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Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Prep Showcase Wrapup: Top Performers, Notables



By
Jeff Borzello

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The unofficial start to the high school basketball season is the National Prep Showcase. Held at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn., the Showcase gathers around 20 of the best prep school teams in the country. Most of the teams play two games during the weekend, giving everyone a chance to see where they stack up compared to the competition. Brewster Academy (N.H.) and Tilton (N.H.) were the marquee teams, but New Hampton (N.H.) and South Kent (Conn.) were also standout teams. With plenty of college coaches in the stands – including John Calipari, Steve Lavin, Chris Mack, Ed Cooley and others – unsigned players were looking to make an impression. Who stood out? Let’s take a look.

Top Performers

Noah Vonleh, 2014, New Hampton: At an event mostly focused on upperclassmen, Vonleh really stood out. He’s a tremendous rebounder at 6-foot-8, using his length and athleticism to dominate the glass. He’s also developing his offensive arsenal to become a matchup nightmare.

Nerlens Noel, 2013, Tilton: Tilton had an easy win against Kiski, but Noel still showed why he’s in consideration for the top spot in 2013. He’s a tremendous shot blocker, but he’s also improved his offensive game. He face-up and knock down shots and also worked on his ball-handling.

Ricardo Ledo, 2012, South Kent: Ledo is a flat-out dominant scorer when he is focused. He has tremendous range on his outside jumper, and his length and size makes him tough to stop when going to the basket. Cooley must have loved what he saw over the weekend.

Ryan Taylor, 2012, Hargrave Military Academy: The former Louisville commit (right) made an impact and showed off a versatile game. He dominated the inside in his Friday game, but then went and worked on his mid-range jumper against a bigger team on Saturday.

Semaj Christon, 2012, Brewster Academy: Christon continues to rise up the charts with his stellar play. The future Xavier Musketeer is nearly impossible to stop going to the basket, and he knows how to finish at the rim. He can make a case for best point guard in the class.

T.J. Warren, 2012, Brewster Academy: Warren comes off the bench for Brewster, but his scoring arsenal is nearly unparalleled. He can score in so many different ways, from getting to the rim and finishing in the lane to pull-up jumpers and baseline leaners.

Dominic Woodson, 2013, Vermont Academy: The junior big man is one of the more dangerous scorers at his position. He is a big, strong body who can finish inside but what makes him tough is his face-up game. Woodson is not afraid to shoot jumpers from the perimeter.

Jakarr Sampson, 2012, Brewster Academy: Easily the best unsigned 2012 prospect at the event. Sampson is still raw offensively, but he knows how to get points in the lane using his athleticism and length. Defensively, he is aggressive and loves to get out in transition 

Other Notables: Was really impressed with the improvement of Jalen Reynolds. He’s extremely active at both ends and has a strong body . . . France native William Howard made a name for himself as one of the best unsigned players at the event. He has a good frame and can do different things . . . New Hampton sophomore Jared Terrell is a tough scorer who can get to the rim or shoot from the perimeter . . . A sleeper prospect could be Hargrave’s Ambrose Mosley. He can knock down shots and handle the ball . . . Myles Davis and Sam Cassell Jr. are a very good scoring duo, but they’re both volume shooters . . . Adonis Filer needs to be more of a facilitator for Notre Dame Prep, but he’s strong and quick . . . Virginia Tech-bound Montrezl Harrell is an absolute beast down low. He’s so strong and looks to dunk everything . . . Former Arkansas commit Aaron Ross played pretty well; he just needs to improve his quickness . . . Amir Garrett was quietly productive, while Malik Nichols was a very good scorer from the wing . . . At St. Thomas More, Chier Ajou replaced Andre Drummond. He’s 7-foot-2, and is fairly mobile . . . When Chris Thomas is hot, look out. He can fill it up . . . La Jolla Prep wing Jarion Henry is a tremendous passer for his size. Loves the one-handed pass . . . Future Cleveland State forward Darnell Harris is one of the best 6-foot-8 shooters in the country . . . Morehead State got a sleeper in Corey Heyward . . . Codi Miller-McIntyre is a dynamite offensive player; gets to the rim at will . . . Nehemias Morillo is a high-major sleeper . . . Mitch McGary wasn’t overly impressive on the offensive end, but his enthusiasm is unmatched . . . Purdue signee Raphael Davis was really good at getting to the basket. Used his body effectively . . . Virginia-bound Mike Tobey is healthy and played well. He runs the floor well for someone his size.

Photos: Nation of Blue (Ricardo Ledo), Indy Star (Ryan Taylor)

Posted on: August 11, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Top 100 analysis: Who's up, who's down?



By Jeff Borzello

July is normally the most important month when it comes to determining where a player ends up in the recruiting rankings. The high school season has inconsistent levels of competition, while the spring AAU circuit has so many events that players can go up and down with every week. On the other hand, July is a chance for every player to be seen multiple times in a three-week span, against the other top players in the country – in game settings. The NBPA Top 100, Nike Skills Academies and Pangos All-American Camp all gather tremendous amounts of talent, but it’s often difficult to truly scout a player in a camp setting. As a result, the evaluations made in July are often the ones that stick for the rest of the year.

CBSSports.com and MaxPreps released their updated Top-100 rankings for 2012 on Thursday morning, and there are plenty of changes since the pre-July rankings. Which players increased their stock the most in July, and which ones went the same direction as the real stock market?

Rising

Marcus Smart (No. 12): The ultimate winner, Smart (above) can play any perimeter position and is a terrific defender.

Kris Dunn (No. 26): Dunn (right) moved up to become the No. 1 point guard in the country after yet another impressive month.

Brice Johnson (No. 29): Johnson really broke out at the Peach Jam, demonstrating a vastly improved offensive game.

Alex Caruso (No. 55): One of the breakout players of June, Caruso is surprisingly athletic and excels at scoring in unconventional ways.

Jake Layman (No. 57): He’s long, athletic and can score in a variety of ways. Layman creates havoc with his perimeter defense.

Georges Niang (No. 70): Niang has always been productive, and it was finally time to reward him with a top-100 spot.

Semaj Christon (No. 80): The Xavier-commit won over all onlookers in July, demonstrating his excellent penetration ability.

Dominic Artis (No. 84): Artis, who committed to UCLA in late July, has terrific handle and knocked down threes with consistency.

Josh Scott (No. 86): The bottom line is that Scott is a different player with his AAU team; he scores effectively around the rim.

Grant Verhoeven (No. 91): Our first look at Verhoeven was a good one. He blocks shots very well, and can score in different ways.

Jordan Loveridge (No. 92): One of the biggest risers in Las Vegas, Loveridge is versatile and proved to be a match-up problem.

Tyrone Wallace (No. 96): A long point guard with great size (6-foot-4) for the position, Wallace has a great feel for the game.

Falling

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (No. 39): His scoring ability is impressive, but Smith-Rivera (left) is not a true point guard and has a limited ceiling.

Adam Woodbury (No. 40): This isn’t really Woodbury’s fault – we overrated him after an MVP performance at NBA Camp.

Daniel Ochefu (No. 43): Ochefu is an excellent defender but doesn’t have much of a back-to-the-basket game. High upside, though.

Torian Graham (No. 48): Graham can fill it up with the best of them, but he doesn’t bring effort consistently and is somewhat out of control.

J.P. Tokoto (No. 66): Tokoto continues to spiral down the rankings after peaking in the top five two years ago.

Damien Wilson (No. 75): Wilson is athletic and can really defend, but he lacks the ability to create his own shot.

Tyler Lewis (No. 76): Lewis is fun to watch and doesn’t back down from everyone, but his size and lack of defense could hinder him.

Nino Jackson (No. 81): He is only 6-foot, but is more of a scorer than a point guard. Jackson also disappears from the circuit on occasion.

Steve Taylor (No. 89): It was a down summer for most Chicago prospects, to be honest, and the Marquette-commit was inconsistent.

A.J. Hammons (No. 98): It just doesn’t seem like Hammons really enjoys himself out there. Has to improve conditioning.

Fred Thomas (No. 100): Again, probably not Thomas’ fault that we saw him for the first time when he couldn’t miss from 3-point range.

Jordan Hare (Unranked): This is simply a case of not seeing him. If anyone can remember the last time Hare suited up on AAU, let us know.

Photos: Adidas Super 64, MaxPreps, Indy Star

 
 
 
 
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