The 2017 edition of the Adidas Crossroads of the South Exposure Camp was held in the Metro Jackson Area this past weekend. Now In its ninth year the camp year in and year out draws some of the top talent the Magnolia state has to offer. Here’s a look at the top eye-catchers at this year’s camp.
Austin Crowley 2019 6’6” Guard West Point H.S. (pictured right)
In my opinion the most impressive player in camp, and that despite only playing half the day as he and his family were headed to Alabama for an unofficial visit with the Crimson Tide that evening. This long lanky wing is an impressive specimen. He was smooth off the dribble with strong finishes at the rim, his jumper was dead on well out to the three-point line and he scored the ball at a very high rate even for a camp setting, throw in a few nice dimes and you have a solid days work. Already receiving interest from most of the SEC this polished wing’s recruitment should continue to grow.
Garrison Wade 2018 6’6” Forward St. Andrews Episcopal School (pictured left)
The more you see this rising wing the more you grow enamored with him. He has a nose for the ball and just puts the ball in the hoop at a solid rate. His game centers around the fact that he never stops moving, finding holes in the defense for short jumpers and layups, but he continues to expand his game, becoming better off the dribble and expanding his range and accuracy on his jumper. Already receiving interest from a number of Ivy League schools, a number of southern mid-majors are starting to show interest also.
Joseph Cooper 2019 6’0” Guard Olive Branch H.S.
A solidly built, compact point guard who had a very good day at the camp. Very quick and fast with the ball in his hands, he pushed the rock up the court and found open teammates with passes that many times caught the not ready for prime time players off guard. When he did keep the rock he used his speed to get to the rim where he showed that he can play very well thru contact. Should be a solid MM prospect in the class of 2019.
Treylan Smith 2020 6’4” Wing Petal H.S.
This long-armed wing has a solid build and plays with a very strong motor. A solid shooter and ballhandler he is more of a slasher and finisher right now who has a nose for putting the ball in the hole. He can play on or off the ball, is effective either way, and plays well thru contact or physical play. Was easily one of the day’s top performers despite being so young, a definite upper-level prospect.
Roderick Smith 2018 6’7” Forward Crystal Springs H.S.
This big bodied post had a very good day at the camp. He had a strong day scoring the ball around the hoop, which is the strength of his game, he hit the boards hard and he show solid explosion on finishes around the rim. He has a nice knack for catching the ball just outside the paint, facing up and attacking his defender off the dribble for strong finishes. He is a solid LM prospect who could garner some MM interest as the recruiting scene sorts itself out.
Miles Miller 2018 6’3” Guard Meridian H.S.
This tall, rangy, long-armed combo guard doesn’t past the look test when he walks in the gym, but as you watch him he grows on you. He is a very good ballhandler who makes good decisions, more of a facilitator than a creator. His greatest strength is his ability to shoot the ball as he is a very good shooter with range well past the three-point line and he carries himself like he feels he’s one of the best players in the gym. At the moment he’s being quite under-recruited but is one LMs in the area need to start paying attention to.