National Prep Showcase: Top Performers

Indiana signee Noah Vonleh went for 27 points and 18 rebounds in a win on Saturday. (Nike)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The National Prep Showcase is a ritual on the fall calendar for many of the top programs in the country. It’s almost like the official start of the high school basketball season, and features the best prep schools around. While most of the squads are from New England, teams from Virginia, Wisconsin, California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey also attend. Some players looked to boost their recruitment heading into the final stretch of their high school career, but others just looked to dominate. Here were some of the standout performers:

Terry Rozier, 2013, Hargrave Military Academy: Rozier was ranked No. 99 heading into the season, but he’s due for a monster increase the next time we make an update. Rozier was simply the most impressive player during the event. He’s taken his offensive game to a new level, getting into the lane whenever he wants. Rozier also knocked down outside shots.

Noah Vonleh, 2013, New Hampton Prep: Vonleh got off to a slow start on Saturday, but decided to take over the game and will his team to a victory. He ended up with 27 points and 18 rebounds, completely dominating the second half. He’s a tremendous rebounder, and has improved his ability to take defenders off the bounce. Only getting better.

Syracuse commit Chris McCullough has an extremely high ceiling. (Davide DePas)

Chris McCullough, 2014, Brewster Academy: If McCullough continues to improve at this rate, he’s going to be a potential lottery pick. He’s a high-level athlete who is unstoppable in transition. He dunks balls he has no business even reaching. McCullough is still expanding his offensive game, but his rebounding and finishing ability is already there.

Goodluck Okonoboh, 2014, Wilbraham & Monson: Okonoboh has been inconsistent over the past couple of seasons, but he seems like a different player this year. He blocked upwards of 15 shots in one game on Friday night, and was simply dominant. He was involved in nearly every possession on the defensive end, and consistently played with high energy.

Roger Moute a Bidias, 2013, Notre Dame Prep: Arguably the breakout player of the event, Moute a Bidias is a future high-major player. He only began playing in 2009, but he’s a tremendous athlete who makes plays at both ends of the floor. The younger brother of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has all the makings of a sleeper signee after he (likely) reclassifies.

Jaylen Brantley, 2013, Notre Dame Prep: Brantley has plenty of doubters, given that he is mostly an undersized scoring guard. However, he silenced some of them temporarily over the weekend, averaging 23.5 points and knocking down nine 3-pointers. He hit outside shots, but he was also able to go off the dribble and finish in the lane with floaters.

DeAndre Burnett, 2013, Massanutten Military Academy: We had heard stories of Burnett’s exploits in early-season scrimmages and games, but we had yet to see him light it up in person. He got off to a slow start Friday, but bounced back with a 40-point effort on Saturday. He has no qualms taking deep 3-pointers, and is very active in transition.

Dayshon Smith, 2013, Putnam Science: “Scoochie” didn’t have much help on the offensive end, but he was able to get into the lane whenever he wanted. No one could stop him off the dribble. He finishes effectively at the rim, but can also drop it off to open teammates after drawing defenses. Dayton is getting a very good scoring guard.

Future Memphis Tiger Kuran Iverson showed off his all-around game throughout the weekend. (Davide DePas)

Kuran Iverson, 2013, Fishburne Military Academy: It wasn’t Iverson’s finest performance, but he was able to show his versatility and all-around skills. The Memphis signee initiated offense for others, handled the ball, knocked down 3-pointers and also defended. He still did too much isolation and coasted at times, but his focus is getting better. 

Rashad Richardson, 2013, Kiski Prep: This could be one of the interesting storylines to keep an eye on. Richardson committed to IPFW, but never signed his letter-of-intent. He then went out and lit up Brewster Academy for 27 points and seven 3-pointers. The lefty has good range and seemed confident getting past his defender too.

Other players worth noting: Shane Rector vs. Daquein McNeil was a high-level guard battle – and Rector got the win, even if McNeil scored 31 to Rector’s 28 . . . NC State signee Kyle Washington didn’t play well on Saturday, but looked better on Sunday, notching a double-double . . . Fairfield has a solid scoring guard in Pittsburgh native Lincoln Davis . . . Former Utah commit Josh Hearlihy is a solid lefty who does a little bit of everything . . . He’s walking on at Boston College, but Sam Donahue can shoot the you know what out of the ball . . . St. Thomas More (Conn.) guard Duane Notice had two 20-plus point performances . . . Jarvis Garrett had a really impressive Saturday, running the offense and being efficient with his shooting . . . Not to be outdone by teammate Rozier, future Louisville Cardinal Anton Gill can really fill it up. Needs to limit his forced shots, though . . . Martez Harrison is impossible to keep out of the lane, but he needs to stay in control . . . Drexel signee Mohamed Bah looked active despite giving up a few inches inside . . . Vermont Academy guard Dimitri Floras had 22 points on Saturday night . . . Matt Atewe is a solid unsigned big man, but he needs to be more consistent to fulfill his potential . . . Wilbraham & Monson has a ton of impressive young players, chief among them Mustapha Heron, Luis Montero and Djery Baptiste . . . Reggie Agbeko had his moments for South Kent . . . Frank Mason and D.J. Foreman played well for Massanutten. 

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