Flyin to the Hoop: Day Two

Day two at Flying to the Hoop turned into the Jabari Parker show. The class of 2013 prospect was absolutely dominant in a huge win for Simeon and proved that he is one of the best players, if not the best, in his class.

Kevin Thomas, SF, Christian Faith – The Christian Faith combo forward is a big time athlete who was solid all-around in a win. He did most of his damage inside the paint, but Thomas showed a decent and handle and hit from the mid-range as well. While not ultra skilled, Thomas does have a solid motor and is very bouncy allowing him to make unique plays around the rim.

DaVonte Beard, PG/SG, St. Vincent-St. Mary – An unsigned senior, Beard had it working for SVSM despite being overwhelmed by Huntington Prep. He was hitting shots, getting to the rim, and has good size allowing him to play on or off the ball. He can force things a little too much, but Beard is in the middle of an excellent senior season and showed very well for himself against some other highly thought of guards.

Rashawn McElrath, PF, Simeon – He is a bouncy forward that does all of his damage on the inside. McElrath hit the boards hard for Simeon, and for the most part made things difficult with his length and athleticism. His only offense was dunks or layups, but McElrath managed to do some good things helping his team to a convincing win.

Sim Bhullar, C, Huntington Prep – It was another solid outing for the massive big man. Bhullar once again was able run the floor decently well, and once in position he is just so tough to stop because he is enormous. Bhullar didn't have quite the impact on the defensive end that he did earlier in the event, but still he was a factor by simply standing in the paint. His touch is solid and really showed well for himself from the charity stripe. He is an interesting projection because there is really nothing to go on in terms of history with players like Bhullar, but he definitely impacts the game when on the floor.

Jevon Thomas, PG, Our Savior – It was an excellent game for Thomas. He showed what makes him such a dynamic player. Thomas showed off his excellent court vision and racked up numerous assists. Also he played hard and showed the ability to break his man down off the dribble at will. Overall it was a good outing for Thomas and showed that he can put his team on his back and bury an opponent.

Christopher Obekpa, PF, Our Savior – After dazzling everyone on Saturday, Obekpa came back down to earth a little. He still was solid using his athleticism and energy to impact the game, but he wasn't the complete game changer that he was in the first game. Still Obekpa is an interesting prospect, but given how raw he is it is going to take some time for the consistency to be there.

Steve Taylor, PF, Simeon – Taylor passes the look test in a big way with his long arms and frame, and can really shoot the ball. He is a pick and pop problem for defenders with the way he can stretch a defense. Also he rebounded very well which has been an issue for him in the past. With his ability to shoot combined with his length and athleticism, Taylor might be the best prospect in Illinois in the 2012 class.

Deontae Hawkins, PF, Dunbar – He is skinny, and doesn't exactly seek out contact, but Hawkins can be a face-up power forward who is tough to defend. A good mid-range jump shooter, Hawkins also stretches it to the three point line. Not an explosive leaper, but a solid athlete, Hawkins is capable of playing above the rim. He needs to get much stronger, but there is definite potential there.

Jabari Parker, SF, Simeon – Quite simply Parker was incredible. He showed off the entire offensive arsenal. Parker was getting into the lane and scoring, hitting from deep, finishing over defenders, hitting step backs, and then crossing over defenders. Also Parker rebounded the ball well and showed great court vision. In what was a very balanced Simeon attack, Parker finished with 20 and quite simply looked as though he might be the best player in the nation in his class, he was that impressive.

Kendrick Nunn, SG, Simeon – With Parker doing most of the damage, Nunn was content to simply be a complementary piece in the Simeon attack. He hit a pair of threes, was very active on the defensive end, and as always played hard. Now he should have attacked the rim a little bit more, but Nunn was content to play his role and be one piece to a very impressive Simeon puzzle.

Demarion Geter, PF, Dunbar – Dayton Dunbar always seems to have a long and athletic power forward who needs to add weight and has a ton of potential. This year they have two. One is Hawkins and the other is Geter. Geter played maybe his finest game of his high school career. He was hitting the boards, scored down low, and was an athletic force. Geter is still growing, and will need to get stronger, but it was a nice step for him as he tries to get from the mid-major to high-major level in his development.

Kaza Kajami-Keane, PG, Christian Faith – He runs the show for Ro Russell's squad, and was very impressive. Kajami-Keane has good floor vision, can make an open shot, and knows how to push the tempo. Now he isn't an explosive athlete or ultra quick, but he does have the savvy and understanding of how to beat his man off the dribble. Though Christian Faith was sloppy at times, Kajami-Keane did an excellent job of slowing them down and getting things together when it was needed.

Mikyle McIntosh, PF, Christian Faith – McIntosh is simply an undersized bruiser with bounce. He can finish well above the rim, and at about 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, has the frame to do work down low. Right now his offensive game isn't extremely refined, but he does play hard and likes to make things happen around the rim using his strength and athleticism.

Austin Grimes, SF, Aiken – Grimes played with a good motor and was all over the floor for Aiken in their win. He was snatching rebounds and pushing the tempo, finishing around the rim, and even hit a few jumpers. Now he does need to tighten up his handle some, and will need to consistently play with energy and effort, but it was a very good showing from Grimes and looked like a good prospect going forward.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, SG/PG, Christian Faith – Rathan-Mayes has received a good amount of college attention already, and he showed why. He has a great looking stroke from the perimeter, is a solid athlete, and has good court vision. Right now he is probably best off the ball, but in time could develop into a quality lead guard. There is no doubt he is one of the better freshmen backcourt prospects his class.

Kevin Thomas said the schools that standout are Marquette, NC State, Texas, Arkansas, and Georgetown.

DaVonte Beard is hearing from Siena, Boston College, George Washington, and Cleveland State

Sim Bhullar has a list of Xavier, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Syracuse, USC, UNLV, Cincinnati, and Washington State

Head coaches from Cleveland State, Xavier, Dayton, George Washington, and Ohio University were all in the gym throughout the day.

Joining them were assistants from Marquette, Kent State, Ohio University, Cincinnati, Bethune-Cookman, Wright State, Dayton, VCU, and Oakland.


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