The 2019 grassroots season is nearing an end for some prospects and it is time for prospects to focus on their high school season in just a couple of months. There were plenty of top names and breakout prospects who received much deserved attention throughout the spring, summer with their AAU clubs and/or at national camps or events. Below we take a look at a few prospects who broke out this spring, summer during this year’s grassroots season.
2020 W Josh Hall (Moravian Prep, NC) – It is without question that the 6-foot-7 plus forward Josh Hall is one of the nations top breakout prospects from this spring, summer. Since March, he has received offers from schools like Miami, Kansas, Georgetown, Maryland, Xavier, Texas, Florida, Pittsburgh, LSU, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Louisville, and more. Josh holds extremely long arms with tremondous upside. He can make shots from inside the paint, mid-range area, and from the perimeter if he has too. With his size, he is able to utlize it against the smaller defenders placed on him and is a good, powerful finisher when he gets to the rim. He holds great versatile skills on both sides of the ball and has the chance to be special.
2020 W Matthew Cleveland (Pace Academy, GA) – Matthew Cleveland was one of the top rising juniors to break out this spring, summer and is now nationally known around the country. The 6-foot-6 plus wing did not run with any shoe sponsored program this AAU season on any circuit, but instead ran with a local program, HYPE Hawks, out of the state of Georgia. His eye-opening play led him to an NBA Top 100 Camp invite and a USA Basketball mini-camp invite. Schools like Louisville, Kansas State, Florida State, Maryland, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Iowa State, and others have all offered and expressed interest over the last few months. He is an explosive athletic forward who excels on driving to the rim and is a power finisher. He holds great length and strength at his postion and his stock could rise as his game grows.
2020 G Karim Mane (Vanier College, CAN) – Who could be Canada’s next big star? Karim Mane could possibly be in that conversation, especially after a stellar spring, summer circuit this year. Mane is a 6-foot-5 combo guard with great size, body frame, and offensive package that can assist him at the next level. He could arguably be considered one of the best scorers in his class. Karim also ran with Canada’s U19 national team back in June in the FIBA U19 World Cup back in Greece. He holds a quick first step when attacking the rim, a shot making guard, and has the ability to take his man off the dribble. His stellar play earned him offers throughout the spring, summer from schools like Kansas, Illinois, Maryland, Texas, Xavier, Wake Forest, Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida, and plenty more.
2021 PG Carter Whitt (Leesville Road, NC) – Another 2021 prospect with a breakout spring, summer circuit, point guard Carter Whitt, who ran with Team Loaded (NC) on the Adidas Gauntlet. Clemson, Boston College, East Carolina, Florida, Iowa State, NC State, and others have already offered the 6-foot-2 point guard. Whitt is a player that plays at his own pace and plays his own unique style of play. As a point guard he is able to make nice reads offensively, a reliable shot maker from the mid-range or perimeter spots, and always seems to keep his poise no matter what situation. Carter might not be the flashiest, athletic, or dynamic point guard, but he is able to run an offense and can impact both ends of the floor for his team.
2020 SG Niels Lane (Roselle Catholic, NJ) – New Jersey native Niels Lane blew up the spring portion of the AAU season this year and kept his same energy throughout the summer. Lane did not have much buzz coming into this AAU season nationally but turned that around quick after his dynamic play on the Nike EYBL circuit with Team Final (PA). Niels sits at 6-foot-5 with a solid body frame and without question holds good size at his position. Lane has the ability to score at all levels of the floor and has the potential to make a basket from any spot. He holds elite athleticism, an active playmaker on both ends of the floor, and could be considered an explosive player when attacking the rim. He has recently cut down his list of schools to seven regarding his recruitment. Miami, Providence, Xavier, Texas, Connecticut, Florida, and Georgia are his final seven.
2020 G Caleb Murphy (Grayson, GA) – Caleb Murphy was without a doubt, if not the biggest, one of the nations biggest breakout prospects in the country regardless of class. With only a couple low major offers coming into this AAU season, Mr. Murphy ended the grassroots season with a plethora of high major offers. Caleb is a 6-foot-3 ball handling guard that plays with an extremely high motor on both ends of the floor. He is certainly an energy guy and has the size and playmaking abilities to impact both ends of the floor. Murphy is an elite on-ball defender, an aggressive player, and can score in an array of ways when he posses the ball. High major programs like Florida, Mississippi State, NC State, Nevada, Xavier, TCU, Texas A&M, Clemson, Arkansas, and others have been in on the rising senior guard out of Grayson.
2020 SG Kerwin Walton (Hopkins, MN) – Kerwin Walton had himself one hell of a July period during the AAU season this year. The sharpshooting, 6-foot-4 two-guard earned himself some recognition with his elite caliber shooting skills. Walton ran with D1 Minnesota on the Adidas Gauntlet this grassroots season. He is a sniper from deep with incredible range, has the size for his position, solid strength, and is a fairly well on-ball defender. He has earned a plethora of offers over the last couple of months or so. High major programs like Kansas, Arizona, Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas State, Creighton, Miami, Nebraska, Purdue, and others have already offered the sharpshooter.