T.O.C. Evaluations: A-M

<b>Bob Gibbons and his staff assembled a fantastic field of teams loaded with top-notch talent. Here's a look at some of the outstanding performers from the 17-and-under division of the tournament.</b>

Player Evaluations: A-M

NOTE: Players are Class of 2002 unless noted.

Maurice Ager, SG, Michigan Mustangs: If there was one guy who boosted his stock more than any player at the event, it was Ager. He's likely a Top 30 caliber prospect in his class. His offensive game consists of deep and mid-range jumpers off the dribble and has no problem exploding to the cup. Maurice, welcome to the national scene!

Shagari Alleyne, C, New York Ravens, 2003: There's no disputing 7-2! Toss it up to him and he's has the wingspan of a condor. What he did most impressively this weekend was actually find a few cutting teammates and made some great passes for a kid of his size.

Omar Alston, C, New Jersey All-Stars: He tips the scales at about 280 and this was out first look at him. He did show a variety of effective moves in the post and he's worth taking another look at.

Marcus Arnold, PF, Illinois Fire: This was our first look at him. He's a nice athlete who works the floor some. He'll step out and take some perimeter shots and was hitting his jumper from the three-point line to the foul line. Didn't see much post stuff, but we'll be anxious to watch more this summer.

James Augustine, PF, Illinois Gold: This pitcher has an 80-mph heater on the diamond and is a good-looking PF prospect, albeit somewhat undetected on the national scene. He can step out to hit jumpers, but this lefty also showed a propensity to block shots. He's not shy and will trade paint in the lane.

Grant Billmeier, C, New Jersey All-Stars: He played passively this weekend in the game we watched. He runs straight up and didn't get involved in the offense at all. He will challenge shots and has good size. He has some work to do in terms of coming out and showing up consistently as he didn't show much action in the post.

Mario Boggan, PF/C, North Carolina Gaters: He tried to play on the perimeter a little this weekend and that's not his game. For his size, he has athleticism. Where Boggan is going to standout is in a situation with another big man who will draw attention and free him up to be the efficient scorer that he is inside. In this situation, he didn't have that option.

Denham Brown, SF/SG, Grassroots Canada: This is a sturdy and strong 210 pound swingman. He has a lot of tools and is a good athlete. In fact, he's probably one of the 50 best players in this class and once the high-major schools really get a good sniff of him, they'll really start hitting him up hard. He can shoot it and rebounds really well for his position. He's got big, broad shoulders and is generally regarded as the top prospect in Canada.

Derrick Broom, SG/SF, Georgia Stars: This way the first time I had seen him and what he can do was impressive. He has a sweet medium game, which he takes to 3-point range. He helps on the glass and really is versatile. He'll probably receive looks from mid-to-high-major schools and the summer will determine where he winds up.

Dee Brown, PG, Illinois Gold: His best performance of the spring came at the Spiece event, but he was all-tournament here and guided the Gold to the semifinals while averaging 21.2 points in Chapel Hill. He's one of those guys who has to have the ball in his hands and when he does, this ultra-quick guard makes plays. He reminds me of Aaron Miles but is more of scorer from the point.

Greg Brunner, PF, Martin Brothers Select: He continues to win fans everywhere he goes. He puts for the same kind of effort as Jason Fraser, though he's not nearly as tall. All this guy does is rebound and get fouled. He has a shiner after catching an elbow the first night. His go to move down low is a baseline spin. Once he starts playing, he's like a machine and you can't turn him off. He's going to Iowa.

Rashaun Bryant, PF, Georgia Stars, 2003: This wide-bodied 250-pounder looks like he's going to be a player. He has some offense including a soft baby hook.

Derek Burditt, SF, New Orleans Jazz: California landed itself a very good player in Burditt. He's a fine athlete who shoots the ball well to mid-range, even off the bounce. He's savvy and is a good passer. He took one of the few charges we watched all weekend.

Evan Burns, SF, Team Dada: This is the best player on the West Coast. He's a smooth scorer blessed with athleticism and body control. His team didn't give him a lot of help, but he still looked very good. Willing rebounder who plays with intensity and we loved the fact that he took his team's performance to heart and was very disappointed; he's a gamer.

Jackie Butler, C, Southeast Raptors, 2003: The McComb, Miss., native looks like a young Marvin Stone, probably a little better at this stage. He's a big-time post scorer who obviously has been coached some. This kid is going to be an elite level target real soon.

DeAngelo Collins, PF, Los Angeles Paladins: He's a tough guy to get a read on. One minute he's blocking shots like it's nobody's business and scoring off athletic moves in the paint. Then, he ventures outside and seems to lose concentration. He seems to be gravitating to the perimeter a lot this spring and that's not his strength. He can be a great inside player, even a dominant one, but he doesn't appear ready to commit to being an inside player.

Lenny Cooke, SF, Long Island Panthers: Once Sunday came around, Cooke scrapped the flashy moves and traded them in for a lunch pail as he went to work. He's a gifted ball handler and a great passer, especially on the break. His wingspan is enormous and there isn't a better rebounding three-man in the class. Should he develop some sort of a perimeter game, he'd be deadly. As it stands, he's a strong contender for top player in this class honors.

Bernard Cote, PF/C, Grassroots Canada: This was one of his first events with this team and didn't fit in real well to what they were trying to do. The team is loaded with swingmen and he was a post player who didn't get much burn. However, he can play. He's strong and makes a great effort to get big and establish position on the blocks. Not a good free-throw shooter. He's already receiving high-major looks.

Chuck Davis, PF, Alabama Ice: This guy appears to have high-major tattooed on his forehead. He was all-tournament after averaging 21 points a game. He's a sleek athlete and looks like a big-time rebounder. Only wish I had seen more of him.

TaQuan Dean, SG/PG, New Jersey All-Stars: If Louisville wanted a shooter, than mission accomplished. He fired off 17 threes in the game we watched and hit 8 of them. He had a chance to take a three for the win, but cramped up and had to pass up the shot. He got on a roll and hit his first four threes before missing three in a row and then hitting 3 of his next 5 deep tries. He averaged 20 points for the event.

Sean Dockery, PG, Illinois Fire: He had 16 points (6-12 FG) in the game against the Hurricanes. He plays at different speeds, handles it well and finds teammates in traffic. However, on Saturday his friends didn't do a good job of finishing plays and as a result he finished with just one assist when he could have had at least six or seven with some conversions. He's a gambler on defense where he gets after it. This is one of the best PGs in the class, that much we know for sure.

Tim Doyle, SF/PF, Long Island Panthers: He wasn't used much by the Panthers but when he played he contributed. Doyle is a very good passer and he'll stick some medium-range jumpers. One of those guys who does all the little things and will be a nice player at a mid-major program. Great attitude.

Chris Ellis, PF, Georgia Stars: It seems like the Stars always have a player or two cut out of the Ellis mold. He's a big kid at 6-7, 230. He's probably a mid-major post player who will rebound and score, but isn't ready to be a big low block scorer.

Gary Ervin, SG/PG, Long Island Panthers: The Panthers have a number of guards who fill the same niche – not quite point guards and a little too small and not strong enough shooters to be SGs. Ervin is very quick and his jumper is reliable from mid-range while he's good for the occasional 3-pointer.

Terrell Everett, SG, Beach Ball Select: He completed one of the sweetest moves of the tournament as he swept to lane, spun and scooped in a sweet layup. Fine athlete worth watching in the future and has mid-major potential.

Olu Famutimi, SF/SG, Michigan Hurricanes, 2003: Olu might be the best athlete of the bunch for the Hurricanes. Countless times he rose through traffic for big-time dunks. Should he develop his perimeter game, the sky is absolutely the limit as he looks like an elite level prospect.

Herman Favors, PG, Georgia Stars: He's smart and shifty which means he's good with the ball in his hands. He's hit you with the flash every now and then. He has some offense including a nice little floater on the move he likes to go to. Probably will begin his recruitment with mid-major interest.

Raymond Felton, PG, Beach Ball Select: This is the best point guard in the class. All weekend long he was as dominant as his team needed him to be. What's scary is that there is actually room for improvement, particularly with his 3-point shot where he can stand to be more consistent. He got to the rim seemingly whenever he wanted and used his size and strength to create opportunities and get himself to the line where he has the gift of even turning forced opportunities into scoring chances. In five games, he actually averaged 36 points each time out with a high of 45. In a word, he was dominant. Defensively, he's a pest with quick hands and generates a lot of steals. He fed off the crowd and took his game to a level few in his class have seen.

Spencer Ford, SF, New Orleans Jazz: He's the workhorse utility forward for the Jazz. He'll run the floor, handle his rebounding duties with pride and even steps out to shoot the three. He looks like a mid-to-high-major prospect and if effort is a barometer used to measure success, he scores high.

Jason Fraser, PF, Long Island Panthers: Fraser excels in two areas and plays to his strengths. He's not a good shot blocker; he's a great shot blocker. He's also one of the top rebounding PFs when stacked up against his peers. The hustle is unceasing and that's very impressive. Still working on his offensive game down low, but he's ready to come in and contribute in other areas. He's also a better than average post passer who simply makes plays, kind of like GT's Alvin Jones; not as tall but a better athlete.

Andy Freund, PF/SF, FOH Milwaukee: We've seen FOH a few times this spring and Freund's best game came against the Tim Thomas Playaz. He's an effort guy who battles. He'll make medium jumpers and the occasional three ball, but isn't much for putting it on the floor and shooting. He's a mid-major candidate.

Stanley Gaines, SF/PF, Illinois Fire: It seems like Stanley's been playing AAU ball for five years already as he's been around so long. Right now, he looks like a mid-major prospect who contributes a little inside and does some mid-range stuff outside too.

Anthony Gray, PF/SF, Arkansas Hawks, 2003: He's a 210-pounder with power forward skills. Gray's one of those guys who battles inside for everything. Right now, he looks like a potential mid-major forward.

DeWayne Green, PG, Michigan Hurricanes, 2003: He wasn't as visible as some of his teammates but Green's contributions, especially on the defensive end, were huge. He did a nice job spelling Roberson at the point.

Dan Grunfeld, SG, FOH Milwaukee: The son of Ernie Grunfeld has developed into a potential mid-major prospect. He'll stick open threes and will make some catch and shoots. He's not much of an athlete but does have some offense and is usually FOH's most consistent player.

Eric Hicks, PF, Charlotte Aces: We've seen him before and didn't get a chance to watch a lot him in action, but caught him a few times making plays, getting on the glass and finishing in the paint. The 6-6 forward seems to be progressing after an injury a few seasons ago. Averaged 17 points in the event.

Jeff Horner, PG, Martin Brothers Select: He got off to a bad start Friday night when his jumper wouldn't go down. However, this is a tough kid who is a skilled passer and shooter and loves to compete. He finished averaging a very respectable 17 points for the tournament. Lenny Cooke tried to put on a dribbling display against him and Horner would have nothing of it. He stuck with Cooke as he best he could until he slowed him down and drew an offensive foul.

Aaron Hutchinson, SF, Grassroots Canada: One of many fine prospects on Ro Russell's team. He has a live body and is strong off the drive. He'll play next season at Christian Faith in Creedmoor, N.C.

Elijah Ingram, PG, Tim Thomas Playaz: Here's a young man who is extremely quick with the basketball in his hands. He's very good at penetrating and finding the open teammate, as he's a fine passer; this appears to be his strength as a point guard. He's stringing together some nice performances, making up for some sub par outings in major events over the winter.

Richard Joyce, SG/SF, North Carolina Gaters: He was the first prospect to commit to Skip Prosser. Actually, he committed to Dave Odom and then firmed up things after the coaching change. In the game we saw, his jumper wasn't there. However, he contributes as an athlete who uses his athleticism to get on the boards and is actually good for some stickback dunks.

Marcellas Kemp, SF/SG, FOH Seattle: While the Stewart Twins were flying around checking out what the rims at the Dean Dome looked like up close and personal, Kemp was banging baseline jumpers. He must have hit four or five of them in the game Saturday night. He's a mid-major type worthy of another look and he was playing with guys he normally doesn't run with since his regular AAU team is Seattle Rotary.

Chris Krause, PG, Grassroots Canada: Here's a young man who is receiving some low-major and Division II looks right now. He's a good shooter with nice form on his shot, and we'd like to see him again.

Mike Lasme, PG, New Jersey All-Stars: This kid has a burst to the cup that's not in dispute; he's a super athlete who will defend. In the game we watched, he looked to score a lot and made some threes and medium jumpers off the pull-up. Very interesting prospect that will be watched a lot during the July evaluation period.

Anthony Maestranzi, PG, Illinois Gold: We can't confirm that he even shaves yet, but Maestranzi can play. He's a 5-10 PG who moonlights at the position due to the presence of Dee Brown. However, he's tough as nails, is a good passer and leader while shooting the basketball extremely well from downtown. He's a low-major find for the right program.

Tristan Martin, PG, Grassroots Canada: You have to love a point guard who has the kind of burst that Martin has to the cup. He's really quick and projects as at least a mid-major prospect to start the summer. He might be better, but it was our first look.

Kevin Massiah, SF, Grassroots Canada: He'll be off to prep school in the States this year. This young man is a great athlete with super explosion to the rim to the point he makes it look effortless. He backed down some kids on the blocks and hit a fadeaway jumper on the baseline a few times. Mark his name down; we haven't heard the last from him.

Don McGrath, SG/PG, New York Ravens: Here's a kid who is going to draw a ton of mid-major interest from his area schools. He has plenty of offense and an extremely soft touch from the perimeter. He makes wise decisions with the ball and we'd be anxious to see him in a setting where he'd be the team's primary ball handler. The six-footer gets a lot done.

Glenn Miles, SG, Southeast Raptors, 2004: His team is loaded with good young players. He already has plenty of offense with a fade away jumper and likes to get out and run in transition, though he runs a little awkwardly. Write his name down, because we'll be hearing more of him in the future.

Jonathan Modica, SG/SF, Arkansas Hawks: He's an early Arkansas commitment and cut in the mold of a typical Arkansas swingman recruit as he's versatile. He's strong and likes to really get on the glass. He'll use both hands around the rim and shoot the three but could stand to be more consistent.

Chadd Moore, PG/SG, Southeast Raptors: He's headed to Oak Hill for his senior season. Moore looks like the prototype combo guard. A large part of his game comes from his offensive skills and the Raptors move him around and try to keep the ball in his hands.

Marcus Morrison, SF, Fastbreak USA: This is a young man we'd love to see more of. He's a big-time athlete with a burst. Offensively, he shot the 3-pointer and was pretty solid from medium-range.

Quentin Moses, SG, Georgia Stars: He's a football player and he's not sure what route he's going to take. Maybe he should give basketball a hard look because he's really good. He's a strong 215 pounds and he's a fine shooter with range. He's going to be one of those durable guard types and he's a high-major prospect. Really liked him a lot.

The Next Time Around: Here is a list of teams we didn't get an opportunity to see or simply didn't see enough of. With 32 teams, it's tough to catch everyone and an effort will be made to catch these guys the next time around: Tennessee Travelers, Charlotte Aces, Atlanta Celtics, Friends of Hoop Milwaukee, Alabama Ice, Southern California All-Stars, Team Carolina, Masters Hoops, Sky's The Limit, Houston Superstars.

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