St. Louis Summer Classic: Day Three

SAINT LOUIS – Tournament play kicked off at the St. Louis Summer Classic on Sunday as play continued. James Young of The Family played at a high-level while Omar Sherman showed that he'll be one to watch in 2014.

Tanner Williams, SF, Peoria Irish – Williams had a strong summer last July with Martin Brothers and also helped lead his high school in Orion, Illinois deep in the IHSA playoffs. A torn meniscus forced him to miss all spring on the circuit, so while he still isn't 100%, Williams showcased the ability and athleticism that have mid-majors interested. Tanner scored around the hoop and is a solid run-and-jump athlete in transition. His ball skills and jumper still need some refining, and it will be interesting to see his development as his health improves.

Bryn Forbes, SG, The Family – After his team got off to a sluggish start against Illinois Attack, Forbes went off in the second half to lead The Family back to a victory as he led the way with 34 points. Forbes knocked down numerous three-pointers with a smooth release, and once defenders played the line, he blew by them and attacked the rim or found space from the mid-range. Bryn wanted the ball in his hands when his team needed him and he made play after play. Mid-majors will track him closely as the period continues on.

James Young, SF, The Family – The five-star wing went to work on Sunday as he displayed a high-level jumper from behind the arc. Some comparisons have been made to former Michigan State star Maurice Peterson, and it's easy to see why. Young's lefty stroke is smooth and consistent and you get the feeling that it's going in when it leaves his hands. On the defensive end, Young also did a nice job playing passing lanes, moving laterally to cover ground on smaller guards, and also had a monster above-the-rim block on a dunk attempt.

Omar Sherman, PF, Team Texas Elite 16's – Sherman first caught my eye with his play on Friday and continued to show well with a big performance in a win over Spiece Indy Heat 16's. The 6-8 Sherman has long arms, a soft touch, a good motor, and good ball skills for a young big man. His body is just beginning to take shape, but Sherman still dunked the ball numerous times off of post touches, and also showed his offensive versatility by putting the ball on the floor from the wing and finishing with a layup. He also dropped in a three-pointer for good measure with a smooth looking jumper and continually rebounded and defended in the post. He has the look of a potential high-major prospect.

Trey Lyles again showcased his improved perimeter ability in a morning loss to Kansas Select. Lyles handled the ball well and knocked in a few three-pointers off-the-dribble.

Jodan Price shoots the ball well from the outside, but when defenders crowd him on the line, he has to be more comfortable putting it on the deck and creating offense in another way.

Notre Dame commit Cameron Biedscheid had a great first half against The Family, attacking the rim and getting jumpers to fall. He does an excellent job of utilizing screens and reading the defense once he receives the pass. The St. Louis native should fit nicely in Mike Brey's system.

Jaquan Lyle is immensely talented, but he has to watch his shot selection. He's too good to be hoisting contested three-pointers with his ability to drive and kick the way that he can.

Indiana commit James Blackmon shoots the ball at a high level and can knock down jumpers with just inches of space.

Illinois commit Jalen James does a nice job running the pick-and-roll and has a great natural feel at the point guard position.

Tanner Williams has an offer from Missouri State and has interest from Bradley, Illinois State, Oregon State, Santa Clara, Colorado State, San Francisco, Iowa, and Iowa State. Williams says Santa Clara is on him the hardest and would like to officially visit Colorado State and Santa Clara while lining up an unofficial visit to San Francisco.

Jodan Price rattled off offers from Minnesota, Northwestern, DePaul, Duquense, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Lamar and St. Joseph. Colorado, Maryland, Providence, and South Florida have also shown interest.

Bryn Forbes claims offers from Oakland, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Holy Cross and Hofstra. Forbes also has been invited to be a preferred walk-on at Michigan State and has interest from Cleveland State. He would like to visit Oakland and Cleveland State. Oakland is currently on him the hardest.

Bruce Weber, Leonard Hamilton, Chris Mack, and Anthony Grant were all in the building while assistants from Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin, Georgetown, Oregon State and Indiana were all present.

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