Adidas Middle School Nationals
presented by MBA and Louisiana Future
The Adidas Middle School Nationals provided a variety of entertainment over the weekend. Top notch teams and soon to be nationally ranked players produced some exciting games in Jackson. The best part of the event was that it was all under one roof. This allowed me to put an eye on 85% of the teams at the event. On the high school front, Madison Prep (LA) and Quachita (LA) have a bright future with some super studs on the way. Keep an eye on them down the road to be power teams.
Congrats to the following winners:
Notes from 14U:
Quashon Rowe (5-9 2021 G Holmes County Central; Tchula, MS) The Organization: Smooth guard that finishes around the rim with both hands. Good passer and good free throw shooter.
Reggie Clark (5-10 2021 G Holmes County Central; Tchula, MS) The Organization: Smooth guard with a quick first step. Gets to the rack with ease. Good passer that finds the open man off the drive.
JaKobe Richard (6-2 2021 PF Plaquemine; Plaquemine, LA) All Around Hoopas: Strong athletic post. He works the offensive boards and plays hard nosed defense.
Jordin Gilbert (6-1 2021 G Madison Prep; White Castle, LA) All Around Hoopas: Good size guard. Uses his length and speed to get the rim. Creates his own shot whenever he wants to. Very competitive with the will to win.
KeShawn Brown (6-2 2021 F Vicksburg; Vicksburg, MS) Warren County Bulls: Long, lanky forward that works well off the dribble.
Deonte Edwards (6-6 2021 F/C Quachita; Monroe, LA) Team JAH’S Elite: Strong, athletic big. Contest and changes shots. Runs the floor and plays with a high motor.
Jordan Maxwell (6-2 2021 F Jacksonville; Jacksonville, AR) Team JAH’S Elite: Versatile forward scores after contact down low. Great defender and smart player. Good passer on the break. Works well with the inside/outside game. Possibly the best all around player at the event. Could be a top nationally ranked prospect.
Camren Hunter (5-10 2021 G Bryant; Bryant, AR) Team JAH’S Elite: Commanding lefty that controls the game
Jalen Knox (6-3 2022 G Southern Lab University; Baton Rouge, LA) Louisiana Future: The big, strong guard not only played up in this event but did it very well. He used the drive as his best tool to score around the basket or create for his teammates. Very good at riving and dishing or driving and kicking out. He really stepped his game up in bracket play when against one of the better teams in the tournament. They were a very physical team and he thrived in that atmosphere. A possible national ranked prospect.
Louisiana Kings: The Kings are that physical team just referred to. The Kings are a very physical team that plays with a chip on their shoulder. They bring a very aggravating defense that gets under the opposing teams skin. The team pride is off the chart. They constantly chant and clap before, during and after the game. The bench is always supporting from the sideline. This was a very fun team to watch.
Notes from 13U:
Chauncey Holmes (6-1 2022 G Lester Prep; Memphis, TN) M33M: Good size guard with great handles.
James Barton (5-11 2022 G/F MUS; Memphis, TN) M33M: Lefty with a good inside and outside game. Gets the ball down the court fast off rebounds. Hustle player with a good motor.
Quincy Porcha (5-2 2022 PG Oxford; Oxford, MS) M33M: Fast guard that runs the show and controls the tempo
Percy Daniels (6-5 2022 F/C Madison Prep; Baton Rogue, LA) Louisiana Blazers: Big time size and length. Very fundamental. Blocks out when rebounding despite his size. Shot blocker. Scores easy down low. A potentially national ranked prospect.
Phillip Bradford (6-3 2022 F/C Monroe, LA) Monroe Lightning: Big, strong body that can put the ball on the floor. Shot blocker. Beast on both ends of the court on the glass. Hustle player with a good motor.
Jackson Lakers: The Lakers were another team that was full of athletes. They played really hard defense and kept the game going full-paced. They were another aggressive team that was fun to watch.
Notes from 11U:
Keron Jackson Jr (2024 G Memphis, TN) M33M: Good ball handler with size. Displayed some nice moves in traffic. Could get in line to be one of the next best things in Memphis. Should be one of the best ranked players in TN and potentially a nationally ranked prospect.
Trey Petty (5-6 2024 G/F Starkville; Starkville, MS) Starkville Future: Really smart player. He impressed with his knowledge of the game. He was like a coach on the floor. He showed range offensively and scored well down low. Passes well from the low block or off the dribble. He is a gem defensively as he is a good on ball defender blocking and contesting shots the whole weekend. His best defensive skill could be his team defense playing help side and off the ball. Rebounds well on both ends. Great ball handler with shifty and creative moves. Could possibly be the best 2024 in MS and could be a high nationally ranked player.