ELITE 100 Roundtable-Part I

ELITE 100 Roundtable-Part I
ELITE 100 Roundtable-Part IRecee Caldwell

'14 ELITE 100 guard Ariel Atkins is explosive. *Photo by Ty Freeman.

Editor’s Note: This roundtable series will include several topics that ProspectsNation.com scouts and writers will address individually.

ProspectsNation.com Recruiting Analyst Brandon Clay joins Marques Burnett to talk about the ELITE100 expansion.

This Recruiting Roundtable focuses on a series of questions related to the recently released ProspectsNation.com ELITE 100 for the 2014 class.

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What is the most exciting thing about the 2014 class

With so much good guard play, the head-to-head matchups that lie ahead are really exciting. There seems to be a respectful level of competition among the best guards in this class. Just this past weekend Jordin Canada of Los Angeles, Calif., and Recee Caldwell of San Antonio, Texas, went toe-to-toe as their teams battled at the West Coast Premier Spring Invitational. Add Chyanne Butler and Natalie Romeo to that list and the level of competition at just one event was off the charts. With the Midwest Showdown coming this weekend as an encore, the table is set for nationwide showcase of tremendous guard play and arguments for changes in the ELITE 100 because of it.

-- Chris Hansen

Kelsey Mitchell! She is the first player that I have watched at the prep level since Maya Moore who can electrify the gym consistently with her game play. Obviously Mitchell and Moore are totally different types of players, but I think the impact of their games could be similar at the college level. Mitchell simply fills the bucket up with points. She is strong, powerful and quick all at once with the ball in her hands. You cannot guard her with one or even two people at times. She was the talk of the circuit last year as a rising junior and I expect much of the same this summer.

-- Jonathan Hemingway

This spring I became a big fan of Ariel Atkins from Duncanville, Texas. Atkins, who will play her college basketball at Texas for Karen Aston and her staff, is an electric athlete who plays with the kind of motor you just don’t see many elite prospects play with. She is a lefty and usually likes to attack off the bounce going to her left, but have fun trying to stay in front of her. Her first step is as good as anyone’s in the class and when she gets down hill she has the ability to finish in a variety of ways and the length and elevation to make it tough to block her shot. Atkins is poised to have as good of a summer as anyone in the class. Remember you heard it here first.

-- Keil Moore

Hansen is managing editor of ProspectsNation.com and a McDonald’s All-American selection committee member. He was the national director of scouting for ESPN HoopGurlz from 2005 until 2012. He can be reached at chris@prospectsnation.com.

Hemingway is the Assistant Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report. He can be reached at jonathanhemingway@peachstatebasketball.com.

Moore is the National Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report. He can be reached at keil@prospectsnation.com.

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