Global Grassroots had players from across the Southeast gathered in Albertville, AL, at their Pre-Draft Camp. I dropped the 2028/2029 standouts; now, here are the standouts from the 2027 division.
Ryan Wingard (6’3/Small Forward/2027)
School: McCallie School (Chattanooga TN)
Now we are talking about 7th graders here, and I wanted to preference that as I talk about Ryan. He was one of the most athletic, if not the most athletic player in the 2027 class. Maybe you heard about him from a post that came out from the camp on social media, so let me go ahead and confirm that yes, he was finishing above the rim. He has good size and length for his age and has more growing in front of him. His defensive impact is ahead of his offensive game.
He is a rim protector with good timing and challenged and altered a lot of shots throughout the day.
It is easy for young players to get comfortable with the type of athleticism that Ryan has, but if he can elevate his skillset to the level of his athleticism, he will be a force to reckon with.
Calin Collins (6’1/Forward/2027)
School: Eva School (Eva AL)
Calin is another one in the 2027 class that was above 6’0. With his size, he was a major factor on the boards on both ends of the court. Defensively, he was more comfortable defending in the paint but has the ability to be a versatile defender and defend on the perimeter. He contested shots and got a few deflections in the paint. Offensively he did much of his damage in the paint.
He competed with a lot of effort throughout the day.
The potential to emerge into a prospect to keep an eye on is there, but it will be hinged upon his work on improving his skill set and expanding his game out of the paint on both ends of the floor.
Amare Jackson (6’1/Forward/2027)
School: Rise Prepatory (Marietta GA)
Amare had one of the highest motors throughout the camp. He brought a lot of effort and energy to the court and was impactful on both ends of the court. He plays very hard and did so consistently throughout the day. He was active on the boards and ran the floor in transition. He stood out amongst his peers simply because he played harder than the majority of the rest of the 2027 crew.
His length caused problems on the boards and on defense as he was productive on the glass and disruptive with his on-ball defense.
He has to continue to work on his overall game, but one main focus he has to concentrate on is his handles. When his skillset matches his effort, we could be talking about an emerging prospect.
D’Qori Abanikanda (5’5/Point Guard/2027)
D’Qori was one of the toughest players to guard in the 2027 class. He was intent on getting to the track throughout the day. He was a tough cover as he took the will of several defenders who got frustrated trying to stop him. He has nice handles and a nice pace to his game. He was constantly pushing the rock up the court and kicking it ahead with the pass at times, which many guards failed to do.
D’Qori fed his teammates in transition quickly, resulting in easy buckets.
His iso game was on display as his combo moves kept defenders off balance and out of position, which gave D’Qori driving lanes, and once he got in the paint, he was highly productive finishing in the paint and at the rim. As skilled as D’Qori is, he still has work to do on his game as it is with all the 2027 crew.
Riley Bryant (6’1/Point Guard/2027)
School: Thompson Middle School (Alabaster AL)
Riley is listed as a PG but showed a lot of versatility at camp. He has good size accompanied by a strong repertoire of tools in his toolbox, and he showed his ability to play in the post and on the perimeter. He has a nice face-up game when he was in the post, and smaller guards trying to defend him were at a disadvantage. When bigger post players tried to match up against him, they were too slow to match up with him off the bounce. As a listed PG, he handled the ball in the open court, but when I watched him in action, he did not show much from the lead guard spot. Now let me say this could have resulted from being on a team with numerous players looking to play the PG spot. Having another opportunity to see Riley in a different setting where he is the primary ball-handler will give a better observation of his game from the PG spot.
The strength of his game currently is his versatility, but he will have to continue working on his all-around game, as you see that all of the players mentioned in this article must focus on.
Stay tuned as more is coming from the pre-draft camp.