Cody Zeller, PF, Washington High School – There is death, taxes, and someone with the last name of Zeller holding a state championship trophy in Indiana. Once again Zeller got it done for his team with a dominant performance. He finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds and was a force around the rim that Culver Academies simply had no answer for. Zeller showed an improved ability to handle going in either direction, and hit a pair of mid-range jumpers. Add in the usual high energy play, and it was a standard championship level performance.
Dee Davis, PG, Bloomington South High School – Davis was the MVP of this tournament as a sophomore, and he did it again as a senior. While this was a shooting performance he would like to forget, 5-16 from the floor, he did everything else. He had a key steal and bucket in the fourth quarter, and also pulled down seven rebounds while dishing out seven assists in his team's win. Also despite not shooting it well, Davis controlled the flow of the game and really ran the show for his team in helping them to yet another state title.
Adonis Filer, PG, Hammond Noll High School – If his grades check out, Filer will be one of the hottest commodities on the open market at the point guard position. His length and explosive athleticism are impressive. Filer also has a motor that never quits, and does everything for his team. He didn't shoot it well from the outside, but he did everything he could to get his team the win, but fell just short. Overall he clearly should be on mid-to-high level radars as one of the best point guards with potential left on the board.
Kevin Ferrell, PG, Park Tudor High School – The Indiana commitment redeemed himself from last year's state title game by getting the championship this season. While he struggled at times to get past Filer off the dribble, he hit a few of his trademark pull-up jumpers, and also had some nice assists in the lane. Beyond that even in a zone defensive concept, he did an excellent job of keeping his man in front of him. Ferrell finished with 14 points and six assists helping Park Turdor to the state title.
Jermaine Myers, SG/PG, Culver Academies – Culver had absolutely no answer for Zeller on the interior, so they had to rely on Myers' perimeter game and defense. Usually a knock down shooter, Myers was only 2-7 from three, but he did finish with a team high 17 points. Also he was big time on the defensive end with six steals. Myers still looks the part more of a shooting guard than a point guard, but he is making progress.
Marcus Paige, PG, Martin Bros. Attack – A North Carolina pledge, Paige was solid in an early morning win. He struggled in the first half and just looked out of synch, but then Paige had it flat out cooking for a while in the second half. He was scoring in the mid-range off the bounce, hitting threes, and getting others involved. Now it wasn't consistent for the entire half, but there were two or three stretches where he was very good. Consistent dominance on the floor will be the next step, and while definitely not his best game, it was a solid start to the AAU season for Paige.
Daniel Jansen, PF, Martin Bros. Attack – One of the nice surprises for Martin Bros. was Jansen. The pick and pop power forward was making shots from the outside at a nice rate, but also showed the toughness inside to grab rebounds and be a factor on the defensive end. He isn't a great athlete, and is only about 6-foot-7, but with his touch and strong frame no doubt his recruitment should begin to pick up.
Mike Gesell, PG/SG Martin Bros. Attack – Gesell isn't one that is going to blow anyone away with unreal physical tools, but he is a good smart and steady basketball player. He can make open shots, is a pretty solid athlete, and has a solid basketball IQ. He needs to show more of a commitment on the defensive end, but Gesell did enough on offense and hit some shots at key times for Martin Bros.
Willie Cauley, C, Spiece Mo-Kan – The big man from Kansas put on an absolute show in the second half of his team's win. Cauley's defense is still ahead of his offense, but he is no doubt the real deal. He really blocks shots, made a few nice passes, rebounds as well as anybody, and has good hands which give him a base to work with on the offensive end. Quite simply his play in the second half is what got Mo-Kan the win against a scrappy Baylor Youth squad.
Paul McRoberts, SF, Baylor Youth – This is an absolutely big time athlete out of the St. Louis area. McRoberts at times put Baylor Youth on his back and made several plays, especially out in transition. At about 6-foot-4 he can definitely guard multiple positions, but it is his athleticism and heart that standout the most. He also made a few shots, but that could still be an area for him to show a bit more attention to. Regardless this is another player from the Arch City that mid and high-majors need to be taking a look at.
Shimi Ojeleye, PF, Spiece Mo-Kan – Ojeleye is a physically very impressive combo forward who probably projects more as a power forward at this point. He has good strength and a decent skill set on the inside and out to the mid-range. Now Ojeleye could stand to be tougher on the glass, but he is a good athlete with very soft hands, and a feel for how to play. He was need alongside Cauley for Mo-Kan, and while not dominant, he more than held his own against the 17-and under competition.
Chris Thomas, SG, Colorado Hawks – Really you almost feel bad for the poor kid who is being tasked with having to guard Thomas man-to-man because simply there isn't too much of a chance that he can do it with any kind of success. Thomas is bigger, stronger, and a better shooter than he was last summer, and is simply a terror to defend off the bounce. He got where he wanted at will, and did nothing to hurt the notion that he is a top five player in the class. There is no question that Thomas is making strides to his already impressive game, and his upside is through the roof.
Clayton Custer, PG, Spiece Mo-Kan – As a freshman floor general playing up against the oldest kids in a pressure atmosphere Custer was pretty good. He got a little loose with his decision making at times, but already he has great ball handling skills, is a capable shooter, and really knows how to attack using the bounce. He definitely needs to get stronger, but this is a good looking floor general playing against older competition.
Trevon Bluiett, PF/SF, Park Tudor High School – Bluiett scored a game high 21 points for Park Tudor including the final four points to give his squad the narrowest of victories. The 21 points were a team high, and for a freshman on a huge stage that is very impressive. Now a good deal of his buckets were spoon fed to him off of dishes from Ferrell, but he did work for his position. The question with Bluiett going forward is how does his body develop and will he continue to get better at a high rate like his classmates, but there is no doubt his production was very impressive for a young prospect under the bright lights.