“The Platform” held it’s first session in Winston-Salem NC last weekend, featuring some of the top AAU programs on the east coast. The event had teams ranging from sixth to eighth grade, and was a great preview to the AAU season and what teams will look like this spring.
There were so many standouts ranging from Virginia to Georgia and everywhere in between. There are still two more sessions, with one happening at U-Turn in Richmond on March 5 and 6, and one at the Virginia Beach Sportscenter April 15 and 16.
Here’s a look at part two of the standouts, looking at some of the top kids in the Virginia and Georgia area.
All of the games from the event are available on the CBG Live Network!
Dekarri Babb | Ballo Timberwolves 13U
Babb is the type of player you love to watch at this age, as he isn’t very big for his position but he knows his game and plays to his strengths the entire time he’s on the floor. The 5’8” big man is a monster in the paint as he has good hands and strength and he can create space and finish in the post, he runs the floor hard and rebounds on both ends of the floor and he is very productive and plays harder than everyone when he’s on the floor.
Mekhi Ragland | Team Loaded VA 13U
Ragland was the most consistent player on a talented Team Loaded VA 13U team, and his mix of size and skillset at his age makes him very intriguing moving forward. He’s about 6’4” and has the ability to play inside-out, he can make shots from multiple levels and guard multiple positions and he played well in close games and in big situations when his team needed him to.
Chris Lamm | Rock It Sports 13U
Lamm showed a lot in his game as as Rock It played a very tough group of teams, and he was the guy who showed he can create shots for himself and others throughout the event. While he isn’t the biggest guy, he plays with a lot of savvy as he showed he can get wherever he wants to off the bounce, he made tough shots at multiple levels and especially in the midrange, he has good vision and IQ as a playmaker and he likes big situations and matchups and showed what he can do against the best competition.
RJ Mickleberry | Rock It Sports 13U
Mickleberry is another Rock It guard to keep an eye on, as the 5’10” shooting guard showed his ability to get hot and fill it up in bunches when his team needs him to. While most players his age struggle with long distance shots, he thrives in it as he has effortless range with a quick release, he works well off the ball to get open, he’s a good secondary ball handier and he showed he can score it with the best of them.
Damien Robinson | Ballo Timberwolves 13U
Robinson, whose father Dwight Robinson is one of the most respected high school coaches in the 757 at Landstown, played up as a sixth grader in the seventh grade division and not only played well but was one of the best players on the floor every time he stepped on it. He obviously is undersized against bigger and older players but he showed good poise and IQ as a playmaker, he handles the ball well and plays with good pace, he can both score it and make others better in different ways and he has a moxy and toughness about him you can’ teach.
Devon McField | Atlanta Celtics 14U
McField has a lot to like about him moving forward as a prospect, as the 5’8” point guard may not be the biggest guy now but he brings a true floor general vibe to his game that many young guards don’t have to them. He has great quickness and gets in the lane at will, he can knock down shots from deep consistently off the catch and off the bounce, he brings it on the defensive end and is a good on ball defender and he seems to know how to take over a game when his team needs him to.
MJ Madison | Atlanta Celtics 14U
Madison is a unique prospect at his age, as he projects to be the new style of forward as he has good size for his age and a game that is hard to match up with at this level. He’s about 6’4” with a perimeter skill set as he can knock down shots from deep and put it on the deck to create shots at multiple levels, he can guard multiple positions and moves his feet well but he can also rebound and play in the paint as a shot blocker and post defender as well.