Flyin to the Hoop: Day One
Jalen James, PG, La Lumiere – The Chicago native controlled the game for La Lumiere as they were able to get a big win. James isn't an explosive player, but he is very effective. He got to the rim fairly well and was good finding open teammates. Also James got to the foul line and knocked in some huge free throws that ended up sealing the win for the Lakers. Open in his recruitment, James is one of the better available point guards. Mark Alstork, SG, Thurgood Marshall – He was really the only one keeping Thurgood in the game. Alstork is a good scorer with athleticism and solid size for a wing. He can handle the ball fairly well and is good at creating space for himself against pressure. His shot selection isn't always great and he needs to be better on defense, but there is no doubt Alstork can be a scorer at the mid-major level. Christian Wood, PF, Findlay Prep – Never known for his toughness on the block, Wood made several plays down low and rebounded the ball well. Wood was scoring on post moves and off of offensive rebounds which was good to see. Add in that Wood knocked in a few threes, and it was clear that on this night he was the best player in a Pilot uniform. If Wood can replicate this performance the rest of the season he will be someone who sees his stock rise. Stanford Robinson, SG, Findlay Prep – When he reads his own scouting report he is excellent. While Robinson did knock in a perimeter jumper, that is definitely not his game. Instead when he attacked he was at his best, though early he settled for the perimeter shot too much. Still Robinson was the best scorer that Findlay had and showed his explosive first step and impressive strength with the dribble. Gavin Schilling, PF, Findlay Prep – Schilling is getting a ton of buzz right now from college coaches and is clearly one of the better bigs left in on the board. Still he has a long way to go. Schilling did get a put back bucket or two and can rebound fairly well because of his size and athleticism, but he needs to continue to get better on the offensive end where he is very raw. There is upside here, but he has to be seen as a project at the high-major level. Allerik Freeman, SG, Findlay Prep – Freeman struggled some in the first half, but then picked it up as the game went along. He hit some deep shots and showed a smooth handle that will allow him to play on the ball for periods of time in college, though not being a true point guard. Also Freeman is in good shape and looks far more assertive than he was over the summer. Andrew Wiggins, SF, Huntington Prep – It was definitely not one of Wiggins finest efforts. He looked out of it some, and struggled with the physical La Lumiere defense only finishing with 11 points. Wiggins did have his standard highlight dunk where his head was above the rim, but only managed one other field goal while knocking in some free throws. No worries with Wiggins, his skill is undeniable, but tonight was definitely not his best night. Sam Logwood, SF, La Lumiere – Logwood had a quiet first half offensively, but then came alive some in the second. He hit a three, scored around the rim, and made some plays off the bounce. Still he needs to tighten up his handle, but the offensive game is coming. What stood out though was his tremendous defensive effort where he guarded Wiggins and Xavier Rathan-Mayes really limiting them both. Logwood was big time on that end and also rebounded the ball fairly well. He is a bit of a late bloomer, but it really looks like Logwood is taking that next step. Johnathon Wilkins, C/PF, La Lumiere – Wilkins didn't put up huge numbers in what was a low scoring game, but he showed the flashes of why so many high-majors are interested. Wilkins scored a few times with jump hooks, and then also was good on the glass. Add in that he contested shots around the rim and made things difficult on the Huntington frontline and overall it was a good showing for him. He is still a little ways away, but Wilkins is making good strides. Tubby Smith and Tom Izzo were both in attendance for Gavin Schilling as was an assistant from Ohio State. Sam Logwood drew Dayton head coach Archie Miller. Indiana was also checking up with signee Stanford Robinson.
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