Flyin to the Hoop: Day Three

KETTERING, Ohio – The final day at Flyin to the Hoop featured some great games and surprising results. The best performance came from 2012 recruit Tony Parker who showed why the entire SEC and ACC are after him, and then also Michigan State signee Travis Trice lit up the scoreboard in a huge win.

Travis Trice, PG, Wayne – Trice has always been known as a streaky shooter, and Whitney Young allowed him to get going in the second half. That proved to be a very bad thing for the Dolphins. After being limited to only three points in the first half, Trice went for 27 in the second half. He found the soft spot in the Whitney Young zone early for a couple of threes, and then after that the full offensive repertoire was working. When he gets hot, he is extremely tough to stop, and Trice absolutely was on fire leading the Warriors with 30 points in a blowout win.

Markus Crider, SF, Wayne – Always a tremendous talent, Crider has been knocked for not using that extraordinary natural ability all the time. Well the good Crider showed up against Wayne. He was aggressive going to the rim, made shots, and rebounded the basketball down low. In fact it might have been the best performance of Crider's career. Next year he is headed to Providence, and if Crider can put performances like this together consistently, he will be an excellent player for the Friars.

Sam Thompson, SF, Whitney Young – A supreme athlete, Thompson was using that to his advantage against Wayne. Thompson attacked the rim quite a bit and had several acrobatic finishes in the lane off of drives. Now he didn't make a jumper all game, and struggled in that regard, but still Thompson finished with 24 points and was the only Whitney Young player to have a good game.

Traevon Jackson, SG, Westerville South – A tough minded kid who is a big game player, Jackson stepped up. Jackson put South on his back to the tune of 26 points and 10 rebounds in an overtime win. Overall Jackson was excellent on the defensive end, and then used his basketball IQ and shot making ability to be a problem on the offensive end. It was a big time performance from Jackson.

Jared Bryant, C, Roger Bacon – An unsigned senior with legitimate 6-foot-8 size, Bryant had the look of a kid who could potentially do some solid things at the mid-major level. He is strong, plays hard, runs the floor, and has pretty good hands. He isn't super explosive and doesn't have a dominant post move, but with his size and legit strength, Bryant can take up space down low and is capable of making good things happen in the paint.

Henry Brooks, PF, Miller Grove – The Wolverines didn't need a huge game out of Brooks in a blowout win, but he was efficient getting his 11 points on only five shots. He is very skinny, so he needs to add strength, but Brooks is a solid athlete who can hit the mid-range jumper. His future is probably best served at a mid-level program, but it is possible that with his size, athleticism, and skill that he could end up going higher as the spring signing period approaches.

Tony Parker, C, Miller Grove – The big man was absolutely dominant in the paint. Officially he finished with 18 points and 18 rebounds, but he probably had more boards than that. Parker is in the best shape of his life, and is running the floor very well now. As always he finishes well down low and has absolute vice grips for hands. Also despite being fouled every time down the floor, most of the time without it being called, Parker keeps his composure and simply runs down to the other end and gets ready to play defense. Despite physically maxing out early, Parker continues to improve and get better on the block.

Charles Mitchell, C, Wheeler – Mitchell is a dead ringer for former Boston College and Charlotte post man Shamari Spears, but with more explosion off the floor. The 6-foot-7 Mitchell is about as wide as he is tall, so he is definitely a center, but he knows how to use his body and possesses excellent footwork. Now he did miss several easy shots that his team really needed, but Mitchell rebounded well and really was a difference maker on the block when his team threw him the ball. For Wheeler it was an extremely disheartening loss, but for Mitchell he did show that now in better shape he can do some good things down low.

Gary Harris, SG, Hamilton Southeastern – It was a bad day all around for Harris. He entered the game with a stomach virus, and left the game with stitches and a concussion. Harris struggled for the better part of four quarters with his shot and decision making before a gash opened up above his right eye sending him to the training room with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter of a tie game. Harris wouldn't return even though the game went into overtime, and was shockingly held to under double figures for the first time in a while.

Mark Minch, SG, Lakota East – Lakota East isn't loaded with division I talent despite being one of the best teams in Ohio, but Minch is definitely one to watch. The 6-foot-3 guard really knows how to get to the rim and is a very good athlete as well. Not a great shooter, Minch has made strides in that area, though still there is room for growth. A high IQ guy who can make plays off the bounce, Minch could find a good niche at a mid-level program.

Zak Irvin, SG/SF, Hamilton Southeastern – All season long Irvin has been waiting for a performance to get him untracked, and this might have been the one. With Harris out, Irvin had to make plays for HSE, and he did for the most part. He hit the three to send the game into overtime, and also showed more aggressiveness off the dribble than he has all season. After a downright miserable first half, Irvin bounced back with an excellent second half and overtime and for the first time this high school season looked like the kid he was all summer long on the AAU circuit.

Vitto Brown, PF/C, Bowling Green – There is an excellent player somewhere inside Brown, but it doesn't always show up. Brown has a live body with good size and long arms. He is capable of scoring around the rim, and had a decent rotation on a 10 foot jumper. Still has to get stronger and pay more attention to his defense on the block. The physical tools are there right now for Brown, and big guys develop late. If he puts it together over the next 24 months, he has the potential to play very well at a high-major.

Tommy Hamilton, C, Whitney Young – There are days where it just doesn't look like Hamilton is motivated, and Monday was one of them. Facing a smaller Wayne team, Hamilton could never really get into the groove of the game and ended up sitting for long portions of the second half. Still he ran the floor well and showed good hands on a few passes, but he was capable of much more than he delivered.

Tony Parker mentioned that West Virginia is the newest school on him. They join Duke, Ohio State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, and others on his school list.

Vitto Brown noted interest from Xavier, Ohio University, Bowling Green, and Toledo.

Throughout the day head coaches from Vanderbilt, Xavier, Ohio State, and Wright State were in the gym. Also assistants from Butler, American, Minnesota, VCU, Dayton, and Ohio University were all spotted.


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