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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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Atlanta Xpress 2024 Is Now ENG United

We are proud to announce that we will no longer be known as Atlanta Xpress 2024, and instead will compete as ENG United Basketball Club in the Prep Hoops circuit for the 2021 NCAA Live Recruitment periods.

After three successful seasons with Atlanta Xpress on the Under Armour Future circuit, the move to launch ENG United for the high school journey was not an easy one.

"While we appreciate the amazing opportunity given us by AX, we felt it would be in the best interests of our players and staff to continue our a grassroots basketball journey independently," says ENG United's Founder & Head Coach - Shaine Freeman.

Coach Shaine states, "When the 2020 coronavirus pandemic forced us to sit out the eighth-grade travel season, we used that downtime to evaluate our team's vision for the 15U-17U high school years. We quickly realized that we needed to pursue a more suitable option for our team, and felt that launching ENG United was the right move.  We are excited to continue our journey as one of Georgia's top grassroots basketball teams, with the same goal of helping our talented and high-academic student-athletes secure college scholarships."

ABOUT PREP HOOPS CIRCUIT:   Prep Hoops Circuit is the largest independent league in American grassroots basketball. Prep Hoops provides independent programs an opportunity to compete against the best teams in the country, while gaining exposure to college coaches at the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA levels.