BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Saturday proved that there is more in Alabama than just great football players as some of the state's top basketball talent was on hand to participate in the Southeast Elite Exposure. Seventy players showcased their games while competing in a full day of basketball on Birmingham Southern College's campus.
DeOntaye Curtis (Hoover, Ala./Hoover)
2013, PF, 6-7, 211 pounds
Curtis had an outstanding day displaying his versatile all-around game. Because of his size and skill level the combo-forward is a difficult matchup thanks to his ability to rebound the ball and push it up the floor to lead the break. He also had good passing instincts and showed a nice touch out to the arc. He moved over to Hoover for his junior year of high school and should benefit immediately from the coaching at his new environment. He is a good student and a great kid who will have many BCS programs fighting for his services.
(Birmingham, Ala./John Carroll Catholic)
2014, PG, 5-10, 155 pounds
When it comes to running the point, Coleman is the real deal. He is a blur with the basketball and almost impossible to stop in the open floor. He may be small, but he is a natural leader who is a high percentage decision maker with a great feel for drawing a defender and finding an open teammate. He showed the ability to stick the 3-ball off the dribble when his defender sagged and could hit the midrange pull-up jumper or floater when he got into the lane. Coleman, who is a solid student, is a winner and is the type of point guard college coaches will love putting the ball in his hands. He will be heavily recruited as one of the top point guards in the Southeast and mentioned Alabama, UAB, Arkansas, Florida State and Georgia as schools of interest.
Danjel Purifoy (Centerville, Ala./Bibb County)
2015, SF, 6-6, 195 pounds
Purifoy is an impressive athlete who passes the look test immediately. After watching him briefly it is hard to believe that a kid with this combination of size, skill and athleticism is only beginning his freshman year in high school. He, like most other ninth graders, has a lot to continue to work on in order to reach his potential, but the smooth wing with a high ceiling has guard skills and instincts. He already plays with the confidence and swagger of a savvy veteran. It is very early in his recruiting process, but it is safe to say that most high-major programs in the Southeast already know his name; if not, they will very soon.
Keenan Warren (Oxford, Ala./Oneonta)
2012, PG, 5-10, 160 pounds
Warren is a scoring point guard with tremendous hands and a knack for harassing the ball defensively. He was great at pushing the ball in transition and finding a seam in the defense to get to the rim and also showed a nice pull-up jumper when going full speed. He has good bloodlines as his dad Earl was an All-American at Jacksonville State and like his dad, he is a late-bloomer. Warren may have come into the weekend as a relative unknown with little more than some lukewarm attention from area Division I programs, but showed off the type of skill level and athleticism that should see his recruitment heat up in the immediate future as he has the makings of a very good low- to mid-major player.
One to watch
JaQuez Motley (Hinesville, Ga./Faith Baptist Christian)
2012, PG, 6-0, 175 pounds
Motley's game is more suited for an up-tempo style of play because he is excellent at pushing the ball in transition. He showed a lot of toughness playing the entire day with a sprained wrist on his shooting hand and adjusted his game to be strictly a facilitator. He has outstanding ball quickness and was able to get into the paint and create for teammates or finish at the rim. His recruitment is wide open and he has had interest from a good number of schools at the mid-major level. With the number of available point guards dwindling on a daily basis, Motley, who is a fifth-year senior, should see his recruitment escalate.
• 2013 point guard Justin Lawler (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) held his own against some of the best point guards in the event and should start receiving attention from low-majors in the South while his teammate, Ulric Jones, showed why he may have a chance to play basketball at the Division I level.
• Sam Hutchison (Hoover, Ala./Hoover) is a face-up 4-man who is fundamentally sound in the low post and hard to guard in pick-and pop situations. He is an excellent student that has been offered preferred walk-on positions at a couple of mid-majors, but may play himself into a scholarship with a strong senior season.
• Three cat-quick point guards from the Class of 2013 who caught our eye and should be on most of Alabama's Division I school's radar are Terrance Rice (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Central), Terrance LeFlore (Wetumka, Ala./Wetumka) and Khalil Carter (Montgomery, Ala./Brewbaker Tech).
• Tyler Madison (Columbiana, Ala./Shelby Co.) is a 6-4 forward in the 2013 class who has an intriguing inside-out game. If he has another growth spurt, his recruitment could get interesting. His brother Kei Madison, who was 6-8, was a one-time Indiana recruit who played professional basketball overseas.
• Anthony Jarrett (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) is a ruggedly-built scorer with a nose for the basket. The tough lefty shooting guard knocked down his share of deep 3s throughout the day and consistently impressed the coaches in attendance.
Mike LaPlante, a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting, has over 20 years of coaching and recruiting experience.