National Prep Showcase: Day One

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The spotlight for the opening day at the National Prep Showcase was stolen by a trio of 2012 prospects -- Ricardo Ledo, Khem Birch and Kareem Canty.

Aaron Cosby, SG, Northfield Mount Hermon – According to Cosby's coaches he's been shooting the ball well and he went 3-for-8 from behind the stripe today. To go with the trio of three-pointers he knocked down, he also dropped in a pair of pull-up floaters. Cosby finished with 23 points on 6-for-15 shooting and he corralled seven rebounds.

Angel Nunez, SF/PF, Notre Dame Prep – An interesting prospect, Nunez was hyped up early in his high school career and hasn't really lived up to expectations. Coming into the summer he was a target guy to watch, but he missed majority of the summer before committing to Louisville early in the fall.

With all of that said, he definitely has plenty of talent. Still, though, he's a tough one to grade out because he often plays lackadaisical. However, when he's playing hard and with energy he's guy that we could see making an impact in college. He's a solid shooter off the catch, is a pretty good athlete and he moves fluidly up and down the floor.

Keannau Post, C, Westwind Prep – In a class where majority of the big men are off the board, Post, a 6-foot-10, 255-pound center will likely get some looks. For a guy size he actually moves pretty well and has decent footwork. He didn't get many touches, so it was hard to get a full evaluation on his low post game, but he definitely has a nice set of hands. He only scored five points, but collected 12 rebounds.

Ryan Martin, PF, Bridgton Academy – A 6-foot-7 post prospect, Martin managed to catch our eye with his effort and aggressiveness in the paint. He's willing to run the floor, has a good set of hands and showed nice touch around the basket. Mid-major programs should take a peak, because Martin has some ability.

Donnie Hale, PF, Bridgton Academy – When Hale, a 6-foot-7 power forward, is playing with some fire and aggression he's pretty fun to watch. Against Westwind he was all over the offensive glass and when he didn't reel in a rebound he at least got a hand on it. He collected 14 rebounds, including six on the offensive end.

Offensively he's almost always going to go over his right shoulder, as he's not real comfortable trying to score with his right. He still needs to add some strength to his frame, but certainly liked the effort he put forth today. Hale finished with 15 points.

George Matthews, SF, Westwind Prep – Utah picked up a legit scorer in this 6-foot-5 strongly built wing. He opened the game by burying three three-pointers, but he also showed an ability to get to the rim and create space to get off his shots. He went for 15 points and seven rebounds.

Tabarris Hamilton, SG, Fishburne Military – Jason Capel and Appalachain State scored a good one in Hamilton. The 6-foot-3 wiry, but strong wing prospect wasn't shy about getting shots up and rightfully so, as he shot the ball well from mid and long range. He gets terrific lift on his jump shot and is able of curling off screens and setting up quickly.

KC Whitaker, PG/SG, Fishburne Military – A crafty guard headed to UAB, Whitaker stole the show for Fishburne. Whitaker, who shot 9-for-17 from the field, including five three-pointers, scored 24 points and tossed out four assists in a loss to Notre Dame Prep. He has good size for the position, a high IQ and handled ball pressure well. UAB scored a good one.

Ge-Lawn Guyn, SG, South Kent – In the first half Guyn showed an improved skill set as he handled the point guard duties for South Kent. We think he's more of a two because he has trouble getting by smaller, quicker guards, but he's definitely improved. His body is stronger and he's developed a nice pull-up floater in the lane. Guyn, a Cincinnati commit, is a tough dude that is a terrific on the ball defender. Guyn finished with 13 points and five rebounds.

P.J. Hairston, SG, Hargrave – Hairston has had a reputation as sniper for quite some time. Someone must not have told South Kent because the 6-foot-5 stocky wing prospect headed to North Carolina lit them up from behind the three-point stripe. He ripped off 29 points on 9-for-19 shooting, including six three-pointers.

Rob Brown, SG, Hargrave – Expect to see Seth Greenberg's guard in's next batch of 2011 rankings. A solid athlete, Brown can do a variety of things on the offensive end. Off the catch he's a pretty good shooter, but he's also more than capable of attacking the basket and finishing through contact. Brown was 7-for-10 from the field on his way to 20 points.

Shaquille Thomas, SF, NIA Prep – The Cincinnati commit can really score. Thomas, a 6-foot-7 wiry wing prospect, has great touch around the basket and shoots the ball well off the bounce and just has a knack for putting the ball in the basket. He hit the game tying three as the buzzer sounded, then scored a couple of quick buckets in overtime. He finished with 27 points.

Kelvin Amayo, SF, NIA Prep – It's fun watching this 6-foot-4 wing prospect play. He plays with high intensity and a strong motor. Offensively he's at his best in transition, where he can use his athleticism to make plays at the rim. On the opposite end, Amayo because of his strength, drive and lateral quickness has the chance to be a pretty good college defender.

Khem Birch, PF, Notre Dame Prep – It's easy to see the amount of talent flowing through Birch's 6-foot-8, 220-pound frame. An early commit to Pittsburgh, Birch is a guy that could have an affect on the college game as soon as he gets to campus. Birch, an elite level athlete, gets off the floor extremely quick and has terrific timing when blocking shots. Myles Davis, SG, Notre Dame Prep – There aren't many guys in high school basketball that are equipped with the type of jump shot Davis has. Sure he's only 6-foot, but Davis is a legit shooter from three and has not only deep range, but also a fairly quick trigger. Davis' passing ability was also on display, as he tossed out a trio of sweet dishes in the open court.

Evan Cummins, PF, Northfield Mount Hermon – Offensively he wasn't overwhelming, but Cummins certainly showed a good make up and the tools to be a successful basketball player. He moves fluidly up and down the floor, is a solid athlete and has a good set of hands. He also showed range on his jump shot to 18-feet. Going forward we'd like to see Cummins, a 6-foot-7 forward, be more aggressive in the paint and on the glass.

Kareem Canty, PG, Bridgton Academy – With his reclassification to the 2012 class, Canty, a 6-foot lead guard, will likely see his college options increase dramatically. Not only has his game improved, but not many lead guards have emerged in the 2012 class. He's good at creating space, can score off the bounce and shot the ball fairly well in New Haven. He's likely among the top dozen point guards in 2012. He scored 23 points and tossed out four assists.

Ricardo Ledo, SG, South Kent – The way Ledo, a 6-foot-6 wiry guard, scored it on Friday it would be safe to say that Ledo is the best scorer in the 2012 class. He broke out for 19 points in the first half and scored them in a variety of ways. His floater game is top notch, as is his pull-up jumper. Ledo can create space with ease and has a knack for slipping by a defending and scoring at the rim. He finished with 30 points.

Andre Drummond, C, St. Thomas More – You can't question the physical and athletic tools Drummond has been blessed with. A 6-foot-10, possibly 6-foot-11, air craft carrier of a big man, Drummond runs the floor well, is an elite level athlete and has a terrific set of hands.

However, going forward we would like to see the St. Thomas More big man be more aggressive positing up on the block. He often times fades towards the perimeter rather than muscling up in side. If he shows aggression and starts to develop a couple of scoring moves he has the potential to be one of the best big men to come out of high school since Greg Oden.

Anthony Cortesia, PF, Lee Academy – There has been some buzz building around this 6-foot-8 fluidly moving forward prospect. He's equipped with impressive ball skills, solid athleticism and a lengthy frame. However Cortesia shies away from contact and wasn't real aggressive around the basket. It's clear he has some talent

John Golden, a 2011 product at Northfield Mount Hermon, improved his stock. An impressive leaper, the 6-foot-5 wing threw down a nice dunk in transition and proved he could knock down jumpers off the catch. There aren't many guys in the 2011 class that have the motor that UNLV commit Grandy Glaze has. The 6-foot-6 undersized post plays hard and is aggressive on the glass. Marshall scored a solid post prospect in Jamir Hanner. The Philadelphia native moves well up and down the floor and is a very good athlete. He should be a terrific rebounder in Conference-USA. Xavier commit Dezmine Wells is at his best in transition. He's strong, athletic and able to get to the rim. Virginia Tech commits Marquis Rankin and C.J. Barksdale put up solid efforts in the win. Rankin finished with 19 points and 11 assists, while Barksdale went for 17 points and eight rebounds. Prep school has been good for Damien Lee. The 6-foot-4 wing said he's concentrating on getting stronger, which he has. He's a talented scorer. John Gre en, of Westwind Prep, dropped 30 points on Bridgton Academy. He finished well at the rim, as he relentlessly attacked the basket. Keith Coleman, a strongly built post prospect, was all over the glass. He only played 13 minutes, but corralled eight rebounds and scored 10 points.

Evan Cummins claims scholarship offers from UMass, Providence, Butler, William & Mary and Davidson. He also has interest from Notre Dame, Stanford and Virginia.

2012 guard Myles Davis said Georgetown, Virginia, Villanova, DePaul and Pittsburgh are all showing strong interest in his recruitment.

Ricardo Ledo mentioned Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Villanova, Syracuse, Providence, Rhode Island and Louisville. He said he's planning to visit Kentucky and Louisville sometime in the near future.

Kareem Canty, who recently reclassified to 2012, mentioned Alabama, Providence, Arizona, UNLV, St. Bonaventure, George Mason, Seton Hall and St. John's. He has a trip set up to see Alabama in March.

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