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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.