Jordan Dickerson, C, Juice All-Stars – It's amazing how much a year can help in a players development. Dickerson is much improved and plays with a good amount of energy. He's every bit of 7-feet with long arms, so he's able to affect the game on the defensive end. Offensively he didn't show any post moves, but he patrolled the paint looking for put backs and dunk opportunities.
Brandon Ashley, PF, Drew Gooden Soldiers – It's been a strong spring and summer for Ashley. He's established himself as one of, if not the best power forwards in the 2012 class. Offensively he's developed his moves and score in a variety of ways. Plus he's an impressive all around athlete that will block shots, rebound and make plays in transition.
Dominic Artis, PG, Drew Gooden Soldiers – Over the course of the summer, Artis seems to be getting better and better. It's clear he's gaining confidence and he's a guy that can not only fulfill the role of a set up guy, but he's also developed more consistency on his long range shot. Once thought of as a mid-level recruit, Artis has established himself as a legit high major prospect.
Grant Jerrett, C/PF, Belmont Shore – Easily the best outing I've seen from him this summer, Jerrett went to work in a close contest with Team Breakdown. One of the more skilled post prospects in high school basketball, Jerrett showed his full arsenal and scored it in a variety of ways. He spun off defenders, finished with both hands and faced up for jump shots.
Chris Bolden, SG, Worldwide Renegades – It's not just about the shooting stroke. While that is certainly Bolden's bread and butter, he proved to be an all around scorer in a match up with D-One Sports. His range his deep, but he's developed his mid-range shot and even took defenders to the post and shot fadeaways. He's having a strong July in front of college coaches.
Charles Mitchell, PF/C, Worldwide Renegades – Up against D-One Sports, who doesn't feature many post prospect, Mitchell had a field day grabbing rebounds and scoring off offensive rebounds. He's strong, always plays with energy and is a crafty scorer on the block. In the paint he's an enforcer and he doesn't shy away from contact.
Montay Brandon, PG/SG, D-One Sports – The skilled guard out of North Carolina had a strong outing in a loss to Worldwide. His ball skills are impressive and when he's able to get out in transition, Brandon is especially tough to defend. He sees the floor well, has confidence in his mid-range game and he's an underrated athlete. He had the dunk of the evaluation period when he climbed the ladder on Mike Hall.
Javan Felix, PG, New Orleans Elite – Over the course of the last month, Felix seems to play a little better every time I see him. On Friday he went for 25 points and on Saturday against the Wisconsin Playground Warriors he one-upped himself going for 31 points and knocking down seven three-pointers. He's a steady lead guard that has good leadership qualities.
Desmond Ridenour, PG, Ohio Basketball Club – In a game against the Southern California All-Stars, Ridenour impressed the most. The 6-foot-1 guard has good speed and athleticism, as he good at slicing to the rim and finishing once he's there. Mid-major schools are currently tracking him and that's the appropriate fit for the talented lead guard from Cleveland.
Grant Verhoeven, C/PF, Organized Chaos – After just seeing a few minutes of game action on Friday, I got a better look at Verhoeven, a 6-foot-9 post prospect. He plays with maximum effort and hits the glass with some intensity. Verhoeven is a rebounding machine and a guy that will contest shots. Offensively he has good touch when he gets the ball deep and he's able to secure quite a few points off put backs alone.
Joe Boyd, PF, Arizona Future Aces – Slotted to check out new Arizona State commit Kenny Martin and Boyd ended up being the stand out. At 6-foot-7, possibly 6-8, Boyd is a tough post prospect that rebounds, runs the floor and plays with energy. To top it off, he knocked down a pair of face up jumpers and a showed a hook inside. Top-level mid-majors are already prioritizing.
Tonye Jekiri, C, Team Breakdown – At first glance it's hard to not be impressed with Jekiri's frame. He's long, but has strong shoulders and should fill out nicely. He showed good mobility, is a pretty good athlete and reacted to plays quite well. Although he didn't do much offensively against Belmont Shore, he certainly was active on the defensive end and played with confidence.
Josh Newkirk, PG, D-One Sports – There is a lot of talent wrapped in Newkirk's 6-foot-1 frame. For starters he's blessed with great speed and he's an impressive all around athlete. In transition he's a tough to contain, as he's a good finisher once he gets close to the rim. With that said, Newkirk still needs to learn how to use his speed and change it up every now and then.
Isaiah Whitehead, SG, Juice All-Stars – One of the better performances of the day, Whitehead, 6-foot-4 wing, scored it at a high rate. While he scored at the rim a handful of times, Whitehead did majority of his damage from mid-range. He used low, but quick dribbles to lead into mid-range shots and knocked down five shots from 15 to 18-feet. He's one of the better guards in the 2014 class.
Chris McCullough, PF, Team Scan – One of the best prospects I saw all day was this youngster out of Salisbury (Conn.) School. His match up with Team Detroit was borderline unfair, as the 6-foot-8 forward raced up and down the floor, showed his impressive athleticism and scored it with dunks in the paint. Although he didn't shoot any jumpers, his free throw stroke looks good. McCullough has the look of an elite level prospect in the 2014 class.
Craig Victor, PF, New Orleans Elite – When the game was on the line, Victor responded. He struggled to finish throughout his contest against the Playground Warriors. But late in the game he tipped in the overtime forcing basket, had a big block to start the extra session and scored a strong bucket to give New Orleans Elite the lead for good.
*2013 combo forward Aaron Gordon is one of the more consistent guys on the circuit. He brings his effort and energy every time out and that was no different in the Soldiers win over Juice.
*Much like Gordon, Zena Edosomwan is the type of guy coaches can count on. His effort is always there and his overall skill development keeps improving. He's a high major big man with a nice upside.
*Demetrius Henry has added some solid weight to his lengthy frame. He ran the floor well, was able to secure a few put backs and even knocked down a three-pointer.
*Kenny Gillion's Breakdown squad has a handful of tough guards. Marcus Maye, a strong 6-foot-2 guard, and Stefan Moody had very good outings against Belmont Shore. Both found ways to score in the win.
*One of the kids that gets debated a lot is 6-foot-9 big man Mike Hall. He has an impressive frame, despite being fairly skinny, and he's mobile. Going forward he needs to get on the glass a little more, but he's certainly a prospect.
*Chris McCullough's AAU teammate – Conrad Chambers – had a good outing against Team Detroit. He attacked the basket, finished at the rim and ran the lead guard role well.
Chris McCullough mentioned Georgetown, Syracuse, St. John's, Florida, Iowa State, Providence, Temple, Villanova and Connecticut. He's planning unofficial visits to Iowa State and St. John's in August.
*Iowa State was the only school represented at Team Scan's contest against Team Detroit. They Cyclones are hard after McCullough and Chapman.