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August 25, 2009

Future 150 Camp: Atlanta

LITHONIA, GA -- The Future 150 camp tour found its way to metro Atlanta and the talent overflowed. Some familiar faces shined while a number of new players made their names known with their play.

Nick Jacobs (Atlanta Celtics/2011) - No one had an answer for the left-handed big man. Jacobs scored with authority in the low blocks all weekend. He dunked everything that he touched and did it oftentimes with a defender close by. After playing with Derrick Favors for the last two seasons, Jacobs has turned the corner in his development and should be one of the elite big men in the Peach State this season.

Chris Davis (GT Stars/2010) - Meet the biggest sleeper at the camp. The 6-foot-2 guard proved himself as a scorer, passer, shooter and defender. Davis has a star quality to his game that is intriguing from a prospect perspective. He had a big junior season at Stockbridge High School, just south of Atlanta. Chances are his recruitment will take off in the high school season.

Shaq Goodwin (Atlanta Celtics/2012) - Perhaps the most impressive physical presence at the camp. The 6-foot-7 center muscled his way through the opposition and had zero trouble collecting rebounds. Goodwin scored at will in the post and his footwork is quite advanced for a young player. He's on a clear path to a high-major recruitment this high school season.

Henry Brooks (Southern Kings/2011) - The long and lean big man has offers from Xavier, Georgetown, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Oregon State and Rice, according to his AAU coach. After a great summer, Brooks took to the court and showed why he's in such high demand. Brooks runs the floor, plays big in the post and rebounds quite well.

Joe Chase (Team Atlanta/2010) - As the weekend moved along, more and more people were singing the praises of the 5-foot-11 point guard. Chase can really score the ball but he also keeps defenses guessing because of his speed. He's been one of the most productive players over the last three years in Georgia's competitive class A level. Consistency is a strength with Chase.

Cameron Golden (Memphis YOMCA/2012) - The 5-foot-10 point guard was very impressive in Atlanta. He was one of the top players at his position and shined with his scoring, shooting and speed. Golden is a no-brainer high-major prospect in the 2012 class.

Chad Lang (Marietta Heat/2010) - The big man was the biggest player in the camp at 6-foot-11, 270-pounds and he played well enough to generate some buzz. He's steadily improving his game and still has a long ways to go but a Division I program will take a flyer on the big man.

Dominique McCoy (Atlanta Celtics/2011) - When it comes to versatility, there weren't many players that could match the 6-foot-6 wing. He's a match-up problem at three positions. He's getting bigger, stronger and better each time out and justifying the high-major interest that he is receiving.

Charles Mitchell (Worldwide Renegades/2012) - The 6-foot-6 post is an immovable presence on the low blocks. His jump hook was an effective go-to move on offense and converted several shots over defenders. Mitchell's hands are great and his court awareness continues to improve. Still needing to improve his body, Mitchell is just scratching the surface on how good he can possibly be.

Ron Smith (Alabama Celtics/2012) - Remember his name. The 6-foot-3 point guard is a tremendous passer. He's a competiveness fuels his game. In the long term, Smith projects to be a high-major guard with plenty of room to grow. You have to love his size at his position.

Ray Ray Strong (J-Smoove All-Stars/2011) - There is an edge about Strong's game that translates well as a long term prospect. He's a confident floor general that loves to play with pizzazz and flash. Sometimes it's a little much but his swagger is his fingerprint. And that swagger allows him

Josh Swan (Marietta Heat/2011) - There were quite a few sleepers in the camp and the 6-foot-2 guard was one of the top players to emerge from the event. He's a scorer supreme. Swan is already on the watch list for some high-majors and it will be interesting to see how he plays out his junior year at Pace Academy in Atlanta.

Craig Sword (Alabama Challenge/2012) - The 6-foot-1 guard was impressive throughout the event because of his balance, court awareness, the ability to guard both guard positions and athleticism paired with speed. This young high-major prospect was definitely in the top 5 players at the camp.

Kevin Ware (Atlanta Celtics/2011) - The five-star guard said he's recently picked up offers from Georgetown, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

DeVonta White (Georgia Stars/2010) - After finishing up the summer on a strong note in Orlando, the Centennial point guard was one of the better point guards at the camp last weekend. He used his speed to get into the lane at will and scored in the lane with no trouble at all. White also ran his team with great efficiency and poise.

Damien Wilson (Atlanta Celtics/2012) - With good size and a good perimeter stroke, the 6-foot-4 guard shined as a perimeter threat over the course of two days. He loves to fire away from deep and will need to tighten up his shot selection but the talent is certainly there. Wilson is worth watching for the high-majors this year.


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