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Jace Freeman Kicks Off Recruitment With Unofficial Visit To UNC

Jace Freeman has kicked off his college recruitment journey with an unofficial visit to the campus of the University of North Carolina, where UNC Hall of Famer and former Detroit Pistons coach Phil Ford was his guide.

Accompanied by his parents and younger sister, Jace toured the Dean E. Smith Center where he experienced walking the tunnels to the Roy Williams Court, and spent time on the very court where legends are, and have been, made. In addition to his time on the main court, Jace Freeman spent time touring the Tarheels' practice facility where he got to see firsthand where his future collegiate practices could be held someday.

From there, Coach Ford took Jace and family to the Carolina Basketball Museum, which is located in the Dean E. Smith Center complex.  Jace spent an extended period of time learning about the rich history of the University of North Carolina men's basketball program. In addition to learning about the legends who have suited up in that classic Carolina blue, and the Hall of Fame coaches who built time honored basketball traditions, Jace had the unique experience of gaining one-on-one advice from Coach Ford.  We won't tell you what he said, but just know that Jace took a lot of notes and has been grinding daily to achieve his dreams in the game of basketball.

Jace Freeman is in his sophomore year at Cornerstone Prep Academy in Acworth, GA and has plans to visit several other schools from his recruitment list this fall.  Jace's next stop will be an invite to the Pangos All-South Frosh/Soph Camp in Dallas, TX to showcase his basketball talents to college coaches and national media, alongside four (4) of his ENG United teammates. 

NOTE:  Taking an unofficial visit to a college or university does not necessarily mean you've been extended an offer, nor does it mean you'll be extended an offer. It is possible for a coach to offer a student athlete while taking an unofficial visit, but by no means is this guaranteed. As of the date of this article, Jace Freeman has not yet received an offer from UNC Men's Basketball.

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Gabe Mason – CP3 Rising Stars Camp

ENG United combo guard Gabe Mason continues to prove why he is one of Georgia's top high school basketball players. A legit 2024 prospect (no re-class), Mason was among a small group of 11 players from Georgia's sophomore class to be invited to the 2021 CP3 Rising Stars Camp in Greensboro, NC.

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Measuring 6'4" tall with a wingspan of 6'7", Gabe Mason represented his ENG United family well at the elite national basketball camp, which featured some of the top 2024 players from across the country. Mason showcased his high motor, elite skill and athleticism, and his ability to score on all three levels; proving why he is the cream of the crop amongst Georgia's class of 2024 prospects.

 

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Next up for Gabriel Mason is the 2021 Pangos All-South Frosh/Soph Camp on October 2-3 in Dallas, Texas.  He will be joined by fellow ENG United 2024 teammates: Jace Freeman (PG), Jeremias Heard (C), Quentin Rakestraw (G/F), and Charles Kimani (G/F).

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ABOUT 2021 CP3 RISING STARS CAMP

Chris Paul’s CP3 Rising Stars National Camp is considered the #1-rated youth exposure camp in North America for rising high school freshmen who are serious about playing at the collegiate level and beyond. Each year, more than 10,000 active players on the youth basketball travel circuit are considered for the coveted roster spots, but only the most gifted are awarded an invitation to participate.

The 2021 CP3 Rising Stars National Camp staff will once again be comprised of qualified instructors hand-picked by 11x NBA All-Star Chris Paul and his trusted executive board members. The concept is simple: Learn from the best. Compete among the elite. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 CP3 Rising Stars event was postponed, leaving Class of 2024 players without an opportunity to showcase. For that reason, for the first time in our history, the 2021 CP3 Rising Stars National Camp will feature the top prospects from both the Class of 2024 (rising high school sophomores) and the Class of 2025 (rising high school freshmen).

For more about CP3 Rising Stars Camp, visit https://www.cp3risingstars.com/2021-camp.

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ENG 15U Puts On A Show At Best of the South (NCAA LIVE)

ENG United 15U tallied a 4-2 record in their first ever NCAA Live event, July 8-11, 2021 at the HoopSeen Best of the South, which was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

 

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ENG kicked off the event on Thursday, July 8th versus a talented Elite 24 team out of Portland, Oregon. Led by hot performances from Marquan Murray (24pts, 4stls, 3ast), Jeremias Heard (14pts, 10reb, 2blks), Jonathan Heath (12pts) and Gabe Mason (8pts, 8reb, 3ast). ENG United went on to win the game 76-62.

But, Day 2 brought a much more challenging game to our young 15U group who faced off against Alabama's Baldwin County Elite (BCE). From the opening tip off, BCE couldn't miss a shot, while ENG United couldn't buy a bucket - scoring just 11 points in the first half and 8 points in the second half. Baldwin County continued their hot shooting throughout the game and cruised past ENG United to a 24 point win (43-19).

 

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Day 3 (Sat., July 10th) brought yet another challenge for ENG United, versus Excel 2024. The two teams were evenly matched and put on a show in the first half. But, ENG went cold in the second half and allowed Excel to build an insurmountable double-digit lead, which led to a 15-point ENG loss (62-47).  Later that evening, ENG would secure it's second win through forfeit; although the team would have rather played.

But, Day 4 would prove to be a strong rebound for ENG 2024, closing out the final day of the event 2-0.  In Game 1 versus Chattanooga Elite, ENG would pull out a decisive 28-point victory (73-45) behind the lock-down perimeter defense of Jace Freeman who tallied 12 deflections, 4 steals and 6 assists, while Jeremias Heard racked up 10 blocks in the paint. Offensively, the whole team was on fire for ENG, but the most impressive play of the game was a powerful fast-break dunk by Gabe Mason, who took flight and finished through contact over Chattanooga's big man. 

In their final game of the day versus Game Elite Blue (Adidas), ENG United continued their top-notch play.  Once again, the smothering defense of Jace Freeman, Gabe Mason, and Jeremias Heard proved to be too much for their competition, while Mason, Heard, and Marquan Murray poured it on in the scoring columns. In the end, Game Elite fell to ENG 47-40.

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Congrats To Our Academic All-Stars (2020-21)

Congrats to our ENG United 2024 scholar athletes who kept their minds focused throughout a tumultuous 2020-21 school year, and handled their business in the classrooms.

We always see and hear about the on-court success of young athletes, but rarely are we privy to the hard work they put in when they're not competing on the hardwood. So, join us in celebrating these stellar young men for maintaining a 3.3 GPA or higher throughout their first year of high school.

  • Quentin Rakestraw, Woodstock High School - 4.0 GPA
  • Jace Freeman, Cornerstone Prep Academy - 3.8 GPA
  • Charles Kimani, Harrison High School - 3.7 GPA
  • Gabriel Mason, Kennesaw Mountain High - 3.7 GPA
  • Marquan Murray, McEachern High School - 3.7 GPA
  • Jeremias Heard, Model High School - 3.4 GPA
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Media Workout: Prep Hoops Evaluates ENG United 2024

On Tuesday (April 27th) ENG United hosted a media day workout for guest Keith Agran of Prep Hoops, as we prepared for the Prep Hoops Circuit's, A-Town Showdown event on May 1-2 in Atlanta. Here is what Keith had to say about our group of rising basketball stars.

(Published April 30, 2021 at PrepHoops.com) It’s always an intriguing stop when you drop in on one of the many small independent programs in the ATL-Metro, the talent pool in town is so deep you’re bound to find some players who have the look of those primed for breakout status.

Such is ENG United 2024 and Coach Shaine Freeman, even with three of their feature players not in attendance Tuesday night, there was intrigue to be found from this group that covers a lot of different schools. Let’s have a look at a few of the standouts:

Gabriel Mason, 6-4, SF, Kennesaw Mountain

Has the look of a future star prospect, great length for the long strider, sinewy strong getting to the basket, nice looking stoke from multiple levels, glides to the glass and has sticky hands, can play as a rim-protector even if that’s not what they ask of him much, can see him adding a few inches and really stepping into a high-level category.

Quentin Rakestraw, 6-1, SG, Woodstock

Sweet stroke from distance, spot-up shooter with quick and efficient release, good size and frame to create space for his own shot, can use the bounce to get downhill, good athlete can defend multiple spots, when the 3 absent bigs are in the lineup he’s sure to see good looks.

Charles Kimani, 6-1, SG/SF, Harrison

Plays a little more like a forward than a guard, really gets a head of steam off the dribble and is powerful at the basket. Being lefty gives him that little edge that savvy lefty scorers tend to utilize. Goes to the glass hard as well, making him seem a lot bigger. Nice motor (as well).

Marquan Murray , 5-10, SG, McEachern

As we’ve come to expect all over town when you encounter a McEachern product, he’s a tremendous athlete. Has notable basketball acumen, but still appears very much in his learning stage, which is to say he’s not “a project,” as his upside is tangible and the kind of driving and high-rising skills he shows now can become special. As he kicks up his motor he’s got a shot to crack what will be a new, but still deep, Indians pool of talent. 

Jace Freeman, 5-6, PG, Cornerstone Prep

The engine for this group, quite content in pass-first mode with wings and options like he has. With the missing bigs his work off the dribble getting by people must reward them well. More than willing to pull it from past the arc if teams slack off and don’t respect his scoring chops. He's a sound defender who makes up for diminutive size with good feet and savvy.

Jordan Brabham, 6-2, SG, Sprayberry

Reminds a bit of an earlier version of talented 2021 Sprayberry guard LePra George, perhaps not the downhill explosion of George just yet but the athletic talents are similar, showed off shooting touch from range and some definite slashing ability, with time and drilling he can translate his inherent gifts into the kind of all-court game from the perimeter down to the bucket that George has come to show us.

OTHERS TO WATCH: Vernell Jones (Dominion Christian), Jakenes Heard (Model), Jeremias Heard (Model), Christian McAboy (Florida) 

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ENG United Joins 2021 Prep Hoops Circuit PASSION Region

ENG United will kick off the 2021 Prep Hoops Circuit - Passion Region - at the A-Town Showdown on May 1-2 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Having already proven their toughness since the start of the 2021 spring grassroots basketball season, ENG United 2024 is prepared to continue building on their success at the Prep Hoops Circuit.  The A-Town Showdown event will feature some of the top independent 15U-17U teams in the southeastern U.S., with games taking place in the Metro Atlanta area at Marietta High School, Marietta Middle School, and Campbell High School. 

Prep Hoops will provide national media coverage, while college basketball coaches and other top media outlets are also set to attend or live stream the event on BallerTV.

ENG United will play four games at the Prep Hoops A-Town Showdown, as follows:

  • GAME 1 - Saturday, May 1st @ 8:00am (Court 2) vs. Auburn Raptors 2024
  • GAME 2 - Saturday, May 1st @ 3:35pm (Court 1) vs. East Carolina Elite 2024
  • GAME 3 - Saturday, May 1st @ 6:50pm (Court 2) vs. Georgia Ignites 2024
  • GAME 4 - Sunday, May 2nd @ 10:10am (Court 3) vs. GAA 2024
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ENG United 15U Battles Game Elite 16U | RYZE Spring League

On Wednesday, April 21st, ENG United 15U faced one of Georgia's top Adidas 3SSB Circuit teams, Game Elite 16U, in the RYZE Hoops Spring League (16U Division). From start to finish, the game was a battle!

Due to a slow start by ENG United, Game Elite got out to an early 16 - 3 lead, showing why they are a respected name in Georgia grassroots basketball.  But, thanks to a team defensive adjustment, and an offensive injection by Vernell Jones - who scored 5 unanswered points - ENG United was able to slow Game Elite's fast start to a manageable pace.  But, due to a late first-half run, Game Elite was still able to go into halftime with a 12 point lead (34-22).

But, in the second half, the resilience of ENG United proved to be difficult for Game Elite's 16U players to continue their dominant run.  ENG started the half with smothering defensive intensity on the perimeter by Jace Freeman, Marquan Murray, and Vernell Jones, coupled with shot blocking rim protection by Jeremias and Jakenes Heard, Gabriel Mason, and Jordan Brabham.  As a result, the team was able to cause a number of Game Elite turnovers, which led to several unanswered buckets by ENG United.

As the game wound down to the final 3:00, ENG was able to take a 39-38 lead, forcing a late-game timeout by Game Elite.  After a few missed shots by ENG United, Game Elite was able to take back the lead on a big three-pointer with just over 2:00 left on the clock.  In the end, ENG United was unable to take back the lead, and ultimately came up short with the final score being 45-41.

ENG United's next tournament will be the Prep Hoops Circuit, Session 1: A-Town Showdown, April 30 - May 2nd in Atlanta.

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ENG United Joins Elite 15U Teams At OTR Sweet 16

ENG United showcased at an elite level in front of NCAA D1 & D2 scouts and national media, and proved their toughness at the 2021 On The Radar Sweet 16 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The showcase event took place April 9-11 and featured more than 70 of the top 15U teams in the southeastern U.S., including teams from AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, NC, SC, TN and VA.  ENG United saw four (4) games of pool play action, finishing the weekend with a 2-2 record.

Game 1 took place on Friday, April 9th against a familiar opponent in Atlanta-based Elite Playmakers (Black). The game was a battle that went into overtime on a buzzer beating 3-pointer by ENG United's own Gabriel Mason, who finished the game with a team leading 22 points. In the end, ENG United pulled out the win with a final score of 82-77.

Game 2 took place on April 10th versus Titan Sports Academy (Atlanta), in which ENG United jumped out to an early 17 point lead behind smothering team defense, the sharp-shooting of Jace Freeman who hit four 3-pointers, and the strong paint presence of Jeremias Heard and Christian McAboy. Despite some careless moments by ENG that caused their lead to dwindle to three points, the attacking offense of Marquan Murray, Quentin Rakestraw and Charles Kimani, ENG United was able to walk away with a vicotry of 72-67.

To close out the weekend, on April 11th, ENG suffered two tough losses; one to Memphis (TN) based Showboat Express with a final score of 49-34, and a two-point buzzer beater loss to Atlanta based Promise Elite with a final score 56-54.

ENG United's next tournament will be the Prep Hoops Circuit, A-Town Showdown event on April 30 - May 2nd in Atlanta.

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ENG Debuts With 3-1 Record at RYZE Hoops Tip-Off

ENG United 2024 opened up the 2021 travel basketball season strong this past weekend, tallying a 3-1 record at the RYZE Hoops Tip-Off Classic in Atlanta, Georgia.

The event was held on March 27-28 at LakePoint Sports Complex, and featured some of the top 15U-17U grassroots basketball programs and players in the Southeaster U.S.  ENG United showcased well, finishing the tournament ranked #5 out of 23 teams in the 15U division, as well as seven (7) of our 10 players landing in the Top 150 performers out of more than 250 participants in the 2024 class.

Every one of our players performed well, and each one contributed heavily to the overall success of the team. We are proud of them ALL!  Those ENG United players ranked among the TOP 100 included:  Marquan Murray (#10), Jeremias Heard (#27), Quentin Rakestraw (#39), and Gabriel Mason (#65).  HONORABLE MENTIONS TOP 150 included: Charles Kimani (#113), Jordan Brabham (#114), and Jace Freeman (#142).

ENG United's four games went as follows:

  • GAME 1 vs. Elite Playmakers 15U, ENG United won 66-57
  • GAME 2 vs. Georgia Impact, ENG United lost 77-64
  • GAME 3 vs. SDA Hawks 2024, ENG United won 67-33
  • GAME 4 vs. SBT 15U, ENG United won 63-58

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ENG United Joins Other Elite Teams At RYZE Hoops Tip-Off

ENG United will join a host of top 15U-17U grassroots basketball teams at the 2021 RYZE Hoops Tip-Off Classic in Atlanta, Georgia.

This event will take place March 27-28, 2021 at LakePoint Sports Complex, and will feature some of the best sponsored and independent grassroots basketball programs in the country. More than 100 college coaches/recruiters, as well as top media outlets are set to attend this live streamed event either in-person or online via the Playsight app.

ENG United will play four games at the RYZE Hoops Tip-Off Classic, as follows:

  • GAME 1 - Saturday, March 27th @ 9am (Court 7) vs. Elite Playmakers 15U
  • GAME 2 - Saturday, March 27th @ 3:15pm (Court 10) vs. Georgia Impact
  • GAME 3 - Sunday, March 28th @ 10:15am (Court 12) vs. SDA Hawks 2024
  • GAME 4 - Sunday, March 28th @ 3:15pm (Court 10) vs. SBT 15U