Archive for April, 2012

Big Shots Report – Part 2

By Justin Byerly

More notes from the Big Shots AAU Tournament in Clemson, SC…

Flight 22 17U (Wilmington, NC)

Coached by: Nathan Faulk

Rian Holland-6-foot, 2013 PG/SG out of South View HS. Came in a little off of the Rian Holland that I know, at the Clemson Big Shots. Turned it on Sunday with a five 3-pointer and 23 point performance against Team Georgia Elite. (Found out he was very sick) One of the best shooters at the event. Can knock it down once he gets off the bus. Great range, great handle. High Major-Mid Major player when it is all said and done. Interest from Boston College, William & Mary & Charleston Southern among others.

Drew Combs-5-foot-10, 2012 out of Wilmington (NC) Ashley HS. Had a very productive Clemson Big Shots Event. Combs has a really good handle, runs the point guard spot and the leads them team the entire game. Has been getting a lot of interest from NYACK (New York City) recently, visited). Had 10 points against Team Georgia Elite in a 72-63 win. Averaged 9 points and 6 assists per game for the weekend at Clemson.

Elijah Wilson-6-foot-3, 2012 out of Wilmington (NC) Laney HS. The former College of Charleston commit averaged 17 points per game last weekend at Big Shots Clemson. Scored 19 points against Team Georgia Elite. He has a lot of interest from VMI (offered), UNC-Greensboro, Winthrop and High Point University.

Matt Gilgo- 6-foot-3, 2013 out of Topsail (NC) HS. A good shooter, with a pure jump shot. Gets a lot of deflections of defense, does a good job boxing out when the shot goes up to get rebounds or allow teammates to scoop it up.

Dominique Wiggins-6-foot-1, 2013 out of South View (NC) HS. A good player, only saw him for a little while, but when I did, he had great defensive pressure and hustled.

Treshawn Patterson-6-foot-7, 2013 out of South View HS. The big guy had a nice Clemson Big Shots, will be one to watch over the summer and next season.

Pharoah McKever- 6-foot-7, 2013 out of South Columbus (NC). Had a very good Clemson Big Shots as well, picking up a lot of interest from some colleges after his weekend.

The Carolina Ticks 17U

(Top Performers at Big Shots Clemson)
Rashaad Roberts- 6-foot-2, 2013 out of Reagan High School ( Pfafftown, NC) A lefty, very athletic, has a nice stroke from the 3pt line. Has a college-ready body. Very muscular kid, shoule be one to pay attention to.

Torey Baskin – 6-foot-3, 2012 out of Mt. Tabor ( Winston Salem,NC) Unsigned senior /shooting guard nice stroke, very quick, athletic and uses all of that to get in the lane. Does a great job of penetrating in the paint to either hit the jumper or floater. Makes the right pass a lot of the time.

Will Stevenson-6-foot-5, 2012 SF out Winston Salem (NC) Prep is an athletic rebounder, very precise ball handler and can knock down mid range jump shot consistently. He is one to take a good look at.

Marques Henderson- 5-foot-11, 2013 out of Glenn HIgh School ( Kernersville, NC) right handed PG/SG that can finish left or right. Does a good job rebounding, can pass very well and is expected to have a strong senior season.
 

Georgia Next Level- Coached by Neil Berrien (Marietta, GA)

(Top Performers at Big Shots Clemson)

Neil Berrien, 6-foot-2, 2013 RL Osborne HS (GA) – High basketball IQ, along with a good feel for the game. Has quick hands & good three point shot. A very coachable leader on the floor with a nice handle. Tough kid (plays on the bottom of 2-3 zone and rebounds with bigger sized guys)

Ranier Thornton, 6-foot-6, 2014 RL Osborne (GA) – Easily can post double double #’s in points & rebounds, plays better vs better competition, great textbook form on jumpshot, can step out to three and challenges a lot of shots at the rim,above avg athlete, good hands on him.

Mark Strickland. 6-foot-3, 2013 Kennesaw Mountain (GA)- Works hard, able to apply instruction always blocks out for rebounds runs the floor, was always talking to teammates on defense

JaQuinton Alston-Thompson, 6-foot-4, 2014 RL Osboure (GA) -Hard worker, smooth 15′ jumpshot, plays strong, very good finisher around the basket, will just get better & better with experience.

Jacksonville Nets 16U

Lamont Dunham
(hands down) tournament MVP for Jacksonville Nets – He averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks per game. Also had a number of shots he altered or passes he deflected.

Other Strong Performances:
Calvin Long
– “The best all around performance I’ve ever seen him play in a tournament”, his coach said. Calvin set the tone for the tournament in the first game where he had 2 spectacular dunks (on a couple of guys). Calvin’s lock down defense on the opposing teams key players was pivotal for us. Calvin had numerous assists, including a number of no look passes that were getting “ahhs & oohs”.

Jasper Sasser
– leading scorer 1st game with 22 points, and turning in all around very strong performance. Jasper made 3 crucial 3-point shots in a row with 8 minutes left in the game, to tie the game in their 4th game. Ended up winning that game by 12 points.

Tre Wilson
- Jacksonville Nets would not have won the 2nd game in the tournament had it not been for Tre Wilson, literally taking over the game, running off 10 points in a row in a stretch of 2 minutes, finishing with 18

Brennan Sullivan
– Controlled the offense and made shots when needed, although not shooting great in the championship game. His coach, “Brennan has been our most consistent shooter (mid-range and 3point), something that our team had been missing.”

Jonathan Bentley
– Made crucial 3 point shots and played locked down defense all weekend, frustrating the opposing guards

Raheem Freeman
– Might be one of the best in Florida at finishing on a fast break. Raheem turned in strong performances in games 1 and 2, which helped them advance to the Championship

Fab5 Athletics 16U Team (Raleigh, NC)

Ian Boyd
6’1″ Guard ,8th Grade Salem Middle School, Apex, NC
Stats: PPG: 13 Asst: 6 Rebs: 6 Stls: 4

Greyson Kelley
6 ’1 Guard 9th Grade Leesville High School, Raleigh, NC
Stats: PPG: 12 Asst: 2 Rebs: 3 Stls: 2

Blain Beason
5’8″ Point Guard 9th Grade Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh, NC
Stats: PPG: 7 Asst: 3 Rebs: 2 Stls: 2

Carolina Hurricanes 16U

(Played in the 16U Orange division and lost in the semi-finals to TN Chosen Few)

Top performers were:

Keil Sherman- 6’0″ 2014 (Eastside HS, Greenville, SC) Keil was Carolina Hurricane’s leading scorer for the tournament
Jeremiah West- 5’11″ 2014 (Brashier Middle College, Simpsonville, SC) Jeremiah was the deep threat knocking down the deep ball all weekend.
Dorian Pinson- 6’3″ 2014 (Southside HS, Greenville, SC). Tallest player on the squad and played at forward/center, led defense by altering & blocking shots and owning the glass.
 

GA Team Flight 16U
(Top Performers)
Malik Chandler, 8th grade, 5’5, out of Shiloh (GA) average per game 16 pts. & 5-6 assists during the weekend.
Jarrett Cook, Freshmen, 5’5, average per game 18 pts. & 5-6 assists during the weekend.
Kareem Brewton, Freshmen, 6’2, out of Shiloh (Ga) average per game 28 pts., 4-5 assist & 4-5 rebounds during the weekend.
Joshua Culver,Freshmen, 6’5, out of Shiloh (GA) averaged 12 points per game, 2-3 blocks & 15 rebounds
this weekend.

By Justin Byerly

The Big Shots Organization ran by the Father-Son duo of Kevin Schneider and Jeff Schneider, is a top-notch event. Everyone involved in the event did a great job, and the talent level at this tournament was on an extremely high-level. Around 30-40 Division One, Two, Three and NAIA college coaches were at the event (NCAA Certified Live Event). Here is the first take on some of the first teams I saw on Saturday. (Part 1 of 5)

Team Vision 17U

Players to watch: Recap for Team Vision Big Shots Clemson

Matthew Woods
6’2
2014 Class
Point Guard
Asheville Christian Academy, Swannanoa, NC
Saw Matthew when Asheville Christian Academy played Gaston (Gastonia, NC) Day earlier in the year in Asheville and he was one I wrote down.
This guard turned a lot of heads with his maturity on the court and ball handling skills. In three games in Big Shots Clemson he averaged 13 points, 8 assits and 4 rebounds. He has great range and can score the basketball. Sees the whole court very well, makes the right pass to his guys, loves to push the ball. He makes everyone around him better. His AAU Coach tole me, ” DI coaches have been talking about this guy since he was in the 8 grade.”

Patjoi Twagirayezu
6’7
2013 Class
Small Forward
Asheville Christian Academy, Swannanoa, NC
I saw Twagirayezu, a few times this season. He was impressive every time.
Very athletic wing, who handles the ball well. Efficient scorer, a starting member of the Rwanda Junior National Team. 2012 CAA All conference. This was his first receiving major exposure since coming to The United States. . He did not disappoint. Lead the team in scoring in 2 of the 3 games played at Big Shots Clemson. Averaged around 15 points and 6 rebounds for the weekend. Getting some interest from mid-major programs as of late.

DyAngelo Washington
6’4
2012 Class
Shooting Guard
Rabun Gap Naccoochee School, Rabun Gap GA
Best athlete on the court. Left handed shooter with extreme jumping ability. Can score points in a variety of ways and gets it in the cup quick. Had a great weekend. He had a big second game with 24 points and played very steady basketball all weekend. These are the kinds of stories that make this job fun, DyAngelo came into this weekend as an unsigned 2012, on Saturday night USC-UpState offered a scholarship and he accepted. Congratulations to DyAngelo.

Ben Phelps
5’10
2013
Shooting guard
Asheville Christian Academy, Swannanoa, NC
One of the best shooters at the Clemson Big Shots event that not a lot of people saw. A little bit undersized at his position but makes up for it. Left-handed. His is in range when he gets out of the bus. Super shooter. His AAU Coach informed me that he has some DII interest . ” I had several DIII and NAIA coaches ask about him. He is a gym rat loves the game.”

Team Vision 15U

Dusan Kovacevic
6’9
2015
Center/ Power Forward
Rabun Gap Naccoochee School, Rabun Gap GA
Very nice block to block, with some good post moves. This guy has a chance to be a big time college player. Strong finisher at the rim and takes the ball strong in the lane and either gets fouled or makes the basket.
Had two big games with 17 points and 20 points

Jeff McIlwain
6’8
2015
Center
Asheville Christian Academy, Swannanoa, NC
Has great hands, & a soft touch around the basket. Kid has a shot to be mid-major player with a chance to develop into a high major player. Great size, has 3 more years to keep working. Will be one to watch in the Class of 2015. Strong and can finish at the basket. Averaged 12 points & 11 rebounds for the weekend at Clemson Big Shots.

Devante Saxon
6’0
2015
Point guard
Rabun Gap Naccoochee School, Rabun Gap GA
Great player, understands the game this guy will turn some heads with his NY playground style of play. Did that to a few heads this weekend. Handles the ball on a string. Will be one to watch out for the Class of 2015.

Carolina Hawks- Wingate, NC-Coached by Derrick Wall

Bunyon “BJ” Tyson
6’3″
PG
Anson County High School (NC)
Averaged 12.0 ppg 4 apg 3 spg. Can knock down the pull-up jump shot with ease and knock down the open 3 ball, very active on defense and floor general. Low Major-D1 recruit

Isaih Cureton
6’4″
SG
(Cuthbertson HS, Waxhaw, NC)
Averaged: 12.0 ppg 5 rpg…all around player who did a little of everything this weekend…very long and athletic wing. Low-Major D1 to D2 recruit. Has another year and can improve and make a shot as a Mid-Major Recruit.

Jerrin Morrison
6’3″
SG
(East Meck)
Averaged: 10 ppg 5 rpg…Very effective when knocking down his mid range shot, Very athletic wing. Threw down a thunderous dunk over a 6’6″ post player as his knee hit the kid chin. Low Major-Mid-Major Division 1 prospect.

Chris Wray
6’6.5″
SF
(Shelby, NC High School)
Averaged 9 ppg 7 rpg. Very long and athletic wing, who can slash his way to the basket, active on the glass. Can knock down some 3 point shots.Low-Major-Mid Major Divison 1 recruit

Logan Jackson
5’11″
PG
(Marvin Ridge, NC High School.
Averaged 8.6 ppg 4.3 apg. Uses his quickness to beat opponents off the dribble. Good passer and a floor general. Low-Major D1 recruit.

Brookland Elite, Columbia, SC – 2012 Big Shots Clemson 17U Blue Gold Champs

Keith Workman 2014
Fairfield Central High, Winnsboro, SC
The MVP on a very balanced team. Shot the ball with range, which was displayed all tournament. Also did not shy away from finishing at the rim. Rebounds well and did not hesitate to start the fast break.

Britton Reed 2013
WJ Keenan High, Columbia, SC
Passionate leader with a high motor. Very active defender with deceptive quickness. Midrange shot is excellent. Willing to penetrate and find the open man which he showed in the semifinals where he had 12 assists.

Quin Brunson 2014
Batesburg-Leesville, Batesburg, SC
One word – Explosive. Very speedy player with a nice stroke out to the 3. Pesky defender.

Charlotte Clippers 17U

Kendall Ratliff 2013
Sun Valley High School Monroe, NC
6’4 wing
12 pt avg. 8 rebounds per game 45% from the field

Nayquan Wilson 2013
Gaston Day School Gastonia, NC
5’10 guard
12 pt. avg. 6 three’s 3 steals per game

Shontrell Hopper 2014
Gaston Day School Gastonia, NC
6’2 guard
11 pt. avg. 6 three’s 4 rebs per game

Jimmy Hudgens
2014
Sun Valley High School Monroe, NC
5’10 guard
10 pt. avg. 4 assist per game 3 steals per game

Flight 22 16U

Trevor Singleton
6’6-
2014
Fayetteville (NC) South View HS
Trevor had 18 points in a losing effort to the Georgia Stars Elite 16U. He is the leader on the floor and is all over the court. Rebounds it really well and very versitle.

Ridell Camidge
6’1
-2014
Ridell had 17 Points in the win against the Carolina Cougars. He is a wing. Good passer and 3 point shooter.

Shawn Robinson
5’9
-2014
Shawn is a really good PG. Runs the offense to a T. Great kid. Plays extremely hard.

Quodorole Hardy
5’10
-2014
PG/SG
Very quick, good defender, getting better with his perimeter game. Very consistant all weekend at Clemson Big Shots. Averaged 8 points per game in this showing. One to watch in that 2014 Class.

Austin Schoenleber
6’0
PG- 2015
Solid player. Decent shooter, good passer.

Shannon Washington
6’0
SG- 2014
Does all of the little things that don’t show up in the stat book. Guards best perimeter player. Avg. 6 ppg this weekend.

Andre Session
6’6
PF/C-2015
Avg 4 blks per game. Good rebounder. Never has played organized basketball before this year. Progressing extremely fast.

You might remember that way back in 2010, Basketball Elite interviewed Isaiah Austin, long before he made his way up the rankings and into the Jordan Brand Classic, where we caught up with him again and got his thoughts on Baylor, the current Bear team and even Britney Griner.

Nerlens Noel made a splash when he reclassified back to the 2012 class late in the recruiting process, and sent multiple schools scrambling for his services. A mobile big man with a solid shot blocking ability, Noel will try and help Kentucky replace the departing Anthony Davis.

By James Blackburn and Lance Everette

The regional game features the best players in the state of North Carolina. The game was played before the All-American game. Many of these players have committed to ACC programs including Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and Florida State. Here are some reports on some of the games top players who have committed to ACC schools.

MVP Awards

East Team- Montrezl Harrell
West Team- Montay Brandon

Blue team won 84-82

Blue Team (East Team)

Montrezl Harrell (Hargrave Military Academy, 6’7”, PF)

11-14 FG, 12 rebounds, 7 blocks, 22 TP

Montrezl was all over the place this game- very active. Athletic- plays the game above the rim. Had several highlight dunks and alley oops. Runs the floor and finishes on the break. Has great size-solid frame. Aggressive rebounder- rebounds the ball hard. Attacks the offensive boards hard- is constantly searching and hunting for offensive tip ins off misses. Good shot blocker- the shots he didn’t block he altered. Hustles and really plays hard on both ends. Plays bigger then 6’7”- plays more like 6’10”. Had the go-ahead dunk after collecting an offensive rebound putting his east squad up 1 with 15 seconds left. Also had a game saving block with 3 seconds left. Really competed this game- solid performance. Solid pick up for Virginia Tech.

Codi Miller-McIntyre (Hargrave Military Academy, 6’2”, G)

3-13 FG, 4 reb, 3 assist, 6 TP

Unbelievable court vision- sees the floor and has the ability to thread the needle with passes. Has the ball on a string. Showed the ability to score as well as get others involved. High basketball IQ- patient doesn’t force anything- very efficient- takes what the defense gives him. Will be a major held immediately at Wake Forest next year at the guard position.

White Team (West)

Montay Brandon (Wesleyan Academy, 6’5”, G)

4-10 FG, 4 assist, 12 reb, 12 TP

Stays vertical when dribbling. Good frame and build for a guard- has a strength edge over opponents. Versatile. Has ability to create own shot. Has a good upside. Size will be an advantage at the guard position. Length and wingspan makes him a solid defensive threat- will alter and contests opposing smaller guards. The highly coveted and talented 4 star recruit that will be playing for Florida State next year. His scoring will be needed after State graduated 6 players.

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Kevin Zabo Jordan Brand Classic

By James Blackburn and Lance Everette

The Jordan Brand gives 16 young players from all over the world a chance to showcase their talents in front of coaches, scouts, and media on a big stage. These players were hand selected and are the international stars of tomorrow.

The players below stood out amongst the rest. Here are scouting reports on each.

White Team wins in OT

Top Players

Blue Team (Away)

Kevin Zabo (Canada, PG, 6’2”, Montrose Christian)

4-17 FG, 3 reb, 2 assist, 4 stl, 3 TO, 12 TP

Displayed excellent on-ball defense throughout the game-pressured his man from baseline to baseline and was in the opponent’s shirt. At his best in transition- quick with the ball in the open court. Displayed a nice step-back jumper in the games opening minutes. Solid ball handler with either hand- can break man down off dribble to get to the rim and create his own shot. Needs to improve his court vision- more of a scorer and combo guard then true PG at least that is what he displayed in this game. Gets out of control and is somewhat TO prone. Definitely a guard to keep your eye on especially since he plays HS ball in the states.

Domantas Sabonis (Lithuania, PF, 6’7”, Malaga Spain)

2-7 FG, 8 reb, 4 assist, 7 TP

Good passer for size- highly skilled big man. Sets solid picks- where he can role or pop and hit the open jumper out to 15’. Has a good overall understanding of the game- spaces the court. Excellent rebounder especially on the defensive end. Solid back to the basket game-loves the up and under move. Lefty. Talked on defense- did a good job defending the P/R- communicated on how to defend it. Draws fouls at a good rate and generally converts at the FT line. Needs to get stronger to prepare for the rigors and physicality of the college game and must continue to improve jump shot and range.

Boubacar Moungoro (Mali, SF, 6’6”, West Oaks Academy)

7-21 FG, 9 reb, 8 TO, 16 TP

Very athletic. Active on the boards on both ends- boxes out.. Runs the floor and finishes on the break. Out of all the players represented- he is above and beyond the most physically ready of the bunch for college- has a great frame- long and strong at 200lbs. Highlight reel player- had several big blocks and dunks. Must improve shooting, range, and consistency- more of a slasher at this point. Settled several times for perimeter contested shots. Decent ball handling abilities- although it is a little loose. Good overall defender who can defend on the perimeter and on the block- drew a charge in the second quarter as well as blocked and altered shots. You will be hearing his name again in the near future. This years version of Andrew Wiggins.

White Team (Home)

Dimitrios Stamatis (Greece, SG, 6’0”, Everial)

5-12 FG, 4 reb, 3 assists, 12 TP

Good court vision. Good ball handler under pressure. Sees the floor- had several highlight passes including a behind the back pass to an open shooter on the break. Has a tight dribble. Unselfish and gets others involved. Attacks the rim strong going left. Has a quick crossover going either way. Pressures the ball- good on ball defender. Attacks the rim with a purpose- high basketball IQ. Didn’t look for his shot as much as he should have- needs to be more assertive offensively.

Portsmouth Invitational Tournament 2012 Day 2
Photo: WAVY

By James Blackburn

Game 1: Norfolk Sports Club vs. K & D Landscaping

Norfolk Sports Club wins 80-67
Box Score

Scouting Reports

Agustus Gilchrist (South Florida, 6’10”, F)

Did a good job defending the post-stayed straight up and didn’t allow any room for offense to operate-stood his ground- strong. Looked uncomfortable on the perimeter on both ends- off balance defensively on perimeter. He was able to get to the FT line again today for the most part looked comfortable and was able to convert despite a hitch and a pause in his release- other wise he kept the elbow in and had good arc and rotation on ball. Had several tip dunks and athletically is one of the top guys represented here. Good rebounder.

Mitchell Watt (Buffalo, 6’10”, F)

Has an NBA ready build- with a frame that will allow him to add about 15-20 lbs. of muscle. Able to use either hand in post. Nimble and fluid movement. Has a quick first step off the reverse pivot. Showed the ability to hit the open set 3 today. Smart shot blocker- great timing and knows what spots to get to. Influences shots he doesn’t block. Efficient in the post. Somehow he fouled out in a game where they were really letting guys play. His play here this week warrants at least a summer league invite and possibly a roster spot in training camp.

Cameron Moore (UAB, 6’10”, F)

Solid shooting form from the midrange and in. Quite in the first half offensively. Soft touch. Long. Uses length to block shots. Stronger then he looks.

Rakim Sanders (Fairfield, 6’5”, F)

Strong upper bodied player who competes on both ends. Attacks the rim with force and can finish through and with contact- secures rebounds- solid on the glass. Tenacious defender- plays bigger then 6’5”- showed the ability to move his feet laterally and guard quicker players his size on perimeter and bang with taller players down on the block. At this point he is more of an undersized PF- which being only 6’5” hurts his chances to play at the next level. To his credit though he displayed the ability to guard a SF, which would be his position at the next level. Plays extremely hard and hustles. Very athletic- plays above the rim. Didn’t see him take any perimeter shots- mainly a slasher from the perimeter. Needs to improve his handles. Utilizes pump fakes. Although his NBA chances are slim, his solid play today more then likely earned him a few individual workouts and a hefty overseas contract.

Game 2: Sales Systems, Ltd. Vs. Roger Brown’s Restaurant

Roger Browns Restaurant wins 74-71
Box Score

Scouting Reports

Herb Pope (Seton Hall, 6’8”, F)

Wide bodied player who crashes the offensive boards. Does a lot of things well- rebounds, unselfish, attacks the rim, defends and blocks shots, and has a decent handle for size. Lets the game come to him- doesn’t force the issue and shots. Sold footwork in on the block- reliable scorer in one on one situations. Rolled his ankle midway through the second half and did not return. One of the top ranked players in the nation several years ago- was able to play his way this season onto the All-Conference Big East team . Will have more chances to improve NBA chances in the future as he will have his schedule booked full of individual workouts. Will most likely find his way on a roster as an undrafted FA.

Chris Johnson (Dayton, 6’6”, F)

Long lefty who can hit the 3 and the midrange- very good rotation and gets high elevation- needs to improve consistency- due to his elevation on jumper and his shot has a tendency to be a little flat. Defends and understands help D- active. Solid athlete. Good rebounder for a guard- boxes out on shots.

Jet Chang (BYU-Hawaii, 6’4”, G)

Knock down shooter with NBA 3-point range- good elevation and great release- pure shooter. Showed the ability to hit the one dribble pull up as well- textbook form and footwork .Underrated defender who held his own on the defensive end. Did show the ability to create his own shot near the end of the game- smooth stroke- you expect his shot to go in every time. Will have a nice career overseas after being a DII All-American his senior year.

Kyle Fogg (Arizona, 6’3”, G)

Heady PG who can score and make plays for others. Controls the tempo. Uses ball screens effectively and can get to the rim. Very good on ball defender. Terrific passer who is at his best in P/R situations which helps his case for the NBA. Showed the ability to turn the corner on multiple occasions this game and get to the painted area. Keeps his dribble until he knows what he wants. Above average ball handler even for a PG- can use either hand and go either way equally- good change of speed dribble. Needs to improve range and shooting ability as well as his FT shooting. Struggled to finish once he reached the paint. D-League should be an option, as well as a few 10-days as a possibility in the future. One of the best PG’s seen this week- does a lot that will translate to the next level. Was an All-Pac 12 selection this past year.

Wesley Witherspoon (Memphis, 6’9”, F)

Smooth, agile, and versatile. Very long and athletic- highlight waiting to happen. Had several nice blocks including denying a dunk attempt in transition. Solid scorer who can score both on the perimeter and inside. Has upside- I could see a team possibly giving him an opportunity with a training camp or summer league spot especially with another solid showing. Nimble enough to possibly play the SF position at the next level, but most likely will be a 4. Quick enough to defend smaller guards on the perimeter. Solid game tonight. Needs to get stronger, especially in the upper body- limits his ability to finish. D-League will probably be his best option.

Eric Griffin (Campbell, 6’8”, F)

Surprise player so far of the week. Good shooter with a high release- able to stretch the floor because of shooting ability. Plays hard and defends- blocks shots and has active hands. Earned the respect of all the opponents by the end of the game. Runs the floor. Draws contact at a high rate and coverts at the line. Played very well this game. If he wasn’t on NBA scouts radar before, he is after this game. Will be a pro somewhere next year and fits the mold of the modern day PF to a “T”. Was a member of the Big South All-Conference team this year after averaging 15.7 ppg and 8.7 rpg.

Game 3: Mike Duman Auto Sales vs. Portsmouth Partnership

Portsmouth Partnership wins 85-79
Box Score

Scouting Reports

Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh, 6’2”, G)

Excellent ball handler- has the ability to break man down off the dribble and score. Very quick release- nice midrange stroke. Showed good shot making ability in the half court set and in transition. Size is going to be an issue at the next level, whether that is the NBA, D-League, or overseas. Most likely will receive multiple individual workout invites with NBA teams, but will probably begin next season in a D-League uniform.

Yancy Gates (Cincinnati, 6’9”, F)

Very good size- could stand to lose about 10 lbs to get to prime playing weight. Did a good job of shading on screens and then hustling back to his man. Soft hands. Hustled back on defense. Nice looking FT stroke. For the most part, he is an under the rim type player. Post game consists mostly of him banging and throwing his weight around- draws fouls and is a load on the low block. In my opinion would be a solid late 2nd round pick.

JaMychal Green (Alabama, 6’8”, F)

NBA ready size wise and athletically- one of the top prospects here. Versatile defender- plays hard and competes, diving on the floor for loose balls. Fluid movement. Very good rebounder on both ends- boxes out and cleans the glass at high rate- always in good position. Runs the floor and fills the lanes on the break where he finished nearly every time- strong upper body- finishes through defenders. Has the ability to step out and knock down the 15-18’ jump shot. Does an excellent job of clearing out and establishing deep post position. Was named SEC All-Conference after averaging 14 and 7 per game last season. I doubt he will get drafted unless he wows in individuals, but has a good chance of landing on an NBA roster as a FA- definitely has the skills set to play in the League.

Nick Barbour (High Point, 6’3”, G)

Capable of putting up points in a hurry- prolific scorer- averaged over 20 ppg this past season in the Big South. Quick. Played solid defense today- practically shutting down Kyle Kuric from Louisville, turning him over and forcing him to take bad shots. Good pull up shooter with a quick release. Lefty. Will never be accused of being gun shy- will put up shots in a hurry. Is listed at 6’3”, but looks to me to be on the shorter side. Played both on the ball and off the ball today. Practically automatic from 3- hit almost half of his attempts in this past college season. In order to have a shot at the NBA, scouts want to see his ability to run the PG position- has proven that he can play off the ball, but is too small to play the 2 at the next level. Somewhat TO prone when being the primary ball handler and he must improve his play making ability- has scoring on his mind every time he puts the ball on the floor and/ or turns the corner off ball screens.

Henry Sims Agustus Gilchrist
Photo Source:The Daily Press

By James Blackburn

Game 1: Portsmouth Sports Club vs. Norfolk Sports Club
Portsmouth Sports Club wins 88-76
Box Score

Scouting Reports

Henry Sims (Georgetown, 6’10”, C)

Looked comfortable and calm on the FT line-soft touch. Has the ability to step out and hit the 18’ midrange shot. Good size and good timing when blocking shots. Struggled this game early on but showed good footwork and post moves including a running hook and a good slide dribble, but struggled to score because of lack of quickness and athleticism-factors that will hurt his draft stock. Played better in the second half. Will be safe fire first round pick-a player of his size and skills will find a place to contribute.

Erving Walker (Florida, 5’8”, G)

Very good on ball defender. Does a good job of feeding the ball to the post. Lightning quick with and with out the ball. Keeps his dribble alive and uses picks-solid passer who always has his eyes up. TO prone. Showed the ability to get to the painted area where he can finish with a floater. Walker is an interesting case as far as his NBA stock goes. His PG skills are still a work in progress and not yet NBA-ready in my opinion. His size is an issue. He is a good 3 point shooter and very quick in the open court. He finished up a terrific 4-year career at Florida by being named to the SEC All-Conference team. I wouldn’t be surprised if a team took a chance on him late in the second round because of the value the NBA places on guards that can get to the rim. If he doesn’t get drafted, I see him as a good fit with a D-League team.

Braydon Hobbs (Bellarmine, 6’5”, G)

Division II player of the year. Pretty good lateral quickness and on ball defender. Contests shots. Communicates on the floor and is unselfish. Will be a solid overseas player, but does not have the physical tools or skills necessary to play the NBA level.

Agustus Gilchrist (South Florida, 6’10”, F)

Very athletic-active on the offensive boards. Did a good job of contesting perimeter shots. Finishes with dunks-capable of finishing with contact. Very solid and strong upper body. Body and athleticism are NBA ready but he is still a bit raw offensively. Has a hitch in his shot where he hesitates on the way up but is surprisingly accurate at least from the FT line. May earn a few individual workouts with teams with a solid showing, but that is where his NBA timeline will most likely end.

Kyle O’Quinn (Norfolk State, 6’10”, F)

Surprisingly the most impressive player on the floor early on. Great rebounder on both ends-secures board and chins it. Solid frame that is NBA ready. Good shot blocker both in the paint and on the perimeter. Impressive and underrated passer-hits cutters and throws good outlets to start the break. Uses strength to push players off black and keeps players from establishing deep position on him. Struggles to defend quicker players past 15’- does contests and block shots but stays too tall and doesn’t get low and move feet laterally. Showed the ability to put the ball on the floor for a couple of dribbles and kick to open man. Efficient around rim with either hand including a high hook shot that is very reliable- showed an array of post moves throughout games- always kept defenders guessing. Strong finisher-a big athlete who plays extremely hard and runs the floor. Plays hard in stretches but then because of lack of great conditioning will get beat down floor a couple of possessions in a row to rest- shouldn’t be a big deal at next level, as he will most likely come off bench to provide brief sparks. Has the ability to play the PF position at the next level. Showed the ability to reverse pivot and hit the 12’ jumper with a hand in face. Good FT shooter- soft hands- caught a rocket pass from Erving Walker on the break, gathered himself and finished with a 2 hand strong dunk. Playing with a lot of confidence in this game- he really impressed me in all facets this game. In my opinion, he is definitely worthy of a training camp invite and possibly a roster spot at the next level.

Mitchell Watt (Buffalo, 6’10”, F)

All over the floor today. Excellent shot blocker and rebounder. Has the ability to score in a variety of ways. Can finish above the rim with authority. Was the MAC Player of the Year this year after an impressive senior year.

Game 2: Cherry Bekaert & Holland vs. K & D Rounds Landscaping

Cherry Bekaert & Holland wins 85-73
Box Score

Scouting Reports

Greg Mangano (Yale, 6’10”, F)

Good Pick and Pop player- a 6’10” guy who can hit the 3 is attractive to NBA teams. Good rotation and arc on perimeter shot- can hit the 3 with consistency- quick release for big man. More of a perimeter guy then a banger inside- shied away from contact on both ends. Needs to do a better job securing rebounds- allowed guards to take ball away from him several times. Would like to see him be more of a rebounding threat and scorer inside. Good outside shooter- but settles for it instead of going inside- did not see any post moves from him today. Will like to see a more consistent game from start to finish next game.
Did a Sleeper Report on him earlier in the year when Yale played Wake Forest.

Darryl Bryant (West Virginia, 6’2”, G)

Out of control and loses balance easily. Showed the ability to split the defenders in P/R situations and get to rim and finish over defenders. Tough player. Needs to improve his shooting ability.

Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin, 6’1”, G)

Poised. Plays the game under control. Struggled offensively early on to get it going. Zack Rosen from Penn did a terrific job defending him- Jordan struggled to get to the rim and when he did he had a hard time finishing. Lack of speed and size was evident- will limit his pro chances. Good footwork coming off screens for shots. Looked tired from ball pressure late in first half. Really forced some shots when he felt it was his time to shoot. Came out in the second half looking more comfortable offensively knocking down a pull up jumper and a floater in traffic. This up-tempo game does not suite him, as he likes a slow-down game- he looked tired and winded. Will gets some individual workouts, but he is most likely headed overseas to play. More of an undersized 2 then a playmaking PG. His inability to get to the paint and break man down off dribble will hurt his NBA chances.

Cameron Moore (UAB, 6’10”, F)

Agile and fluid. His length really makes him a solid versatile defender. He collected several steals and was active throughout. A bit tentative offensively. Runs the floor- long stride. Needs to improve ball handling, especially his left hand. Needs to add about 15-20 lbs of muscle to bang with PF at the NBA level- has a frame that should allow this to happen. Can finish above the rim- highlight dunker. Low release but solid form on jump shot. Good body control in air. Disappears for stretches.
Did a Sleeper Report on him earlier in the year when UAB played Southern Miss.

Zack Rosen (Penn, 6’1”, G)

Excellent on ball defender- quick hands and does a great job pressuring the ball from end line to end line. Had a couple of on-ball blocks as well- good considering size. In the opponents shirt defensively- best on ball defense seen today. Lefty who sees the floor and will hit the open guy. Floor general and vocal leader- was not afraid to tell teammates where to be- extension of coach on the floor- gathered guys together at FT line during dead ball situations. Didn’t look for own offense much- was mainly concerned with getting team in sets and starting the offense. Did show a nice head fake and ability to shoot over taller defenders. Accurate and reliable set shooter. Not as explosive going to his right- when he went right went back to his left for scoring move. Has a future as a coach after an overseas career. Reminds me a bit of Jaycee Carroll who played for Utah State and for the Boston Celtics Summer League team a couple of years ago.

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