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Buckeye Prep Scouting Report - 6th Grade

9/18/2015

Welcome to our first ever… Showcase coverage report!

We really had a blast covering the event. How did Next Level Basketball Academy evolve into showcase media? Well long story short… I personally have developed skills in video editing, scouting (College level for professional level players overseas), coaching AND have a love for sharing this skill... so we decided to take this skill and bring it down to the middle school and lower levels.

We are looking at ways to expand our reach by attending showcase events across the nation. We hope you enjoy.

Our report will be different than material you have seen before, it will look more like scouting notes. This is to show you what a college scout might write about you, your son, or your daughter. Here are the players who really stood out. We ranked our top EIGHT.  THIS WAS NOT EASY! We did not go on name recognition, only on what our eyes saw. We viewed games of about 60 percent of all the players. What if you don’t see your name? It is possible that we did not see your game, or that in the game we watched you did not stand out. Remember… you never know when a scout is watching your game!

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The Players

NAME: Christopher Livingston

TEAM: We All Can Go

POSITION: Power Forward

CLASS: 2022

RANK: #1

Event  Scouted: Buckeye Prep Sept 12-13, 2015

Body Type: Tall and lean

Scouting Report: Wow. This kid has some serious game. Christopher looked amazing in the game we saw him play. His ability to score in transition and in the post was off the charts. He makes the tough layups look easy and is a tenacious rebounder.  Scoring on Christopher in the paint was next to impossible. He sent multiple shots in reverse and was a huge help to his team.

Next Level Basketball Academy Notes: Christopher certainly made a name for himself. His low post ability and athleticism is very high. Our player comparison for Christopher Livingston is Anthony Davis.

NAME: Sonny Johnson Jr

TEAM: HWB

POSITION: Guard

CLASS: 2022

RANK: #2

Event  Scouted: Buckeye Prep Sept 12-13, 2015

Body Type: Slender, Guard

Scouting Report: Sonny plays the game the right way.  He makes the smart play, the winning play. Coaches love this type of player, as he will make others around him better. He has elite level handles, and an elite shot.  His skill sets are very polished, and only going to get better with the way he works.  He has discipline and fundamentals, yet has some flair to his game.  This is NOT easy to have both.  He has above average court vision, and the ability to thread the needle while passing.  Defensively he is a smart defender who stays in proper position and can pressure the ball, and jump passing lanes.

Next Level Basketball Academy Notes: We love to watch a player who just looks more prepared then everyone else. Sonny is very highly ranked nationally. This is great, but it is early. Sonny’s player comparison is CP3 Chris Paul. Stay focused, stay grounded, and keep working.

NAME: Paul McMillan

TEAM: All Ohio Red

POSITION: Forward

CLASS: 2022

RANK: #3

Event  Scouted: Buckeye Prep Sept 12-13, 2015

Body Type: Tall and lean

Scouting Report: Paul is a very exciting player to watch. He hustles very hard and has a good knowledge for the game. He can make several tough contested shots and is able to shake the defense with his ball handling ability. On the defensive end, he made one chase down block that launched the ball 20 feet out of bounds and was very difficult to score on.

Next Level Basketball Academy Notes: We believe Paul has a very high ceiling. He definitely has a lot of talent. Paul’s player comparison is Jabari Parker. Very dynamic and explosive and a whole lot of athleticism. Stay focused, stay grounded and keep working.

NAME: Kareem Rozier

TEAM: Michigan Playmakers

POSITION: Guard

CLASS: 2022

RANK: #4

Event  Scouted: Buckeye Prep Sept 12-13, 2015

Body Type: Small Guard

Scouting Report: Kareem is a very impressive scorer. He plays the game like an elite point guard. Kareem has elite level court vision. Above average creating space for shot and often knocks it down with ease. He plays above average perimeter defense, making it tough for opposing guards to get past him.

Next Level Basketball Academy Notes: Kareem definitely knows how to score the basketball. We were highly impressed with his offensive ability. Our player comparison is Monta Ellis. Stay focused, stay grounded, and keep working.

NAME:  Tyrone Hardy

TEAM: North Carolina

POSITION: Forward

CLASS: 2022

RANK: #5

Event  Scouted: Buckeye Prep Sept 12-13, 2015

Body Type: Athletic build

Scouting Report: Tyrone caught our attention right away with highly impressive work in the post. He scores frequently when given the ball in the paint. Whether his back was to the basket or he is catching a layup on a fast break, Tyrone knows how to take it to the hole. He is very fast in transition. His speed shows on both offense and defense. His defensive post ability is also above average. Everyone Tyrone guarded down low either passed or forced a bad shot.

Next Level Basketball Academy Notes: Tyrone is a matchup nightmare for forwards with his combination of post moves and athleticism. Our player comparison for Tyrone is a younger version of Amare Stoudamire. Stay focused, stay grounded, and keep working.

NAME: Carlos Alexander

TEAM: Baltimore, Maryland

POSITION: Guard

CLASS: 2022

RANK: #6

Event  Scouted: Buckeye Prep Sept 12-13, 2015

Body Type: Strong and athletic

Scouting Report: Carlos is without a doubt a natural scorer. His ability to drive to the hole and hit the contested layups. Carlos was also able to hit some long range shots on catch and shoots. Carlos can definitely get up and down the floor in a hurry and his defense ball pressure was above average. Carlos does not allow his opponent to play comfortably.

Next Level Basketball Academy Notes: Carlos can definitely wow people with his scoring. We definitely expect to hear more about him in the future. Our player comparison for Carlos is Carmelo Anthony. Stay focused, stay grounded, and keep working.

NAME: Jaden Schooler

TEAM:

POSITION: Guard

CLASS: 2022

RANK: #7

Event  Scouted: Buckeye Prep Sept 12-13, 2015

Body Type:  Small Guard

Scouting Report: Jaden is a playmaker. Jaden always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Whether it is finding the open man on offense or making a run for a fast break, Jaden knows what to do. His ability to hit contested layups and get to the hole quickly is very high. Also Jaden forces turnovers and converts them into points.

Next Level Basketball Academy Notes: Jaden is a very good all-around player. His aggression and finishing ability is top notch. Look out for this guy to make some noise. Our player comparison for Jaden is Victor Oladipo.

NAME: Caleb Houstan

TEAM: S-Elite

POSITION: Guard/Forward

CLASS: 2022

RANK: #8

Event  Scouted: Buckeye Prep Sept 12-13, 2015

Body Type: big man

Scouting Report: Caleb is a very aggressive basketball. Caleb is a great rebounder and showed tremendous ability to score in the paint. The thing that caught our attention about Caleb was his hustle plays. Caleb definitely plays hard and really was a great overall benefit to his team. His defense in the paint caused a lot of issues for the opposing team.

Next Level Basketball Academy Notes: Caleb is the kind of player who can help any team. His energy and defense alone are elite. He also displayed a nice post game. Our player comparison for Caleb is Scottie Pippen.

Note: If you are or know one of the players without photos above, get in touch! Send us an email at info@nlbacademy.com with your player photo and we'll get it posted in no time!

Thank you!

-Coach Ryan Holliday

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