PC: Bob Corwin
By Bob Corwin
Held July 9, 2019, at Midamerica Sports Center East in Louisville, Kentucky, Future Stars USA, in its fifth year, put forth another very talented field of 92 prospects, primarily of the classes of 2023 and 2024 along with a handful of players as young as the 2026 class. The event was run by Harry Elifson and Scott Reed of Preferred Athlete Scouting Services. Sixty-five NCAA Division 1 colleges (mostly of the Power 5 variety) watched these talented athletes play in two of the hour-long sessions which ran between 1pm and 6pm.
More mid-major programs should attend
Granted most programs are looking at prospects in the classes closer to graduation. However, with talent spread out more than ever amongst competing events, where can you get to see 80+ future Division 1 players in under five hours?! Perhaps 30 of the prospects were sure Power 5 candidates. That leaves over 50 for mid-majors to focus on. Future Stars gives you lots of meat with almost no filler! I continue to maintain that this event is the most concentrated five hours of talent in the summer viewing period.
Note the names below as they will become better known in the years ahead. Our goal here is to give you a brief introduction into a small sampling of them!
Players below are listed alphabetically giving height and position within graduation year with home town in parenthesis. All below will, with normal progression, be recruited at the NCAA Division 1 level, how high may well depend on final height and how they fill out in body type. Maturation of those below should be monitored from the Power 5 level and down.
Cori Allen, 5-10, shooting guard (Nashville, Tennessee)
Driver with strong build; willing to pass; can spot up for the three but not first option; getting Power 5 offers.
Olivia Anderson, 6-3, power forward/center (Ellensburgh, Washington)
Thinly built needing to fill out; runs very well but skills still developing; face-up game.
Madison Booker, 6-0, forward (Ridgeland, Mississippi)
One of very best at event; high basketball IQ; can play the three (has perimeter stroke) or four (strong scoring threat near rim); has multiple Power 5 offers.
Zoe Brooks, 5-9, shooting guard (Plainfield, New Jersey)
Strongly built with good open court game; has perimeter stroke; must watch conditioning; getting Power 5 offers.
Addyson Brown, 6-1, power forward (Derby, Kansas)
Strongly built player with baseline to basket game; physical for age; getting Power 5 offers; sister now attending Oregon State.
Jadyn Donovan, 5-11, forward (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
One of top players in the event; superior athlete who can dominate with her ability to get to rim; willing to pass; must work on adding shooting range to become more complete player; has multiple Power 5 offers.
Nevaeh Foster, 5-8, shooting guard (South Bend, Indiana)
Decent athlete who can shoot the three hitting several during the event.
Jordyn Griggs, 6-1, forward (Moreno Valley, California)
Athletic, can put on floor and get to rim; will hit glass.
Raven Jackson, 5-7, shooting guard (Choctaw, Oklahoma)
Strong build with good speed; drive, or drive and dish game.
Makaela Quimby, 5-9, shooting guard (Owings Mills, Maryland)
Above average athlete with good motor; nice perimeter stroke but willing share ball; likely Power 5 prospect.
Tyra Robinson, 6-2, center (Little Rock, Arkansas)
Strongly built but mobile with good hands; finishes around basket; Power 5 prospect.
Taryn Sides, 5-6, guard (Phillipsburg, Kansas)
One of best three-point shooters in event; can play either guard slot but knowledge of game and handles make her more likely to be point guard at next level.
Brittani Wells, 5-5, point guard (Lakeland, Tennessee)
Drive and dish lead guard; has pull-up jumper; decent athlete with good basketball IQ.
Alexandra Blue, 5-10, small forward (Orlando, Florida)
Decent athlete who can play multiple positions; can hit the three off the pass.
Na’Kiya Bonner, 5-6, point guard (Dearborn, Michigan)
Quick to the rim; good in open court, sees passing angles well.
Amiah Hargrove, 6-2, forward (Christopher, Illinois)
Athlete who can get to rim; decent handles for size; nice face-up stroke from mid-range.
Keira Scott, 6-0, power forward (Jupiter, Florida)
Lanky build; can finish on the break; works the boards hard.