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MADE Hoops Midwest MSA Camp: 8th Grade Top 20 All-Star Selections

By Tony McNiff, 08/02/22, 9:15PM CDT

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Sam Funches (2026, Forward): Funches is a mobile, versatile, and skilled big who can score the ball inside-out. He uses his positional size, long arms, and soft touch to finish over opponents in the paint. He’s a smooth face-up scorer that can consistently knock down 12-15 foot shots in the mid-range area. Funches is an active rebounder who uses his size and length to reel in any rebounds possible. He has a knack for finding the ball and he isn’t afraid to play physical on the glass. His versatility gives him the option of being utilized in the pick and roll, or pop. Funches continues to develop his IQ and vision, as he’s made noticeable progress in his ability to pass out of double teams or traffic. 

Tim Winkler (2026, Forward): Winkler is a long and versatile forward that has tons of untapped potential. He has the positional size to post up smaller opponents, plus he has the shooting touch to shoot over them. His first step can get quicker, although he can still get by slower bigs off the bounce when getting downhill. Winkler is a pure floor spacer with a clean shooting release off the catch or in spot-up situations. He’s a skilled face-up scorer that can create and make jumpers in the mid-range area. He is comfortable converting perimeter shots off relocations, pin downs, or kick outs off the catch. Winkler will need to play more physically at the next level, although his combination of size and shooting at a young age is intriguing. 

AJ Dybantsa (2026, Wing): Dybantsa is a name you’ll continue to hear more of in the coming years. He’s a long, wiry, and fluid athlete that has consistently developed his perimeter skills in the past year. He uses long strides and a tight handle to gain ground when attacking opponents off the bounce. Dybantsa has improved his pull-up shooting touch, as he’s been able to connect on pull-up jumpers off the bounce in the mid-range area. He can use a high + fluid release to shoot over smaller opponents when sizing them up. He’s still developing his consistency as a perimeter shooter, although he’s a reliable spot-up shooter off kick outs on the offensive end. Dybantsa uses his quick verticality + long arms to finish over, around, or above defenders if given a runway. He’s a versatile defender that has the foot speed to stay in front of some guards and the physical tools to defend wings.

Adam Tyson (2026, Wing): Tyson is a long, athletic, and downhill wing with plenty of untapped potential. He uses long strides and an explosive first step to beat defenders off the bounce when getting downhill. He’s an excellent finisher in the lane with his dominant hand, whether it’s through traffic or contact. Tyson is a fluid athlete, as he possesses the ability to weave through traffic to finish the ball. He knocked down some shots from three-point range over the weekend, although the strength of his game is downhill slashing + playmaking. His ability to get downhill allowed open looks on the perimeter to generate for his teammate. Defensively, Tyson is a long and versatile defender that makes opponents uncomfortable with his length. 

Tristan Jahnke (2026, Forward): Jahnke is a long and high-motor wing + forward that consistently produces on the floor. He has the handle and speed to get downhill where he finishes around the rim. He uses his positional size + long arms to finish over smaller opponents when operating in the post. Jahnke has the mobility to beat opposing bigs down the floor for easy looks around the rim. He’s still developing as a perimeter prospect, although there’s a lot to like with his current offensive skill. Defensively, he has the foot speed to defend wings plus the positional size to contain some forwards.

Gallagher Placide (2026, Wing): Placide is a long, versatile, and athletic wing with a versatile offensive skillset. He has the handle and fluidity to comfortably create space for jumpers, or to get downhill. He uses a soft touch to finish through traffic or with floaters in the lane. Placide is a smooth spot-up shooter with growing off the bounce consistency. His ability to score from multiple levels at his size made him a mismatch nightmare for opponents. He could score by posting up smaller opponents, blowing by bigger ones, or by pushing the ball in transition himself. Defensively, he put together some impressive spans of play showing his switchability when defending the pick and roll. 

Jaden Teyan (2026, Wing): Teyan is a long, well-built, and athletic wing that showcased his two-way versatility during camp. He uses long strides and a quick first step to gain ground when attacking the rim. He plays hard on both ends of the floor and frequently creates second chance possessions with his activity on the glass. Teyan is still developing his perimeter game, although there’s a lot to like long term. He uses his size to post up smaller opponents, plus he has the athleticism to blow by slower bigs. 

JoJo Philon III (2026, Wing): Philon III is another long and athletic prospect that made an impact on both ends of the floor. He has the handle and speed to beat defenders off the bounce. He has a soft touch around the rim, which he uses well when finishing through traffic. Philon III was a mismatch nightmare with his ability to post up smaller opponents or blow by bigger ones off the bounce. He’s still developing his consistency as a shooter, although he has solid mechanics to work with. He has the positional size, length, and foot speed to defend multiple positions on the court. 

JJ Andrews (2026, Wing): Andrews is a well-built, versatile, and well-rounded wing who is trending upwards at the right time. The Arkansas native possesses strong positional size and plenty of upper body strength for a prospect his age. He uses his tight handle, quick first step, & physicality to work his way downhill to the rim. Andrews is an excellent finisher with his strong hand, especially through traffic or contact. He does a good job using his broad shoulders to seek out contact and finish through it. Defensively, he’s a physical defender that is a strong positional rebounder. Andrews already holds a few Division 1 offers, and it won’t be long for more to follow.

Franck Belibi (2026, Guard): Belibi is a long, athletic, and fluid guard that has steadily developed his ball skills in the past year. He uses a quick first step and crafty handle to beat defenders off the bounce regularly. He does a great job using his length to extend the ball over or around defenders when finishing at the rim. Belibi is a fluid + capable spot-up shooter from three-point range, plus he has some pull up touch in the mid-range area. Defensively, he uses his length + lateral quickness to jump passing lanes and force turnovers. The Colorado native is a prospect to keep tabs on as he heads to high school.

Nasir Price (2026, Guard): Price is a shifty and downhill lead guard that consistently creates offense with his knack for getting into the lane. He uses a wide array of dribble moves, swift footwork, and quick bursts of speed to beat defenders off the bounce. He’s a reliable playmaker that can make quick reads off a live dribble against opposing defenses. Price has the vision + passing accuracy to complete drop downs, skip passes, or kick outs to shooters on the perimeter. He’s a crafty finisher around the rim with impressive body control in traffic. He has three level scoring touch and the dribble moves to create space for jumpers. The Houston native holds early offers and more will certainly come his way in the near future.

Marquel Murray Jr (2026, Guard): Murray Jr is an athletic and versatile guard who presents a multilevel scoring threat. He has the handle, speed, and footwork to beat defenders off the bounce to get to his spots on the floor. He can get downhill to the rim, pull up in the mid-range area, or create space from behind the three-point line. Murray Jr uses his explosiveness to finish around the rim against length or size. His attack mode mentality helps him earn frequent trips to the free throw line. He’s a fluid spot-up shooter from the perimeter that is comfortable shooting off relocations or kick out passes. Murray Jr is a long defender that has the athleticism and positional size to defend guards or wings. 

Arafan Diane (2026, Forward): Diane is a big, mobile, and coordinated forward who is continuing to trend upwards. He uses his positional size, advanced footwork, and sturdy frame to generate open looks when operating in the post. He has the touch + upper body strength to finish through traffic, contact, or above the rim if given enough space. Diane is a legitimate lob threat with his combination of size, verticality, and soft hands. He’s shown flashes of his ability to convert face-up jumpers, however he remains most comfortable playing in the paint at this point. He has the size + standing reach to pass out of double teams or traffic when help defense collapses on him. Diane is an assertive rim protector with natural shot blocking instincts. He’s a strong positional rebounder on both ends of the floor as well. 

Ladarius Givan (2026, Forward): Givan is a long, athletic, and fluid forward who will continue to draw attention in the South. He uses a quick first step + long strides to blow by opposing forwards off the bounce. He has the touch + physicality to finish through traffic or contact with his dominant hand around the rim. Givan has a relatively thin frame, although he does a good job absorbing contact in the paint. He showed flashes of his pull-up touch, as he was able to connect on some face up jumpers in the mid-range area. He used a quick first jump, strong positional size, and his long arms to secure rebounds on both ends of the floor. Givan is developing his shooting range, however he has an advanced offensive skillset for a prospect his age. Defensively, he’s a versatile defender with tons of untapped potential. He can use his physical tools to jump passing lanes, to force turnovers, and to protect the rim. 

Alex Constanza (2026, Wing): Constanza is a long, athletic, and smooth wing that oozes with versatility + upside. He has the speed and handle to beat defenders off the bounce, plus he can create space for jumpers. He has the shooting mechanics to settle into pull-ups off the bounce in the mid-range area. Constanza is a fluid and efficient spot-up shooter from three-point range that can knock down kick out or relocation looks. Around the rim he uses his explosive vertical and soft touch to finish around defenders. The Florida native has a chance to be one of the prospects in his class nationally.

Kai McGrew (2026, Forward): McGrew is a physical, assertive, and high-motor forward that has a lot to like long term. He does a great job using his strength and size to carve up space against smaller opponents on the post. He has the speed and handle to beat slower forwards off the bounce when attacking the rim. McGrew is a high-motor rebounder that goes for every ball within his vicinity. He has the strength + touch to finish through traffic or contact with his dominant hand when in the paint. He’s shown flashes of his ability to knock down shots in the 12-15 foot area, although it’s certainly an area of improvement for his game. McGrew is a versatile defender due to his combination of positional size and foot speed.

Gavin Placide (2026, Wing): Placide is a long, smooth, and versatile wing with a similar game to his twin brother Gallagher. He has the foot speed and ball skills to beat opponents off the bounce if met with uptight pressure. He has the touch + body control to finish through traffic, acrobatically, or with floaters in the lane. Placide can score from the perimeter with his smooth shooting stroke, especially off the catch and in spot-up situations. He’s a versatile scorer that continues to take positive steps in his game. He’s not afraid to use his size and length to rebound against bigger forwards in the paint. The Colorado native is another prospect to keep an eye on as he heads to the next level.

Stephen Brown (2026, Wing): Brown is a long, fluid, and versatile wing + forward with tons of untapped potential. He uses long strides and a quick first step to gain ground on opponents when attacking the rim. He has the length, verticality, & touch to finish through traffic or against contact in the lane. Brown is fairly thin to this point, although he has plenty of power when finishing in the paint. He’s got solid mechanics on his perimeter shot, however he’ll need to maximize his consistency + assertiveness for the next level. His physical tools and activity on the glass often give him easy putback chances. Defensively, Brown has the physical tools to defend wings on the perimeter or forwards in the post.

Jordan Harris (2026, Wing): Harris is another long, athletic, and two-way wing prospect with plenty of long term upside. He has the ground coverage and handle to get downhill when driving to the rim. He uses his quick verticality, long arms, and pop to finish through traffic or contact against rim protectors. Harris has the vertical to elevate above defenders if given a runway in the lane. He’ll need to continue to sharpen up his ball skills and work on his perimeter shooting consistency for the next level. He’s a downhill and explosive slasher that is a tough finisher around the rim. Defensively, Harris is a multipositional defender with tenacious instincts. He has a knack for grabbing rebounds and locating the ball.

Jordan Bowens (2026, Wing): Bowens is a downhill, physical, and fluid slasher that uses his athleticism to impact the game in a variety of ways. He has the handle and foot speed to consistently get downhill & put pressure on the rim. He uses a soft touch to finish around, through, or over defenders in the lane. Bowens has a soft touch on his floater that he likes to use before help defense rotates to him. He showed some flashes of his perimeter touch, although he is most comfortable playing downhill. Defensively, he showcased ample ground coverage and advanced switchability for a prospect his age.

Oscar Patterson (2026, Guard): Patterson is an athletic and two-way guard that does a little bit of everything on the court. He gets downhill, creates offense, scores when needed, and locks up on the defensive end. He utilizes quick bursts of speed and a snappy handle to get to his spots on the floor. Patterson puts pressure on the rim frequently with his ability to beat defenders off the bounce. He uses an explosive vertical + advanced body control to finish through traffic, acrobatically, or through contact if possible. He has the shooting touch to convert open jumpers off the catch from three-point range off kick outs or second chance possessions. Patterson is an athletic defender that loves to apply uptight pressure the entire length of the floor. He’s a strong positional rebounder to keep an eye on in St. Louis over the coming years.

Marquis Clark (2026, Guard): Clark is a smooth, poised, and skilled guard with a strong balance of scoring + playmaking at a young age. He has the handle and pace to beat opponents off the bounce to get to his spots on the floor. He can finish around the rim acrobatically, through traffic, or with soft floaters in the lane. Clark has plenty of pull-up touch, possessing the ability to connect on open shots in the mid-range area. He’s a heady processor that can make timely reads off a live dribble when operating in the pick and roll. He’s a reliable perimeter shooter that has the handle + speed to beat poor closeouts off the bounce. Clark has advanced physical tools for a guard his age, as he possesses solid positional size, plus foot speed, and plenty of pop in his game. 

Lamont Hamilton (2026, Guard): Hamilton is a skilled guard that can score the ball from multiple levels at a high volume. He uses a crafty handle and advanced footwork to get to his spots on the floor often. He has the handle and touch to connect on mid-range jumpers, plus he has shooting range that extends past the three-point line. Hamilton uses a wide array of dribble moves to create space for jumpers off the bounce. He was able to score around the rim using a crafty finishing package in the lane. He’s an adequate playmaker that is continuously improving his processing skills. 

DeAnthony McJames (2026, Guard): McJames is a shifty, quick, and speedy lead guard that thrives at picking apart opposing defenses. His quick bursts of speed and slippery handle allow him to put consistent pressure on the rim. He provides a wealth of paint touches, downhill playmaking, and opportunistic scoring. McJames does a great job taking what the defense gives him and setting his teammates up with oppen looks. His ability to get into the lane allows him to deliver kick outs, drop downs, or skip passes when help defense rotates to him. His vision and passing accuracy allow him to be a stellar playmaker for his age. McJames isn’t afraid to shoot the three ball if opponents go under screens, however the strength of his game at this point is definitely downhill playmaking.

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