’0 PG Kinston (NC)/Stackhouse Elite | Tempo guard that can score or distribute in the break. Isaac excelled in decision making in transition constantly making the right reads scoring off floaters, layups or creating for a teammate. Averaged 11 ppg at Big Shots Mid Atlantic Top 150 earning 2020 all star honors. He has above average handles and driving ability with a high assist to turnover ratio. He can hit the mid-range jumper off the dribble and 3 off the catch, All Star on Big Shots Circuit with Stackhouse Elite.
Isaiah Jones 6’1 PG Calvert (MD)/Pax Premier | Isaiah was a leading scorer in the 2020 class at Big Shots Mid Atlantic Top 150 scoring 20.5 ppg. Jones has a tight formed stroke from 3 that I noticed in drills and led to the games where he put up 21 and 20 in two games. A stroke with limited movement, elevation and smooth release had him one of the top shooters in camp. He has a sound all around game mixing in shot fakes on close outs to drives and mid-range shots. A transition player that ran his lane hard and also hit the offensive glass leading to easy layups. A breakout performer in the 2020 class at camp.
Kaeshawn Ward 6’0 PG Norfolk Christian (VA) Norfolk Titans / Team Loaded 757 |
Kae has been a star in Big Shots for many years. A big shot taker and maker. Hit agame winner for Team Loaded 757 in May at Big Shots Team Loaded. Smooth pull up game, always on balance. Let’s the game come to him, doesn’t force even in camp settings. Good court vision hitting the open man in the break and in the half court. Excelled in the drills setting and ran the show for his team during the games. Big Shots Mid Atlantic Top 150 2020 All Star.
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