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May 13, 2008

Best of 2010 at Prather Memorial

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There were plenty of picks for the top performers and prospects from last weekend's Wallace Prather Memorial Classic from the class of 2010. Once again, the underclassmen shined bright at a big, national event.

Prather Top 2010 Performers
Phil Taylor, PG, Worldwide Renegades Black
Taylor showed a lot of heart on championship Sunday. He played a majority of the three overtime games his team competed in over a six-hour stretch and when the game was on the line, he stepped up in the clutch.

Taylor scored big buckets in the extra period and helped seal the win in a tough game against the Jacksonville Lee Bulls.

Brandon Knight, PG, Team Breakdown
Paired in the best guard match-up of the event, Knight caught fire within the emotion of the game between he and fellow top performer Joe Jackson.

Knight scored from deep, penetrated to the hole and played the role of elite level guard quite well. His ability to bounce between the point and shooting guard is seamless.

Joe Jackson, SG, Memphis Pacers
Jackson has similar qualities to 2009 scoring stud Kenny Boynton. Both are smaller guards with big-time ability to put the ball in the basket.

Jackson played bigger than his 5-foot-11 size and shot at the top of his explosive jumper. He's a good passer to boot and a major competitor. He didn't back down in his big match-up against Boynton and Knight of Team Breakdown.

Jarell Eddie, SF/PF, United Celtics 16
The 6-foot-6 forward was difficult to defend because of his inside-outside capabilities. He was great on the glass, fun in transition and versatile on the wing.

He showed all the facets of his game in Atlanta and is finding more ways to be a tough player to defend on the hardwood. Eddie flat out produced over the weekend.

Ian Miller, PG, United Celtics 16
One of the reasons why Eddie was so good was because of the play of Miller, who is quickly carving out a spot for himself as one of the top point guards in the Southeast in the 2010 class.

Miller, a 6-foot guard from Charlotte, was strong to the hole and found the weapons on his roster when it mattered.

Casey Prather, SF, Nashville Celtics
Cut from a similar mold of class of 2008 prospect and Georgia-bound forward Travis Leslie, Prather is a big, physical athlete that has at least three plays that beckon a wow from on-lookers.

He's improving his perimeter game and showing it this spring. Prather was steady from game to game in Atlanta.

J.D. Weatherspoon, PF, All-Ohio Red 15
There was a lot of commotion in the very back corner of the spacious Campus Recreation Center building on Sunday afternoon. The reason? It was Weatherspoon bending the rims in the 15 and under championship game.

The 6-foot-6 forward dominated on the big stage and there was not a player on the floor that could stop his athleticism and strength in the paint.

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