Memphis commit 2022 PG Amarr Knox of Bartlett (TN) photo by Khari Thompson
AAU season is back and in full swing after last year's COVID-19 pandemic cancelled spring events. Top events and tournaments across the country were on display this past weekend included stops in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Charlotte, and others.
This past weekend I was able to attend the On the Radar Hoops Sweet 16 Session I hosted by Shun Williams at the Lakepoint SportsCenter.
A plethora of great talent was in the building and on full display and below we take a look at which prospects had amazing outings this past weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.
2022 PG Amarr Knox (Bartlett, TN)
Memphis commit 2022 PG Amarr Knox was arguably the most valuable prospect of the entire showcase this past weekend in Atlanta. Knox led Team Thad (TN) to a 3-0 weekend and put his talents on display every single day. He is a 6-foot-3 point guard with a Ja Morant type game and slim body frame. Amarr has the ability to blow by his defenders, finish through contact, has that quick burst when attacking the rim, and was able to show he could knock down shots from the perimeter. Amarr for sure boosted his stock this past weekend and could continue to rise in the 2022 national rankings if he continues to play like he did this past weekend. He finished with 25 points (8-11 FG 1-3 from 3) and 7 boards in a game against BMaze Elite (TN).
2023 F Matt and Ryan Bewley (West Oaks Academy, FL)
Matthew and Ryan Bewley, yes twin brothers, are must-see television. The Bewley twins did not hesitate and started off their weekend in Atlanta with a bang. Both securing double-doubles and just dominating competition. Their motor goes unnoticed and their competitiveness is elite. Both Matthew and Ryan Bewley are extremely versatile forwards at 6-foot-9, hold long arms, incredible on the glass, run the floor, and consistently can finish inside around the rim. They cause mismatch problems for other big forwards and/or centers and with their lengthy arms, they are also able to be rim protectors on the defensive end of the floor. Matthew Bewley averaged 16.0 PPG, 14.5 RPG, and 2.5 BPG in two games on Saturday while Ryan Bewley averaged 16.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, and 3.5 BPG.
2022 SG Jett Howard (IMG Academy, FL)
Thought 2022 SG Jett Howard had a solid weekend in Atlanta in his first AAU tournament of the spring, summer. Coming off his GEICO Nationals appearance with IMG Academy last week, Jett was in attack mode throughout the weekend. He is a 6-foot-5 two-guard who showed he can be more than just a shooter from the perimeter. Howard displayed his scoring ability by creating his own shot, connecting on mid range pull ups, running the floor, and finishing plays at the rim. He alreadys holds a college ready physical frame and has the next level size at 6-foot-5. He has improved his body and his game over the last few years and should be more of a scoring option in his senior season at IMG Academy next year.
2022 PG B.J. Edwards (Knoxville Catholic, TN)
B.J. Edwards is one of the most not talked about guards in this loaded 2022 class and he certainly deserves some much earned attention. Edwards is a dog on the floor and is one of the top floor generals in his class. He is a 6-foot-2 point guard who displayed his skill set these last couple weeks in Atlanta. Rebounds extremely well for a point guard, can hit the outside shot, a facilitator offensively, always engaged defensively, and can finish through contact. Edwards makes very nice reads and barely even turns the ball over. He has an amazing combination of dribble moves and always can weave his way inside the opponents defense. Had 19 points (7-13 FG 3-4 from 3), 7 boards, and 6 assists with only 1 turnover in the game against Team Thad (TN).
2022 SG M.J. Collins (Westminster Catawba, NC)
One prospect who boosted his stock and also made a name for himself this past weekend in Atlanta at the On the Radar Hoops Sweet 16 Session I was M.J. Collins, who ran with Team Curry (NC) 17U squad. Collins was one of the most consistent prospects in the building throughout the weekend. A sleeper prospect as of now in the 2022 class, Collins should be put onto the college coaches radar if not already. He sits at 6-foot-4, an amazing shot maker, can create his own offense, hits tough shots, spaces the floor with his outstanding three point shot, and has a sneaky athletic ability in his game. M.J. had a couple 20-point outings and can score the ball on all levels of the floor. He holds a high elevation on his jumper and a competitive edge.
2022 F Ben Middlebrooks (Calvary Christian, FL)
Ben Middlebrooks is a name college coaches need to keep tabs on over the next few months. Not a "wow" you type of prospect, but Ben Middlebrooks has an outstanding feel for the game and is an all around prospect. Sitting at 6-foot-10, Middlebrooks is extremely versatile on both ends of the floor. He can space the floor and connect on perimeter shots, can finish inside, run the floor, and rebound at a high level. Ben has a football-like physical frame which helps him defend the big forwards and centers. He has nice defensive footwork and is a capable forward that can show his perimeter defense as well. Middlebrooks is an impactful playmaking forward who will hustle on every single possession when on the floor.
2022 SG Emanuel Sharp (Bishop McLaughlin, FL)
One of the nation's top scoring prospects, Emanuel Sharp, put his talent on display running with Each One Teach One (FL) again this weekend in Atlanta at the On the Radar Hoops Sweet 16 Session I. Sharp is coming off an incredible season where he led his Bishop McLaughlin (FL) team to a FHSAA class 3A state title appearance. He is a 6-foot-4 big body two-guard who just has a knack for scoring the ball. Sharp stays in attack mode when on the floor. He displayed his all leveling scoring abilities, finished through contact, showed excellent body control, utilized his big football-like frame, and Steph Curry range like three point shooting. Emanuel scores at will and is a high volume shooting guard.
2022 F Ernest Udeh Jr. (Dr. Phillips, FL)
Coming off his state championship run with Dr. Phillips (FL) last month, Ernest Udeh Jr. stood out as one of the top prospects this past weekend in Atlanta at the On the Radar Sweet 16 Session I with Southeast Elite (FL). College coaches looking for a physical forward with a high motor should keep tabs on Mr. Udeh Jr. The 6-foot-10 forward is a rim running prospect, holds long arms, a lob catcher and finisher, showed his defensive versatility staying in front of guards, and made his impact protecting the rim. Ernest plays with amazing energy when he is on the floor. Does not force the issue, plays his roll, and always runs the floor every possession. A prospect who can see his stock rise at this AAU season goes along.