Vanderbilt Showcase Evaluations: The Big Ten

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Let's take a look at the Big Ten.

 

 

Indiana

Cody Bybee (Creek Wood)

Hardnosed little guard who showed no fear taking the ball to the hole and mixing it up inside with the big boys, Bybee has some flair to his game and is all about hustle and opportunity. He played especially well on defense making some steals and creating havoc for the opposing ball handler.

 

Logan Edwards (Happy Valley)

Another tough guard who was not afraid to mix it up inside, plays smart and can shoot the ball when left open more suited for a system that allows him to use his skills and basketball IQ. He needs to work on his handles especially in traffic.

 

Juanae Smith (Hillsboro)

Rising freshman showed good vision when finding open teammates and shot the ball well, despite his obvious need to quicken that release. As his game grows he needs to work on his decision making and handles, can make the spectacular pass but needs to concentrate on making the easy one.

 

Jared Nave (Cannon County)

Unselfish player who showed a penchant for playing on the defensive end of the floor, taking charges and switching to create havoc for the opposition, long player blocked a few shots and on offense made the extra pass for the easy score, fundamentally sound player.

 

Kyle Weldon (Rossview)

Sound offensive player who can score over either shoulder with the short hook, rebounds well but always wants to put it on the floor thus bringing the ball into the danger zone for stripping guards, can knock down the short jumper and will block shots and rebound on the defensive end of the floor, as his strength goes, his confidence will rise and his stock will rise as well.

 

Will Downey (Ensworth)

Efficient scorer who does not waste a lot of motion and will drain the outside shot when open, uses his size to finish inside despite contact and is a very strong passer to the opportunistic cutters. Lateral quickness and explosion will need some work but he makes up for a lot of that with intelligence and basketball IQ.

 

Jeffrey Dockett (Bartlett)

 

Small rising junior can play either guard spot but seemed more comfortable at the point, quick on ball defender, showed he could pass the ball looking for open teammates but tended to try to make things happen that weren't there, must value the possession of the ball more. He found ways to finish in traffic on offensive side of the ball.   

 

Kemond Brooks (Hillsboro)

Aggressive rising freshman who must learn to value the ball, played without fear and showed very good quickness on defense but lacks the physical size, at this point, to execute the things his basketball mind can see, as he matures and gets stronger a lot of those aspects will take care of themselves.

 

Austin Howard (Giles County)

Long and hard working wing with a good deal of skill, must develop an off the dribble game, as he goes hard to the rim, still gathering his confidence, he needs to keep that aggressiveness for the entire time he is on the floor, he has skills lets not keep them bottled up.  

 

 

 

Illinois

O'Neal Woods (Bolivar Central)

Well coached point guard who plays aggressive defense and shows good leadership skills to younger teammates, he can finish in traffic and always gets his mates in the right position to score.

 

Chad Farbman (Centennial)

Heady senior guard with some wiggle to his walk, great handles and a very good outside stroke, has a great change of speed dribble that allows him to penetrate and not afraid to go into the big boys or drop the cushy dime. He plays good defense and hustles while on the floor.

 

Ross Welch (USN)

One of the best pure shooters in the entire showcase, Ross has made this a weapon of choice and is not afraid to pull when his feet are set; he boxes out well using his size and makes a nice outlet pass. He needs to add a one or two dribble mid-range as his opponents scout his deadly stroke and make himself hard to guard.

 

Vari Craig (Riverdale)

Vari has crazy natural ability on both ends of the floor, he can score, rebound and block shots, when motivated he is literally a handful and rose to the challenge in a couple of the games against players he wanted to prove himself against. Motivation may be his only setback, as he has the ability to play on the next level without question.

 

Billy Hughes (Hunter's Lane)

Quick as a cat lefty runs the floor and is always active on defense, running down loose balls and keeping possessions alive, he can score in transition and his outside shot when he's not falling away, stop that, is good. He has improved but decision making and shot selection need to get even better, as a leader he needs to get everyone involved.

 

Tydricks Hardaway (Bolivar Central)

Rising freshman with some superb natural instincts on both ends of the floor, quick and fearless to the rim on offense he got majority of his scores in transition making steals in the passing lanes and simply creating havoc, one to watch.

 

Adrian Scott (Cane Ridge)

Good length and showed mental improvement as he became more familiar with his teammates, he ran the floor well and played tough on defense, his strength needs improvement, as they all do at this age, but he showed aptitude.

 

Matthew Gilboy (Perry County)

 

Has totally changed his body and allowed himself to move much better up and down the court, showed promise on the glass, keeping the ball high and boxing out well, much better lift, fundamentally work on posting up and being prepared for the quick entry pass.

 

 

Michigan

Adison Hardyway (Hunter's Lane)

Rising senior ran the point and got his teammates involved in the half court offense, improved his passing as he became more familiar with his personnel, looked to score but will need to finish better in traffic.

 

Jacob Lloyd (Westview)

Poised for a very productive senior campaign, Jake showed his tough lefty game and knocked down several outside shots, when he did not fall away and kept his shooting mechanics. Jake was a strong finisher in traffic, using his strength, and passed the ball well with great vision to find the open player.

 

Cordell James (McCallie)

Played equally as hard on both ends of the floor, running the point was quick to distribute but also took advantage when the situation called for it and finished tough and hard despite contact, knocked down several deep threes and was money from mid-range as well. He was one of the evaluator's favorites throughout the day.

 

Ethan Moffatt (Fayette Academy)

Rising junior wing knocked down some shots as the day wore on and was consistent on the defensive end of the floor, rebounding well and running the floor. Good handles allowed him to finish in traffic and he is an underappreciated athlete who showed his prowess going high for boards and blocks.

 

Hunter Culp (Camden Central)

Rising junior with an all around game defended his position very well and understands the principles of help defense, tough off the bounce always looking for dribble drive opportunities, knocked down several outside shots and became more aware of his teammates as the day moved along.

 

Chris Woods (Bolivar Central)

Defensive stalwart, especially on the ball forcing his opponent into places he did not wish to go, opportunistic on the help end, rebounded well and did score some buckets inside. Must improve his scoring and value the basketball a bit more on offense.

 

Tre Polk (Bolivar Central)

Plays aggressive Bolivar defense and has good size to disrupt the opposition, offensively needs some time but can finish strong to the goal, uses his strength and speed to create scoring opportunities.

 

Jordan Nelson (Hunter's Lane)

Rising junior guard played with effort and was at his best on the defensive side of the ball, needs to work on his ball skills and shooting stroke to become more of an offensive weapon, showed solid passing skills during the post entry portions of the game.

 

 

 

Ohio State

Andy Moore (Ravenwood)

Hard working junior guard has battled some injuries and is rounding himself into game shape, wonderful outside stroke that continues to get better, must add strength to allow him to become more diverse, plays at a nice tempo and works very hard at his craft.

 

Greg Brooks (Cane Ridge)

Hard worker who is constant motion, played some on the wing, defensively hustled and never gave up on his man, needs to work harder getting open, when running the point showed he could find the open man.

 

John Ross Glover (USJ)

Smart player look exceedingly comfortable in all aspects of the offensive game, crashing the boards for an easy put back, drilling a deep three or putting the ball on the deck and finishing with two hands down the baseline, strong and not phased by the contact, showed leadership skills, outstanding effort.

 

Will Jones (Chester County)

Solid point guard, ran the show and got his teammates into position to score with some solid entry passing and transition throws as well, great vision, offensively needs to go stronger to the hoop and finish those nice drives, small guard but crafty enough to make those drives count.

 

Dee Oldham (Wilson Central)

Effort player who is at his best running the floor in transition, where he can finish the tough chance, good shooter who needs to do more of it, rebounds well and can start the break on his own, good defender with length.

 

Bobby Scott (East Literature)

Aggressive young defender forced numerous turnovers despite his size, converted those steals into buckets, has good handles and as he matures will realize to value the basketball a bit more, young but tough, keep working.  

 

Joseph Hairston (Loudon)

Young and long proved he could catch and score off the short dribble, runs the floor well and gets back on defense. He needs to add strength which will allow him to execute some of the plays he sees must be stronger with the ball and make better basketball decisions.

 

Davis Watkins (Bolivar Central)

Good size for rising sophomore but obviously needs to add strength and quicken his release on a very nice outside stroke, smart and heady individual, shooting fundamentals are sound, needs to tighten his handles and stop trying to block every shot and position himself for rebounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanderbilt Showcase Evaluations: The Big East

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Everyone bear with me on the Vanderbilt Showcase evaluations, I should have them done this week so now let's concentrate on the Big East.

 

 

UConn

Ryan Yeates (Liberty Tech)

Very fast point guard who when he plays at a manageable tempo is very hard to defend, he can score from outside and will penetrate and find the open man in traffic. As a leader Yeates needs to hold his concentration and stay active in the half-court defensive sets.

 

Justin Williamson (Dyer County)

One of the more impressive athletes really shined in every aspect of the way we asked them to play. He played well in the post entry game relocating for open shots and when he went to the bucket he rose and finished with flair. He knocked down the outside shot and finished with contact in traffic, very impressive day.

 

Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy)

Very savvy big guy who seals for easy offensive scores, can drain the mid-range shot even out to the three-point line, great hands in help defense and keeps the ball high which helps him outlet quickly to a streaking guard, fundamentally sound will benefit from additional footwork and quickness drills.

 

Dierre McElroy (Raleigh-Egypt)

Strong and thick plays very good on the ball defense and fights hard for loose balls and rebounds, Big Mac is an excellent passer who sees the floor and is unselfish enough to distribute the rock. Outside shot needs some tweaking form wise to complete the package on a very solid player.

 

Kevin Day (Liberty Tech)

Excelled as a defender, especially on the ball, not afraid to take a charge and understands the importance of stopping the ball first and knows how and when to switch, offensively needs to work on his shot form and decision making with the ball.

 

Josh Erickson (DCA)

Outstanding ball handler who can finish with either hand at the rim, needs to let the game come to him as he tended to force the issue a bit and it caused him some unnecessary turnovers. Josh played very good defense, using his quickness to harass his defender, great pressure in the back court. Shooting stroke is good as well.

 

Anthony Banks (Antioch)

 

Incoming freshman showed solid point guard instincts and was not afraid to mix things up despite his lack of size. Banks showed a nice mid-range shot when open and once he develops the confidence and strength to execute the thoughts he has on the floor, he can be a very effective high school leader.

 

T.J. Reece (Harpeth)

Good shooter when he has time to launch, must be able to create more space either off the dribble or moving without the ball, Reece went on the floor for loose balls and will fight for possessions. He must continue to learn to move without the ball, very important.  

 

Chance Bouldin (FRA)

Rising sophomore with a nice skill set, can knock down the mid-range shot from the elbow or wing, good size will obviously need to increase his strength as will everyone his age, which in turn will allow him to be more aggressive on the glass. Chance played fundamental defense in the post and with footwork drills can be a very good player.  

 

 

 

Louisville

Brandon Crowder (MLK)

Ran the lead guard with effectiveness and found creative ways to finish inside and score. Played well in transition and moved well without the ball, solid defender will need to make his outside shot a bigger weapon.

 

Cody Ruehlen (Cannon County)

Very solid shooter with a surprisingly quick first step, made more effective by a good basketball size and body, played good defense keeping his man in front of him and played unselfish making the entry pass from the wing very effectively.

 

Terrence Dixon (LaVergne)

Played solid in every aspect of the game at the showcase, lefty stroke is very good, when he doesn't fade away, hustles and plays pesky on the ball defense, can grab a rebound and go length of the floor, played a nice give and go with a post player in the half-court sets, scored off the bounce and finished in traffic with contact, did it all.  

 

Sam Wilcox (Ravenwood)

Fundamentally sound big guy who showed a nice stroke from mid-range and a series of post moves for easy buckets as well. Sam plays hard and moves well for a big kid, passes out of the double team and is conscience of the cutter, defends the passing lanes well with the off hand.

 

Matt Smith (Liberty Tech)

Aggressive offensive rebounder who fights and claws till he gets his hands on the carom, long and athletic Smith blocks shots with ease. Offensively he needs some work on finishing inside but added strength should be the remedy for that problem, a nice rising junior prospect to keep an eye on.

 

Sam Rhoten (Goodpasture)

Very good shooter who can spot up and drain them, adding a quick one or two dribble move to his repertoire will increase his scoring output dramatically, needs to improve his footwork and explosion, smart player with good size to finish inside.

 

Zeke Clark (Elizabethton)

Rising freshman guard played without fear which is a good sign for his age, took too many chances with the ball which will take care of itself with maturity and game time, moved well without the ball in the half-court post entry sets, repositioning himself for open shots, work on shooting as well.

 

DeAndre McKinnie (Bolivar Central)

Long and athletic, McKinnie goes very hard to the basket and is adept at getting his own rebound for a put back or keeping possessions alive with the offensive carom. He will need to finish his drives to the bucket and showed a penchant for defending with his length.

 

 

 

Cincinnati

Odgra Bobo (Liberty Tech)

Very athletic player who wants to demonstrate his leaping prowess any chance he can, good defender with his lateral quickness, must keep his head up when handling the ball and finish his drives to the bucket.

 

V.J. Brown (Hardin Valley)

Rising senior plays with a love for the game and is constantly improving in every facet. He tweaked his ankle in his first game and had to sit out but not before showing some aggressive drives to the bucket with an explosive first step, he needs confidence in his abilities.

 

Hunter Daniels (Rhea County)

Unselfish big man who seemingly gets better with every camp, game or practice, Daniels is a polished passer out of the double team and has vision which allows him to see cutters and his grateful companions. He can score with his back to the basket and is developing a good short jump hook with either hand.

 

Tony Phelps (Chester County)

Rising junior point guard played solid defensively despite his slight build, became a capable offensive player once he cut out the difficult shots, will need to become more of team leader at the game most important position.

 

Derek Durham (Cane Ridge)

Aggressive and feisty little point guard not afraid to mix it up and finished his drives to the glass, tended to dribble way to much but proved he could move well without the ball making nice open cuts to the bucket for easy baskets.

 

Spencer Clements (Creek Wood)

Good young shooter who needs to adapt to the quickness at this level and use his intelligence to create more scoring opportunities, a solid system player who understands his role and will give maximum effort while on the floor.  

 

Daniel Hill (Liberty Tech)

Slick young point guard who shows a fearless demeanor and never gives up on a play, Hill has great handles and passing ability, sometimes favoring the majestic dish to the easy one. Very good scoring off the dribble despite his size, once he's reeled in he will be outstanding, must work on his outside shot to become a star.

 

Asa Duvall (Brentwood Academy)

Smooth player with great size which allows him to get his shot anytime and anywhere he feels like it, good handles and a nice lift make him a dangerous offensive weapon. Nice deep shooting touch and good feel for his role on the floor. Needs to understand he can get the easy shot with a little more patience and stop fading away, bright future.

 

 

 

Villanova

Tyler Irwin (LaVergne)

Shooting stroke very nice and will put the ball on the floor and drive to the glass for a tough finish, needs to improve his explosion and quickness, good half-court defender will improve in that arena as well with added lateral quickness.

 

Austin Clements (Creek Wood)

Excellent shooter who is a team player and does a lot of the blue collar work required to win games, type of player who wins games with a tough shot or defense play at the right time, needs to work on his movement without the ball, which will only create more opportunities for his very nice shooting stroke.

 

JuJuan Williams (Knoxville West)

It's a very simple process, he can shoot, he is next level athletic, great size but will he put it all together and become the player we know he can be great handles but tends to get out of control at times, Williams can be a great player.

 

Drew Smithson (Creek Wood)

Fundamentally sound big man can pass out of the post and scores off the seal off, good hands and a very good post defender. Drew has length and will challenge some shots and runs the floor very well.

 

Beau Johnson (Harpeth)

Incoming freshman played a bit scared at first but caught his second wind and showed a very nice outside stroke when set, needs to work on his strength obviously, make better decisions with the ball and control his tempo.

 

Brad McClung (Station Camp)

Lefty point guard who was not afraid to mix things up and showed he could get his shot with or without a defender in his grill, looked to enter the post in the early games and showed a nice floater in the lane for an easy score. Ball-handling will be an area of improvement for him to concentrate on.

 

Cole Bradshaw (Harpeth)

Plays at a very nice tempo and finds himself in good position on the floor able to get his shot without creating chaos in the half-court. Good deep shooter who moves well without the ball.

 

Abdinasir Omar (McGavock)

Rising sophomore showed a nice inside game, played hard and aggressive going for loose balls and rebounds out of his area, made some nice post moves and looks to open teammates, must finish better inside. Also follow his shot inside and work on his footwork and explosion to the goal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carson Newman Showcase Evaluations: The ACC

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The final two from the ACC

 

 

UNC

D.J. Kellogg (Hardin Valley) 2011

Excellent ball handler with a good first step showed he could score off the dribble, dribbling a bit excessive and must improve his defensive effort, too good of an athlete.

Jordan Cross (Sullivan East) 2011

Outstanding shooter, good length and decision making on the break or in the half court, Cross has an exceptional basketball IQ and plays at a comfortable pace.

Jordan Nelson (Georgia) 2011

Very athletic player who glides to the bucket and gives maximum effort on the defensive end of the floor, scores mostly off the bounce and in transition.

Spencer Peake (Bearden) 2011

One of the better contested shooters in the camp, better athlete than he's given credit for and plays a smart game especially on the offensive side of the ball.

Osmond Robinson (Knoxville West) 2012

Small point guard who is very aggressive on the defensive end of the floor, a very good on ball defender especially out front, working on his offensive game, tough kid.

Curtis Jordan (Pigeon Forge) 2012

Strong wing player who plays with an attitude that carries over to his defensive effort, Jordan will need to improve his offensive package.

Davis Soehn (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2013

Thick youngster goes hard to the basket and absorbs contact well, can shoot the outside shot and plays with passion; he needs to slow down and let the game come to him, slow down.

Austin Davis (Knoxville Halls) 2013

Active young player showed a very natural athleticism, played his best when slashing to the bucket, needs to work on a consistent outside shot.

Tyler Bryant (Greenback) 2012

Showed a penchant for grabbing the tough rebound, especially for a guard, played his game in constant motion, must improve his outside shooting.

 

 

 

 

Clemson

Michael Hyden (Cloudland) 2011

Slick lefty point guard with handles and a bouncy athletic gait, showed he could shoot the ball and was especially effective slashing to the glass and dropping the sweet dish to his teammates. Excellent vision gave him an edge.

Morrease Barber (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2011

Skies high for rebounds, blocks shots most can't get too and is a "butcher" when he gets in the open court flying to the rim, Barber needs to work on his handles and a more consistent outside stroke, he has a very bright future if he works at it, very bright.

Jamahl Thomas (Fulton) 2011

Thomas is exactly what you would expect from a Fulton Falcon, he is hard nosed and tough as can be on defense, his outside shot is good and when he works on his handles so he can add something off the dribble, his game will grow exponentially.

Andrew Blosser (Lenoir City) 2011

Bouncy, underrated athlete, who goes high for rebounds and will finish the play with a flush right in your grill, he needs to give a more consistent effort at all times and use the gifts he has been given, I think his best hoops are in front of him, just you wait and see.

Daniel Foster (Oneida) 2012

Tall and thin player who needs to develop upper body strength and hand strength to become more effective, he has a knowledge of the game but lacks the physical skills to make the plays he can clearly see happen, added strength will add confidence as well.

Ibrahim Teshome (Knoxville West) 2013

Young guard still trying to find his way against the older players, the effort is without question but the skill level needs continued work, work on his decision making with the ball and his handles as he grows into the point guard role.

Sabian Smith (Knoxville Central) 2012

Smith is the defender every offensive hates to see, he's in your face from start to finish, quick and lefty, solid off the dribble and showed a leadership quality for a young squad he was in position to lead, work on the rotation and fundamentals of his shot.

D.J. Pennington (Oneida) 2012

Played with effort and was active around the ball, shot the ball ok but must learn to get the shot off quicker against the better atheletes.

Kelton Brzostowski (Happy Valley) 2013

Young guard also showed a decent outside stroke but tended to play too fast to accommodate his opponents; once he slowed his tempo his production was much better.

Taylor Houston (Cumberland County) 2013

Another youngster who really had a nice stroke, but needs to work on getting the shot away much quicker as the athletes he plays against become stronger and tougher, he proved he could score the ball and played with passion.

Carson Newman Showcase Evaluations: The Big Ten

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Moving along here comes the Big Ten

 

 

Indiana

Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater) 2011

Slowed by a tender ankle but you wouldn't know it watching his effort, tough in the post, dominates other guards with sheer strength, runs the show from the lead guard spot.

Tyrece Irons (Oak Ridge) 2011

Played well in every aspect of the game, defended very hard, finishes his drives to the rim and was able to knock down the set open shot, ball-handling needs tightened.

Chase Atkins (Cocke County) 2011

System player who goes very hard and absorbs contact inside, showed he could shoot the ball if left open, physical inside worker.

JuJuan Williams (Knoxville West) 2011

He has the whole package, can shoot, handle, athletic like an antelope, when and where will he put it all together, hopefully very soon.

Tuomas Ebeling (Jefferson County) 2012

Hard worker really took to the post entry play but needs to add strength in his upper body to truly be effective. Great feel on the boards, he has a chance to be very good.

Preston Russell (Tellico Plains) 2012

Active, better than you'd think athlete loves to go right and does most of his damage off the dribble, maybe a bit too much off the dribble but he goes hard and hits the glass hard as well.

Brandon Hawkins (Cumberland County) 2012

Smart player who played at a comfortable tempo to be successful, has a good shot and showed a pull-up jumper in transition, must work on handles and taking it hard to the rim.

Ethan Simpson (Campbell County) 2013

Young point guard knows his role and plays unselfish, defends hard and gives maximum effort. Must work on his offensive package, become a threat and tighten his handles.

Josh Saults (Elizabethton) 2013

"Little dude can go" was a quote from one evaluator and we agree this youngster had some slickness to his gait. Proved he could score off the dribble, plays smart and got his teammates involved.

Aaron Miller (Elizabethton) 2013

Fundamentally sound youngster who craves contact and proved he could finish inside despite being hammered on many an occasion. Hits the offensive glass hard and will need to work on his footwork and explosion.

 

 

 

Illinois

Landon Hilton (Lenoir City) 2011

Consummate point guard with excellent handles and sees the floor exceptionally well, plays tough defense takes charges and makes his teammates better.

Matthew Potter (Cloudland) 2011

Solid skill set for an active wing that does a lot of things well but nothing spectacular, plays within himself, runs the floor, solid overall player.

Devon Forgety (Volunteer) 2011

Very good hands allow him to be very effective on the boards, he understands positioning and plays with an effort that allows him to grab caroms out of his area, needs to work on his shooting stroke.

Matt Stanley (Happy Valley) 2011

Much better athlete than he looks, showed a very nice stroke and exceptional hops around the bucket, great basketball IQ, and must add a left hand to his game.

Cody Malicotte (Jellico) 2012

Big, tough, strong, nasty and smooth describe how Cody played, tough and relentless on the glass, either end, defends in the post and can take you to the elbow and beyond to knock down his smooth jumper, getting back into shape.

Tyree Nightingale (East Literature) 2012

Active point guard, who played very unselfish and got all his teammates involved the entire day, will take it hard to the bucket if left open, good shot and a pull-up game.

Logan Brewer (Polk County) 2012

Interior beast that plays comfortable with his back to the basket and will finish over either shoulder with a baby hook or power lay-in, soft shooting stroke and finishes with contact.

Trey Henderson (Cookeville) 2013

Strong for his age and used his power to score some tough buckets, skill level needs work but his athleticism is emerging quietly, work on his shooting.

Chase McGhee (Jefferson County) 2013

Understands the transition game and made the right decision with the ball more often than not, plays aggressive, work on his offensive skills and ball-handling in traffic.

Hunter Hopson (Happy Valley) 2013

Long and thin but active and played with effort while on the floor, very good interior passer, needs to look to post up more and utilize his length, too much dribbling at times but effort is there.

 

 

 

Michigan

Shariff Cobb (CSAS) 2011

Good handles and changed speeds going to the basket to outsmart unknowing defenders, great vision and makes the easy pass for the convenient score, can finish with either hand.

V.J. Brown (Hardin Valley) 2011

Workout warrior, plays with intensity and never gives up on a play, shot is good but need to be quickened; footwork is improving, showed an outstanding burst to the basket that needs to be seen much more frequently.

Logan Lyle (Unicoi County) 2011

Smooth like velvet, feathery jumper from mid-range to well beyond the three, better than average athlete, understands the game and is a coach's dream.

Micah Smith (Volunteer) 2011

Long athlete with no fear of putting the ball in the hoop, outside shot needs some tweaking but not bad, work on getting a left hand for interior buckets, played hard at all times.

Phillip Stephens (Knoxville Catholic) 2011

Improving footwork, improving offensive skill package and he plays with a relentless abandon, still needs to strength his hands but the improvement is marked and obvious.

Nathan Lester (Lenoir City) 2012

Nice open shooter from the corners, knocked down several jumpers in the half court sets, at his size work on becoming more point guard oriented and decision making, plays fast and defends hard.

Trey Suttles (Red Bank) 2012

Big, strong, physical presence inside, grabbed tons of missed shots and scored on numerous put backs and short inside moves, must leave his comfort zone at times and venture on the perimeter, work on his shooting and ball skills, you can do it.

Blake Arnold (Cumberland Gap) 2013

Smart player who doesn't appear quick but gets by his defender to score at the rim, he can put it on the floor and makes his way, work on his shooting to compliment his drives.

Oteriah Lee (CAK) 2014

Fearless, the top attribute that we look for in players this young, Little "O" goes hard, plays defense and can knock down an open shot, he needs to add strength to finish his drives and adapt to scoring with either hand.

Joseph Hairston (Loudon) 2013

Plays hard and was effective inside and on the glass, really needs to work on his outside shooting and ball handling.

 

 

 

 

Ohio State

Nick Ellis (Notre Dame) 2011

Intelligent player who doesn't do anything he cannot do, great vision always looks to the open man, good outside stroke; work on his ball-handling in tight situations.

Wesley Ritchie (Ooltewah) 2011

Long and athletic, goes hard to the rim on occasion but settled for the outside shot a lot, has a good finish but must get his release higher, especially against better athletes.

Damien Edwards (North Carolina) 2011

"Rip Hamilton, never stops moving like a Mako Shark", is what one of our evaluators said about the North Carolina product. He showed solid handles, played hard on both ends of the floor, dove for loose balls, showed out very well.

Elliott Satterfield (Jefferson County) 2011

Strong player coming off an injury which limited his conditioning at times, showed he could score when he slowed to a tempo of his choosing and became much more effective on both ends of the court.

Chad Nabors (Knoxville Webb) 2012

Tough, hard-nosed little guy who plays so hard and leads with passion, shoots the ball very well and controls the tempo of the game

Kaseem Davidson (Oak Ridge) 2012

Athletic and fundamentally sound in the transition game, must improve in the half court setting and work on his decision making with the ball, a good defender with his strength.

Matt Holland (Grace Christian) 2014

Good size for his age and plays very hard on defense can shoot the ball from 15 to 18 feet with accuracy when feet are set.

Clay Leatherwood (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2014

Youngster sees the floor and has a soft shot, can finish with either hand and when he gets some body strength his game will flourish, we will be watching.

Michael Hotz (Morristown West) 2012

Good size and length, understands his place on the court but limited physical strength made it tough at times, could be good in a half court offense with upper body and hand strength.

Carson Newman Showcase Evaulations: The Big East

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Are you ready for the Big East......

 

 

Connecticut (UConn)

Nick Oliver (Jefferson County) 2011

Unlimited range proved to be arguably one of the best shooters in the camp; Oliver showed good vision but must finish his drives to the rim.

Sherrius Smith (Hardin Valley) 2012

Played very well, scoring inside or knocking down a better than we originally had thought outside shot, Smith played tough defense but must become a leader at the point.

Garrett Buckner (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2011

Glue guy does a lot of different things on the floor that don't necessarily show up in the statistics. Can knock down the outside shot, rebounds, and passes well, great effort.

Brooks Richardson (Jefferson County) 2011

Played very hard defense, on and off the ball, great from the help side, he found ways to score in the open court.

DeSham Walker (Grainger) 2012

Athletic player who went hard to the glass and played good on the ball defense, Walker shot the ball ok and needs to work on his handles to become more effective.

Andrew Barnett (Pigeon Forge) 2012

Has a great feel for the game and understands how to play, Barnett struggled with his shot at first but as all good shooters know it comes around and he got his rhythm, like to see more off the dribble to make the outside shot even more of a weapon.

Dejan McGill (Austin East) 2013

Young point guard plays with passion and intensity, wonderful defender and can score off the dribble. Work on his decision making as he gets older, bright future for sure.

Dallas Fields (Knoxville Central) 2014

Very impressed by this incoming freshman, played well above his years, Fields has great vision, shoot good enough at this stage and plays very intelligent. He will obviously need strength but has a bright future if he continues to work.

Jordan Huddleston (Kingston) 2013

Big body and good on the boards once he calmed to the pace of the game, Jordan has a hook over either shoulder and was excellent on the outlet pass. Work on footwork and quickness.

 

 

Louisville

Brandon Lopez (Austin East) 2011

Fierce defender who rarely turns the ball over and takes charge of a team from the moment he steps on the floor, Lopez must pick up his offense, he is capable.

A.C. Eddins (Knoxville Central) 2011

Energetic player who finds ways to score, be it the post or mid-range jumpers, would like to see more effort on the defensive end.

Tucker Parkerson (Lenoir City) 2011

Every team needs a guy who does the dirty work and if he can knock down a deep three that's a bonus, Parkerson is a glue guy who plays smart and knows his role, very valuable.

Otis Littlejohn (Knoxville West) 2011

Very disruptive defender despite not being the quickest player on the floor, Otis understands angles and his hustle makes up for any shortcomings. He found ways to score going to the bucket and finishing with either hand, stroked the outside shot as well.

Lester Wilson (Carter) 2011

Physically unmatched at the camp so we expect more from him than most players, "The Action Figure" was motivated in a couple games and was untouchable therefore.

Justin Wandell (Elizabethton) 2012

Very surprised by the skill level of Wandell, shot the ball well, needs to get it off quicker, and used both hands to finish off the dribble, rebounded well for a guard, smart player.

Andre Wilson (Austin East) 2014

Small and young but we could see he has an understanding for what he wants to accomplish just doesn't yet have the strength to make it happen, shoots the ball very well.

Alex Fountain (Wartburg Central) 2013

Strategically placed Alex on this team to see how he would fare and he passed with flying colors. One evaluation stated "You wouldn't expect him to stand out on this team but he did". Much more aggressive, dropping the short jumper at will and keeps the ball high off the glass; he is strength away from being devastating.

 

 

Cincinnati

Nathan Sherrod (Jefferson County) 2011

Hard nosed point guard showed leadership skills and scored on a variety of pull-up jumpers in the lane.

Michael Kron (Greenback) 2011

Tough combo guard who gave a lot of effort on both ends of the floor, he got more comfortable as the day went on with the speed of the game.

Nathaniel Hughes (Hampton) 2011

High energy hustler who never gives up on a play, Nate was knocking down the jumper, passing to open teammates and slicing his way to the rim, loved his effort.

Tevin Rutledge (Cleveland) 2011

Exceptional athlete with quick feet and speed, Rutledge played fearless and makes most of his buckets going to the rim or off the offensive glass, must work on his shooting stroke.

Jake Wright (Oneida) 2012

Displayed good footwork, a nice jump hook and was natural in coming off the ball screen, Wright certainly needs to get in better condition and add strength to his frame.

Darien Johnson (Bradley Central) 2012

Tough, hard nosed leader with a nice stroke from outside, Johnson made good decisions with the ball and defended at a very high level.

Ross Cannon (Anderson County) 2012

Solid defender uses his added strength to gain position and keep his opponent from getting past him, good shooter, capable of playing the two or the three this season.

Jordan Belvin (Loudon) 2013

Young and tough, Belvin plays with a lot of effort and works very hard at improving his skills, loves to guard the ball and works to make himself a playmaker.

Dylan McClellan (Cloudland) 2013

Another tough hard nosed youngster who made plays when he was in the game, we like to watch for toughness and fearlessness from the young players in our camps and he showed plenty of both.

Carson Brooks (Knoxville West) 2012

Big man played hard and showed he could knock down the outside shot as well, Brooks has a lot of skill and needs to add a couple of extra go to moves to his repertoire and work on his footwork and explosion. Love his progress since last year.

 

 

 

Villanova

Dre Matthieu (Knoxville Central) 2011

Played a very outstanding brand of ball the entire day, Dre was active from a leadership role and on defense; he scored in transition and displayed a motor that never quit. "Exceptional Leaper", one evaluation read.

Derrick Hankins (Cumberland County) 2011

"Junkyard Dog" made plays on both ends of the floor, knocked down some outside shots off penetration and proved to be a valuable teammate the entire day. Tough.

Tee Steinmetz (Oakdale) 2011

Very good shooter off the transition penetrate and kick, made plays on balance and got people involved with unselfish play from the wing.

Jamison Baker (Austin East) 2011

Athletic combo played hard and showed energy and bounce, especially fought hard on the offensive glass. Wiry wing scores off put backs must work on his shot.

Phillip Stanford (Knoxville West) 2011

Very good stroke from not only the mid-range but also from behind the arc started very slow but picked up his effort as the camp moved along. "Tookie" can score inside or out and needs to believe in himself more.

Ben Arnold (Cumberland Gap) 2012

Plays hard and can get to the rim off the dribble, plays with passion and has good footwork, tends to stop moving on possessions and takes himself out of the play.

Travis Vest (Jefferson County) 2012

Can play the two or the three and has some length which is helpful on the glass, he shoots the ball ok and played tough defense.

Cory Poteet (Campbell County) 2013

Young guard can shoot the ball from deep and plays with a toughness and love for the game, he relies on the outside shot too much and must work on his decision making.

Luke Matthews (Stone Memorial) 2014

Very smooth and plays at a nice tempo despite his young age, Luke is a finesse player who can score and plays with a great deal of confidence which is vital for any young player as they enter the high school game.

Seth Shearman (Meigs County) 2013

Youngster has good size and plays hard, needs to add strength and demand the ball on his post up, time will take care of some of this.  

Carson Newman Showcase Evaulations: The SEC

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Saturday 131 players descended upon the campus of Carson Newman College for the East Tennessee Prep Hoops Rankings and Exposure Showcase. We start our quick evaluations of the players with the SEC.

Tennessee

Matt Queener (Fulton) 2011

Pass first point guard who combines hustle with tenacious on the ball defense. Must improve his outside shot and prove he can score.

Dequan Wright (Bearden) 2012

Another tenacious defender who has a knack for scoring in traffic and has exceptional athletic skills must improve the consistency of his shooting.

Nick Ross (Red Bank) 2011

Exceptional shooter who also plays defense with passion and aggressiveness, he has great hands and is not afraid of contact.

Jose Agosto (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2011

One of the best campers according to the staff, Jose was big on both ends of the floor and gave exceptional effort throughout the camp. Dominated inside like we knew he could.

Christian Green (Volunteer) 2011

Combo guard, who showed a nice outside stroke when set, must improve his strength.

Michael Headrick (Grainger) 2012

Played with maximum effort to establish himself in the post, scored inside with ease.

Steven Halcomb (Lenoir City) 2013

Good outside stroke from the lead guard position, must learn to get his shot off quicker.

Tyler Jones (Lenoir City) 2012

Fundamentally sound player, who understands the game, makes the right pass and is always around the ball.

Colby Knox (Anderson County) 2012

Still getting into basketball shape after a year away for injury, Knox showed a devastatingly accurate jumper from the corner.

 

 

Mississippi State

Jon McCroskey (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2011

Showed leadership skills with a young team, was very effective using his ball fakes to get scoring opportunities, unselfish and able to score when called upon.

Preston Bryant (Morristown West) 2011

Combo guard knocked down some outside shots and played tough and smart on both ends of the floor.

Henry Brooks (McGavock) 2011

One of the best on ball defenders at the showcase, he has a quick first step but didn't always finish

Corey Conard (Cosby) 2011

Low post presence that knows his role and scores with contact, rebounds strong and uses his body for positioning. He scores over either shoulder with equal success.

Calvin Walker (Knoxville West) 2012

One evaluation on Walker stated simply, He's good. Athletic lefty with a much improved shot defended very well and played unselfish.

Hunter Spaw (Grainger) 2012

Young man showed a nice shooting touch, made aggressive cuts to the bucket and displayed a leadership quality.

Matthew Case (Cookeville) 2013

Lefty showed a big time shooting stroke and scored on some unorthodox moves to the bucket. Distributed the ball well and used the glass when driving to the hoop.

Zack Webb (Cosby) 2012

Rising junior is a smart player who showed a nice touch from deep when his feet were set. Drove and scored off the dribble, work on footwork.

 

 

 

Florida

Dion Fair (Bearden) 2011

Started slow but came on late playing like the guy we have become accustomed to watching. At his best when he leads a team and distributes and defends.

Gerrod Moore (South Doyle) 2011

Shooting guard/wing with good size showed he could use the dribble to get to the rim. He will need to improve his outside shot.

Chase Buckner (Union County) 2011

Gave outstanding effort in the drill work and continued to do so in the game action. Buck knocked down outside shots and showed his athleticism off the dribble.

Dusty Nickles (Jefferson County) 2011

Played extremely hard in the post including a posterizing dunk on a hapless defender, Nickles can shoot the mid-range shot and gives effort on defense.

Nick Sabo (Greenback) 2012

Good shooter who understands how to play the game, solid passing skills and has range on his shot when his feet are set.

Will Thompson (Oak Ridge) 2012

Excellent shooter with range also plays hard on defense and is an excellent help defender. Want to see him improve off the dribble and make that shot an even bigger weapon.

Corbin Lamb (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 2013

This young player plays the game with a hard nosed, student of the game approach on the floor. His effort and above average understanding will serve him well as his skills catch up.

Hayden Webb (Lenoir City) 2013

Small point guard with good vision and the ability to make things happen off the bounce, Webb can shoot the rock if he has time and will need to improve his overall strength.

Zak Carter (Hardin Valley) 2014

Sweet shooting youngster has great size for an incoming freshman but must learn to get into the flow of the game quicker and more consistently. Watch excessive dribbling.

 

 

 

 

Vanderbilt

Jethro Griffin (Sequoyah) 2011

Excellent defender uses his size and footwork to gain advantage against his opponent. Offensively he uses his body as well to score in traffic, must improve his stroke consistency.

Marcus Stanford (Knoxville Central) 2011

Really has no defined position but has a knack for making tough steals and scoring from the foul line in. Shoots flat-footed and must improve his ball handling to become a guard.

Tyler Ailshie (Dobyns-Bennett) 2011

Deep shooter knocked down several tough jumpers and played on the defensive end with passion and hustle. Passes the ball well and gets tough rebounds in traffic.

Will Winton (Bearden) 2011

Consistently knocked down the outside shot and finished his drives to the bucket. Played unselfishly and gave effort on the defensive side of the ball. He is poised for an outstanding senior campaign.

Alan Holt (Anderson County) 2011

Evaluation says "This guy is killin' folks". Holt was knocking down the deep and mid-range jumpers, snatching boards, making the right pass from the post and scored with an effective jump hook.

Caleb Gibson (Hancock County) 2012

Active player showed some bounce with his drives to the bucket and proved he could knock down the outside shot if his fundamentals were right.

Grant Tyler (William Blount) 2012

Plays under control and pushed the ball well in the transition situations. Has a good outside shot but must get stronger.

Emani Miller (Austin East) 2014

Great size for an incoming freshman, Miller showed a nice turn around jumper from the post and defender very well. Gets his hands on the ball and is very active.

Spencer Shoffner (Oak Ridge) 2012

System guy who gets the tough rebounds and important buckets at key moments of the game, Spencer works very hard on the glass and gets his fair share of offensive opportunities.

Josh Coleman (Cookeville) 2014

A very young post player who is still learning what he is capable of at this point, Coleman is effective on the glass and will get better offensively as he improves his strength and confidence.

Vanderbilt Showcase: The ACC

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We close out the showcase review with the remaining two
teams from the ACC. UNC which featured numbers 121 thru 130 and Clemson which
was 131-140.

 

 

UNC (121-130) Columbia Blue

 

121. Ni'Ki Bell (Northwest) 5'8 PG
2011

A rising junior guard who should see a lot of playing time
for Northwest this season, Bell
showed a decent shot and a quick first step to the bucket. His ball-handling
was adequate but could use some tightening and he sometimes looks to score more
than pass from the point guard spot.

 

122. Danterio Dansby
(Harpeth) 6'2 SG 2010

Started slow trying to do too much but eventually calmed
down and played his game. A much improved offensive player who can score with
the short jumper but still needs to finish his strong drives to the glass. Excellent
defender uses his size to push players of their intended path and is very
aggressive.

 

123. Andy Moore
(Ravenwood) 6'0 SG 2012

Steady and smart improving young player has a deadly stroke
from the perimeter. He can put the ball on the floor and score but needs to add
strength to take the drive all the way to the glass. Moore plays good position defense getting his
hands in the passing lanes.

 

124. Dedron Pillow (Columbia Central) 6'2 SG
2011

Strictly ran the two guard and spent most of his time
hanging around the perimeter. He needs to move more without the ball and create
himself some scoring opportunities outside of the three point line. He forced a
lot of shots as well.

 

126. Benny Mitchell
(JCS) 5'11 PG 2013

Active youngster seemed a bit I awe at the start but after
getting on the floor seemed to find his way. Mitchell showed a decent outside
shooting stroke and took the ball strong to the hole when the opportunities
extended themselves.

 

127. Justin Potts (Santa Fe) 5'11 SG 2013

Incoming freshman was not used to the speed of the game and
struggled a little with his role. He eventually calmed and took some shots and
made some contributions. A lot is expected from the young ones who haven't even
played a high school game yet so we know there is a growing curve in his
future.

 

128. Billy Hughes (Hunter's
Lane) 5'9 PG 2012

Has a nice base to work with showing a nice outside stroke,
a burst to the bucket and a very nice outlet pass off the break. He plays
aggressive, especially on defense, but must improve his decision making, as he
will have the ball in his hands majority of the time.

 

129. Mike Lovett (Cornersville)
6'4 PF 2012

Gave exactly what was expected from a young post, battled
hard on the glass and fought for position at all times. He showed a decent
mid-range shot and hit those when he found himself open and did not shy away
from contact.

 

130. Ross Welch (DCA)
6'2 WF 2012

Fundamentally sound youngster showed a good outside stroke
and took the ball hard to the basket. Not a great athlete but makes up for this
with positioning and anticipation. He hit the boards with a passion and used
the dribble to create some scoring opportunities.

 

 

 

Clemson (131-140) Orange

 

131. Eric Pugh (Memphis Central) 5'11 PG
2010

A rising senior who has some point guard skills is quick,
has good handles and court vision. He seemed to find the open cutters in the
half court games and gave a great effort on the defensive side of the floor. He
is not an offensive threat and will need to add at least a little of this to
complete his overall game.

 

132. Denzel Clark
(White's Creek) 5'8 PG 2011

One of the real surprises of the showcase, Clark
showed a very unselfish, pass first mentality and seemed to get everyone
involved in the offense. He made nice passes in traffic and was a terror on
defense, grabbing loose balls and getting a lot of steals which resulted in
easy breakouts or lead passes to gracious teammates.

 

133. Colby Ownby
(Bradley Central) 5'10 PG 2010

He was active on defense and ran the floor well but seemed
much more comfortable in the half-court games. Many players like this type game
better and it suits their style of play.

 

134. Clay Lineberry
(TCA) 6'4 SG 2011

This rising junior showed a nice outside stroke and is
effective with his length around the basket. He has quick hands on defense. He
seemed to prefer the half-court game and was much more effective knowing where
he was on the floor.

 

136. Corbin Clack (Marshall County) 5'9 PG 2013

This rising freshman found himself a bit in awe as the games
got underway but quickly warmed to what was happening around him. Clack has a
nice mid-range shot that will get better with more practice and experience. He
hustled up and down the court the entire day.

 

137. Taylor Akers
(CPA) 5'11 PG 2012

Young man plays at an aggressive tempo and is improving at
rapid speeds. A leader from the point guard position, Akers controls the game
tempo, looks for the open man, and leads the break with the outlet or the ball.
His outside stroke needs some tweaking but has improved since last season.

 

138. Kailen Melton (Livingston Academy) 6'0 PG 2011

Good size and gave a lot of effort but had trouble adjusting
to the all out chaos of some of the games. Shot the ball effectively when open
and played better in the half court sets where he understood how to get open
and rely on his ball-handlers to find him for shots.

 

139. Collin McMullin
(Harpeth) 5'9 SG 2011

Youngster has a very nice outside stroke and moved well
without the ball. He grabs some timely rebounds and made some nice passes. He
wanted to dribble the ball a bit too much and created turnovers for no reason.

 

140. Thomas Richard
(CPA) 6'1 WF 2014

Lest we not forget he is a rising 8th grader and
has a very bright future on his hands. Richard can shoot, runs the floor
aggressively, plays with athleticism and is addition strength and confidence
away from being a big time player in this state for years to come.

 

Vanderbilt Showcase: The Big Ten

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Now let's get down to the Big Ten. Teams included in the review
are Indiana (81-90), Illinois
(91-100), Michigan (101-110) and Ohio State
(111-120).

 

 

Indiana 81-90 (Red)

 

81. Bubba Clifton
(Summertown) 5'10 PG 2011

Intangibles are the keys word when describing this hard
nosed competitor. He is a consummate team player from distributing on offense
to taking charges on defense, his game is team first and his leadership skills
are off the charts. I would like to see him progressing offensively becoming
more consistent with his shooting and looking to score a little more.

 

84. Quntavious
Johnson (Christian Community) 6'1 SG 2010

Q proved to be one of the pleasant surprises of the camp
with his toughness, strength and all out hustle and stature. A man among boys
physically he was able to maneuver himself for tough rebounds and scoring
inside despite only being 6'1. I loved his short pull-up off the glass jumper.
His outside deep shooting will need some tweaking but he was a pleasure to
observe.

 

86. Chris Dansby (Overton)
6'3 WF 2011

Here was another pleasant surprise with his size and
aggressive nature to the glass. He showed a good outside stroke that just needs
to have its release a bit quickened. He was able to absorb contact to the glass
but would like to see him finish more of these drives. As he adds confidence to
his game, with his size and aggressive nature he could be one to watch for the
next few seasons.

 

87. Alex Thomas
(Ensworth) 5'11 PG 2011

Fundamentally sound player who boxes out on both ends and
gets his hands in the passing lanes on defense. A capable outside shooter who
gets nice air under his shot, his release will need to be faster but it's
accurate and he made some tough finishes off the dribble.

 

88. Jeff Hamilton (McGavock)
5'10 WF 2010

This strong defender showed an aggressive side when guarding
in the post despite being undersized most of the time. Offensively he also
showed some nice quick moves in the post but will need to finish those tough moves.

 

89. Justin Davenport
(Cannon County) 5'6 PG 2011

One of the better shooters in the event with nice range and
a picture perfect follow through. His small stature limits his effectiveness
inside but he makes up for this with a toughness and determination. He needs to
use his deft outside stroke and add some one and two dribble pull-ups to his
arsenal.

 

90. Jalen Lindsey
(CPA) 6'5 WF 2014

Watching him run and play you know your looking at something
special for the future. His size and athleticism make him special but as he
grows and learns the fundamentals he could be big time. Jalen was fundamental
at the showcase boxing out and sealing nicely on the post-up. His shooting is
coming around and his aggressiveness will grow as his body becomes stronger.

 

 

 

 

Illinois (91-100) Navy

 

91. E.J. Miller (USJ)
6'1 PG 2011

E.J. is still rounding into basketball shape after some
injuries during the off-season. Played his role as team leader is simply his
forte, he made clear decisions with the ball, always finding the open man, and that's
not an easy task at a camp where everyone is looking to score. When his number
came up to score he was very aggressive to the bucket and always has that nice
stroke.

 

92. Marcus Richardson
(West Creek) 6'0 PG 2010

Lead guard who showed he could execute some offense in the
half court and was especially tough when guarding his man straight up on the
defensive side of the ball. His offensive game needs more work, especially in
his shooting but his effort was there throughout.

 

93. Dominic Ratliff (Hardin Valley)
5'11 SG 2010

Dom is a good shooter with a nice lefty stroke but his game
lacks confidence. He has room for growth, but he can handle, is a good defender
and again shoots well. He struggled a bit with the post entry aspect but that
comes with repetition and gym work.

 

95. Rajdeep Bal
(Centennial) 6'6 WF 2011

He seemed much more comfortable inside that on the wing so
not sure about his position. He did shoot the three but showed flashes of
potential inside with some shot blocking and nice high post entry. He has good
length but his lack of strength will continue to hurt him unless addressed. He
posted up on offense with effectiveness, also.

 

96. Kenneth Drew
(Ensworth) 5'9 SG 2013

Young man showed some serious aggressiveness on defense and
was always looking to grab the loose ball. His offensive confidence looks to be
lacking as of yet, but he made some nice passes to potential cutters, so his
game is there, seize it young fellow.

 

97. Dillon Bean (Cornersville)
5'10 PG 2012

Rising sophomore showed the camp he could shoot when left
open but still needs to add strength in order to be more effective as a
defender and an offensive threat. He has a good basketball IQ, seeing the floor
and finding open shooters for easy opportunities.

 

98. Montrae Williams
(Spring Hill) 6'2 SG 2012

Youngster seemed to play a bit out of character at first
wanting to show he could score and got away from his effectiveness as a facilitator
and leader. Has the ability to play both guard spots and has some offensive
game but needs to let the game come to him.

 

99. Cameron Lewis
(Overton) 6'1 WF 2011

Just from my observations, Overton has some talented young,
athletic, long guards. Lewis is another in this line, finishing at the rim with
either hand, plus being very active on the both ends of the floor. Very
aggressive to the bucket he can become more effective with an improved outside
shot to make him more versatile.

 

100. Cole Harrison
(BGA) 6'9 C 2013

Rising freshman big man came to camp nursing some summer
injuries and wanting to get in better shape for the upcoming season. He has
some gifts to work with, boxes out well but will needs to strengthen his hands
and foot work ability. Once he gets some confidence he will be a productive
player.

 

 

 

Michigan (101-110) Purple

 

101. Evan Forhetz
(Ravenwood) 5'9 PG 2011

Man is he fun to watch. A bundle of energy and an aggressive
nature that belies his size, give him an edge.  A pass first point guard who can simply stroke
the outside shot and goes all out to the glass for tough finishes in crowds. He
defends like an animal and makes his opponent dread his presence, very cool.

 

102. Jonathan Porter
(Eagleville) 5'10 PG 2010

Solid guards seem to live in the Eagleville program and
Porter is next in line. A good shooter despite its flat-footed release, he also
showed a nice runner which is a very effective weapon for any small guard. He
ran the floor and seized his opportunities. Ball-handling was adequate but
could use some tightening.

 

103. Killen Middleton
(MTCS) 6'2 SG 2010

He is an extraordinary shooter with a textbook release and
finish. He battled inside with the big boys for rebounds and is a good position
defender. He will need to tighten his ball skills which will help his dynamite
shooting stroke only that much more.

 

104. Demarius Smith
(Kenwood) 6'4 SG 2010

If there was a better run and jump athlete in the gym on
Saturday he was wearing Vanderbilt gold and black. D.D. plays with an aggressive
effort and got on the floor for loose balls. He explodes to the bucket and has
improved his handles to the point he may be able to run some point in the
future. Outside shot still a work in progress but getting better.

 

105. Jake Richardson
(Lawrence County) 6'4 PF 2011

A better athlete than expected with a nice stroke on his outside
shot. He had good size and was active on the glass and effective in the post
entry game. His skill level will continue to grow as he spends more time in the
gym refining his post moves and other scoring options.

 

106. LaCord Crawford
(Cornersville) 5'8 PG 2012

Rising sophomore is a small guard but never backed down and
gave maximum effort while he was on the floor. To become more effective he will
need to expand his offensive game and work on his decision making and
ball-handling.

 

107. Ryan Yeates (Liberty Tech) 5'9 PG 2011

This Liberty
prospect put on a show after some initial hardship and proved he could be a
huge cog in the Crusaders machine. Scoring on floaters and short jumpers,
Yeates provided good dribble penetration and often found the cutter for easy
hoops. Despite his size he is a very aggressive defender.

 

108. Roshod Carter (Oakland) 5'11 PG 2012

Aggressive youngster never backed down from his older and
stronger peers and showed he has a bright future as a lead guard. He was very
good on the boards despite his lack of height and used his aggression to power
in some buckets.

 

109. Jacob Lloyd
(Westview) 6'0 SG 2011

Deft lefty stroke continues to be his calling card and an
improved game off the dribble is his focus as of late. He showed some nice
tough drives to the bucket with strong finishes. He plays hard and is tough on
defense which has always been one of his strong points. Working on his
ball-handling and decision making will be vital for his growth.

 

110. Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy) 6'5 PF 2013

Hog-eyes newest big man showed a very nice range for an
interior player and a good feel for the game despite never having suited up in
high school till this week. He will need to work on his post skills, catching
the ball and adding a left hand to make his short mid-range a serious weapon.
Love his potential.

 

 

 

Ohio State (111-120) Gold

 

111. Keenan Froedden
(Sycamore) 5'7 PG 2011

He is the quintessential point guard and leader from his
position that always looks for the open man and sets the table with his strong
on ball defense. A very capable outside shooter who will look to add this
weapon to make him more complete. He has a tendency to penetrate to deep and
doesn't have the size to rescue him from potential turnovers.

 

113. Fred Lee (Maplewood) 6'0 PG 2010

The Nashville
senior played smart and tough in some games but a bit erratic in others. He is
capable of being a very good player and possesses leadership skills that he is
completely unaware of. Good shooter and can take his defender off the dribble
with ease. His focus is what he needs to work on as he enters his senior
campaign. He can and will do it, I have the utmost confidence in him.

 

114. Skylar Sims (CPA)
6'2 SG 2011

His transformation into a scoring option and more than
capable offensive threat is nothing short of amazing. Hard work and dedication
pay off again and the lefty combo guard is a consistent outside shot away from
getting his school paid for. Aggressive defensively which accounts for a lot of
his scoring on steals and deflections.

 

115. Will Walker (Oakland)
6'2 WF 2010

One of the better straight athletes in the entire event, Walker has some
basketball skills but refining them is his mission this season. He can score
with relentless offensive effort and a nice short game finish. His decision
making with the ball is suspect and he tends to force the issue at times with entirely
too much dribble. A potential low post beast even at his size, new high school
mentor is a post specialist.

 

116. Christopher
Greer (Antioch)
6'4 PF 2010

Rising senior showed an aggressive nature and blocked shots
and grabbed tough boards on both ends of the floor. Showed a strong post-up
game and finished inside. Has good length but needs to work on some perimeter
skills for the next level. Ball-handling and a consistent outside shot.

 

117. Justin Walton
(Creek Wood) 6'1 SG 2010

Determined rising senior has a very nice shooting stroke
from deep and plays hard on defense. Large frame will give him some nice inside
opportunities on the high school level this season.

 

118. Asa Duvall (Brentwood Academy) 6'1 SG 2013

The ace of Brentwood did
nothing to disappoint and proved to be a very capable outside shooter.
Fearless, despite never having played a high school game, Duvall dropped some
floaters and a sweet one and two dribble pull-up. He has good size and once he
learns to play defense he could be very devastating. Loved him.

 

119. Cole Robinson
(Blackman) 6'4 WF 2011

Improving junior showed a nice ability to hit the open man
and has some very good passing skills. He has improved his outside shooting but
still needs to quicken his release. Fought hard on the boards and is getting in
better basketball shape.

 

120. Chase Winslow
(USJ) 6'2 SG 2012

Improving his overall skills as he understands the game with
a very good basketball IQ. His outside shot is solid and he ran the floor well
at the showcase. Adding more options to his offensive game especially off the
dribble will make his outside stroke more effective and give him more scoring
opportunities.

 

 

 

Vanderbilt Showcase: The Big East

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Sorry for the delay, many things are happening in the world
of high school hoops. Let's move on with the Big East. Look for the Big Ten and
ACC probably on Saturday.

 

 

UConn 41-50 (Royal
Blue)

 

41. Jack Montague (Brentwood) 5'11 PG 2012

"The Natural" is as steady on the floor as a poised surgeon
preparing for surgery. Off the charts basketball IQ and a team first mentality
make him one of the true rising stars in this class, statewide. Improving deep
shooter and confident mid-range artist, Jack can defend and plays in straight
lines, no wasted motion, very impressive.

 

42. Aaron Hyndman (Creek
Wood) 6'7 C 2010

Functional big man played with inspired effort and proved to
be most effective, as most big men are, in the more controlled games. He will
expand his skills with more gym time because he plays hard while on the floor.
Improved skill and foot work make him a candidate for the next level.

 

43. Craig Bradshaw
(Greenbrier) 6'3 SG 2012

Heady and gifted, "The Professor" is one hard charging dude,
always active and going hard to the front of the rim and finishing with
contact. So intense on defense he creates offense with steals, deflections and
understanding switches and creating havoc in the passing lanes. His outside
game is coming along and as he improves his dribble drive and pop, his stock is
on a meteoric rise towards the top.

 

44. Teraes Clemmons (Mt. Juliet)
6'5 WF 2010

Very few players at the showcase could match up with his
size and skill level. Wanted to take the ball the length of floor and score at
times, showing he could play some guard, but was much more effective using his
size to drive from the wing and finish or drop his nice lefty stroke from the
baseline. He played very hard on defense never giving an inch.

 

45. Henry Brooks
(McGavock) 6'1 SG 2011

His forte is defense and he plays with gusto and
abandonment, guarding all over the court. The offensive game is coming along
and he scores off cuts to the bucket and being active. Improving his
ball-handling and shooting skills will allow him to become a more rounded
player.

 

47. Joseph McMahon
(Cornersville) 5'10 SG 2013

Physically overmatched but showed some gumption and never
backed down which is what we look for in the younger players. Had a nice
outside shot which will get better as he gains confidence and strength.

 

48. Danny McGrath (Brentwood Academy) 6'2 PG 2013

I loved the demeanor of this young guy on the floor; he
played with confidence and showed he would not back down from the older kids.
Played hard but seemed a bit reluctant on offense which is natural as he proves
himself to the elders. Lefty stroke is capable. I liked his effort.

 

49. Austin Moore (Smyrna) 6'2 SG 2011

A solid shooter when open he needs to be more aggressive on
the offensive side of the floor. Good length allowed him to be solid on
defense.

 

50. Caymon Dial
(LaVergne) 6'5 WF 2012

A very good athlete who can run and jump all day, is not all
that defines this youngster. Exceptional rebounder with his leaping ability and
a nice outlet passer after the board, his offensive game is coming along. He
has a nice shot and goes hard to the bucket but still must finish some of those
tremendous forays to the glass.

 

 

 

Louisville 51-60 (Kelly Green)

 

51. Hollis Edwards
(McGavock) 5'10 PG 2010

Edwards understands his role as team leader and the quarterback
of the offense. He plays a smart game and will make you pay if you underestimate
his offensive ability. Not a strong scorer but does enough to keep opposing
defenders honest and can drop the mid-range when he's feeling it.

 

52. Emmanuel Andrews
(Shelbyville) 5'10 SG 2010

Active, tough the same adjectives we have used for years on
E-Man still apply to his game. He is a scorer, plain and simple, he believes
its incumbent upon him to score the ball and help his team win. Shot selection
can be questioned at times but effort cannot, especially on the defensive end
where he is always looking to pilfer a pass or strip a hapless defender for an
easy two.

 

54. John Ross Glover
(USJ) 6'4 WF 2012

Love to watch him play, his game tempo is so steady and he
can score in so many ways it's unbelievable. He can score off the dribble with
a nice pull up or from deep with a fundamental stroke, grabs tough boards and
convert and is quite comfortable with his back to the basket or facing up on
the wing. Versatility is what has made him grow and what keeps him in the
spotlight.

 

55. Jared Wright
(Summertown) 6'5 PF/C 2011

Surprised with his ability to score when the game was in the
half court mode and he was matched in the post. He moves ok without the ball and
showed good hands on some questionable "entry" passes. I believe he will have a
good season.

 

56. Cody Bybee (Creek
Wood) 5'9 PG 2011

Strength kept him from doing what he wanted with the ball
but he was active and played solid defense. He could see the play materialize
but often waited to long for it to develop and then the action passed him up.

 

57. Kyle Carter (Smyrna) 5'8 PG 2011

Kyle was very impressive in the drills and a nice court
demeanor as well. Small in stature but capable on the court, he will need to
work on the post entry but he had a feel for the game that was obvious when
observing his action on the court.

 

58. Devin Robinson
(Ravenwood) 5'10 PG 2012

Has a high level of basketball IQ and understands what is
expected from his position when he is on the floor. Offensively he will grow as
he gains confidence and overall strength, I caution him about pounding the ball
entirely too much, be the lead guard and make things happen, he is more than
capable.

 

59. John Paul Liederbach
(Ravenwood) 6'5 PF 2012

A big youngster with good size who moved well on offense,
but is still learning his way on the defensive side of the ball. He spent a lot
of time around the perimeter, which will be ok, but establish the inside
presence then expand the game as you mature.

 

60. Clay Barnes (Santa Fe) 6'2 PF 2012

Thick youngster showed a consistent short shot when open. He
will need to get in better shape basketball wise and get some lift on his shot
to incorporate more consistency.

 

 

Cincinnati 61-70 (Kelly Green)

 

61. Charles Hogan (Oakland) 5'8 PG 2011

Plays a very aggressive style on both ends of the floor but
will need to become a better ball handler to run the point at this level. He
showed some offensive confidence and made some shots but forced a few which
ties into decision making from the lead guard spot.

 

62. DeBrell McLemore
(Franklin) 5'11
PG 2010

A brilliant first step and good handles give Big Mac the
chance to score at any time on any possession. Has a nice and consistent jumper
but will have to make some transition into the role of point guard as he
becomes the leader of his squad. He can do it.

 

64. Xavier Darden
(Creek Wood) 6'0 PG 2010

X plays with effort which is always a plus on either side of
the ball and has the ability to score if the need calls for that. He has a good
outside shot and will push the ball up the floor looking for the open man like
a true point guard should.

 

65. Isaiah Harrison (Hillsboro) 6'7 PF 2011

Harrison has made massive
strides in his development in a very short time. He showed some solid post
moves on the block and using some new spins into the lane, he must finish
better, but is advancing nicely. Strength and confidence take him to the next level.

 

66. Joey Macourek
(Powell) 5'9 PG 2012

Before one his games he told me I'm taking the big guy and
the look in his eyes told me he would do it. Improving every time on the floor,
Joey has added a lot of upper body strength and its shows as he finishes around
the rim better off the drive. Improving his stroke and ball skills is next on
the agenda.

 

67. Greg Brooks (Cane
Ridge) 5'9 PG 2013

Has grasped the role of point guard and as he gets bigger
and stronger will expound on this notion. Brooks looks to pass first, finds the
open man, goes hard and can finish at the rim. His ball-handling needs
tightening and becoming more of an offensive threat as he grows older.

 

69. Tanner Newton
(Harpeth) 5'9 PG 2013

Fearless and understands the game at this youthful juncture
in his playing life. Not afraid to box out bigger and stronger guys, plays
tough and doesn't force shots; he's already on his way. Decent shooter will
grow offensively as he gains strength.

 

70. Jordan Cash (Independence) 6'1 SG 2012

Good size for a youngster and a solid feel for the flow and
tempo of the game. Cash can score and shoots the ball effectively. He runs the
floor going hard to the bucket as well.

 

 

 

Villanova 71-80
(Purple)

 

71. Antwan Vanlier
(Hunter's Lane) 6'0 PG 2010

Played well at the showcase showing he could shoot, but
tends to be flat footed on his misses. He has good vision and will give it up
to the open man but at times will force the issue and make a questionable decision.
Working on his left hand and going that direction will increase his
productivity. Good senior year awaits him for sure.

 

72. Zavion Williams (West
Creek) 5'10 PG 2011

Z plays so hard he can become out of control at times but
his tempo is what separates him from the pack. Excessively quick and hard
nosed, Williams will crash the boards and convert easy buckets, then make a
spectacular pass for an easy score.

 

73. Jonathan Fields
(White's Creek) 6'3 SG 2010

Thin athlete is playing with a great deal of confidence
right now and he is primed for a breakout senior campaign this season. Fields
can score from the outside with an unorthodox but effective shot and can use
his length to finish at the rim. Plays hard defense and is an exceptional
student.

 

74. Dillon Stinnett (Marshall County) 6'3 SG 2011

Nice outside stroke and moved well without the ball, gave
Stinnett some scoring opportunities in the games. He went hard to glass off the
dribble and used his length to show he was an opportunistic defender.

 

75. Vincent Dotson
(Creek Wood) 6'5 PF 2010

Vinnie showed a massive improvement in his foot work and
explosion at the showcase. He had numerous drop step dunks and grabbed every
carom on both ends of the floor, often resulting in an additional flush on his
unsuspecting defender. Blocked a few shots, like always, I think he's a huge
sleeper out there for someone to snatch up..and now.

 

76. Cornelius Elder
(Ensworth) 5'9 PG 2013

Exceptional point guard mentality for one so youthful. Elder
sees the floor and uses his ultra quickness to make his teammates better and
very appreciative as they run the floor and are rewarded for their efforts with
a nice dish for an easy score. He can score offensively and as he gets bigger
and stronger the sky is the limit.

 

77. Edward Lightford
(Smyrna) 5'8 PG
2011

Small youngster showed a nice feel for the lead guard spot
with some unselfish passing and under control tempo implementation. Defensively
got his hands in the passing lanes and gave effort continuously.

 

78. Devin McClain
(Goodpasture) 5'10 SG 2012

Nice early skill set for a determined youngster. Plays with
a very active style and is a very good on-ball defender, which was rare to say
the least. Skilled offensively he could be a name we need to archive for the
future.

 

79. Seth Wright (Summertown)
6'1 PF 2013

Wright will be a big kid when he's done growing and the experiences
he's learned here will prepare him for his upcoming role as inside presence. He
played a bit reluctant at times not sure of himself but understandable more so
from the young post guys than from the young guards.

 

80. Will Downey (Ensworth) 6'0 SG
2012

A capable offensive scorer showed a good shot and used his
box out fundamentals to get him some easy stick backs on the offensive glass.
His skill level will need to be refined to be more effective on the perimeter
and from the wing off the bounce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanderbilt Showcase: The SEC

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This is the first of the reviews from the Vanderbilt
showcase. Today we will tackle the SEC, which consisted of four teams; Tennessee (1-10), Mississippi
State (11-20), Florida (21-30) and Vanderbilt (31-40).

 

Tennessee 1-10 (Orange)

 

1. Donteal Wright (Summertown)
5'7 PG 2010

Has good handles and plays hard on the defensive side of the
floor. He can take the ball to the hoop but as a point will need to make better
decisions with the ball.

 

2. Britt Headden (Franklin Classical) 6'2
WF 2012

Youngster has good length and is not afraid on the court. As
with most his age will grow with strength and confidence. Can score but must
play faster to compete with stronger athletes.

 

3. Christian Little
(McGavock) 6'3 SG 2010

Smooth operator has good lift on his jumper and explosive
hops on the break. Playing with a great deal of confidence and seems primed for
a very good senior campaign. Improving his handles and adding some mid-range
pull-ups will make him dangerous for the next level.

 

4. Devonte Brooks
(McGavock) 5'8 PG 2010

Controls the ball from his point guard spot and is a capable
scorer. He must learn a good from a bad shot and as a lead guard make better
decisions with the ball and with his shot.

 

6. Braxton Bonds
(CPA) 5'2 PG 2014

One of the objectives of having the younger players is to
see their reaction against the older, stronger boys. This one never gave in; he
made some shots from the outside, had some sweet dimes and never showed an
ounce of fear. He has off the charts basketball IQ for his age and will be
deadly when his size and strength finally come through.

 

7. Trey McPherson (Macon County)
5'7 PG 2013

Has a decent outside shot and attempted to go the bucket but
was thwarted by the bigger sized inside players. We love the fact he did not
seem intimidated and gave maximum effort while he was on the court. Strength is
an issue as with most this age.

 

8. Christian Haile
(Shelbyville) 6'1 WF 2012

Has improved the form and lift on his jump shot
dramatically. He is still a very capable defender with his length and effort
but still needs to work on his ball-handling skills to make the move to the two
guard in the future. Crashed the boards hard for numerous easy put backs.

 

10. Ethan Hurt
(Harpeth) 6'0 SG 2013

Youngster ran the court well and gave effort on the
defensive end yet still lacks confidence, understandable as he has never played
in a high school game. He never backed down from the physicality of the older
players and that speaks volumes.

 

 

Mississippi State 11-20 (Maroon)

 

11. Darius Rhodes (Oakland) 5'9 PG 2010

Small guard has good vision, understands the game and plays
unselfish from the lead guard spot. Well schooled on the post entry and cuts
well after making the pass. He tends to make the fancy pass when the easy one
would suffice.

 

12. Eli Matthews
(Summertown) 5'9 SG 2011

He was constant motion and a bundle of energy as he ran all
over the court on the both ends of the floor, knocking down the outside shot
when he was open. Improving his game off the bounce and finding more ways to score
makes him more dangerous.

 

14. JuJuan Williams (Knoxville West) 6'4 WF
2011

He has all the tools when he comes to play on a consistent
basis. He can stroke the deep shot, has incredible rise and can handle. His
reaction to adversity will be a huge factor on his continued development. He's
heading in the right direction.

 

15. Hunter Daniels (Rhea County)
6'5 C 2011

A solid inside player who can board and score in the low
post and has good hands. He will need to refine a go to move to offset the more
athletic defenders that seemed to give him some trouble at times. His effort
was good. Foot work needs improvement.

 

16. Barry Mayes (Marshall County) 5'6 PG 2013

Came in and did a good job of controlling tempo, a trait
rare for his age group. His outside shot was adequate but needs some mechanical
tweaking. As his confidence grows so will his offensive game, which is limited
to the outside shot right now.

 

17. Amol Kaushal
(MBA) 5'11 SG 2013

Played with a nice tempo and found ways to score. He will
need to work on his footwork and lateral speed but his game has an under
control quality and he is a surprisingly good passer from the wing.

 

18. Odgra Bobo (Liberty Tech) 6'0 SG 2011

Has above average athletic skills and can run and jump all
day long. He tended to force the issue on many occasions instead of letting the
game come to him and allowing him to use his natural gifts.

 

19. Aaron Wheeler (Morristown East) 6'2 SG
2012

Must improve his foot speed yet he found numerous creative
ways to score. Decent size and a very capable passer from the high post, his confidence
level will allow him to continue to improve and become a good player on the
high school level.

 

20. Logan
Ramsey (Livingston
Academy) 6'8 C 2012

Much improved inside scorer and rebounder. Still lacking
strength but has gotten stronger which was evident on some tough finishes
through some unsuspecting defenders. Ran the floor well and gave a sound
post-up target for his guards.

 

 

Florida 21-30 (Black)

 

22. Chase Argo (Lancaster Christian) 5'11
SG 2011

He played much better during the controlled games which are
standard for players who prefer the half-court set. He also showed a capable
outside shot that just needs to be released much quicker and improve his foot
work that will help his defensive game immensely.

 

23. James Cox (Brentwood) 6'2 SG 2011

Good size allows him to have numerous avenues to score the
ball. He can score from the perimeter and has a decent floater in the lane; he
also has a knack for grabbing offensive boards and converting. Improving his
defensive effort makes him that much more attractive to coaches.

 

24. Isaac Harris
(FCA) 6'2 WF 2012

Rising sophomore showed great vision when driving to the
hoop and found ways to put the ball in the basket. He has a very capable
outside shot and his length allows him to be very active on the defensive end.

 

25. Andre Brown (Clarksville Northwest)
6'5 WF 2011

This long talent has all the tools to be a major player on
the next level. He can stroke from deep and with his lefty gait can score off
the dribble and is relentless on the glass, getting bunches of put backs on the
offensive end. He played down to the competition early but some positive
encouragement made him realize he should take no prisons.

 

26. Connor Brandon
(Wilson Central) 5'8 PG 2012

If there was a better three point shooter in the event then I
missed it because this little dude was lighting things on fire. Every shot was
on point as he moved around the perimeter finding the open spot and earned the
confidence of his teammates to give him the shot. As he adds strength and more
to his offensive arsenal he could be a specialist.

 

27. Mariel Nicholson
(Marshall County) 5'10 WF 2013

Incoming freshman showed no signs of fear and made the most
of his minutes on the floor. He has good vision when on the wing looking for
opportunistic cutters and has the ability to score when needed.

 

28. Trey Wallace (Hendersonville) 5'8 PG
2013

Very quick and showed absolutely no fear as he took most of
his defenders off the dribble but lacked the size to make the play he had in
mind. He had the right idea in mind but his lack of physical size kept him from
making the play. Decision making will need to improve from the lead guard spot,
which shouldn't be an issue as he gets stronger.

 

29. Kiont Jones
(Spring Hill) 6'1 SG 2012

Impressed right off the bat by taking one of the few charges
we saw the entire day. Defense is his forte and he takes his challenge
seriously. Offensively he showed some good passing skills and as he gains
confidence will look to score more.

 

30. Ben Wankel (Smyrna) 6'7 C 2012

We did not get to see much of him as he injured his ankle
early and had to ice it from the sidelines. He had good size but will need to
get in better basketball shape to be more effective.

 

 

Vanderbilt 31-40
(Gold)

 

31. Bre Hughes (Hillsboro) 5'10 PG 2011

A tough point guard with a stout build who has a desire to
make the players around him better. Has the ability to score from mid-range but
must become a more potent offensive weapon off the dribble. Often makes things
too difficult when the more obvious pass or shot would suffice.

 

32. Cody Ruehlen (Cannon County)
6'1 SG 2011

Good shooter who seemed more comfortable in the half-court
games when the ball was moving around the perimeter and the tempo was slower.
Plays with an aggressive style and does not give up on plays.

 

33. Justin Perry
(Overton) 6'3 SG 2011

Very proud of the way Justin played on Saturday. He showed
he could be a major factor in a game without scoring a basket which he did with
a bundle of assists. He shot the ball well in all the games and used his length
and smooth game to shine in the half court sets.

 

34. Domineek Deveaux
(West Creek) WF 2010

Rising senior was in his element when the game was at a
turbo tempo using his athletic skills and size to convert buckets. He ran the
floor with abandon and often scored using his length to create opportunities.
He was more subdued in the half court offense unsure of his role in the
offense.  

 

35. Seth Jarrell
(Shelbyville) 6'5 C 2011

He has made major strides improving his strength and confidence
on the interior with some bruising scores and tough out of his area caroms. Very
good hands allow him to make tough catches and finish on bad entry possessions
also added a nice mid-range shot to his burgeoning offensive arsenal.

 

36. Nilan Hodge (USN)
5'11 PG 2012

Played very hard on the defensive end of the floor and
showed a much improved offensive attack from the outside and the interior. He
finished at the rim with both hands but tended to drift slightly on his jump
shot. Adding more lead guard skills will help him grow in the future.

 

37. Joshua Erickson
(DCA) 5'9 PG 2012

Very impressed with the array of things this youngster
brought to the table. He displayed very good vision, played unselfish, was very
quick and defended with abandon. He liked to make the fancy pass but had a few
too many turnovers with careless ball-handling.

 

39. Sam Curtis (Summertown)
6'4 PF 2012

Good sized youngster was a bit overwhelmed with the speed of
the game but had some moments in the controlled games that flashed some
potential. He has good physical strength yet just lacks confidence which is
natural for his age group.