Planet Athlete Academy is absolutely loaded with talent this year, and no one works harder than their organizer and Director of Operations, Eric Bowman in attracting some of the nation's elite basketball talent to the rising program in the state. Bowman has brought together some of the best basketball talent in America to the state of Arizona this season, and he will have college coaches living at his practices this season.
I caught up with Bowman recently regarding the college recruitment of two of his top overall prospects in the program, and he gave me a recruiting update on both prospects - 7-foot prep post Lamous Brown and also 6-foot-7 prep forward Kwintin Williams.
The top overall prospect in the Planet Athlete program currently is 7-foot prep post Lamous Brown from Chicago, Illinois. Brown still has some work to do academically to qualify for NCAA standards, but he is receiving loads of high-major division-I college interest in the interim, just in case he does meet NCAA academic standards.
Brown is a long and very athletic post talent with a high motor and raw offensive skills. Brown is very exciting to watch as he tries to make every play and goes hard, trying to dunk anything inside the paint or even outside of it. His shot selection can be questionalbe at times, but he is capable of making shots and looks like he is right at home as the ball swishes through the net. An unsigned prep prospect, Brown has the size and potential that will have numerous high major division-I college programs going crazy this spring, as more schools learn of him and his talents.
While Brown is still very raw overall as a college prospect, very few prospects in the West have Brown's combination of size, length and activity on the floor. He has a an excellent motor and competes hard. Brown reminds me of former Mesa JC (AZ) standout and Miami Heat draft pick Ernest Brown.
According to Bowman, Brown is currently being recruited at a very high level and currently has offers from Arizona, Nebraska, Arizona State, Iowa, Cleveland State, Chicago State and Western Illinois, and is also looking to get an offer soon from such schools as Oregon, if he can qualify.
Brown has not yet taken the SAT/ACT, but is scheduled to take the SAT on January 25th.
Another strong performer and also a terrific prospect is Kwintin Williams, a 6-foot-7 prep forward. Williams is a native of Alaska and just as he is from a different culture, he also looks very different on the basketball court – showcasing some serious basketball talent. Williams is a strong and athletic wing prospect with excellent overall size – possessing a college-ready body. He has a variety of offensive skillsets with nice range on his jump shot and an ability to play well above the rim. He has a good wingspan and is able to play inside and out. A capable wing performer that may be at his best as a combo-forward (3/4).
Williams is a nice division-I talent and currently holds offers from Manhattan and Delaware State. Bowman advised me that Manhattan is currently the leader for Williams, although he could garner much more recruiting interest the remainder of this season, especially since Planet Athlete is traveling all over the country this season.
I will continue to follow the college recruitment and academics of both of these two talented prospects throughout the year, and bring you any recruiting updates as they continue to develop.