Easter Classic, Part IV

Here are some players that did something last weekend at the Vegas Easter Classic that caught our eye and have a chance, such as Ryan McCurdy, Harvey Perry, Duboise Williams and Marcus Lewis...

Marcus Lewis, 6-7 JR PF Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Good size and frame – could end up very strong. 6-7 tops, may be 6-6+. Moves well and plays with an edge to him – likes to get physical with opponents. Can step out and shoot to about seventeen feet. Not real explosive off the floor, but agile for his size. Solid mid major prospect to possibly low end of high majors.

Steve Elman, 6-5 JR SG Apache Junction (Ariz.) High. Good size, with explosive hops – finishes strong at the rim. Decent body, not real quick on the floor. Shoots it fairly well, although a set shot. Handle needs work. Competes well. Possible low major.

Darren Jordan, 5-10 SO PG Phoenix (Ariz.) Trevor Browne. Very quick, good strength, but questionable how big he gets. Fairly good stroke and has ability to penetrate, create for others. Decisions need work – doesn't show a great feel for the position. Has some upside if he can be coached out of bad habits. Possible low to mid major prospect.

Harvey Perry, 6-4 JR SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Foothill. Perry looks the part – great body, long arms – but has yet to realize his considerable potential. He'll show flashes of ability, but then make poor decisions or just play carelessly. Shot has improved – especially off the dribble – and he has a fairly explosive first step. Moves well laterally and should be a great defender. Takes too many plays off, though, and disappears at times. A big upside if the light ever comes on, but he's not there yet.

Calvin Chitwood, 6-6 PF/SF, Phoenix (Ariz.) Paradise Valley. Chitwood gets a lot done, with his long arms and energy. He is best suited around the basket, where he hustles for rebounds and putbacks, and takes advantage of his long arms. He can face up decently, and likes to drive the lane and dominate this level of competion physically. He has the chance to be a good mid-major four man with an outside shot that will continue to develop and give his offensive game more dimension.

Duboise Williams, 6-4 JR SG, Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza. Williams has always been pretty intriguing. All of 6-4, he has a very good body, long and muscular, and has good quickness for his size. He's always been a player that does everything fairly well, but not one thing really well – handling and passing the ball well enough to give you some time at the point, while also being quick enough laterally to defend smaller guards. His shot was always a bit suspect, but he showed last weekend that it's coming around, showing both a nice stroke from three, and some nice mid-range pull-ups. He's a mid-major and someone who could be a steal at that level if he continues to develop.

Ryan McCurdy, 6-9 JR PF, Gilbert (Ariz.) Highland. He's really thin and lacks strength and gets pushed around inside some. But McCurdy definitely has a chance, especially with how few D-1 big men there are around. McCurdy has pretty nice skills, able to shoot out to 15 feet. He's great at catching from about 10 and getting his shot off quickly. He also showed a nice little jump hook around the basket. For someone who looks like he has a long ways to go to finish developing physically, he was quick off his feet in going up for rebounds and blocking shots. And for someone who lacks strength, it was great to see him go fearlessly inside against much stronger players and fight for rebounds. He's a D-1 player; how much he physically develops in the next year will determine what level of D-1.

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