Best of the Best Player Profiles
Under Armour welcomes some of the nation’s top big men and wings to Atlanta this weekend.
by Franklyn Calle / @FrankieC7
With over 40 nationally ranked players slated to arrive in Atlanta to compete in the Best of the Best camp this weekend, Under Armour is preparing to host an elite group of players and provide them with an all-around challenge — on and off the court. We thought it would only be right that we give you guys a rundown of what to expect from some of the top players scheduled to attend. After last year’s successful inaugural event, UA is looking to make this invitation-only camp one of the marquee showcases in the grassroots circuit. And with some of the names highlighted below scheduled to tear up the competition in the ATL this weekend, all eyes will be on the Best of the Best.
Center & Forwards
Robert Carter Jr.: 6-8, Thomasville, Thomasville, GA, Class of 2012
His strong body frame gives him an advantage from the get-go. The combination of size, strength, athleticism and versatility separates him from the pack. He can shoot the ball exceptionally well for someone his size. In addition, Carter does a good job in getting to the basket and uses his body to get himself open and create quality shots. The streaky shooter has an impressive inside-outside game.
Mitch McGary: 6-10, Brewster Academy, Chesterton, IN, Class of 2012
This lefty has a dangerous mid-range game. He does a pretty good job in changing directions and getting to the basket. McGary possesses great athleticism and isn’t afraid of drawing contact. His aggressiveness and strength is quite noticeable and he’s known to be a very good rebounder on both ends of the floor. Just like Carter, McGary is an inside-outside threat.
Chris Walker: 6-8, Holmes County, Bonifay, FL, Class of 2013
A monster on the low-post, Walker possesses a soft touch around the basket. If given space, he can knock down mid-rangers. He’s just as effective facing the basket as he is with his back turned away from the basket. The lanky big man’s presence in the paint alone can cause problems for teams on the offensive end. Walker does a good at staying aggressive in the paint and finishing strong in traffic. With so much more development still waiting to happen, it’s scary to think of how good he can be when it’s all said and done.
Shaquille Cleare: 6-10, The Village School, Houston, TX, Class of 2012
Shaq is another member of the class of 2012 that can flat-out dominate the paint. He does a good job battling for balls off the glass, especially on the offensive end — looking to provide second-shot opportunities. Cleare has great hands and is aggressively active on the post. He has developed a descent mid-range game. He uses his body and strength well, and can finish on either side of the rim.
Andrew Harrison: 6-6, Travis, Houston, TX, Class of 2013
At 6-6, Harrison is listed as a point guard, and he certainly plays like one. And you just have to feel for his opponents sometimes. The combo guard can do a little bit of everything. Harrison does a great job in running the offense and leading the break. He can get to the basket and finish with the best of them. A play-maker, Harrison uses his size, speed and athleticism to create shots for himself and to set-up others. Definitely a blue-chipper.
Aaron Harrison: 6-6, Travis, Houston, TX, Class of 2013
Andrew’s twin brother, Aaron, is perceived as more of a shooting guard. He does a good job at finding open spots on the floor for quick catch-and-shoots. He is very confident in his three-point shot – and why would he not be? – considering how effective and consistent he is from behind the arc. Aaron can also step in and knock down shots from mid-range. If not enough room, he has no problem driving to the basket. In addition, Aaron can find the open man and create shots for others.
Isaac Hamilton: 6-5 Crenshaw, Los Angeles, CA, Class of 2013
The younger brother of former Texas forward and now NBA Draft hopeful Jordan Hamilton has the potential and ability to be in Jordan’s position one day. The rising junior has shown lots of potential and has proven to posses a versatile game. The well-rounded guard can do bit of everything. Aside from his freakish athleticism, Isaac can knock it down from behind the arc, get to the rim at ease or find and create for teammates.
Daniel Hamilton: 6-6, Crenshaw, Los Angeles, CA, Class of 2014
Jordan and Isaac’s younger brother, Daniel, is looking to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors. He is known for his shooting touch. Daniel can knock it down from just about anywhere on the floor. The confident shooter has lots of upside and still far from his reaching his full potential.
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