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Norman Parker Showcase: Top performers

The Norman Parker Showcase was held in metro Atlanta this weekend and several of the top travel programs from the Peach State were there to compete. There were some standout performances from the usual suspects, but there were also some off the radar prospects that had great showings.

Davion Mitchell

The Auburn commit moved up to 34th in the most recent update of the 2017 Rivals150, and proved exactly why this weekend. It’s nearly impossible to stay in front of him because he’s so quick with such great ball moves. He’s explosively athlete attacking the rim with great strength. And lastly, he had the jump shot working on Sunday afternoon in the championship game and pumped in 20 points in the victory.

Danny Lewis

After going through a rough stretch with shot, Lewis has had a really strong start to the travel season and any concerns about him have been put to rest. In a Sunday morning semifinal win, the Rivals150 shooting guard connected six three-point attempts in the first half as the Georgia Stars cruised to a victory. He continued to roll in the championship with 19 points. It’s not just the perimeter stroke with Lewis though as he’s proven to be a very crafty finisher around the rim.

J.D. Notae

In the very first game of the weekend, Notae wasted no time showing that he’s one of the more talented scorers in the Peach State. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard pumped in 43 points in a close loss and also dished out quite a few assists. Several mid-majors have been tracking him, but no offers have come in yet. That will change.

Ikey Obiagu

It’s been written about over and over again with Obiagu at this point, but opponents still don’t seem to get it. The five-star center is likely the best shot blocker in the high school ranks right now. It’s not out of the norm for him to get into double figures in blocks in a single game. Offensively, he’s still raw but he can do enough around the rim to be a factor.

Nelson Phillips

Here is an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on in the 2018 class. The long, lanky 6-foot-4 wing has serious athleticism and a smooth stroke from three-point range. He certainly looks the part of a high-major prospect down the road.

Khavon Moore

The versatile 6-foot-9, five-star prospect had a really good weekend for the Atlanta Xpress on the way to winning a championship. He’s a highlight reel waiting to happen with his athleticism and he’s the ultimate play-maker, whether it’s for himself or for others. His perimeter shot is still a work in progress at this point. Moore had Mark Fox from Georgia and an assistant coach from Florida at his school early last week.

Ashton Hagans

Matched up on Moore, the 6-foot-4 point guard didn’t back down from the 2018 five-star prospect. Hagans is a very talented prospect in his own right and will likely be ranked among the best point guards in the country down the line. Like Moore, he’s a terrific play-maker with a shot that still needs some work at this point. What we learned most about Hagans this weekend is that he’s a highly competitive kid that doesn’t mind putting in serious effort defensively.

Jalen Mason

Playing alongside Hagans in the backcourt, Mason had a terrific championship game and helped the 15u Stars make a late run in the championship against the 16u Xpress. Mason, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, connected on five three-point attempts in the championships and had several nice finishes at the rim. He’s another prospect that will be fun to track over the next few years.

Bebe Iyiola

Whenever Iyiola takes the court, it seems like he’s improved just a little bit. He’s a high-motor player at 6-foot-9 that is absolutely relentless on the boards. He runs the court hard, has good hands, and finishes well in the paint. He’s also capable of hitting mid-range jumpers. There is a good chance he ends up being a priority for high-majors after the travel season.

Jamal Johnson

The Alabama native is one of the more complete guards in the southeast. He’s not going to overwhelm you in any one area, but he doesn’t really have any holes in his game either. He had very good weekend helping the Xpress getting to the championship game. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, UAB and Vanderbilt are among the schools involved with him.