Nashville, TN — The inaugural CrossRoads Elite Underclassmen Exclusive flooded country music’s paradise this week as 122 of the country’s top 2017/2018 prospects were in attendance. In addition, two players from the 2019 class, Keion Brooks (Fort Wayne, IN) and Jaylen Randle (Mead Middle School, KS), were present.
The camp took place on Wednesday and Thursday during a week in which the CMA Music Festival was going in town. It’s never easy to compete with Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, and Luke Bryan, but the Underclassmen Exclusive was rock solid in it’s own right.
This was the fourth camp done by director Adam Shoulders in his CrossRoads Elite series, and there hasn’t been one better. Shoulders’ camps get better each time out and one thing is for sure, they never lack talent.
The lead clinician for the UE was USA Basketball U16/U17 head coach Don Showalter. It was a great opportunity for several kids to show out in front of Showalter in hopes of earning a coveted tryout spot in Colorado Springs during July.
Ohio, as always, showed very well with 24 kids from the Buckeye State taking part in the two-day hoops marathon. Nine kids made either the Top 24 or Top 48 All-Star games, which is a big deal considering the level of talent at A-Game Sportsplex. Two names from Ohio were even mentioned by Showalter as possible invitees to Colorado Springs. That would truly be an unbelievable honor if it were to come to fruition.
Top 24 All-Stars
Dane Goodwin (6’3/2018)- Upper Arlington
Goodwin came to Nashville a complete unknown on the national scene despite his stellar play with Team Excel. Goodwin, who is the son of Capital University head coach Damon Goodwin, caught the attention of several onlookers at the UE with his elite shooting ability and competitiveness. He was also able to drive the lane and score through contact on several occasions. Dane understands the concepts of team defense very well and he knows how to get open using an assortment of screens. If he gains two or three more inches, which is definitely possible, Goodwin could be an elite prospect out of the Midwest. His father played at the University of Dayton, so he has a pedigree. He will attend Upper Arlington High School.
Derek Koch (6’8/2017)- West Salem Northwestern HS
The beast from the Northeast. Very few kids were able to rival the motor of Koch. He was one of the best offensive and defensive rebounders at the camp. He isn’t shy of contact scoring at a high clip through defenders. He even served up a nasty tip dunk. The thing that impressed us the most was his ability to face up from 17-feet and in. Koch was consistently knocking down face up jumpers. He is also an elite football prospect at tight end/defensive end.
Kaleb Wesson (6’9/2017)- Westerville South HS
The big fella was arguably the top big prospect at the camp. Wesson continues to slim down and his conditioning has come a long way. He is a highly skilled post player that loves to work off the right block. When he gets it in the paint, Wesson loves going over the left shoulder and is nearly impossible to stop. He was able to catch the ball at the foul line, dribble between his legs, and take his defender to the the basket, which was quite impressive for his size. Wesson is also becoming more of a vocal leader on the floor. He has excellent hands and a terrific passing big man. At just 14-years-old, he is one of the fasting-rising big men in the country.
Top 48 All-Stars
Storm Cook (6’0/2017)- Piqua HS
Cook is a strong and stocky guard that gets buckets. Cook loves bullying his opponent. Look for him to have a big sophomore year.
Griffin Lutz (5’11/2017)- Athens HS
A very smooth, crafty, and heady guard. Lutz gets to the bucket almost at will despite not being the quickest guy on the floor. At first glance, it would easy to look right past Lutz, which is until the game starts.
Braden Norris (5’9/2018)- Hilliard
Norris was one of the toughest kids at the camp. He is constantly competing and it’s clear he is the son of a coach. Made plenty of perimeter shots over the two days. Will attend Bradley High School and play for his father.
Isaiah “Sleepy” Payton (5’9/2018)- Mason
Payton was one of the best passing point guards at the camp. He really sees the floor well. Sleepy has a nice frame/length, and should grow quite a bit. He will attend Moeller High School.
Isaiah Speelman (6’5/2018)- Hilliard
We really liked what we saw from Speelman. He was one of the more versatile kids at the camp. Speelman knocked down face up shots with consistency and was able to beat taller defenders off the dribble scoring at the rim. Really love the way he competes and his motor. Isaiah will attend Bradley High School.
Dalton Stewart (6’1/2017)- Brookville HS
We haven’t known too many basketball standouts from Brookville, but Stewart is going to be one. Dalton shot the ball behind the arc as well as any player at the camp. He has great form and moves well without the basketball allowing passing lanes for his teammates.
Other Top Performers
Ryan Batte (6’4/2017)- Oak Hills HS
Patient and controlled game. Really had a good camp and was close as one could get without making the Top 48 game.
Jack Cravaack (6’4/2018)- Madeira
Skilled post that competes on the boards and consistently scores on the low block. He will attend Madeira High School.
Isaiah Gable (6’5/2017)- Greenville HS
Has a terrific basketball frame and should really blossom in his sophomore season.
DaLonte “D” Capers (6’3/2017)- Clayton Northmont HS
Active wing with plenty of upside with developing perimeter skills.
Torrey Patton (5’11/2017)- Trotwood-Madison
Good athlete that likes to slash to the basket.
Harrison Gough (6’3/2018)- Lima
Skilled wing that has chance to play as a frosh at Bath HS. Gough can knock down perimeter shots and should continue to grow.
Jerome Hunter (6’4/2018)- Columbus
One of the more talented ‘18 kids at the camp. Can handle the ball and make plays off the dribble. Competed on the glass and kept plays alive with his length. At times, he over dribbled, which got him in some bad predicaments on the floor. Hunter looks to have some more growing to do. Will attend City Prep.
Joe McBride (6’1/2017)- Uniontown Lake HS
Very heady guard that directs traffic on the floor. He is the son of Lake’s head coach, Tom McBride. The lefty has a quick and nice release on his shot, which translated into several makes. Very crafty passer as well.
Solomon Pierre-Louis (6’1/2017)- Westerville
A really young looking guard that continues to improve. Pierre-Louis is a kid that could really emerge over the next year or two. He is just starting to come into his own. Will attend Columbus Academy.
Devonte Ross (6’5/2017)- Fairfield HS
He is an under the radar prospect with good length and athleticism. Ross oozes with potential and is a developing hybrid forward. Could be one of the better players in Ohio in two or three years.
Keegan Saben (6’3/2017)- Kettering Alter HS
One of the better guards in the class. Saben is a strong, scoring combo guard. He is very difficult to guard one-on-one and likes to play uptempo. He didn’t have his best camp, but it was still difficult to keep him out of the Top 48 game.
Tyrice Walker (6’3/2017)- Summit Country Day HS
Strong and athletic, but needs work on his skill level and becoming more productive. Father was a very good player at Xavier, so basketball is in his blood.
Jaden Sayles (6’8/2017)- Kings HS
We would like to see Sayles play more inside/out than outside/in. He needs to get more consistent, and his production is up-and-down at this point. There is no denying it, the kid has a lot of ability and is still one of the better big prospects in Ohio.
Peyton Young (6’1/2017)- Huber Heights Wayne HS
Guard with a good frame and strength. Young’s skill level is continuing to improve, and should be an impact player at Wayne down the road.
Javon Hicks (6’0/2018)- Cincinnati
A very strong guard that can score the basketball. Showed the ability to handle the ball and knock down shots. Over handled at times. Hicks has an elite football body.