J.P. Tokoto, SF, Wisconsin Playground Warriors – Known for his athleticism, Tokoto is working to add more to his game. Although it was just a half and it was up against some sketchy competition, we liked that Tokoto was all business and hunting mid-range jumpers. In a eight-minute span he buried three pull-ups, skied for a dunk in transition and finished through contact on the break. Headed to North Carolina, Tokoto is playing well and the jump shot looks polished.
Maurice Watson, PG, Team Philly – A speedy floor general, Watson pushed the tempo against Kansas Pray and Play and was a nuisance to their defenders as he lived in the paint. Crafty and quick, he managed to find open teammates, sneak his way to the basket and even knock down mid-range shots. To go with the game, Watson has the grades to match as he sports a 3.8 GPA.
Jarnell Stokes, PF/C, Memphis YOMCA -- Matched up with 6-foot-9 post Grant Jerrett, Stokes went to work in the paint securing rebound after rebound. Stokes was especially effective picking up offensive boards and turning them into put back opportunities. He also impressed with his mid-range jumper. He hit a handful of 15 to 18-footers and showed nice touch in the paint.
Buddy Hield, SG, Kansas Pray & Play – Hield, a 6-foot-3 guard out of the Bahamas, hunted deep jump shots against Team Philly. He has somewhat of an awkward release on his shot, but it was falling. The talented scorer even worked in a step back three under pressure. His ball handling needs some work, but he's a talent that has a scoring mentality.
Carlos Morris, SG, Dwight Howard – In a class lacking depth at the guard position it's nice to see a few more emerge. The 6-foot-5, maybe 6-foot-6, wiry wing prospect scores it off the bounce quite well. He had his jump shot working against the Arkansas Hawgs and managed to bury a handful of shots off the dribble.
Ricardo Gathers, PF, Brandon Bass Elite – You won't find a better built and chiseled frame in all of high school basketball than the one that Gathers is equipped with. A man among boys, Gathers throws his weight and strength around in the paint, allowing him to lock down his area rebounding wise. Gathers runs the floor quite well and has good touch in the paint. He's a unique prospect because of his size, strength and ability to play facing the basket.
Gabe York, SG, Compton Magic – Scoring isn't an issue for this 6-foot-1 combo guard. By regulation he pumped in 30 points and scored them in just about every way possible. An impressive leaper, York put down a vicious dunk in transition, shot the ball well off the dribble and managed a number of buckets at the rim. He's gets a lot done at the two-guard spot, but we think he can double as a combo guard and handle some point duties.
Isaiah Austin, C, Compton Magic – When Austin comes out with the mindset and mentality that he's going to be aggressive and dominant, he's a scary player and prospect. His length allows him to be a force on the defensive end. But his skill and touch help him on the offensive end. To go with all of that, he's moving better, his instincts seem quicker and he's hitting the glass as hard as he ever has. Ranked No. 2 in the 2012 class, Austin lived up to the billing and then some, as he scored 28 points and grabbed 18 boards against the Atlanta Celtics.
Nino Jackson, PG/SG, Compton Magic – A speedy and athletic guard, Jackson's talent comes out when he plays in an up and down environment. Up against the Celtics it turned into a track meet and Jackson was able to make some plays. He did disappear at times, but it's hard not to notice his speed and athleticism. He also worked in a few off the dribble pull-up jumpers.
William Goodwin, PF, Atlanta Celtics – With Isaiah Austin on the opposition, Goodwin was forced to be aggressive and active against the Compton Magic. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward rose to the occasion. He buried a pair of three-pointers, ran the floor for buckets and showed his athleticism in the paint. He needs to be more consistent with his effort, but the talent and ability is there.
Alex Poythress, SF/PF, Georgia Stars – Picking up where he left off in Hampton last week, the 6-foot-7 combo forward went right to work against Tulsa Elite. The jump shot was falling both off the catch and off the dribble. But he also worked in strong drives and finishes at and above the rim. He's still transitioning from the four to the three-spot, but we think he can be quite effective as a combo forward at the next level.
Montay Brandon, SG/PG, Georgia Stars – After watching him for a game each of the past two weekends, we still can't figure out exactly what position to list Brandon at. Regardless, he's a talent and at 6-foot-5, maybe 6-foot-6, he has great size. For the Stars, he's relied on to handle a good amount of ball handling duties. He passes it well, has a long, wiry frame and can get to the basket. He's an intriguing prospect.
Marcus Hunt, SG/SF, Georgia Stars – This powerfully built wing gave Tulsa Elite the full arsenal. He began the game burying three after three, then worked in a handful of drives to the basket. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder has a quick release, plays hard on both ends and is looking more and more like a possible top 100 prospect.
Robert Carter, C, Atlanta Xpress – In a class full of quality post prospects, Carter, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound center, doesn't seem to get the same type of ink that his counterparts do. But that's about to change. A terrific looking prospect, Carter can really run for a guy his size, is blessed with a terrific set of hands and has great touch inside. Defensively he's always actively looking to utilize his length and timing to swat away shots.
Mike Ramey, SG, Southern Select – When a shooter is feeling it you have to continue to feed him, and that's exactly what the Southern Select squad did. Whether it was off curls or off the dribble, the 6-foot-4 guard found away to knock down deep jumpers. On top of that, he event went off the dribble for mid-range pull-ups, which is something we hadn't seen from him. He's improving and the addition of a mid-range game is a big deal in his development.
Charles Mann, SG/PG, Southern Select – In the last game of the night, Mann, a 6-foot-5 powerfully built guard, caught our eye in a high level affair against the Southern Phenoms. We are looking forward to seeing more of the Georgia native, but what we liked was his ability to attack and finish at the rim, as well as his ability to pass the ball, whether he was coming off screens or in transition.
Devonta Pollard, PF/SF, Southern Phenoms – Yesterday we wrote that his jump shot was improving. He backed up that claim by knocking down four three-pointers in a tough loss to Southern Select. His threes weren't just off the catch either; two of them came from pulling-up off the dribble. Pollard also worked in a number of drives to the basket and was especially effective attacking the basket in transition.
Solomon Poole, PG, Atlanta Celtics – In a contest that featured no less than eight or nine high major prospects, Poole made more than enough plays to warrant attention. In fact, Poole was one of the more talented prospects on the floor against the Compton Magic. He's tough to contain when he gets out in transition, as he's fast, athletic and capable of finishing through contact. Mix in a legit jump shot with range and he's a tough guard to defend.
Chris Walker, PF, Atlanta Xpress – The Real Deal in the Rock is loaded with quality players and talented athletes. Of all the ones in the Little Rock there aren't many that have the type of ceiling that the now 6-foot-9 big man possesses. An elite level athlete, Walker runs the floor with ease, rebounds with intensity and swat shots in and out of his area. Offensively Walker can score with hooks and will face up and attack. Defensively his length, timing and athleticism make him tough to score on. He's an elite prospect in the 2013 class.
Stanley Johnson, SG, Belmont Shore – Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei has a bright future. Yesterday their freshman Shaqquan Aaron impressed us, but on Saturday it was their other freshman that caught our eye. A 6-foot-4 guard, Johnson has a strong frame, a good-looking jump shot and the athleticism and ability to score at the basket. He's one of the better guard prospects we've seen in the 2014 class not only on the west coast, but in the country.
*Jordan Adams, a 6-foot-5 wing prospect, hit five three-pointers in the Celtics narrow win over Compton Magic. One came down the stretch in overtime, helping propped the group from Atlanta to victory.
*With Isaiah Austin holding a significant height and length advantage on him, Tony Parker had to be aggressive, attack Austin's chest and be more active. He was better in second half and showed a mid-range shot.
*Brandon Bass Elite power forward Jarell Martin is an intriguing prospect to monitor. A 6-foot-7, 200-pounder, Martin can run the floor, has a good set of hands and showed good touch inside.
Ian Baker, of Dwight Howard, is a strongly built lead guard with some talent. He was creative when he attacked the rim, played through contact and got his teammates the ball in the right places.
*Grant Jerrett struggled early to get his shots to go down in a morning game. But as the game wore on he got better. His mid-range jump shot is a weapon and he buried at least three during a stretch in the second half.
*Just as he did yesterday, Andre Drummond had his moments during CBC's first round tournament game. His combination of size, athleticism and skill is there. The next step is bringing the effort night in and night out.
*Gavin Ware used his massive frame to make plays, rebound and overall be a force against Southern Select. The talented big man was able to knock down a trio of mid-range jump shots in the loss.
Chris Walker listed five schools – Kentucky, Ohio State, Syracuse, Florida and Florida State.