Spring Showdown: Day Three

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – The Nike Spring Showdown ended early due to the holiday, but there was still plenty of talent on the floor. Ray Lee showed that he is a point guard to watch in 2012 while steady floor general Fred Van Vleet continued to get it done.

Ray Lee, PG, Dorian's Pride - The thing to like about Ray Lee is his ability to get in the lane and make plays. Time-after-time he was able to get by his defender and either score at the rim or find an open teammate on the perimeter. The problem lies when the defense becomes aware of this ability. Lee can struggle at times with his jumper and his decision making, but he usually goes hard and makes an impact.

Fred Van Vleet, PG, PrymeTyme - The intelligence and patience of the Rockford point guard is something to behold. Playing the game at a slower pace than most, Van Vleet slices and dices opponents with efficient drives, excellent ball-handling through traffic and a lot of creative passes and layups. Not known for being an athlete, Van Vleet is simply a solid point guard that wants the ball in his hands and wants to make the big play. His team goes deep in tournaments more often than not because he makes his supporting cast better.

Brad Foster, PF, Illinois Warriors - Foster's game continues to grow this spring and he's turning in some nice performances. A background in volleyball with his high school team helps Foster's leaping ability, which is above-average, especially his secondary bounce after corralling an offensive rebound and going up for a putback. Most of his damage is done within 10-feet, which is sort of refreshing, given the amount of young bigs that are afraid to play through any kind of contact.

Austin Stewart, SG, Illinois Warriors - This is Stewart's first time playing major grassroots ball and it is paying off for the talented guard. The 6-4, long-armed guard is primarily a shooter, but he is improving other facets of his offensive game. He's able to at least put the ball no the floor and get to the rim a bit to keep defenders honest on his jumper, and he's also starting to knockdown mid-range jumpers off of screens, a shot he will need to develop to maximize his ability at the next level. He's off to a promising start this spring.

Jarvis Garrett, PG, Terry Porter Elite 17's - Garrett was really getting to the rim during playoff action, helping the TP Elite squad capture the title. Not the biggest in size, Garrett isn't afraid to take contact or play among the big boys to get it done. This whole Terry Porter team plays with a high-motor.

Drake Harris, SG, Meanstreets - One of Michigan's best young talents, Harris had the jumper working from the perimeter. He finally appears healthy after a few weekends battling an injury and Harris is really going to work. Smooth with the ball and gifted with above-the-rim athleticism, Harris has the makings of a high-major guard.

Illinois Warriors point guard Luke Norman is another steady and heady floor leader that makes other people better. His ability to finish with both hands is a nice added bonus.

Deonte Burton used to get by on raw athleticism and an outstanding basketball frame. Now that he is playing up and others have caught up to him, the 2013 Milwaukee-Product has to improve his ball skills and decision-making. Too often, Burton believes he can make an unbelievable move that he could make on younger players, only to be met at the rim by guys his own size. He still has a tremendous amount of upside.

Tevin King and Torry Johnson are two Mac Irvin Fire 15's guards that played very well in a playoff loss to Meanstreets. King plays hard, fast and aggressive at both ends, while Johnson, the younger brother of Wisconsin-Green Bay guard Terry Johnson, has nice size and perimeter shooting for a young lead guard.

The effort and enthusiasm of the Terry Porter Elite 17's team begins with Jameel McKay and his ability to protect the rim and rip down boards. Heading to Indian Hills, the 2011 forward has a solid future.

Ka'Darryl Bell from Full Package shows flashes of a potential high-major point guard, but then can go through stretches of woefully inconsistent play. Valuing the ball is important in his development.

Tyler Wideman is a 2014 big man that gets a lot done for the Meanstreets. Jaraan Lands, at 6-5, was active inside of 15-feet as well.

Keita Bates-Diop is one to track on the Illinois Wolves 15's. He defends very well on the perimeter at around 6-5 with long arms and good anticipation. Developing some offensive moves is the next step.

Ray Lee claims offers from Baylor, Iowa State, Central Michigan, Detroit and Rhode Island while Minnesota, Central Florida and Virginia have kept tabs. Lee, who also notified us he will be attending Huntington Prep next season, says that Iowa State is on him the hardest.

Brad Foster is hearing from Northern Iowa, Northwestern, Valparaiso, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Southern Illinois. Foster has no scholarship offers, yet.

Austin Stewart is getting interest from Illinois State, Iowa State, North Dakota State and South Dakota State.

Ka'Darryl Bell claims offers from Ohio and Iowa while also hearing from Butler, Nebraska, Drake, Illinois, Indiana State and Florida State.

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