On Saturday February 9th, Icons Sport hosted the 2019 Southern Invitational Middle School Camp. We had over 40 hoopers from Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia participate and earn ink. Icons Sport staff has put together a simple formula to get players early exposure, with tough drills, hard nose coaching, and placing them against the best competition. We have our camp standouts however, this year we will do something differently and give an evaluation on the campers that participated. Here is a look at the stars of tomorrow. 

2019 Southern invitational Recap

Jamari Arnold 2023


Arnold is a tremendously skilled point that plays with control. Stays ahead of the game and offensively sound enough to create for others and score with out the ball. Arnold is a blur in the open court and skilled enough to score in the half court. Arnold has a very polished skilled set and was the most impressive guard at the Southern Invitational. 

Julius Clark 2023


 Clark was probably the most impressive prospect in the gym. Standing 6’5 Clark showed his ability to score at all three levels. Clark has great footwork and a package of moves for the post but skilled enough to knock down the mid-range and trey ball. With Clark’s motor and athletic ability he will be a nationally recruited player once he improves on his strength and ball handling.  

John Green 2023


Green isn't new to the Southern Invitational and each time the young prospect gets better and better. Green is a skilled guard and he displayed his athleticism. Green is a 2 way guard that can score in bunches and defend well.  We look forward to Green developing a more consistent jump shot and physical growth and development.

Austen Childress 2024


Childress was the most impressive 2024 player in the camp and many regard him as the top 2024 in the state of Alabama. Childress plays at a high level and above the rim. It's nothing Childress cant do on the floor and he can guard all positions. Very bright future ahead for this young man. 

Avante Nichols 2023


 Nichols is a 6’2 athletic strong lead guard. Nichols plays with a lot of energy and has an extremely high motor. The Georgia prospect is at his best penetrating lanes and in the open floor. Once Nichols a consistent outside shot, he will have the complete package.  

Joshua Holman 2023


Holman was one of the biggest players in the camp. The Mississippi Combo Forward is skilled and smooth for his size. Holman is strong enough to bang in the post with excellent footwork and skilled enough to score from the 2nd and 3rd levels.  

Johntarius Moore 2023


Moore has an old school feel to his game. He is fundamentally sound and that makes up for his athleticism. Moore can play the 1 through 4 position as well defend those positions defensively. Moore needs to improve his athleticism and speed.

Brandon Cooks Jr. 2024


Cooks  displayed a high basketball IQ with his ability to dissect defenses. He  is a good shooter from deep and spreads defenses out for driving lanes.  He is a tough guard who doesn’t turn the ball over much. Must continue  to work on his speed and quickness with the ball. 

DeAngelon Johnson II 2024


Johnson  is a good player who has a good skill set . He’s fundamentally sound and  can create for himself off the . He has good speed and quickness in the  open floor and can make teams pay for not getting back. 

Peyton Wiggins 2025


Wiggins was the most impressive 2025 camper at the Southern Invitational. Wiggins has an high IQ for such a young age and the young point guard has great size for his position. Wiggins can score at all the levels and is explosive in the open court. 

Timothy Croxton 2023


 Croxton a real shifty point guard, is a true leader and floor general. Croxton is a tenacious defender and can score in the open court. At times Croxton emotions can get the best of him however; he will be a great prospect to follow in the future.