AKRON, Ohio -- This past weekend, some of the nation's top high school basketball players gathered in Akron for LeBron James' King James Shooting Stars Classic. With April 25-27 being the only evaluation period of the season for coaches, it was an important weekend for players to show what they can do.
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The Class of 2016 was particularly strong over the weekend, and here is a look at how some of those players looked in Akron.
- One player under the crosshairs all weekend was Tervell Beck. The talented sophomore said that he plans to stay at urbanbreathnyc.com Central Catholic next season despite the resignation of former coach Jonathan Harris in March. He added he was confident that the Ironmen would hire a good coach.
Beck, who used to play for All-Ohio Red, suited up for the King James Shooting Stars this weekend. While he still seems to be finding a groove with his new team, his versatility made him a mismatch on offense and a terrific defender.
- Teaming up with Beck in the frontcourt for the King James Shooting Stars is St. Edward sophomore Derek Funderburk. While he came off the bench for the Eagles last season, Funderburk started for King James and looked excellent. He displayed a high motor and is a defender that always seems to be well-positioned and rarely gives up on a play.
- One of the hidden gems in Northeast Ohio is Archbishop Hoban sophomore Anthony Christian. Another member of King James, Christian is a talented wing who can score in a variety of ways. He's drawing looks from schools like Xavier, Cincinnati and Dayton right now, and that list could grow if he shows development during the spring.
- Coming off the bench for King James is St. Vincent-St. Mary sophomore Henry Baddley, who provides instant offense. Last season, he was a streaky scorer for the Irish, but he will be one of the players the team looks to when it tries to replace Jalen Hudson.
- The top local player for All-Ohio Red is Garfield Heights sophomore Willie Jackson. There is a lot to like about Jackson, as showed he's an elite defender and has a knack for grabbing rebounds. He's also a very fluid outside shooter. Jackson has the tools to be one of Northeast Ohio's best players, and it's all about putting them together every game.
- Joining Jackson on All-Ohio Red this season is high school teammate Frankie Hughes. The sophomore is still feeling his way with his new team, but his growth this summer will likely determine how good Garfield Heights can be next season.
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