RecruitLook

In-Depth with 2022 Braeden Carrington

Few AAU programs in the nation stack up talent wise with Grassroots, who boast some of the best players in the nation from freshmen to seniors. Included in that array of talent is Braeden Carrington, a sophomore from Park Center, Minnesota, who also plays with the Grassroots 16u squad. Carrington got his first taste of what it was like to play up in age this spring with Grassroots as it was his first time playing up in age and believes that it was better than playing his age. “I think I did good, the game just started to come after the first few tournaments. It was way better to play up in age because it was more of a challenge. Just playing up with older guys I feel like it made me better because they knew how to play the game better,” said Carrington. It can always come with ups and downs and that was true for Carrington who noted that he had to get used to playing against the kids who were bigger and stronger than he was. “The game moved faster than it normally did when I played my age,” said Carrington.

The game may have moved faster for Carrington, but he was surrounded by some talented teammates who helped the transition be smoother. Those teammates include Chase Carter, Donovan Smith, and Isaiah Davis, who after a stellar performance in Kansas City in April, all earned offers from Hampton University. “Being surrounded by players like that makes the game much smoother, everybody knows what they are doing, we space the floor well, we move the ball well, and we just play well together.”

Carrington was recently at Recruit Look Hoops’ Larry Hughes Elite Camp in St. Louis, where he competed against some of the best basketball prospects in the country and Midwest. “It was a fun camp, great competition, for me personally I think I did pretty good, but feel as if I could have done a lot better,” said Carrington regarding his performance at the camp. What could he have done better? The answer was simple to Carrington. “I could have shot the ball and handled it better. I was out of my comfort zone because I don’t usually run the point, on defense just talk more and move my feet,” said Carrington.

Although he usually doesn’t run the point and prefers to play off the ball, Carrington believes he’s going to be able to take what he learned from the camp and help him if he’s ever in the situation to run the point again.

The improvements don’t stop there, heading into his high school season he’s wanting to improve on his shooting and defense because his high school team boasts 6 seniors and it will help him get minutes. Especially when he has a player like Dain Dainja who commands a lot of attention down low, so he’s always got to be ready to shoot. Carrington knows that nothing is handed to him and he must continue to put in work. “I really have to work for my spot on the team.”

The talented sophomore has parlayed his work into receiving his very first division one offer from The University of Florida, a surreal moment for him and his family. “I was at open gym and Brian texted and said Florida was looking at me. When I got home, I called and he said they just offered me,” said Carrington.

“I didn’t really know what to think, I was so happy because I wasn’t expecting that.”

A surprise indeed, but if you talk to anyone that knows Braeden Carrington, it’s no surprise to them. “Just a surreal moment, I wasn’t expecting that this early on and especially a D1 school that high offering me now. I thought it would come next summer when I would get an offer like that.”

Carrington has had no contact with the coaching staff yet, but that hasn’t stopped them from relaying their message through his mom. “What my mom told me is they like my size, how I can shoot the ball, and they see a lot of potential in me.”

While Florida is the only offer so far, other schools are starting to take notice and express interest. According to Grassroots program director Brian Sandifer, Iowa, Iowa State, Cal, & Vanderbilt are all expected to come see him in the fall. Sandifer has helped guide Carrington through the process so far and is one of the main reasons he got the offer from Florida.

Still early in the process for the standout sophomore who has no visits planned due to time constraints, but that’s not stepping him from getting back to work and earning more offers.

“Nothing is going to change. I’m still going to be in the gym working hard, trying to get more offers.”

He’s a Grassroots kid, and if there’s one thing a Grassroots kid knows is that it doesn’t stop here, always keep working.

Related Articles

2019 Larry Hughes Elite Camp Preview

Press Release

August 2nd, 2019

RecruitLook Hoops will once again host the Larry Hughes Elite Camp on August 10-11, 2019 in St. Louis. This is an invite-only camp that will bring in some of the top high school basketball recruits from across the country. The two-day event will feature a mixture of 60 national recruits in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 recruiting classes – all getting the chance to learn from NBA-veteran and skills trainers.

NBA veteran, Larry Hughes, along with state-champion high school coach, Justin Tatum, will be the lead instructors for the Camp that will take place at Hughes’ brand-new facility.

Hughes has an impressive resume having played thirteen seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in the NBA. He was drafted by the 76ers in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 1998 NBA draft out of Saint Louis University, where he was named Freshman of the Year. Hughes was recognized as a versatile and athletic guard with strong defensive abilities, and was selected to the 2004-2005 All-Defensive 1st Team.

“Larry is passionate about spreading his basketball knowledge to the younger generation, which aligns with our vision and overall goal of RecruitLook Hoops,” says Mike Enright, Founder of RecruitLook. “It’s paramount that we have an influential partner like Larry to assist with the development of the next generation of basketball players.”

This camp will also feature wearable technology that is found in top-notch NBA facilities, including the RSPCT Basketball System to track shots, and the Kinexon’s sports technology cameras to measure player movement. All the data is tracked and logged into a digital locker, which will be shared to college coaches of all levels.

“We founded Larry Hughes Basketball Academy as well as our BTS (Basketball Training System) to develop athletes’ basketball abilities and basketball IQ — as well as their character and life skills,” says Larry Hughes, Founder of LHBA and BTS. “We share the same vision when it comes to assisting youth within the sport of basketball. We’re excited to build leaders on and off the court.”

The Larry Hughes Elite Camp provides athletes with an opportunity to showcase their skills against elite competition, while also learning more about the game of basketball and life-skills from special guests. In addition to the drill work and skills sessions the campers will receive, the camp will focus on teaching valuable lessons off the court.

The camp is not open to the public, only family members of the campers. Media requests need to be submitted to info@recruitlook.com.

Get the preview of Campers attending…

Responses

X
X
X
X