On Saturday June 25, the first ever Basketball Elite Southeast Summer Showcase was held at Proehlific Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. The showcase featured over 30 players from all over the southeast and it was a great chance for scouts and college coaches to evaluate some top hidden talent.
The Showcase started with drills ran by HS coaches and current and ex-overseas players. This was a great opportunity for the players to work on
their ball handling, post moves, and improve on their ability to create their own shot. After putting in hard work with the coaches, the pick up games started.
Below are notes and scouting reports taken from scouts on a few of the top players that attended. The notes and reports are from the games as well as the drills.
Today we’ll start the coverage with some scouting reports; over the next few days, we’ll list the All-Stars, the All-Star MVP and release highlight video from the showcase. Of course, you’ll also see the games on Krossover.com.
Note from Marcus: Since I was managing the event and the off-court activities I did not scout the event fully, so my notes are incomplete. I will be going over the films in detail to get complete notes on all players.
Scouts: Matt Wood, James Blackburn, Harper Compton, Marcus Shockley
C. J McClain (SF/SG, 6’5″)
- Hustles on both ends of the floor, lock down defender. Can get in the lane and finish with contact. Has a nice spin move that he used to get by defenders several times. Runs the floor and fills correct lanes well.
Nick Collins, (PG, 5’11”, 2011)
- He liked creating his own shots after he blew past you. His explosive change of speed was very notable and caught the attention of everyone. He was confident with the ball.
- He was one of the best scorers at the camp and he can create his own shot. Showed consistency shooting the 3 and was able to get in the lane and draw contact. Made smart decisions off the pick and roll.
- Has improved offensively since the last time I saw him, strong with the ball and creates problems for the defense. His shot looked better than the last time; did not fade as much on jumper as when I previously saw him, has put in work. Will scout him again when video is available.
- Strong player, looks like he has college size now and would be ready for the physical play of the next level
- Can handle the ball with either hand and can push the ball in traffic to the top of the key
- Change of speed is effective and works well even against the speed of smaller guards
- Ballhandling is solid for next level
- Looks to score and push the ball
- Had a tendency to overlook entry pass today, but in showcase players sometimes look to score more
- A player to keep an eye on.
Chase Ward-McEwen (SG/PG, 6’2, 2012)
- This kid can flat out jump out of the gym; he is aggressive on the offensive end and didn’t hesitate to attack defenders. One of the best ball handlers at the showcase. He has a quick first step and always had control of the ball. He had a few nice crossovers that left the defenders guessing. He showed the ability to knock down the 3 point shot and displayed a solid midrange jumper.
- He was one of the few players who you could hear talking to his teammates on both ends of the floor. He was a master at blowing past the defense and getting the shot that he wanted. He also attacked, and finished, at the rim very well. For a small guard that is impressive, but once he showed off his dunks, finishing at the rim became an expectation. He is definitely able to elevate very well and is not intimidated by any means.
- Tremendous leaper- plays above the rim. Was able to break down man off dribble and get into paint where he can finish over the defense. Solid ball handler, who can use either hand-, tends to over dribble at times, leading to a turnover.
Jalen Hatton (PG, 6’1, 2012)
- Two main things stood out with him. 1) He creates his own shots. He is able to drive past you and get to wherever he wants to shoot from. And 2) he has a high release.
Christian Ejiga (C/PF, 6’9″, 2011)
- Extremely aggressive on defense, always a threat to block a shot, caused havoc in the lane on defense. Runs the floor well and always communicates with his teammates. On the offensive end, he’s a little raw with his post moves. He finishes nicely around the rim and had several putbacks off of missed shots/rebounds.
- Looked a little uncomfortable with the ball in the post in the drills. He did very well in the games though as he was dominating within ten feet of the rim. His footwork was decent, something he could work on. But standing at 6’9 he is a big presence in the paint. He was always sure to swat any shots taken within his territory. But more than his game, he talked. He was not about to lose, and he made sure his team knew it. He directed them on both ends of the floor and was a source of energy.
- Brought defensive intensity to every game. Tries to block everything.
- Big, mobile defensive post player with tremendous size and aggressive on shot blocks.
- Strong, could easily handle the banging in the paint at the college level.
- Takes defending the lane personally. A warrior in the paint.
Andrew Pirie (PG, 5’11, 2012)
- Great court vision and leadership- always knew where his teammates were on the court. One of the best passers at the Showcase, very unselfish player and you can tell he cares more about assists than points. He gets after it on the defensive end and seemed to be after every loose ball.
- He wasn’t the highest scorer or the flashiest player by any means, but he was one of the most solid players here today. High Basketball IQ. I could count on one hand the number of guys talking on both ends of the floor, and this man was by far the loudest and most consistent. He is a coach’s dream player the way he leads his team and is a floor general. He truly is an extension of the coach out on the floor. He saw the floor extremely well and had such a “pass first” mindset, but don’t be fooled, he could definitely score. He had a nice change of speed to get around his defender and was able to handle the ball very well.
- Changes speeds well off the P/R. Poised and calm at all times. Directed traffic and made sure players were spaced and in the right spot.
- Works hard on defense
- Talks on the floor, understands the defense/offense
- Can handle the ball at full speed in traffic
Tony Nunn (C/PF, 6’8, 2013)
- The MVP of the Showcase, Tony was a force inside on the offensive end. Defenders had a lot of trouble keeping him out of the paint in the post position. He finishes really well around the rim and has good touch for a player his size. He is a good defender who can block shots really well without picking up fouls. He has a great attitude and shows the desire and want to improve even more.
- In drills and in the games, he was very comfortable and natural in the post. Once he got the ball he was extremely strong with the ball and was sure to finish. Running the floor isn’t his strongest attribute, but if you wait on him he’s a big threat.
- Strong and wide- has ability to finish through defenders. Had several And 1 plays today. Must improve conditioning.
- Big, good footwork for his age
- Good hands
- Work ethic – wants to get better; coachable
- Needs conditioning but has a lot of upside
Craig Hinton (SF, 6’6, 2013)
- Extremely athletic player who won the dunk contest. He is comfortable playing against bigger guys down low when he steps in from the wing. Solid midrange jumper, quick first step off the dribble. Has the ability to knock down 3 point shots and if he is on can be a real threat from outside.
- Simply put, he’s a nightmare for the opposing team. He can take his defender to the block and post up. He can also go on the wing and hit 3’s. Loves to run the court and finish at the rim with authority. His post play is natural and comfortable, without any hiccups. His strength becomes very evident when he has the ball in the post.
CJ Woodberry (SF, 6’5, 2012)
- Extremely high basketball IQ. Good ball handler can knock down the 15-18 foot shot consistently. Can get to the rim and finish, hustles back on defense and doesn’t take any plays off.
- Long and athletic.
Johnathon Gaddy (PG, 5’9, 2011)
- One of the top PG’s at the showcase, can hit the pullup jumper effortlessly in transition, and has very quick hands which lead to him getting a lot of steals on the defensive end. Can knock down the contested 3 point shot. Plays with tons of heart.
- He is one of the few defensively strong players. He was very solid on defense and always kept his hands and feet moving at very fast speeds which lead to steals and points. Offensively he was skilled at changing speeds drastically and getting past his defender.
Zeb Richardson (C/PF, 6’8, 2012)
- Solid post game and showed some nice moves including a near automatic hook shot over the right shoulder. Positions himself so
he has a chance at every rebound. Isn’t intimidated by bigger defenders in the post. Runs the floor well, can finish off the pick and roll.
- Fluid, runs the court well, rebounds well, good size
- Good hands on the offensive end
- Needs to be more consistent with footwork; has the moves in the post but will need to watch his pivot foot when he gets pushed off the block against bigger defenders
- Had some trouble with the bigger Ejiga, needs some bulk to be able to be a post banger against that size of post player. However, did not back down from other bigs
- Smooth in transition
- Has a lot of upside – definitely one to watch
- He stood out for his ability to attack and finish at the rim and also drop three’s. A pretty solid player all around. His defense was also solid. Not a flashy player, but he gives you solid minutes.
- His strength was defense. For his defense alone, he was noticed by and talked about by those at the showcase and even voted into the all-star game. His defense was simply lockdown. He had quick hands and quick feet. Not to say he can’t score, because he most certainly can, but his defense stood out as one of the best in the entire showcase.
Ke’Shun Sherrill (5’10”, 2012)
- Quick guard who has a knack for getting to the open mid range
- Can handle the ball with either hand at the college level
- Can also play off guard but is undersized for 2 guard
Nick Hudson (PG, 6’0″, 2011)
- Has bounce as a PG
- Plays eyes-up
- Good mid range
Marquise Moore (PF, 6’7″, 2011)
- Good strength, conditioning
- Athletic in the post; has agility at the PF
- Can catch the ball on the move in traffic
- A leaper who has a college ready physique
- Coachable; wants to improve
Damien Tavares (PG, 5’10”, 2013)
- Has decent mid range shot
- Overall jumper needs consistency
- Solid ballhandler
- Can get to the hoop
- Developing player, will be watching to see his growth
Much more to come!