Basketball Spotlight took the trip to Cleveland, Ohio for the NEO National Showcase. The Class Of 2021 was the deepest in terms of talent. Here’s Part 2 of our top performers from this grade level.
NEO National Showcase Class Of 2021 Top Performers Part 2
Caleb Furst (Forward)- Furst has grown a few inches since the Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp. He also added some speed and versatility to his game. He was too quick for the other post players and too big for guards that tried to guard him. I also like how he extended his game to the perimeter but hitting shots and putting it on the deck. If he continues to grow and develop he could become a big time recruit. He earned a spot in the Middle School All American Game and Basketball Spotlight Future Phenom Camp.
Ryan Conway (Guard)- Conway is one of the best scorers in the country and he showed it again in Ohio. He has added more wiggle off the bounce which set up for him to use his quick release to get buckets. He can shot off the dribble or when receiving the rock from a teammate. Lastly he has the strength to score in traffic and through contact. He will be in Washington, DC for the Middle School All American Game and Spotlight Future Phenom Camp.
Jalen Blackmon (Guard)- Yes, there’s another Blackmon on the way. I wish I had this kid’s picture because he ripped the camp up. He’s a smooth operator when unlimited range and a unique feel for the game. He can create space when he has the rock and sees the floor which means he can transition to point guard. He showed supreme confidence and willingness to take the big shot. He also will be at the Middle School All American Game and Spotlight Future Phenom Camp.
Dylan Ingram (Guard)- Ingram is a versatile with a huge upside. He has good footwork and touch even facing the basket. He’s nowhere near done growing which opens up his ceiling. I think he’s a kid that we will hear a lot from down the road. Remember this name and where you heard it first.
Jalen Dial (Guard)-Dial is mature strong guard that explodes to the rim when finishing. I like his size which allows to use a step back move to get his shot off. His stroke is good and he handles the ball well in the open floor. He has a chance to be a good prospect down the road.
Jackie Johnson (Guard)- The southpaw has a strong frame and handles the ball well at the point position. One of his main strengths is his ability to shoot the rock off the bounce or while setting up. I like his fundamentals and the pace he plays at. He picks his spots well.
Michael Lucarotti (Guard)- One of the most versatile players at this event in this class. Michael has good height on his jump shot and can also post up smaller players. He’s capable of getting a good luck whenever he wants and pushing the rock coast to coast.
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