More from the Classes of 23 & 24 edition of the Hoop Exchange Live Invitational.
Jamai Tejada, Hialeah Mater Lakes Academy: The 5’10 sophomore had a good morning on Saturday. He is very quick, consistently gets to the rim, and makes good decisions with the ball on the move. Tejada’s perimeter shot continues to improve and he must be respected from behind the three-point arc.
David Delancey, Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy: We caught the 6’3 sophomore during the four-on-four session of the event. He is physically strong and solid athletically. Delancey shot the ball well from the perimeter and found teammates for good looks at the basket. With continued development, he could be a factor on the next level at either guard position.
Isaiah Brown, Orlando Christian Prep: We caught the 6’2 freshman earlier in the summer at the AAU 8th Grade Nationals, and as much as we liked him then, we liked him even better this time around. While not at the high-end of the athletic spectrum, Brown is already a multi-dimensional scorer. He’s crafty in his ability to create space and get shots off, both around the basket and on the perimeter. Brown displays a high hoops IQ at a very early age.
Koree Cotton, South Miami: The 6’4 sophomore looks to be ready to step into a bigger role this coming season. The long lefty has good range on his jumper, finishes well at the basket, and is a solid secondary ball-handler and passer. Defensively he is very active and makes the most of his length, anticipation, and quick feet.
Tyler Williams, Winter Haven: The 6’4 sophomore had a bit of a slow start in the game we took in but finished with an impressive flourish. He has good size and a solid frame for a young player as well as a good dose of athleticism. Right now Williams is more scorer than shooter, but his perimeter shot should come around in time. He is also an active rebounder at both ends of the floor.
Chris Cornish, Punta Gorda Charlotte: The 6’4 freshman showed no signs of fear in his first big time event. He proved to be a difficult stop when attacking the basket and finishes well with either hand around the rim. Cornish is a solid rebounder despite being a bit on the thin side as he doesn’t shy away from playing physically. His perimeter skills are still developing but we think he has a bright future ahead of him if he is willing to put in the work.
Jaylen Robinson, Jacksonville Providence: The 6’5 freshman is a strong insider that actively pursues rebounds and is quick off the floor for stickbacks. Defensively his motor revs high and he challenges anyone that comes into the lane. No doubt his overall skill level will develop while playing in the Providence program.
Stone Bureau, Riviera Beach Suncoast: The 6’0 freshman is quick with the ball, stays in attack mode, and has a perimeter shot that must be respected. A modern-day scoring point guard, Bureau also has the court vision and instincts to create open shots for teammates when penetrating the defense.
Derek McCray, The Villages Charter: A 6’0 sophomore, McCray was one of the better perimeter shooters during the session. Whether off the catch or the dribble, McCray made shots, even when heavily contested. He also put in work at the defensive end, showcasing quick hands and feet.