Jake Layman, PF, BABC – He just keeps on getting better and showing that he was one of the more undervalued recruits in the nation coming into July. Layman was great for BABC in a pair of wins. He has a lot more bounce than people think, really shoots the ball well, and is quick getting to the rim off the bounce. He needs to get stronger, but the upside is through the roof.
Mitch McGary, C, SYF Players – As always, McGary showed that he is an elite level prospect. Going against a premier shot blocker like Nerlens Noel, McGary was able to finish inside, and then also had a few moves in transition showing off explosiveness and an ability to handle the ball that were impressive. McGary backs down from nobody, and really proved his worth with an impressive performance.
Glenn Robinson, SF, SYF Players – The growth curve of Robinson is truly impressive at this point. He is now not only a legit high-major player, but he is playing his way into becoming one of the nation's elite. Robinson shoots it well, is very explosive, and showed a better ability to handle the basketball as well. The Michigan Wolverines have to love what they are getting in Robinson.
Anthony Bennett, PF, CIA Bounce – It wasn't a typical dominant day for Bennett. He had his moments where his strength and athleticism was impressive, but he floated too much and just didn't seem to have his usual energy. Still he did play solid, but it wasn't his typical dominance.
Sim Bhullar, C, CIA Bounce – Bhullar didn't get a ton of low post touches, but he got enough and finished around the rim with his massive frame well. He possesses good hands and has a solid feel for passing. Now Bhullar must get more aggressive in not only getting and maintaining position, but also finishing. Still he has some tools to work with, and he played well despite his team's loss.
Paul McRoberts, SG, Baylor Basketball – An athletic wing, McRoberts should be someone who mid-level schools really take a look at. He can shoot it from deep, and also has an ability to slash to the basket. McRoberts needs to get stronger, but there is some definite ability and he is under the radar.
Demetrius Floyd, SG/PG, Baylor Basketball – He plays mostly on the ball, but is probably more of a scorer type in a structured system. Floyd has great quickness and just flat out knows how to light up the scoreboard. He nailed several threes and also finished with athleticism in the lane. His shot selection could use some attention, but there is no question he knows how to get buckets.
Anrio Adams, SG, NJ Celtics – The NJ Celtics are basically Elizabeth (NJ) St. Patrick's High School, and Adams looked good with his new teammates. He looks in better shape than he was in during the spring, and was vital in helping the Celtics rally from a late deficit. Adams has good quickness with the ball and is a capable shot maker, he just has to put things together.
Blaise Mborgorba, C, NJ Roadrunners – The big fella has made big strides each year, and he is looking like someone who high-majors could definitely take a chance with. He runs the floor well, has solid hands, blocks shots, and is a good athlete. Right now he doesn't have much of a back to the basket game, but he does face up fairly well. Still at the moment he is a bit raw, but the game is definitely coming around.
MeKale McKay, SG/SF, Next Level – A big time athlete, McKay showed off that he is also a fairly refined basketball player. McKay hit some perimeter jumpers and also used his strength and explosiveness to finish down low. His handle could use a little bit of work, but McKay has a ton of upside.
Ron Curry, PG, Jersey Shore Warriors – Curry is headed to James Madison, and it is an excellent pledge for them. He has big time jets with the ball, and showed the ability to also hit in the mid-range. His floor vision is impressive, now if he can refine the outside jumper he has a chance to be an impact kid in the CAA.
Jordan Reed, SG, Jersey Shore Warriors – Reed is a high level athlete who has some definite ability. He isn't the most skilled kid around, but Reed plays hard and just has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. His overall production was good despite not scoring much outside of 10 feet.
Isaiah Hicks, PF, Garner Road – His upside is just absolutely through the roof. Hicks has great hands and is one of the most fluid athletes in the country for his size. He runs the floor well, finishes around the rim at an elite level, and continues to improve his footwork. He was a monster in the 16 and under championship despite his team coming up short.
Anton Gill, SG, Garner Road – Not a pure shooter, and not a big time slasher, Gill just finds a way to make things happen. He is a good athlete with an excellent feel for how to play. Also he showed signs of being able to see the floor, especially in transition. Gill isn't the tallest player at his position, but he just has a way of being productive.
Tyler Ennis, PG, CIA Bounce – With his team off to a terrible start falling behind 15-0, Ennis just decided it was his time to takeover, and he did. Ennis has unreal body control and finishes very well through contact off of drives. Also he is a very good outside shooter, and passes the ball at a high level. In leading his team to the title he was spectacular.
Nerlens Noel, C, BABC – Noel just continues to change games with his ability to block shots. He has long arms and incredible timing, and just influences everything that comes his way on the interior. Noel showed some skill handling the ball on offense, though that end of the floor continues to be a bit of a work in progress.
Jaylen Brantley, PG, BABC – With his team trailing by two to SYF and time running out, Brantley nailed a halfcourt shot to win it. He said it was in the moment he let the shot go, and it capped off an excellent performance in which he ran the show for BABC. Brantley is small, but he is a capable scorer and also someone who knows how to be a floor general.
Tyler Roberson, PF, NJ Roadrunners – A good athlete with long arms who is active, Roberson can definitely find a spot on the floor. Right now he isn't the most skilled, but he really rebounds and knows how to convert against taller players. He will need to develop more of a refined skill set at his size, but Roberson was impressive in a close loss.
Andrew Wiggins, SF, CIA Bounce – He was playing against 16 and under competition, and it almost didn't seem fair. An elite level athlete, Wiggins absolutely punished the rims with dunks, and then hit jumpers for good measure. There isn't much Wiggins struggles to do on a basketball floor, and he showed that he might be the premier player in the class.
Joel Berry, PG, Each 1 Teach 1 – Berry was very efficient in helping his team to a win at the 17 and under level. He is a big point guard who understands what has to be done to help his team win. Berry is strong and gets into the lane where he has the size to convert through contact or see over defenders and make nice passes. He made a jumper or two, but that looks to still be a growth area.
It looked like a head coach's convention at the game between BABC and SYF. Bosses from Iowa State, Georgetown, West Virginia, Michigan, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, NC State, Florida, Duke, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut were all present for the game.
Tyler Roberson and Blaise Mborgorba drew head coaches from Virginia Tech, Northwestern, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, George Mason, St. Joe's, and Clemson. Also Cincinnati, Syracuse, Rutgers, and Seton Hall were represented by assistants.
Mekale McKay has basketball offers from IUPUI, Georgia State, UTEP, Manhattan, and Iona. Also he possesses football offers from Kentucky, Louisville, UCF, Illinois, and Cincinnati. Kentucky has approached him about playing both sports in college.
Jordan Reed noted offers from Siena, Farleigh Dickinson, Boston, and Manhattan. Also he is hearing from Temple, St. Joe's, Rider, and Drexel.