Three-star shooting guard A.J. Turner of Dorian's Pride AAU (Mich.) has been hearing from…
Spiece Run N Slam: Day One
Kevon Looney, PF, Milwaukee Running Rebels – It is clear at this point that Looney is 100 percent a power forward and not a small forward, but that is completely irrelivent to the argument on how good he is. The bottom line is he is an elite face up power forward, and as long as he plays like it he is nearly impossible to contain. Looney has long arms, dominates on the glass, has a nice touch from three, and is a pretty solid athlete. He is by no means super explosive, but he plays hard and flat out knows how to play. He was absolutely dominant in an event opening win and showed why he is one of the premier players in the entire country. David Burrell, PF, Milwaukee Running Rebels – While Looney is the skill and dominator, Burrell is the jumping jack with a non-stop motor. Burrell had several highlight worthy plays in which he seemed to come out of nowhere to dunk the ball, and then also had several blocks. Burrell isn't very skilled, but he plays within himself and just finds a way to produce. Kelan Martin, SF, Indiana Elite – Martin just flat out knows how to score. He can do it in a variety of ways from going to the rim to hitting from deep. Martin absolutely must show some interest in playing defense going forward, but he definitely is effective on offense. With his skill and strength he just knows how to put points on the board and also rebounds it fairly well. Jeremie Tyler, SG/PG, Indiana Elite – The flashes are always there for Tyler, and he did it again with his play on Friday. Tyler hit a few threes, showed his high level athleticism, and also made some nice passes. The problem is he would then disappear at times. The talent level is definitely there, and mid-level programs are right to offer, now he just needs to bring it from half to half. Dakota Mathias, SG/SF, NW Ohio – Known as a sharp shooter, Mathias did knock in a couple of shots, but for the most part his jumper was just a little bit off. Still Mathias found a way to work himself into the game. Mathias is a very good passer and really has a good feel for the game. He cuts well without the ball, knows the tricks on defense to keep his guy from getting open, and plays pretty hard. Now quickness on the defensive end is a major concern, but offensively he finds a way to make himself difficult to defend. A.J. Turner, SF, Dorian's Pride – Turner has a very nice looking shot, and good size for a wing. At times he can run the point, though in college that won't be his fulltime role. Also Turner showed some surprising explosion off the floor with a dunk or two. Mostly his game is shooting and being skilled with the basketball, and there is no doubt he has a lot of potential. Jaylen Johnson, PF, Dorian's Pride – Just a long and athletic dude who tries to dunk everything, Johnson is a beast on the interior. He isn't a super skilled kid, but his athleticism is top notch and he attacks the rim with bad intentions. Rebounding wise he is very good and does it on both ends of the floor. Johnson has to get stronger and continue to develop a refined post game, but he has a lot of natural ability and is someone who is a threat to get a double-double every time on the floor. Josh Jackson, SG/SF, Dorian's Pride – He is old for his grade, but that does nothing to diminish Jackson as a prospect. He is an elite athlete who finished impressively above the rim, and then showed the developing jumper by knocking in several deep triples. His handle looks improved as well, and overall the game is really coming around for Jackson who is one of the elite players in the class. Caleb Swanigan, C, Spiece Indy Heat – Playing against his age level almost wasn't fair as Swanigan completely dominated. He is a skilled big guy who can handle the ball like a guard and has a nice touch. At about 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds right now, Swanigan is a big body who eats up space down low and really rebounds. The question is football or basketball at the next level, and right now his future looks bright in both sports. Vijay Blackmon, SG, Spiece Indy Heat – If there is one thing that the Blackmon family knows how to do, it is shoot the basketball. Like his older brother James, Vijay can light it up. He got hot and was hitting triple after triple in an impressive showing. He isn't a super athlete or super big for his position, but Blackmon flat out can shoot the rock. Kevon Looney mentioned that he and his family want to visit Duke, and also said that Michigan State and Florida would be high on his list. Duke along with Wisconsin made in-home visits with Looney last week.
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