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June 21, 2004
On the Bounce with Coach Meyer, NHJ vol. 2
Here is run down on the number 11 through 20 best prospects at the Nike Hoop Jamboree:
2006 prospect Jodie Meeks (6-foot-4, 205-pound shooting guard from Roswell (Ga.) High School): Meeks is a scorer. He hit multiple contested threes, has a smooth midrange pull up jumper, and can get to the rim with either hand. Also possessing a high basketball I.Q., he did more than score. He defended well, got in passing lanes, and rebounded.
2006 prospect Jason Bohannon (6-foot-4, 177-pound point guard from Lin-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa): Bohanon can score it and pass it. He is a very good ball handler with great court awareness. He shoots a solid deep ball and looks to have the ability to make the tough shot on the move.
2006 prospect Joseph Watkins (6-foot-7, 205-pound small forward from Hamilton High School in Memphis, Tenn.): Athletic and with good ball skills, Watkins is a high major small forward. Will at times force it, but he can make plays off the dribble for himself and create opportunities for teammates. Does not have three point range yet, however.
2006 prospect Jeffrey Allen (6-foot-7, 216-pound small forward from DeMatha High School in Washington D.C.): Allen has a very good feel for the game. He is very good with the ball in the open court and is adept at finding the open man. He is very good going left and can shoot it, but the outside shot is not his strong suit.
2006 prospect Luke Harangody (6-foot-7, 250-pound power forward from Andrean High School in Shereville, Ind.): Harangody is not an explosive athlete, but the big man is strong, smart, and smooth. He has very good hands, a nice jump hook, and can finish in traffic. Yes, he is undersized and not a great athlete, but he gets rebounds, score, and plays hard all the time all the while punishing his opponents with his physical play.
2006 prospect Matt Bouldin (6-foot-5, 195-pound point guard from Thunder Ridge High School in Denver, Colo.): Not quite as quick as Bohannon but stronger and more physical, Bouldin has a tremendous feel for the game. He can get the ball to the open man anywhere on the court and uses a very solid hesitation move to get by defenders. His catch and shoot behind the arc does need work, but he is a very good scorer off the dribble, specializing in making floaters. A very strong rebounder as well, Boulding is definitely a big offensive point guard, but he would struggle guarding a very quick point.
2006 prospect Tyrone McNeal (6-foot-11, 222-pound center from Clover (S.C.) High School): McNeal like all of these young players is far from being a polished player, but the lefty with a reach of 8-foot-11 has a nice jump hook in the low post and can make difficult finishes with his left hand. He does need to develop a right hand finish. He runs well and looks full of big time potential. He does need to get stronger and at times looked a little shaky with the ball on the perimeter.
2006 prospect Willie Kemp (6-foot-2, 160-pound point guard from Boliver (Tenn.) Central High School): Kemp is the type of solid point guard that you want to run your team. He is a distributer that can penetrate to create opportunities and can hit the open three. Defensively, he is solid and picks up steals with his long arms, quick hands, and high basketball IQ.
2007 prospect Leonard Washington (6-foot-6, 199-pound small forward from Washington-Marion high School in Lake Charles, La.): Washington is a big time athlete who plays around the rim. The lefty has a nice free throw wich bodes well for the way he likes to attack the rim. His shot looks solid from midrange, and he should develop into an adequate three point shooter. Washington has the atheticism and potential skill of a pro.
2006 prospect Xavier Keeling (6-foot-5, 194-pound small forward from Johnson High School in Huntsville, Ala.): Keeling is an athletic finisher who can get to the basket and snag rebounds. More of a small forward than a shooting guard, he can knock down jumpers and has the potential to be a shooting guard. His shot does need some work before he can be a consistent three point shooter. He showed strong leadership capabilities at the camp and passed the ball well on the move.