Eddie Fords Tennessee Hoopfest 2011 Scouting Reports – Part 2

By James Blackburn

Eddie Fords Tennessee Hoopfest

All Iowa Attack

Tate Larson (PG, 6’2”, 2013)

Roosevelt HS, IA

High Basketball IQ. Makes the correct play at the correct time. Does not force shots or passes. Good shooter especially from 3. Has good size for the PG position for his age.

Nate Munn (SG, 6’1”, 2013)

Ames HS, IA

Great shooter. Has deep range. Perfect form and a quick release. Has the ability to come off screens, catch and shoot in one fluid motion. The best shooter I saw in the tournament. Several small DI and DII schools have begun to take notice.

Payton Plagge (PF, 6’7”, 2013)

Sheffield- Chaplin- Meservey HS, IA

Solid frame. Good shooter who can hit the midrange jumper with consistency. Finishes well around basket. Smart player. Needs to work on hands and quickness. Drake and Wichita State have offered.

Nashville Stars Elite

Matt Smith (SF,6’6”, 2012)

Liberty Tech HS, TN

One of the top players in the tournament. Smart player who knows what spots to fill and where to go on the offensive end of the floor. Did an excellent job of hiding behind the opponents zone defense and roaming the baseline. Goes to the open spots against the zone. Athletic player who runs the floor well. Good rebounder. Capable of hitting the midrange jumper regularly- automatic on the baseline from 15 feet. Knows where to go when the PG drives to basket to create good passing lane. Finishes above the rim inside with contact. Solid all-around player. Can handle the ball and has good footwork around basket. On one play he gathered the rebound, led the break, and finished with a euro step into a left handed finger roll. Eastern Kentucky, Georgia Southern, and Delaware State are recruiting him.

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