The third annual Southeast Summer Showcase wrapped on June 2, and with more attendees than ever it takes time to go through everyone’s notes, scour the film, and really assess everyone. But here are the first notes available from the day of action:
Javis Howard (PF/C, 6’8″, 2014) Irmo HS (SC) – Javis has the size and agility to play the PF spot and the strength to play the C spot. But most people who have scouted Howard already knew that; what he’s improved on is his ability to face the basket. He has an excellent first step from the 15 foot range which creates serious matchup problems for plodding big men. He plays above the rim, has great hands and works hard in the post. A lot to like about Howard, who already held several Division I offers prior to the showcase and picked up several more since.
Gary Clark (F, 6’7″, 2014) Clayton HS (NC) He is your can do it all guy who really gets going when someone on the other team trys to take over, he then becomes the incredible hulk and breaks out. He is very unselfish if he sees someone open, very versatile, smart, high basketball IQ. Still has upside and more he can do.
Ronshad Shabazz (G, 6’3″, 2015) Knightdale HS (NC) One of the top guards at the event. Left handed scorer who can get to the basket, but also knock down the three ball if you don’t guard him. The defener has to respect that he get bet you more than one way and play him honest. He has a good motor and has a good basketball IQ, knowing when to drive and when to pull up, as well as distribute the ball.
Justice Cuthbertson (G, 6’2″, 2014) Westchester (NC) Cuthbertson showed a strong game all day and was one of the standouts of the overall event, being considered for MVP. Showing a powerful speed dribble, he pushes the ball at full speed end-to-end and can find teammates on the move. Overall point guard skills have improved dramatically and he already had great strength and toughness to his game.
Kedrick Flomo (PG, 6’1″, 2014) North Forsyth HS (NC) A dynamic playmaker, Flomo’s heady play garnered him the MVP trophy for the 2013 showcase. A smooth game that can be deceptive, he is a solid shooter with good quickness who likes to make things happen. As he has become a more assertive player over his career, he’s become very hard to handle one-on-one and demands a double team much of the time.
Gerald Vaughn, Jr (G, 5’11”, 2014) Westwood HS (SC) One of the few defenders who was able to get any success against Kedrick Flomo, Vaughn played lock down defense against everyone he faced all day long and proved he was a hard-nosed guard who does not take plays off. Considering the loose play at showcase events, seeing someone play solid defense even in transition is something special, and it earned Vaughn the 2013 Coaches Award.
Mike Hughes (SG, 6’2″, 2014) Winston-Salem Prep (NC) Hughes is an explosive player who is extremely good in transition. Hughes is a player who can play guard or small forward effectively and plays above the rim. Has a good handle and is a solid slasher.
Stavian Allen (F, 6’8″, 2014) Christian Faith Center Academy (NC) Allen is an above-the-rim highlight type player, and he’s developed a consistent jumper to go with his elite hops. Allen was blistering from deep at times in today’s event, and he can hit from the mid range to the outside with a high release. Tends to fade a bit on his jumper, but Allen is a really solid prospect with great upside.
Gabe Devoe (G, 6’3″, 2014) Shelby HS (NC) It’s no secret that Devoe’s stock has continued to rise in the spring and it’s easy to see why, he is a powerful guard who likes to get up and down the court, has great strength and can finish with contact. Has a high basketball IQ and plays with purpose.