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Luther Burden III Steals The Show At #8thGradeFinale

By Eric Hampford, 07/12/18, 8:30PM CDT


Thursday evening action got substantially more competitive as the stakes were raised deeper into pool play. It was the dominating performance of St. Louis Eagles (MO) guard Luther Burden III that received most attention, but he wasn't the only standout who earned ink. 

2022 G Luther Burden III put on a show Thursday evening.

Luther Burden III, 2022 G, St. Louis Eagles (MO)

Without a doubt, one of the toughest guards in the field here at 8th Grade Finale has been the 6-footer. A versatile scorer who thrives on using his speed and toughness to get to the rim, he's also a nice shot-creator with perimeter scoring skills. Let's not forget his elite defensive skills at this stage either. Huge day from him.

Jalen Carruth, 2022 G, Team Powell (GA)

A long term upside pick, the 6'4" wing is an explosive athlete with a developing offensive game. He's active on both ends and has the ability to really lock down on defense. With perimeter scoring skills shown this week, we really like what he can develop into if he decides to put in the work. 

Robert Cowherd Jr., 2022 G, Georgia Stars (GA)

An advanced scoring guard with a high basketball IQ, the 6'3" combo guard is capable of playing either on or off the ball for the Georgia Stars. He's a confident scorer who has excellent shooting skills on the perimeter, and also flashed mid-range scoring skills that he's capable of using whenever he's being pushed off the three-point line.

Robert Cowherd Jr. is a highly skilled guard prospect.

Taylor Hendricks, 2022 Post, Nike Team Florida (FL)

Another upside pick here at 8th Grade Finale, the 6'6" post has an excellent frame and an awesome motor. He uses his length to his advantage on both ends, relentlessly pursuing rebounds, and he's an effective shot-blocker as well. A developing face-up game is also promising for the post with size 17 sneakers.

Joyful Hawkins, 2022 F, ATL Big Five (GA)

With an offer already in his hands from the University of Georgia, the 6'7" forward clearly has the attention of Tom Crean, who popped up at 8th Grade Finale to watch the Brunswick High School (GA) rising freshman. When his motor is running hot, he's an elite shot-blocker and active finisher who cleans the glass on both ends of the floor.