Here's a look at the players who caught our attention with their play over the weekend.
Harvey Perry, 6-5 SR PG Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne. While he's still not a finished product at the one, Perry is certainly showing signs that he has the potential to play the position down the road. With another year at Cheyenne, and then a prep school year at Brewster Academy, we wouldn't be at all surprised if Perry eventually develops into a point guard. But he truly is a guy who might have the ability to play the one, two or three. He can block a shot, or snatch a rebound, and then lead the break. Great body – long and muscular – explosive and moves easy. His outside shot is much better than it was a year ago. Very good vision and passing ability. Needs to learn to value the ball, and make better decisions, but a huge upside. Will likely hear from national-level programs after a year at prep school.
Joey Shaw, 6-6 JR SF Chandler (Ariz.) High. Shaw has grown since we last saw him and his game has gone to a new level as well. He's still very skinny, but with long legs, a baby face and big feet – his body could still be changing. Quick hops off the floor, very limber and flexible body. Handles and passes like a guard. Very nice stroke from three-point range – quick, although somewhat low, release. Effective when creating off the wing – gets inside and finishes well around the basket. Shot selection could be improved, but there is a big upside here. A potential elite, high major recruit.
Texas Tech – great feel for the game. He sees the court and passes as well as any post in the west. Moves very well without the ball. Outside shot is good to about eighteen feet. One negative would be he's not real explosive off the floor, but we think he'll be a terrific player for Bob Knight.
Lawrence Hill, 6-8 JR PF Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley. Along with Perry, Shaw and Suljagic, Hill was among the top four prospects at the event. Another kid who doesn't look done yet physically. Long and lean, quick feet, gets up very well. Excellent outside shot, although he's making the transition from set shot to jump shot. We saw the jump shot in warm-ups, though, and he'll be at a different level when he gets that shot down consistently. Good defender, plays hard and does a lot of things well. Potential tough match-up for four men in college due to his ability to step away from the basket. Still needs to add weight/strength and continue development of low-post game. Nice instincts as a shot-blocker and moves really well – covers a lot of ground defensively. Could be very effective in trapping defense or press. A high major recruit.
Christian Polk, 6-3 SO SG Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley. Great body – long and lean – with a nice shot to three-point range. Better off the dribble than the catch. He's only a soph, so he's got some time, but he needs to really work on his ability take people off the dribble. He has trouble going by defenders and prefers to settle for jump shots. He has the length and size to be a very good defender if he puts his mind to it. A potential high major recruit.
Ty Morrison, 6-7 SR PF Phoenix (Ariz.) Trevor Browne. Very muscular upper body and explosive off the floor. Lacks the quickness, agility/flexibility to play on the wing – somewhat stiff with added weight/muscle – a straight-line athlete. But could be effective as a rebounder/defender at the mid major level.
Duboise Williams, 6-5 SR SG Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza. Good size, length and frame. Moves well with nice actions. Good outside shot with range. Mid major prospect with an upside.
Kaleo Kina, 6-3 JR SG Phoenix (Ariz.) Trevor Browne. Strong frame, good athlete, nice first step. Plays hard and will defend. Stroke is just decent, but not bad. Possible low to mid major prospect.
Daren Jordan, 5-10 JR PG Phoenix (Ariz.) Trevor Browne. Strong body and fairly good quickness. Nice stroke if given time and space. Struggles to finish against size inside. Very shaky decisions and shot selection – feel for the position needs work. Potentially a good defender. Low to possible mid major prospect.
Tristan Wilson, 6-3 SO SF/SG Glendale (Ariz.) Apollo. Good looking young prospect – nice frame and good athlete. Skills are still developing – shot not real good – but there's an upside physically.
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