“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 three of the standouts, looking at some of the top kids in the North Carolina area.
All of the games from the event are available on the CBG Live Network!
Jyi Dawkins | Team Loaded 919 14U
Dawkins was one of the most talented guards in attendance in the first session of The Platform, and a lot of his game will translate well moving forward as he has the ability to score the basketball in a number of different ways. He’s a knock down shooter from deep with effortless range and good confidence, he’s sanity for the bounce as a ball handler that can create space and make shots from multiple levels and he has a swagger and confidence about him that is very easy to like and hard to miss.
Kadyn Scott Turner | Team Loaded 919 14U
While he got off to somewhat of a slow start on the weekend, Scott Turner quickly turned eyes with his size and ability to play multiple positions and do a lot of things that should continue to translate as he gets older. The 6’3” forward has a lot of versatility as he can post up smaller guys and score around the rim, he’s a good shooter who can get hot quickly and score it in bunches from deep and he can guard multiple positions already which a big thing moving forward as he continues to grow and develop.
Ayron Jackson |Team Loaded NC Southern 14U
Jackson told me he will be heading to Gaston Day School next year for his first high school season, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a lot of playing time early and possibly become one of their better players throughout the year. The fact is he already has a high school frame on the wing with good size and strength, he’s already playing above the rim which he showed with a few highlight worthy dunks, he rebounds and defends on both ends and he has all the tools to guard at the next level as well. Throw in the fact that he plays with a good motor and if he continues to develop you have a guy to keep an eye on moving forward.
Jordan James | Team Loaded NC 14U
James is another impressive prospect with his physical and athletic tools, as well as with his motor and base skill set that should continue to improve moving forward. He’s a big and strong forward who can bang around the paint and rebound and finish through contact, he can step outside where he can put it on the deck and make shots from multiple levels and he is willing to do the dirty work to help his team when it comes down to it.
AJ Morman | Carolina Culture 12U
Morman was one of the top sharp shooters in the sixth grade division, as he showed range beyond his age and a lot of confidence and courage to his game as well. He’s a gritty kid who seems to thrive in a competitive atmosphere, he can play on or off the ball and knows how to get open for his shot, he has a quick release from deep and he can attack and finish in the midrange and at the rim too.
Trent Moody | RDC Lakers 12U
Possibly the most talented player in the sixth grade division, Moody was fantastic as he is bigger the most players his age and he has an advanced skillset to be able to play multiple positions and impact the game in multiple ways. He can run the show with the ball in his hands as he has a natural feel and understanding of the game as a playmaker, he can make shots from all three levels already and knows how to create for himself, he rebounds well and can start the break when he does and he has that swagger about him that he knows he can take anyone in a one-on-one situation.