Gary Harris, SG, D3 Heat – Up against a formidable opponent in Seattle Rotary, Harris, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Hamilton (Ind.) Southeastern, took care of business. An impressive athlete, Harris hit a pair of three-pointers early and then scored it off the bounce for the rest of the game. His ball handling appears much improved and he’s creating space from defenders with ease.
Jacobby Bledsoe, PG, D3 Heat – It’s clear he’s been working on his jump shot, as he has the utmost confidence in it. Early on he struggled to get shots to go down, but in the second half he got hot for a stretch and hit a handful of deep three-pointers and a pull-up 12-footer.
Anrio Adams, SG/PG, Seattle Rotary – What stuck out in a loss to D3 Heat was Adams’ court vision and passing ability. He spent some time on the ball and he was effective in that type of roll. Adams is talented athletically, has developed a solid handle and knows how to finish when he gets to the basket. His jump shot wasn’t going down here, but he still found other ways to make an impact on the game for Rotary.
Marcus Paige, PG, All-Iowa Attack – Playing on a bum wheel, Paige was still effective for the Attack in their win over the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. Paige found ways to score (21 points) and made good decisions with the basketball. There’s a strong debate for who is the top point guard prospect in the country and Paige is certainly in the conversation.
Adam Woodbury, C, All-Iowa Attack – To be talked about as a top 20 center in the 2012 class is a feat and Woodbury is certainly among that group. At 7-feet, the Sioux City (Iowa) High standout, has a go-to move on the block, a great set of hands and soft touch on the block. We’d like to see him attack the glass with a little more intensity, but he’s a solid high major prospect.
J.P. Tokoto, SF, WPW – Everyone around high school basketball knows about Tokoto and his freaky athleticism. But there’s more to his game. He rebounded the ball well today and showed he’s able to create space for mid-range jumpers at pretty much any time. He didn’t shoot a high percentage from the filed, but did look comfortable getting space and taking shots.
Sam Dekker, SF, WPW – This past week Dekker, a 6-foot-7 combo forward debuted in Scout.com’s 2012 top 100 and he provided he was certainly worthy of being in there. A skilled wing with terrific size, Dekker is a knock down shooter from three and is equipped with a quick release and deep range. On top of that he’s a smart player that makes the right plays and has terrific floor vision. Wisconsin got a good here, as Dekker is certainly a prospect on the rise.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, SG, Spiece – During a loss to Indiana Elite One, Smith-Rivera showed an ability to score in a variety of different ways. In the first half he struggled to get guy by the defender so he used bumps and step backs to create space and score. In the second half he started getting by the opposition, finishing at the rim and tossing in floaters. He’s a strong, tough kid that knows how to get buckets.
Billy Garrett, SG, Mac Irvin Fire – Playing for a loaded squad, Garrett, a 6-foot-4 guard who committed to DePaul, doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He was a big part of the Fire’s morning tilt against Reach Legends, as he scored at the rim and from long range. He’s also showed he’s capable of spending some time on the ball, as he knows how to create and can pass.
Jabari Parker, SF, Mac Irvin Fire – You won’t find many prospects across the country with as much talent as this 6-foot-7 wing prospect. As we noted last week, Parker has his body in shape and appears more athletic than last year. But he’s also learning how to take over games. He has a scoring mentality and has improved his ability to create space and hit tough shots. Offensively he has the full package as he can score from the perimeter or take small defenders to the block.
Derrick Randolph, PG, Mac Irvin Fire – People will harp on his size, as he’s just 5-foot-7 or so, but Randolph is a tough customer that doesn’t back down. He has his moments were he can get a tad wild, but he’s quick and has an extra gear that most lead guards aren’t blessed with. Throw in the fact that he has a strong handle and can shoot it from long range and he’s tough to guard. On top of all that, he plays as hard, if not harder, on the defensive end.
Sherron Dorsey-Walker, SG, Reach Legends – The 6-foot-3 guard has received some good ink over the course of the spring and rightfully so. In a win over Mac Irvin Fire, Dorsey-Walker showed an impressive jump shot both off the catch and dribble. He had no issue getting his shot off against athletic defenders and when pressed he showed an ability to go off the bounce and drop in floaters.
Jalen James, PG, Illinois Wolves – There’s a lot to like about James, a 6-foot-2 lead guard out of Illinois. For the Wolves James, who has a long, wiry frame, manned the point guard duties and did a good job of distributing the ball to the wings on each side of him. There’s a good pace to his game, he made good decisions and was a pest at times for the opposition on the defensive end.
Nate Taphorn, SF/PF, Illinois Wolves – A versatile combo forward, Taphorn, who stands 6-foot-6, possibly 6-foot-7, had a solid game for the Wolves Saturday morning. He moves fluidly, has a high basketball IQ and shoots the ball well from long range. He’s an intriguing combo forward with a lot of natural ability.
E.C. Matthews, PG/SG, The Family – One of the more unique prospects of the day, Matthews, a 6-foot-3 guard, showed an impressive all around skill set against the Spiece 16’s. He spent majority of the game playing on the ball and pushed the ball when he had the opportunity. He’s at his best when he can make plays in the open court, as he has good vision and is a talented passer.
Derrick Walton, PG, Michigan Mustangs 16’s – It didn’t take Walton, a 5-foot-11 lead guard, long to make an impact on the game against C-Biz. Using quick dribbles and hesitations, Walton created space from defenders and knocked down a half dozen three-pointers. He has an extra gear in transition and can easily drive by defenders. While his speed stood out, it was his jump shot that was the most effective.
Bronson Koenig, PG/SG, WPW 16’s – Koenig and the Playground Warriors rolled through their second round playoff game. Koenig, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, didn’t overwhelm us with his ability to score, but he did impress with his court vision, steady play and ability to find teammates, specifically in the open court. He’s great in catch and shoot situations, has a quick release and knows how to get his feet set quickly.
Drake Harris, SG, Meanstreets – He’s only a 2014 prospect, but Harris, a 6-foot-3 guard, already has a strong reputation in the Midwest. Harris is a skilled two-guard that shoots it well out to 21-feet. He has a nice overall skill set and is capable of finishing at the rim with either hand. High majors are already tracking the talented wing prospect.
Tyler Eunis, PG, Meanstreets – For a period in the first half, Eunis took over the game against Reach Legends. A 5-foot-7 lead guard, Eunis sliced his way into the paint and showed a consistent pull-up floater. In the first half he hit four of them from six to 10 feet. He also mixed in a handful of catch and shoot three-pointers. We were also impressed with his decision-making and the overall pace of his game from the point guard position.
Trey Lyles, PF, Spiece 16’s – Often times it can be hard to live up to the hype surrounding a high major freshman commitment, but Lyles is doing it. At 6-foot-8 he’s got a great set of hands, moves up and down the floor well and already has multiple ways to score. At this stage in the game, Lyles is among the top post prospects in the country.
*Thomas Hamilton isn’t relied on to score much for the Mac Irvin Fire squad, but he is effective in other areas. What stuck out today was his ability to find open teammates from the block.
*Dorsey-Walker’s teammate Ray Lee had a solid outing against the Mac Irvin Fire. He handled strong ball pressure well, created for teammates and showed range on his jump shot.
*The Ilinois Wolves 16’s team has a handful of talented guards. A.J. Riley, Jared Brownridge, Lance Whitaker and David Kohn are all future Division-1 basketball players.
*Jaraan Lands and Tyler Wideman were effective for the Meantstreet 15’s in their morning pool play game. Lands hit a three and was active on the glass, while Wideman scored it in the paint.
*Kellon Thomas and Jared Drew played well for Indiana Elite One, as they knocked off Spiece in the second round of the tournament. Thomas ran the team and hit mid-range jump shots, while Drew grabbed boards and did a good job defensively.
*Marcus Paige gets most of the attention for All-Iowa Attack, but Kale Abrahmson is a heck of a player too. The 6-foot-6 wing prospect seems better every time out. He’s scrappy and not afraid to mix it up.
*While Lyles was scoring it inside for the Spiece 16’s, Trevon Bluiett and James Blackmon were scoring from the perimeter. Blueitt got especially hot for a period of time from long range, while Blackmon mixed it up make plays from mid-range as well.
Jalen James said Balylor and Cleveland State have offered him a scholarship. He also mentioned Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Xavier, Tennessee, DePaul, Dayton, Missouri and Florida State.
Drake Harris said Indiana has offered him. He also has interest from Texas, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Marquette and Ohio State.
E.C. Matthews said Michigan, Michigan State, USC, Florida State and Iowa are the schools showing the most interest.
Wes Clark, a 2013 guard out of Michigan, said Xavier, Cincinnati, Michigan and Michigan State are showing interest.