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.