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.
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