NEW HAVEN, Connecticut. This weekend, the National Preschool Show showcased the best graduate programs in the country for the unofficial opening of the preschool season.

For the vast majority of the 20 potential clients present in the national rankings, this was the first competitive situation we had to assess since July. This made it possible to both follow their growth and watch them sometimes in a completely different context than what we saw during the mass season.

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Here’s a breakdown of how those prospects fared in the class of 2023.

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Elmarco Jackson6-3, PG, South Kent (CT), Perfect to Kansas, No. 18
20 points (8-15 field goal, 2-6 3 points, 2-2 feet), 2pd, 3pd, 7pd, 1pd in 36 minutes (90-82 loss to IMG Academy)
7 points (2-8 field goals, 0-0 3 points, 3-4 feet), 3 pb, 4 red, 4 red, 1 finger in 25 minutes (82-60 wins over First Love)
Jackson wasn’t at his best this weekend, but that didn’t dampen our long-term optimism for him. What makes it special is the combination of size, strength and speed combined with the vastly improved decision making we saw over the summer. Ironically, he’s almost gone too far in that direction now, trying to take too accurate readings every time, instead of playing in attack mode and making the most of the physical tools that make him unique. It was the ability to go down and put pressure on the ring from the start that put the defense at a disadvantage and thus opened up the reading opportunities he did this summer. Once he returns to finding that balance, his best basketball should come out again.

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TJ Power6–8, PF, Worcester Academy (MA), Dedicated to the Duke, No. 21
17 points (6-12 field, 5-8 3 points, 0-2 feet), 11 rebounds (1 offense), 2 ace, 0 to, 0 black, 2 sts in 36 minutes (defeated Mount Zion 86-82 )
FROM Three Normans as well as Kayvon Mulready As Worcester’s main playmaker, Power is more of a secondary offensive threat. It may come as a surprise to those who have seen him put in huge numbers this summer, but it also aligns with what we saw last season. So, while there are moments when he doesn’t make himself as big as you’d expect from a top 25 prospect, pretty much his entire game on the court can be taken to the next level. He shot the ball at a very high level, landing not only open rhythmic triples but also a couple of difficult cut-off shots, and demonstrated the ball possession and passing he was known for even before his catch-up shots. Defensively, he is mobile enough to be versatile, and when he bounces like that, he likes it even more.

Isaiah Miranda7-0, C, Academy of Southern California (CA), unsigned, #30
DNP – wounded
It was a big weekend for Miranda, who had scouts from 20 NBA teams authorized to see him here. Unfortunately, they left disappointed when a wrist injury forced him out of action. Miranda is very intriguing due to his extreme athleticism for his size and ability to play face-up, but most scouts have yet to get a thorough assessment of him after being allowed to see him at camp just last year. While there are rumors that he may be leaning more towards college, NBA assessors are scrambling to do their due diligence in case he decides to enter the 2023 draft.

Solomon Ball6-3, SG, Brewster Academy (New Hampshire), transferred to UConn, #38
DNP – wounded
Like Miranda, Ball didn’t make it into the squad this weekend either. However, the environment still provided an opportunity for new information, and all the feedback coming from New Hampshire was only positive. He’s getting rave reviews for his athleticism, work ethic and skill level, all in line with what we’ve seen in the spring and summer, leading to his significant jump up the national rankings.

J.P. Star6–11, C, Brewster Academy (New Hampshire), committed in Tennessee, #51
15 points (6-10 field, 3-5 3 points, 0-0 ft), 4 rebounds (2 offensive), 0 AST, 1 loss, 2 blacks in 23 minutes (83-58 – win over Perkioman)
9 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3 points, 1-1 FT), 8 rebounds (0 attack), 3 AST, 1 pitch, 3 black, 0 st in 18 minutes (86-44 win over Fork Union)
This past spring and summer, Estrella was arguably the best big player in the Under Armor Association and was also at the heart of the Middlesex Magic’s half-court attack. Here he adjusts to his new role, but still showed the same inner prowess and fundamentally sound general approach as he shot the ball well from behind the arc, kept it high in the paint and had a couple of fairly athletic plays near the rim. . The next step will undoubtedly be building his body and learning to play at the level of contact he will inevitably see in the SEC, especially if it turns out his best defensive position is a five, as expected.

Taylor Bowen6-9, PF, Brewster Academy (New Hampshire), FL, No. 54
8 pts (4-8 MP, 0-2 3 pts, 0-0 FT), 4 PP (2 offensive), 2 AST, 2 CL, 2 STR, 2 BL in 24 minutes (defeated Perkiomen 83-58)
13 points (5-8 FG, 1-1 3 points, 2-2 FT), 3 rebounds, 1 AST, 0 to 22 minutes (86-44 win over Fork Union)
Bowen seems to be buying into the role of a hybrid foursome that influences the game with their height, athleticism and agility. He can occasionally play the ball in the open court or even take an open face-up shot, but the fact that he no longer tries to force his play on the perimeter has made him much more effective. While there are some related concerns about his attacking impact on half court at the next level, Florida State could be the perfect place to tap into his full defensive potential as they have a proven history with extra long players like Bowen.

Eric Daly6-7, PF, IMG Academy (FL), Unsigned, No. 62
23 points (6-12 field, 1-3 3 points, 10-13 feet), 9 rebounds (2 offensive), 6 AST, 5 losses, 1 block, 3 st in 38 minutes (90-82 win over South -Kent)
20 points (7-16 FG, 1-2 3 points, 5-5 FT), 5 rebounds (0 attacks), 1 AST, 4 losses, 1 TL in 28 minutes (88-76 win over Bradford Christian)
Even with Miranda out of action, many NBA scouts came to see Daly, who is also eligible for the 2023 draft. He played a couple of strong games, scoring in different ways and showing an extended face. before the game. He’s a combo forward who creates all sorts of mismatch problems in the four, but clearly wants to show he’s a winger. There were moments when he made some good passes, but there were also moments when he could have moved the ball more willingly. Overall, he was one of the most impressive and influential players in the field, yet still received feedback that the college route would be his best course of action after the season.

Three Normans6-3, SG, Worcester Academy (MA), Marquette, No. 83
22 points (8-15 FG, 0-1 3 points, 6-10 FT), 2 rebounds (1 attack), 6 AST, 4 losses, 3 TL in 39 minutes (86-82 win over Mt. Zion)
Power may be a prospect in the top 25, but Norman has long been the alpha of this Worcester team as their primary playmaker and leader. After a summer break, he gained noticeable muscle mass to be in the best shape of his entire career. He landed his signature strong under rim attacks and even mixed in some impressive passes, but looked less consistent and confident with his jumper in this setting.

Carey Booth6–9, PF, Brewster Academy (New Hampshire), PA, No. 92
9 points (2-5 field, 0-2 3 points, 5-6 FT), 5 rebounds (2 offensive) in 16 minutes (defeated Perkioman 83-58)
15 points (7-9 field, 1-2 3 points), 7 rebounds (4 offensive), 1 tl in 22 minutes (86-44 win over Fork Union)
The key to appreciating Booth is recognizing how young he is. He is a real high school student who won’t turn 18 until next summer. So while he’s not yet as physically strong, assertive, or physically fit as some of the big men on this list, he’s also a year or two younger. He has clear targets for long-term growth with his hands, touch, footwork, shooting potential and basketball acumen, not to mention his pedigree. So it may take a little longer in the long run, but he is heading in the right direction and has undeniable potential.

Papa Edge6-10, C, South Kent (CT), Michigan, No. 93
5 points (2-6 FG, 0-3 3 points, 1-2 FT), 5 rebounds (0 offensive), 0 AP, 3 losses, 1 block, 1 st in 35 minutes (lost 90-82 to IMG Academy)
8 pts (3-9 field, 0-0 3 pts, 1-2 ft), 12 pts (2 offensive), 0 AST, 3 CL, 0 SL in 29 minutes (82-60 wins over First love)
Kante always wanted to prove his skill. There were no such shots this weekend, and at the same time, his timing was not always ideal in catch-up situations. His offensive struggles seemed to take a toll on his overall floor play on Friday, but on Sunday he showed the same glass dominance we expected during the EYBL as well as defensive tackle with his powerful body, incredibly long arms and ability to move around. to the sides. by its size.

Reid DuCharme6-6, San Francisco, Brewster Academy (New Hampshire), Xavier, No. 99
11 points (5-12 field, 1-3 3 points, 0-2 feet), 4 rebounds, 1 AST, 2 losses, 3 sts in 28 minutes (defeated Perkiomen 83-58)
18 pts (7-9 FG, 4-6 3 pts, 0-0 FT), 2 PPs, 1 AST, 0 B, 1 block, 2 sts in 21 minutes (defeated Fork Union 83-58)
Ducharme was in many ways the player we’ve come to expect. He helped set the tone for his team with his competitiveness and attacking nature. He showed continuous progress as a 3-point shooter, albeit more with stance than movement, and was dangerous as a transitional athlete. At the next level, he still has to become a more agile player to see if he can add more shift or manipulator to his attack.

Muhamed Diubat6-7, PF, Putnam Science Academy (CT), Alabama, No. 112
14 points (5-12 FG, 0-0 3 points, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds (6 attacks) and 1 goal in 22 minutes (defeated Fork Union 76-63)
14 points (5-8 FG, 0-0 3 points, 4-6 FT), 12 rebounds (5 offensive), 3 strikeouts, 2 losses, 2 blacks and 3 steals in 34 minutes (64-41 win over Sunrise Christian )
Diubat was a real dumping ground for dogs. He played hard and was all over the glass, especially in attack, while demonstrating the potential to develop into a defensive force at the next level. Offensively, he is still at his best within 15 feet, attacking…