National Prep Showcase: Day Two

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The second day at the National Prep Showcase provided us with a great opportunity to evaluate some new prospects like Zach Auguste, Stefan Jankovic and Kevin Zabo, but also some high level 2012 players like Alex Murphy and Kaleb Tarczewski.

Jordan Laguerre, PG/SG, New Hampton Prep – Derek Kellogg and UMass scored a talented combo guard in Laguerre. Yes, he can be a tad wild at times, but he's an athlete with some ability. His drive and smash in traffic was impressive, as was his ability to handle the ball in tight spaces. The lefty didn't have the jump shot working today, but we've seen him make shots in the past.

Marquis Rankin, PG, Hargrave – Some time with Kevin Keatts has helped the 6-foot lead guard headed to Virginia Tech. Yesterday he tossed out double-digit assists, today he picked his spots with his drives and even drove the lane and punched one. He has a lot of weapons at Hargrave and he's using them to his advantage. He's gotten in great shape, is sneaky strong and has a chance to be a very good defender at the next level.

Robert, Brown, SF, Hargrave – The tear continued for the Virginia Tech signee on Saturday. Brown, a Florida native, filled the stat sheet with 25 points on 8-for-18 shooting. He also went to the glass with some intensity and snagged 15 rebounds. He was aggressive on both ends looked to create scoring opportunities.

Markus Kennedy, C, Brewster – The big fella headed to Villanova was impressive against Fishburne Military. He was active and aggressive on both ends. Offensively he caught everything thrown his way and finished with defenders draped on him. Defensively he held his position and rebounded well. Kennedy deserves some props he's taken his post grad season and used it to get better. Kennedy finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.

Naadir Tharpe, PG, Brewster – Up against Fishburne Military, Tharpe, a 6-foot guard headed to Kansas, put together a solid effort. He finished 5-for-11 from the field and scored 10 points. Tharpe showed a nice floater, which he hit twice, and was steady during his 34 minutes of action for Brewster.

Durand Johnson, SG, Brewster – Despite not shooting the ball very well, Johnson, a Pittsburgh signee, definitely showed some talent. At 6-foot-5, maybe 6-foot-6, wing he has good size and length for the position. He was also able to knock down a couple of jumpers off the dribble and a made a few plays in transition.

Maurice Harkless, SF, South Kent – Yesterday the 6-foot-8 combo forward played just OK. On Saturday it was a different story. The skilled St. John's commit made a number of impressive plays, including a baseline drive and dunk. Harkless has good touch on his jump shot and is a pretty good athlete. He scored 17 points on an efficient 8-for-13 shooting from the field.

Khem Birch, PF, Notre Dame – Yesterday we listed him as a 2012 prospect, but the big news of the day was his move to the 2011 class, becoming Pittsburgh fifth prospect in that class. While that news was breaking, Birch, of Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep, was on the court doing his normal shot blocking routine, as well as slamming home dunks in the paint. He was top five in the 2012 class, he'll like slide down, but remain in the top 10 in 2011.

Todd Mayo, SG, Notre Dame – Scorer. That's the best word to describe this 6-foot-3 guard. He can flat out get buckets. His jump shot is legit and he's a solid handler that knows how to get to the rim. His older brother – O.J. – taught him some tricks as well because he knows how to use his body and work angles when he's attacking the basket.

Keith Coleman, PF, Lee Academy – No one will doubt Coleman's motor. The 6-fot-8 powerfully built power forward plays hard and aggressive on both ends. He hangs out in the paint looking for tip dunk opportunities and rebounds. Defensively he's physical and will muscle up with the competition. He went with 11 points and six rebounds.

Kareem Canty, PG, Bridgton Academy – It took him a bit to get going, but once he hit the second half he turned it up some. Canty came with a strong sequence that helped Bridgton get back into where he knocked down threes on consecutive positions and then made a sweet dish in transition. Canty finished 5-for-8 from the field and buried 9 of 11 free throws on his way to 20 points.

Andre Drummond, C, St. Thomas More – After a so-so game yesterday, Drummond brought it a little more on Saturday. Still we would like to see him post harder, but wow was he good at rebounding, catching and finishing. He showed confidence in his off hand (left), challenged shots and dunked everything near the rim. Drummond finished with 22 points on 11-for-17 shooting. He also snagged 16 rebounds and swatted six shots.

Evan Auguste, PF, New Hampton Prep – An intriguing 2012 prospect the 6-foot-8, 205-pound big man moves fluidly and can run the floor. He showed a nice set of hands and is a pretty good athlete. His best move of the day was a face up drive where he dunked over a defender. He still needs strength, but Auguste already has some high majors dabbling him.

Mitch McGary, C, Brewster – McGary played with a strong effort and some intensity in the paint. At times he can get a little wild, but for the most part his game is coming together. He's has a good set of hands, is willing to run the floor and on Saturday he hit the glass. McGary finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Hanner Perea, PF, La Lumiere – When he's running and jumping, Perea, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward, looks good. He's a high level leaper and will be a terrific shot blocker at the next level. Going forward though, Perea is going to have to develop his skill set and work on some scoring moves inside. He finished with nine points and eight rebounds in a loss.

Alex Murphy, SF, St. Marks – Up against Lee Academy the 6-foot-8 wing forward was in all out attack mode. Murphy was especially impressive in transition where he went strong to the basket and finished with ease. A five-star prospect, Murphy also impressed onlookers with his ability to rebound. He played a tough brand of ball and with a lot of energy. He scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.

Kaleb Tarczewski, C, St. Marks – Murphy wasn't the only St. Mark's player all over the glass. The 7-footer got his hands on a lot of boards and altered a number of shots as well. Offensively he's showing improvements. He turned over his left shoulder for a right jump hook and also knocked down a 12-foot fadeaway. The 2012 class is loaded with bigs and he's certainly among the best. He went for 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Nik Stauskas, SF, St. Marks – His first half was the best we've ever seen him play. He was crafty when he attacked the basket and had a couple of nice finishes at the basket. He also showed good vision on two nice passes in transition. Known for his shooting, Stauskas, a 6-foot-5 wing, didn't catch fire for deep, but he certainly found another way to be effective.

Stefan Jankovic, PF, Kiski – The more we watched Stefan Jankovic on Saturday the more we liked him. At 6-foot-9 he moves with ease, has some impressive ball skills for a guy his size and was able to take defenders off the dribble and score. While the talented junior didn't get hot from deep, he's also known for his ability to knock down jumpers from the three-point stripe. Effort on the glass is an area for improvement.

Kevin Zabo, PG, St. Mark's – It's obviously still early, but Zabo, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound floor general, has a terrific feel for the game and already understands how to run a team. He has good speed and changes it up well. Obviously there are areas that need improvement like more consistency out of his jump shot, but he's a talent and a pretty good long-term lead guard prospect.

Fork Union big man Larry Brown is a Division-I prospect. The 6-foot-6 strongly built big man is an active, live body. He gets on the glass and has decent touch inside. Princeton Day Academy point guard Kareem Storey had his moments on Saturday. He buried a trio of three-pointers and was a big factor for his squad, scoring 31 points on 9-for-17 shooting. Donnie Hale had another workman like effort. He finished with 15 points and eight rebounds against Fork Union. Roy Mabrey, a low-major prospect at St. Thomas More, went 12-for-20 from the field and scored 30 points in a loss. He buried five three-pointers. Olivier Hanlan, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard from Canada, is a strong combo guard. He didn't show a shot, but he defended the ball well, made some plays and was physical. P.J. Hairston scored 17, while Barksdale dropped in 11 in the Hargrave's win. T.J. Hallice, a Mercer signee, was pretty good this weekend at the Prep Showcase. He's a big combo forward at 6-foot-9 that can step out and shoot and mix it up inside. UAB signee K.C. Whitaker went for 19 points for Fishburne. The combo guard didn't play as well as Friday, but was solid. Elijah Carter, of Brewster Academy, finished 4-for-8 from the field ad scored 11 points. He spent majority of his time off the ball here.

Zach Auguste said Notre Dame has already thrown an offer his way. Boston College, Kansas, Pittsburgh and Syracuse have shown interest in him as well.

Elijah Carter claims offers from Oregon State, South Florida, Charlotte, Rhode Island and Iowa. Oklahoma and Georgia are also involved in his recruitment.

Mitch McGary, who reclassified to 2012, said Indiana, Illinois, Cincinnati, Dayton, Xavier, Miami, Mississippi and Marquette are showing heavy interest in him.

Kaleb Tarczewski said he has offers from virtually every program in the country. He said the only two schools that are actively showing interest that haven't offered a scholarship are North Carolina and Duke.

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