Eddie Ford’s Kentucky Hoopfest 2011 Scouting Reports

By James Blackburn

Eddie Ford's Kentucky Hoopfest

Day 1

Louisville Storm

Miles Rice (PG/SG, 5’10”, 2013)

Trinity HS, KY

Good Defender- active hands, talks, cuts off driving lanes, gets a hand up in shooters face. Boxes out and rebounds well for a guard. Hit a 3 early in the game showing off his range. Good and willing passer. Has a good pull-up. Had an And 1 finish over a 7 footer in 2nd half. Somewhat passive on the offensive end. Northwestern has expressed interest in him.

Minnesota Select

Carson Shanks (C, 7’1”, 2013)

Prior Lake HS, MN

Soft touch, long, Good shooter out to about 18’. Good passer out of post. Needs to be more active. Slow getting up and down the court. Wisconsin, Arizona, and Cal have taken notice in Carson.

Southwest Illinois Jets Blue

Justin Thomas (SG, 6’3”, 2013)

Whitfield School, MO

Long and lanky. Good shooter with 3pt range. Gets good elevation on jump shot. Needs to improve dribbling drills, but once he gets to the lane he gets to the FT line and converts at a high rate. Has an effective floater in his arsenal. His AAU coach said that several schools have already taken notice.

Day 2

Indiana Elite

Mark Donnal ( PF, 6’9”, 2013)

Anthony Wayne HS, OH

Rebounds the ball well and chins/protects it. Can extend the court with his 3 point shooting ability. An opposing teams matchup nightmare because of his size, strength, athleticism, shooting and dribbling abilities. On way particular play, he rebounded the ball, dribbled the length of the floor and dunked the ball going right with his left hand. He has a verbal commitment to Michigan.

Common Bond

Reece Dills (PG, 5’11”, 2013)

Saline HS, MI

Poised, under control, and a leader on the floor. Can create for himself and for others around him. Good P/R player- If you go under the screen he will hit the jump shot, if you go over he will turn the corner and either score or find the open guy. Great shooter off the catch and off the bounce. Capable of putting up big numbers on the offensive end. Good defender. Several schools have started to take notice. Made over 50 3 pointers this past season for his school while he averaged over 13 ppg.

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