ATL HoopFest | Rising Prospects (High School)
Cumming, GA – Over the weekend, Next Generation Sports held its annual “Atlanta Hoopfest” tournament. Let’s take a look at some of the players that I personally got a chance to observe in the high school division.
CLASS OF 2025
Cowyn Glass – CAAT Wildcats | 6’0” PG
Nobody made more noise than Glass. This young point guard out of Hillgrove (GA) gave plenty of reason to think he could be one of the next guards out of the area. He’s got a tight handle, excellent quickness and can shoot the ball from deep range. His ability to attack, turn the corner and pass the ball makes him a very tough cover for even the more athletic guards in his class. Be on the lookout. A breakout may happen sooner than later.
Warren Nelson – Crystal Coast Thunder | 6’2” G
Nelson is an intriguing wing prospect. His ability to make shots was on full display in his second matchup that saw him drop 45 points. He never stops attacking on either end of the floor. On defense, he’s willing to take charges, dive on the floor for a loose ball and doesn’t mind mixing it up guarding a post player. On offense, he’s the same way. He’ll go down low and try to maneuver around the basket with his quickness. From the wing, he is a reliable shot maker that can get to the rim off the dribble. The next step in his development will be his athleticism. You can see it coming with the way he attacks the rim.
CLASS OF 2024
Daquan Young – T.M. Elite (GA) | 6’0” PG
I’m a fan of point guards that take care of the ball and play under control. For TM Elite, Young handled the point guard duties exceptionally well. On top of making sure that everyone got ample amounts of touches, he found a good balance and was able to create scoring opportunities for himself. Athletically, he can play above the rim and uses his leaping ability to snag rebounds out of position. Could develop into a triple double threat over time.
Nile King – GA Jayhawks (GA) | 6’4” SF
This may have been a breakout weekend for Nile King. He showed a knack for scoring, creating off the dribble and displayed good athleticism with a couple of bigtime dunks in traffic. Standing around 6’4”-6’5”, his size is of good intrigue for a player with the skills he possesses. A true inside outside threat. His basketball IQ was evident as well and his ability to communicate with his teammates is strong. Keep an eye out.
Michael White – Norcross Heat | 6’2” G
In the high school division, White scored the ball efficiently and at times easily. He’s got a very mature face-up game off the dribble. His jump-shot is quick and effortless. Off the catch, he does a great job of getting his feet set, catching in rhythm and wasting no motions as he shoots. When operating using his dribble, he does a good job using his body to move through and around defenders to get to his spots on the floor.