by Clifton Dixon | October 12, 2022 | HoopFest Recruiting
This past weekend, HoopFests Tour had the special opportunity to host our annual Freshman Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Between the talent, competition and organization it was a great event. The amount of talent in Louisiana/Mississippi is continuing to rise, this event has gotten the attention of several top prospects. Here’s a few standouts that caught the attention of many and received offers from this first class event.
De’von Warren (’26) 6-5 Tuerlings Catholic (La)
Warren is an excellent rim protector that rebounded the ball extremely well and displayed good hands and footwork in the post. Warren finished well around the rim and showed his ability to step out and shoot the ball from mid-range. He did a great job of controlling the pace and was very active on the glass.
Midnight Martin (’26) 6-2 John Curtis (La)
Martin did a great job of attacking the rim and finishing through contact. Martin is a dynamic perimeter defender that displayed excellent athleticism and finishing ability. He is a very good ball handler and he did a great job of splitting the defense to get to the rim.
Travis Jones (’26) 6-0 Yazoo City (Ms)
Jones shot the ball well from the perimeter and did a good job of letting the game come to him. Jones moved well without the ball, possesses excellent court vision, decision making ability, and did a great job of creating for others.
Kenny Brown (’26) 6-0 Madison Prep (La)
Brown is a solid ball handler and was fearless at attacking the rim. Brown did a great job of creating, facilitating, and finishing at the rim through contact. He is a very good perimeter defender that did a good job of defending on and off the ball.
Athan Olivier (’26) 5-11 Dunham School (La)
Olivier did a great job of playing through contact and displayed excellent ball handles and passing ability. Olivier is a solid distributor/facilitator that did a good job of getting others involved and drawing contact to get to the free-throw line.
Jordan Senegal (’26) 6-5 Tuerlings Catholic (La)
Senegal is a long and lengthy shooter with excellent range that possesses a nice touch around the rim and a smooth touch from the outside. Senegal is versatile and highly active on the defensive end.
Jace Conrad (’26) 6-0 Central High School (La)
Conrad is a very prolific perimeter shooter that did a good job of creating for himself and others. Conrad did a great job of moving without the ball and getting open. He finished well around the rim and did a great job of defending.
Kadar Mitchell (’26) 6-0 H.L Bourgeois (La)
Mitchell played the game with a high level of energy and athleticism. Mitchell is a slashing guard that did a great job of getting to the rim and doing the dirty work. He is a scrappy, hardworking, high motor player.
Nicholas Devall (’26) 5-9 St. Louis Catholic (La)
Devall displayed a high basketball I.Q. and always seemed to make the right play. Devall shot the ball very well from the perimeter and did a good job of getting around his defender to get to his spots on the floor.
Joshua Perry (’27) 6-1 International School (Fl)
Perry is a dynamic outside shooter that is a true pass first PG. Perry displayed an excellent feel for the game and is a very good player maker. The only 8th grader to participate definitely not only held his own, he stood out several games including a 4-4 game behind the arc.
Armoni Benjamin (’26) 6-1 Avoyelles Public Charter (La)
Benjamin is a true game changing defender that possesses excellent play-making ability, court vision, and ball handles. Benjamin possesses a high motor, toughness, and feel for the game. He is athletic and a solid shooter from the perimeter.
Colton Spence (’26) 6-8 Providence Classical Academy (La)
Spence is a versatile big that did a great job of finishing around the rim and stepping out to shoot the ball from behind the 3 point line. Spence did a great job of rebounding the ball, moving without the ball, and is extremely versatile on both ends. He did a great job of stretching the floor on both ends and clogging the lane.
Reginald Jackson (’26) 6-5 Family Christian (La)
Jackson is a tough and rugged defender that was amazing around the rim rebounding the ball and disrupting a number of shots. Jackson possesses the ability to step out and shoot the ball from mid-range and defend on the perimeter and in the post. He plays with a high motor, toughness, activity and grit. Jackson is a hardworking player that did a good job of creating 2nd chance opportunities and played above the rim.
Demond Collum (’26) 5-8 Yazoo City (Ms)
Collum is a knock down shooter that did a great job of moving without the ball and getting to his spots on the floor. Collum is a very good ball handler possessing excellent court vision, awareness, discipline, and possesses a high level of craftiness and did a great job of facilitating to set his teammates up.
Keithon Womack (’26) 6-1 Central High School (La)
Womack is an excellent mid-range scorer that did a good job of attacking the rim and getting everyone involved. Womack is a highly skilled player that lets the game come to him and does a good job of not forcing anything on the offensive end. He is a very good play-maker that displayed good athleticism and played hard on both ends.
Kingston Jarrell (’26) 6-2 Liberty High School (La)
Jarrell possesses good length, athleticism, and does a great job of attacking the basket. Jarrell is highly versatile on both ends and plays with a high level of energy, activity, and awareness.
Dwight Magee (’26) 5-10 Crescent City School (La)
Magee is an excellent decision maker that plays with a high level of toughness and awareness. Magee did a great job of getting by his defender with his explosive first step and finished well at the rim.
Kayshaun Robertson (’26) 6-0 North Central High School (La)
Robertson played with excellent toughness, athleticism, and locked everything down on the defensive end. Robertson has a great understanding and feel for the game and did a great job of playing within the flow of the game.
Brian Vaughn (’26) 5-6 Madison Parish High School (La)
Vaughn is a score first guard that shot it extremely well from the perimeter. Vaughn is an excellent play-maker that possesses a very good first step, ball handles, and court vision.
Gavin Lucas (’26) 6-0 Bonnabel High School (La)
Lucas is a dynamic athlete that possesses a nice first step and ball handles and shot the ball extremely well off the dribble. Lucas did a great job of attacking the rim, shooting the ball from the perimeter and finishing through contact. He is a high level defender that did an excellent job of defending on the perimeter.