In part two of our recap of the Hensley Memorial (aka Spiece Run N Slam) All Star Classic, we recap…
Spiece: Day One, Part B
Nick Osborne, PF, Eric Gordon Central Stars – A roughly 6-foot-7 power forward, Osbonre had a great evening in a blowout win. He is adept at scoring over his left shoulder with a righty half hook, and also is a good rebounder and above average athlete. He isn't especially long, and struggles to go over his right shoulder, but is just a solid grinder of a power forward. Ronnie Johnson, PG, Eric Gordon Central Stars – Fresh off of his commitment to Purdue, Johnson showed why he recently cracked the Scout.com top 100. The lefty was hitting threes, getting into the paint, and making plays with sharp passes. Johnson is getting more athletic as well, but it is his leadership and ability to make others better that standout with his play. D.J. Balentine, SG, Eric Gordon Central Stars – Not the most athletic player around, Balentine is savvy and shows the ability to make shots. He likes to play on the ball, but defensively he is best served as a shooting guard. Balentine will need to find the right level, but he does have some tools to work with on the offensive end. Ray Lee, SG/PG, REACH Legends – Lee made his debut with a new team, and picked up where he left off. An athletic and strong guard, Lee is all about getting to the rim. While he plays on the ball, he isn't a facilitator so his ultimate position might be shooting guard, but he needs to have the ball in his hands to be effective. Lee also showed an ability to knock in threes, and is proving to be one of the more under the radar guards in the class. Sherron Dorsey-Walker, SG, REACH Legends – A good sized wing who can play either spot, Dorsey-Walker is mostly a very good shooter right now as opposed to being a complete player off the bounce. He is athletic, and is showing more off the dribble, but his bread and butter is making shots. Dorsey-Walker showed well for himself, and did enough in the second half to help his team to a big win. Paul White, SF, Ferrari – This is just a great looking prospect going forward. White is every bit of 6-foot-6 and probably taller, and is showing an ability to really score inside and out. He can make threes, drive on slower defenders, or also post up smaller defenders. Now he did struggle some with foul trouble, but there is no doubting the talent. White could soon be one of the premier players in the class. Milik Yarborough, PF/SF, Ferrari – Yarborough is going to be an interesting case. Right now he has a thick body that probably projects best at the power forward spot, but also at the same time has wing skills, especially with his ability to beat his man off the bounce. However he is undersized to be a power forward, but with an older brother who is 6-foot-7, the possibility is there that he will grow. If he grows another two or three inches, he could become a Draymond Green clone. Darreon Reddick, SG/PG, SW Jets – This is another super talented guard in Illinois' 2014 class. Reddick is a power guard who excels at getting to the rim using his strength. Also he can shoot it from deep off the bounce, and just knows how to play the game. How his body matures will determine his eventual position, but right now Reddick is someone oozing with potential, and also has good production. Darius Austin, SF, SW Jets – Austin passes the look test immediately. He is a long 6-foot-5 with good athleticism and a nice touch. Now he can float around the perimeter at times, and disappear, but still the tools are all clearly there to be a very good player. He will need to get stronger and more consistent, but with his athleticism and nice shooting stroke there is a lot to like with this young wing. Milik Yarborough mentioned interest from DePaul, Purdue, Illinois, Clemson, and Xavier. D.J. Balentine noted Tennessee, Miami-OH, Missouri State, Valparaiso, Ball State, Wright State, Loyola, and Cleveland State. Ray Lee is hearing the most from UCF, Baylor, Iowa State, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Marquette.
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