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ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected 14 outstanding players as finalists for the 2015 Oscar Robertson Trophy, as selected by the association’s board of directors.

Oscar Robertson TrophyThe award is to be presented to the national player of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award and the Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually the week after the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Four players from four different Atlantic Coast Conference schools headline the list along with Gonzaga teammates Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer. Two of the selections, Wiltjer and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, have been recognized as Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week this season. This past week, Wiltjer won the award for the second time.

Overall, seven conferences are represented and among the finalists are five seniors, six juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen.

Following is the complete list of finalists:

2015 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY FINALISTS (14)
Pos. No. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
G 31 Ron Baker, Wichita State 6-4 220 Jr. Scott City, Kan.
G 15 Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia 6-5 215 Jr. Atlanta, Ga.
F 15 Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky 7-0 240 Jr. Olathe, Kan.
F 25 Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse 6-9 250 Jr. Phildelphia, Pa.
G 22 Jerian Grant, Notre Dame 6-5 204 Sr. Bowie, Md.
F 44 Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin 7-0 242 Sr. Lisle, Ill.
F 31 Georges Niang, Iowa State 6-8 230 Jr. Methuen, Mass.
C 15 Jahlil Okafor, Duke 6-11 270 Fr. Chicago, Ill.
G 4 Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga 6-2 182 Sr. Holland Landing, Ont.
F 10 Bobby Portis, Arkansas 6-11 242 So. Little Rock, Ark.
G 0 D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State 6-5 180 Fr. Louisville, Ky.
F 10 Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa 6-8 240 Sr. Sheffield, Iowa
F 33 Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga 6-10 240 Jr. Portland, Ore.
G 55 Delon Wright, Utah 6-5 190 Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
By conference: ACC (4); Big Ten (2); Missouri Valley (2); SEC (2); West Coast (2); Big 12 (1); Pac-12 (1).
By class: Seniors (5); Juniors (6); Sophomores (1); Freshmen (2).

While these standout players are the leading contenders to be named to the USBWA’s All-America Team, all Division I players remain eligible for postseason honors from the USBWA. The association will announce its 2015 All-America Team in mid-March. Ballots for this season’s USBWA men’s honors will be distributed to the entire membership on Mon., March 2.

Tickets and sponsorship information for the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards are available atcollegebasketballawards.com or by contacting Scott Hill (405-749-1515, scott.hill@access-sports.net). The April 14 banquet will also honor Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim as the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award.

Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

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Oscar Robertson Trophy

Freshman Report: Marial Shayok (Virginia)

By James Blackburn

Game Scouted: Wake Forest vs Virginia

Virginia wins 70-34

Box Score

http://www.wakeforestsports.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2014-2015/wf022515.html

Marial Shayok (G, 6’6″, FR)

Stats

26 min, 3-8 FG, 1-2 3 pt, 5 reb, 4 assists, 1 blk, 2 steals, 1 TO, 7 TP

Strengths

Marial has good size for his position which I would say he is more of a combo guard at this stage. Poised guard who doesn’t try to do too much. Good ball handler for his size. Makes good decisions and is a solid passer. I could see him making the transition to playing more on the ball then off the ball in the future.
Lacks great 1st step quickness, but changes well to make up for that- still able to get to paint.
Drives to rim and gets to paint with the idea of setting up teammates for easy shots. Also understands how to get open off the ball coming off of screens.
Can hit the corner 3, but release is a little slow, and he doesnt get great rotation or arc on ball- but can hit set 3’s at a consistent rate (shooting close to 40% on the season while putting up about 1.5 a game).
I can see him becoming a lockdown on ball defender with his activity, energy, and length. Fights over top of screens and makes plays on this end. Already one of the best on-ball defenders for his position and class I have seen this year.
Has a high ceiling and is aggressive.

Weaknesses

While Shayok has good size for the guard position, he doesnt posses much quickness and this can hurt him when matched up with quicker defenders. He lacks a go-to scoring move and his jump shot off the dribble and on the move can be a little shaky. Shooting mechanics aren’t bad at this stage but his release is slow and he will need to improve his ability to get off quality shots on his own.

Overview

Statistically Shayok doesnt jump off the page. The Canadian guard is averaging 3.9 ppg, 2 rpg, and 1.1 asp in 15 minutes a game. But he is a high usage player who contributes in multiple ways. His shooting numbers arent terrible, other then his FT % (56%), and his TO rate is low. If he can make the full time leap to the PG position, he is an intriguing player who is definitely a player NBA teams should monitor.

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Mt. Tabor High School Spartans Reagan High School Raiders

After a last minute scheduling change, NetCast Sports Network is broadcasting a heated rivalry boys basketball game tonight between Mt. Tabor High School and nearby Ronald Reagan High School. Both teams have solid squads and a history of deep playoff runs. As the 2014-15 season winds down, this should be a great match up.

Location: Mt. Tabor High School, Winston-Salem, NC
Time: 7:30pm
Broadcast Link: NetCastSports.com or YouTube

Mt. Tabor High School Roster
14-7 overall, 7-3 in conference

# Name Position Gr. Ht Wt
5 Naeem Razzak PG Sr. 5-10
10 Olufemi Boko PG Jr. 5-7 145
11 Cameron Robinson G, PF So. 6-4 180
12 Jeremiah Canty PF Sr. 6-3 170
15 Cayse Minor G Jr. 6-1 165
20 Cartier Wilks PF So. 6-4 170
21 Charles Terry W So. 6-2 180
24 Jay Mccorkle PG Jr. 6-1 167
24 Marcus Wesley W Jr. 6-3 175
30 Jeremiah Canty F Sr. 6-3 170
33 Amir Henry SF, PF Jr. 6-3 170
44 Tommy Sokolosky SG, W Jr. 6-4 180
50 Nick Eller C, PF Jr. 6-5 215


Reagan High School Roster
18-3 overall, 10-0 in conference

# Name Position Gr. Ht Wt
10 Isaiah Anthony PG Jr. 5-10 175
12 JC Culbreath PG Jr. 5-9 165
14 Trey Sullivan W Jr. 6-1 170
20 Reese Overby W Sr. 5-11 175
22 Zach Hartle P Sr. 6-5 200
24 Grant Bailey PG Sr. 6-1 175
30 Justin McCluney W So. 5-10 160
32 Jackson Bryant W Jr. 6-1 175
34 Cameron Oliver W Sr. 6-2 180
40 Andrew Blake P Jr. 6-5 190
42 Alex Bailey P Sr. 6-0 200
44 Cooper Larue W So. 6-3 180
50 Jacob Hartle W Sr. 6-4 185
52 Austin Caviness P Jr. 6-4 195
54 Daylond Lindell W Jr. 5-10 175


winston-salem prep live broadcast

Live sports broadcast from Winston-Salem, NC.

UPDATE: This game has been rescheduled and will not be broadcast.
Date: February 10, 2015
Game time: 8:00 PM EST

North Stokes High School hits the road to take on a strong Winston-Salem Prep squad in one of the last games for the 2014-15 high school basketball season. As the season winds down and teams are looking ahead to the playoffs, the Winston-Salem Prep team no doubt wants to finish with a win on their home floor and get ready for another deep state title run.

This game is being broadcast live and replay on NetCastSports.com. You can also follow @NetCastSports on Twitter for more updates and game announcements.

ROSTERS



Winston-Salem Prep

# Name Position Year Height
0 KwaTre Hollingsworth G Sr. 5-11
1 Chrishawn Watson G So. 5-9
2 Josh Gould G/F So. 6-0
3 Jaland Tate G Sr. 5-9
4 Kendrick Edwards WF Jr. 6-3
5 Daivien Williamson G Fr. 5-10
10 Justice Goodloe PG Fr. 5-10
11 Zaire Williams F/C So. 6-7
14 Philip Baity G Sr. 5-8
15 C.J. McClellan G Sr. 5-10
20 Robert Neal F Sr. 6-4
21 Keeshon Patrick G Sr. 6-1
22 NeQuan Carrington F Jr. 6-4
33 D.J. Harrison F/C Sr. 6-6
23 Kevin Jones G Jr. 5-9
34 L.J. Williams F Jr. 6-3





North Stokes High School

# Name Position Year Height
2 Mason Sands SF/PF Sr. 6-6
3 Jackson Moorefield PG Jr. 5-11
4 Jarrett Slate F Jr. 6-1
5 Jordan Medeiros PG/SG Sr. 5-9
10 Logan Stevens G Jr. 6-1
12 Andrew Lankford SG Jr. 5-10
20 Chase Vaden G Jr. 5-9
22 Austin Pruitt F Fr. 6-2
24 Cole Smith G Jr. 5-11

Kendall Gray (Delaware State) basketball

By James Blackburn

Game Scouted: Delaware State @ NC A & T

Delaware State wins 67-52

Box Score

Kendall Gray (C, 6’10”, SR)

Stats

34 min, 4-7 FG, 2-2 FT, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 1 TO, 10 TP

Strengths

Terrific shot blocker who controls the paint. Gets most of his blocks from the weak-side partly because of his athleticism but mainly because of his good timing. Stays down and creates a wall until offensive player goes into his shot then he jumps for the block.

Grabs rebounds with 2 hands and controls it. Rebounds in traffic and is strong with the ball. Talks and directs traffic on the back side of the zone. Showed he could close out on shooters and move his feet.

Capable of knocking down the midrange jumper from different areas including the elbow and corner. Has a soft touch and a good looking stroke. Good FT shooter for a big man. Underrated skill level- solid passing skills and is a good shooter for a big man 15′ and in.

Solid back to the basket game. Loves to go into slide dribble moves where he can spin move, right hook, or the up and under.

Unselfish player who will pass out of the double team and then repost. Doesnt complain even when a teammate misses him.

Weaknesses

Is a mobile big man, but doesnt run the floor extremely well, he doesn’t have long strides- is more of a shuffle.

Needs to be more aggressive offensively and demand the ball- allows himself to be fronted and taken away in the post too easily.

Overview

Is currently averaging a double-double to go along with 3 blocks per contest. Skilled bigs who can also block shots and rebound are not easy to find, and that what Gray does. He should receive an invite to the Portsmouth Invitational and with a solid showing could earn an invite to the NBA Summer League.

 

 

James Blackburn has scouted all levels of basketball, including high school, college and the pros, as well as international competitions such as the FIBA World Cup. Want more scouting notes from James? Follow him on Twitter @jamesjunior21, right now!

Game Preview: First Assembly at Gaston Day

Gaston Day Derek McKnight
Derek McKnight handles most of the point guard duties for Gaston Day

Date: January 27, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Gaston Day School (Gastonia, NC)
Video Broadcast: NetCast Sports Network (LINK)

Preview: Conference leader First Assembly travels to Gaston Day School for a late season battle. While First Assembly boasts the best conference record, Gaston Day has only a single loss at home and a roster with multiple college prospects.

Players to watch

Gaston Day

Derek McKnight (PG, 6’2, 2015) – an elite crossover and an ability to beat the press with the dribble are two significant facets of McKnight’s game, but he also runs the offense effectively and finds open teammates in both the half court and on the break.

Aidan Richard (PF/C, 6’10”, 2015) – great hands and an array of post moves make Richard an offensive option in the post. Committed to Belmont Abbey, Richard can play either the center or power forward positions.

Trevor Anderson (PG, 6’1″, 2015) – strong bodied combo guard who can effectively play point but often slides to the off guard position as McKnight handles the PG duties. Anderson can shoot from deep and finish through contact; has a high motor and likes the transition game.

James Lewis (F/C, 6’8″, 2016) – Lewis has great hands and rebounding timing, patrols the lane and uses good footspeed to cover much of the baseline on both ends. Has been playing primarily at the center spot and has a bright future.

Adam Koziol (SG, 6’3″, 2015) – Koziol can pour in the points, and that’s primarily because he’s a deadly outside shooter with a great square up and release. Teams have to pay special attention to limit any open looks, but Koziol has been solid getting buckets this season.

Nate Hinton (SG, 6’4″, 2018) – Hinton adds a major spark of athleticism and awareness, a slashing player with a very bright future ahead of him. Excellent size and natural ability to work with and a good handle from the off guard or small forward spots.

First Assembly

Charles Minlend (G/F, 6’4″, 2015) – An athletic wing who can find soft spots in the defense, Minlend already boasts 12 Division I college offers and recently garnered interest from College of Charleston, Rutgers and Butler. Minlend leads the team in scoring and is an impact player.

Matt Wheet (G, 6’1″, 2015) – The second leading scorer on the team, averaging 16 points per game, Wheet provides an offensive option that gives Minland more room to operate.

Nico Payne (PF, 6’7″, 2016) – Post player who has started getting Division I college interest and should be a good matchup at the 4 spot against Gaston Day’s Aidan Richard.

Marcus Shockley has scouted high school, college and pro players for multiple outlets, and his work has appeared on major media publications including CBS Sports, EuroBasket and Slam. He also operates the Southeast Summer Showcase, which has been featured on ESPN. You can , right now.

Justin Anderson basketball Virginia

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected 17 outstanding players for its2015 Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List. Members of the association’s board of directors chose the players to be included on the list as contenders for the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

Oscar Robertson TrophyThe award is to be presented to the national player of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award and the Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Awardwill also be presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Six players from the Atlantic Coast Conference – including Justin Anderson andAnthony Gill of unbeaten Virginia – headline the list. Two other pairs of teammates are also mentioned: Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer and Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky. Top-ranked and unbeaten Kentucky is represented by Willie Cauley-Stein.

Anderson and Wiltjer have earned Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week honors this season. The watch list includes nine juniors to go with four seniors, three freshmen and one sophomore.

Following is the complete watch list:

2015 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY MIDSEASON WATCH LIST
Pos. No. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
G 1 Justin Anderson, Virginia 6-6 228 Jr. Montross, Va.
G 31 Ron Baker, Wichita State 6-4 220 Jr. Scott City, Kan.
F 15 Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky 7-0 240 Jr. Olathe, Kan.
F 15 Sam Dekker, Wisconsin 6-9 230 Jr. Sheboygan, Wis.
F 13 Anthony Gill, Virginia 6-8 230 Jr. High Point, N.C.
G 22 Jerian Grant, Notre Dame 6-5 204 Sr. Bowie, Md.
F 24 Montrezl Harrell, Louisville 6-8 240 Jr. Tarboro, N.C.
F 5 Stanley Johnson, Arizona 6-7 245 Fr. Fullerton, Calif.
F 44 Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin 7-0 242 Sr. Lisle, Ill.
F 31 Georges Niang, Iowa State 6-8 230 Jr. Methuen, Mass.
C 15 Jahlil Okafor, Duke 6-11 270 Fr. Chicago, Ill.
G 5 Marcus Paige, North Carolina 6-1 175 Jr. Marion, Iowa
G 4 Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga 6-2 182 Sr. Holland Landing, Ont.
F 10 Bobby Portis, Arkansas 6-11 242 So. Little Rock, Ark.
G 2 Melo Trimble, Maryland 6-3 190 Fr. Upper Marlboro, Md.
F 33 Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga 6-10 240 Jr. Portland, Ore.
G 55 Delon Wright, Utah 6-5 190 Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
By conference: ACC (6); Big Ten (3); Pac-12 (2); SEC (2); West Coast (2); Big 12 (1); Missouri Valley (1).
By class: Seniors (4); Juniors (9); Sophomores (1); Freshmen (3).

While these standout players are the leading contenders to be named to the USBWA’s All-America Team and as finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, all Division I players remain eligible for postseason honors from the USBWA. The association will announce its 2015 All-America Team in mid-March. At that time, finalists will also be chosen for the player of the year. Once finalists are announced, the entire USBWA membership will vote for the winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

Tickets and sponsorship information for the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards are available atcollegebasketballawards.com or by contacting Scott Hill (405-749-1515, scott.hill@access-sports.net). The April 14 banquet will also honor Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim as the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award.

Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation’s oldest award and the only one named after a former player.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

Related link:
Oscar Robertson Trophy

Game Recap: Wake Forest vs UNC

UNC Wake Forest

By: James Blackburn

Game Notes

 

North Carolina was able to get a key conference road win over Wake Forest 87-71 to move to 5-1 in league play. Wake Forest dropped to 9-10 overall and 1-5 in league play. The game notes and scouting reports of the top players are below.

 

Box Score

1st Half

  • Game started off sloppy for both teams with neither team able to establish any real momentum. Both teams struggled with TO’s in first 10 minutes or so.
  • Wake shot several quick and contested shots early on, which was uncharacteristic of them and this lead to some easy transition points for UNC.
  • Wake was able to stay in the game by really battling on the offensive glass and showing good energy.
  • Devin Thomas had a couple of scores near the middle of the 1st half that tied the game up a few times.
  • Wake was staying in it by winning the battle on the boards and forcing turnovers on defense.
  • Both of these teams are really struggling to shoot from the perimeter but because the pace is so fast, they are still able to score. Most of the points are coming from the FT line, offensive rebounds, and transition.
  • The half ends with a lay-up for UNC to put them up 40-34

 

2nd Half

  • Wake started off the 2nd half shooting perimeter jumpers and UNC started in by pounding the ball inside and getting easy points from Kennedy Meeks.
  • UNC played some 2-3 zone in both halves because of Wake shooting woes but had trouble rebounding from it, so reverted back to man.
  • Andre Washington is providing some good energy off the bench rebounding and blocking shots.
  • With 10:00 minutes left in the game, Wake is still struggling to make any shots from the perimeter. The crowd has grown quiet but Devin Thomas has shown a lot of energy on the boards.
  • Wake has been able to get some of UNC’s bigs into foul trouble and is trying to capitalize by making their FT’s (have made about 50% up to this point).
  • Every time Wake scores, UNC seems to answer- with around 6 minutes to go and UNC leading by 16 pts, some of the fans start to empty out.
  • Wake made a run with about 3 minutes to go and closed the deficit to 12 pts after a Madison Jones lay-up.
  • UNC gets the win over Wake, which is solid considering that Wake is dangerous at home. They had Duke and Louisville beat and has proven they can compete with anyone in the ACC at home.

 

Scouting Reports

 

Wake Forest

 

Devin Thomas, JR, 6’9″, 255 lbs

Stats: 4-8 FG, 4-7 FT, 12 reb, 12 pts, 31 minutes

Having trouble finishing and scoring over Kennedy Meeks early on and didnt show the willingness or ability to score with the right hand.

To give him credit he was still able to get points from his energy. Had a big dunk of an alley-oop and had an offensive board too.

Had trouble scoring with back to basket over Meeks, but was able to get points other ways. UNC couldnt keep him off the boards.

 

Codi Miller-McIntyre, JR, 6’3″, 205 lbs

Stats: 6-14 FG, 1-3 3 pt, 7-11 FT, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 20 pts, 31 minutes

Up and down play in the first half. Dangerous in transition with the basketball where he can finish with contact. Needs to improve 3 pt shooting. Makes some head scratching decisions and needs to improve PG decision making in general. Has been really aggressive lately which I like.

 

UNC

Justin Jackson, FR, 6’8″, 193 lbs

Stats: 6-8 FG, 1-2 3 pt, 4-6 FT, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 17 pts, 34 minutes

Doing a great job of attacking the rim and drawing fouls. Needs to improve his ability to finish w/ contact and needs to add weight. I like his energy though on both ends. Has a lot of potential. Great length and athleticism- makes him  a solid defensive player.  Terrific in transition. Needs to improve shooting consistency and footwork to a degree.

 

Marcus Paige, JR, 6’1″, 175 lbs

Stats: 4-8 FG, 2-4 FT, 2-2 FT, 1 rebound, 8 assists, 3 steals, 12 points, 35 minutes

Can score in creative ways inside.

Made some poor decisions in transition early on and had slow start. Terrific ball handler who can break down his man off the dribble.

Super quick player who is smooth. Can turn the corner on P/R. Can hit the 3 coming off of staggered screens. Had several plays late that were impressive.

Was playing off the ball at times when Nate Britt was in the game.

 

JP Tokoto, JR, 6’6″, 200 lbs

Stats: 4-8 FG, 0-2 3 pt, 0-4 FT, 6 rebounds, 8 pts, 3 assists, 2 steals, 28 minutes

3 pt shot has hitch in it and needs to improve shooting in general. Showed some ability to create own shot this game with a nice change of direction dribble and spin move. Great motor.

Strong and athletic. Dangerous in transition where he is able to finish above the rim.

Makes plays defensively off the ball. Underrated passer who had several on target up-court passes. Good rebounder on both ends.

 

Kennedy Meeks, SO, 6’9″, 270 lbs

Stats: 8-11 FG, 8 rebounds, 1 blk, 16 pts, 22 minutes

Excellent hands- can catch anything. Showing better bounce in his step and energy. Tremendous rebounder on both ends. Showed some nice touch from 15′ and in. Runs the floor well. Foul prone.

Sleeper Report: Tyler Kalinoski (Davidson)

Tyler Kalinoski

 

By James Blackburn

Game Scouted: Davidson vs Dayton

Davidson wins 77-60

Box Score

Tyler Kalinoski (G, 6’4″, SR)

Stats

40 min, 9-14 FG, 3-4 3 PT FG, 4 reb, 6 assists, 1 blk, 2 steals, 21 TP

Strengths

Tyler is an efficient and poised player who does a lot of things well. He played a great game today and it wasnt easy finding weaknesses with his play. He moves very well without the ball and has a high understanding of the game and a good basketball IQ.

He is able to score the ball without forcing shots. Does a great job of reading how to come off of staggered screens and off the ball screens. Is a knock down 3 pt shooter who can hit the shot with consistency- gets feet set and doesnt need much room to get shot off. Gets a lot of his buckets off of back-cuts and curls to the rim.

Can finish with contact and is stronger then given credit for. Doesnt have the quickness to break defenders down off dribble, but changes speeds and directions decently well to still get to rim. Solid ball handler with both hands and is able to control the ball under pressure with out turning it over. Is a good enough enough passer and ball handler to handle some PG duties if needed, but is better at the SG. Unselfish player who makes others better. Doesnt get rattled with and has great poise and patience.

Has terrific endurance and was able to play all 40 minutes tonight without any noticeable dropoffs.

Solid rebounder on both ends and has a nose for the ball.

Solid defender who wont wow you on this end with speed or athleticism but plays hard and uses his instincts and smarts to know what offensive player will do. Excellent defender off the ball who is in the right position to make plays.

Weaknesses

Is a below average athlete and this affects his ability to get by quicker players on the perimeter.

Struggles to create his own shot. Is a system player. How well can he score off the pick and roll or turn the corner?

Overview

Team player and a winner. Fundamental player who plays the game the right way. Coachable and the ultimate teammate.

Came into this game averaging 16.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, and 3.9 assists, also 1.1 steals per game. I think Tyler is on pace to being named either 1st or 2nd team All-Conference and having a chance to be selected to play in the Portsmouth Invitational this year, where the top 64 years across the nation are invited to compete in front of scouts and team personnel. Perfect player for a 1st division European club to check out.

James Blackburn has scouted all levels of basketball, including high school, college and the pros, as well as international competitions such as the FIBA World Cup. Want more scouting notes from James? Follow him on Twitter @jamesjunior21, right now!