Winter Haven, Fla. — Coverage of the sixth-grade division from the Prep Hoops Next Rumble Under The Palms tournament continues with the second segment of our three-part series featuring the event’s top performers from the Class of 2027…
Jeremy Jenkins | Miami, FL | Class of 2027
Developing a reputation as an enforcer in the lane for E1T1 (FL), Jenkins patrolled the paint throughout the Rumble Under The Palms event, corralling rebounds, altering shot attempts, and finishing his opportunities around the rim at an efficient rate. Similar to previous evaluations, the burly, six-foot-one forward repeatedly showed flashes of his deceptive footwork in the frontcourt, and moved his massive frame from end-to-end with a fair amount of ease. The sixth-grade post prospect was credited with a pair of double-double performances and earned 3rd All-Tournament honors while helping lead his club to a 3-1 record on the weekend.
Mathias Johnson | Tampa, FL | Class of 2027
Johnson is currently one of the tallest prospects in the Southeast region among his sixth-grade peers. At 6-foot-4, the towering post prospect is surprisingly fluid, able to gracefully transition the court while also possessing the hand-eye coordination necessary to secure rebounds off the rim and catch entry passes into the lane. Despite not always being an offensive focal point for his Central Florida Rising Stars (FL) team, Johnson remained engaged during the entire event, twice scoring in double-figures primarily due to his ability to create second chances on the offensive glass. He concluded his weekend as a deserving 2nd All-Tournament selection.
Jeffrey Jones | St. Petersburg, FL | Class of 2027
Built more similarly to an NFL running back than a sixth-grade basketball player, Jones was the most physically imposing backcourt prospect among the Class of 2027 prospects at the Rumble Under The Palms tournament. The 2nd All-Tournament selection posted double-digit scoring efforts in each of his team’s five games, and more impressively, helped SPSA Runs (FL) to an unbeaten (4-0) start before falling short in the championship game. In addition to the size and strength advantages that Jones currently possesses, he also demonstrated elite speed and quickness with the ball in his hands, and creative finishing ability around the rim.
Henry Robinson | Deltona, FL | Class of 2027
Robinson can be added to a growing list of breakout prospects that have seen their profiles rise based on their performances during the Prep Hoops Next circuit to begin the year. The 6-foot-3 post player seems to expand his array of abilities with each event, and once again, raised the bar during the Rumble Under The Palms tournament. His most productive contest of the weekend was a 16 point surge against SPSA Runs (FL), which caught the attention of many in the gym, including opposing coaches. A 3rd All-Tournament honoree, Robinson’s game continues to trend upward, and his confidence is moving in the right direction as well.
Jahriq Sati-Grier | Huntersville, NC | Class of 2027
Better known as ‘JJ’, Sati-Grier continues to carve out a reputation as one of the more talented guards in North Carolina’s current sixth-grade crop. The Class of 2027 lead guard is a capable perimeter shooter and demonstrated his ability to handle the ball and facilitate under pressure while making his Prep Hoops Next circuit debut. A key contributor for the event champions, CLT1 Sports (NC), Sati-Grier was part of a five-guard rotation that relentlessly attacked opponents on both ends of the court throughout the weekend. A front-runner for honorable mention All-Tournament, his talents, and unselfish play certainly did not go unnoticed.
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