Four (4) ENG United Raptors 2024 players have earned 2023 All-Region and Conference All-Star honors for their outstanding play this winter 2022-23 with their high school varsity basketball teams.
Jeremias & Jakenes Heard: Co-Players of the Year (GHSA Region 2A-7)
Jace Freeman: Conference All-Star (GAPPS Region 3A-1)
Jayden Hames: 2nd Team All-Region (GHSA Region 2A-7)
Quentin Rakestraw: Honorable Mention (GHSA Region 6A-6)
Jeremias Heard and his brother Jakenes Heard (2023 ENG Raptor) shared Co-Player of the Year honors with Model High in Rome, GA. Jace Freeman was earned Conference All-Star nominations with Cornerstone Prep Academy in Acworth, Georgia. Jayden Hames earned 2nd Team All-Region honors with Model High School in Rome, Georgia. And Quentin Rakestraw earned All-Region Honorable Mention honors with Woodstock High in Woodstock, Georgia.
As we prepare to launch our spring-summer 2023 travel season, these four young men - alongside their teammates - are going to play a major role in our program's success this year. Check out our 2023 tournament schedule to see where you can come watch us play.
Only 240 players from 19 states were invited to the camp, with nine players representing Georgia; five (5) of them from ENG United. Here's how it went for our future collegiate student-athletes.
Gabriel Mason: Fresh off a strong showing at the 2021 CP3 Rising Stars camp, Gabe was selected by national media and Pangos camp director Dinos Trigonis as the #15 ranked player at the All-South Frosh/Soph event, proving why he is one of the top 2024 prospects in the nation. Thanks to consistently strong play throughout the Dallas camp, the 6'-4" wing was the only player out of nine from Georgia selected to compete in the camp's Top 30 game, which featured players from the 2024 ESPN Top 25. As a result, Gabe also secured an invite to the 2022 Pangos All-American Camp, which is held in Las Vegas, NV each year, and features the nation's top juniors and seniors.
Jace Freeman: Fresh off his first unofficial visit to the University of North Carolina, Jace made his national camp debut in Dallas and showed why he is one of the toughest point guards in the 2024 class. The 5'8" floor general kicked off the camp wreaking defensive havoc on every opponent that dared test him; and in typical Jace fashion, he was the sparkplug for his squad, leading them in steals (5) before suffering a sprained ankle in the final minutes of his team's first game and 30-point victory. Unfortunately, Jace was sidelined for the final day of camp.
Jeremias Heard: The All-Region big man, standing at 6'8" 240lbs, was a real beast in the paint. Leading his team in blocked shots and rebounds, Jeremias put on a show, garnering "oohs and ahs" from spectators and athletes alike with his low post play. In addition to showing off his elite paint skills, Heard knocked down multiple 3-pointers to show off his shooting range, while also displaying his guard-like court vision and passing abilities. Jeremias is by far one of the top "bigs" in the 2024 class.
Quentin "Q" Rakestraw: Noticeably one of the most skilled players on his camp team, Quentin showed off his elite abilities to defend and score at all three levels. The 6'1" wing got off to a slow start, but by the close of the camp's first day, Q began to heat up - making multiple aggressive scoring moves to the basket out of the triple-threat position. Rakestraw continued his aggressive play into the final day of camp helping his team to an overtime victory, finishing as one of his team's leading scorers.
Charles Kimani: The athletic 6'-1" lefty guard kicked off his recruitment journey showcasing his knack for rebounding and finish strong at the basket over bigger defenders. Throughout the camp, Charles displayed his developing deep shooting range, as well as his ability to run the point and set teammates up for easy buckets. A rising star in Georgia's 2024 class, Kimani was undeterred by taller defenders who would attempt to challenge him on his way to the basket, breaking out his signature spin-and-reverse move several times for easy lay-ins. When it was all said and done, Charles Kimani made a very strong national camp debut; one that he will undoubtedly build upon moving forward.
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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