Blaise Mbargorba, C, NJ Roadrunners – Regionally Mbargorba has major discussion point recently. College coaches are talking about his improvement and his possibilities for the future. He's every bit of 7-feet and has a long wingspan and fairly strong base. In an afternoon game he hit the glass, swatted shots in his area and showed good mobility. He continues to improve.
Devon Hall, PG, Boo Williams – Although he wasn't a major standout in the 16's tournament loss, Hall still managed to grab the attention of onlookers. At 6-foot-4, Hall has great size for the point guard position and he's a guy that sees the floor quite well. He's not a breakdown guy, but he handles the ball well and knows how to set up his teammates.
Marc Loving, SF, All-Ohio Red – Loving, an Ohio State commit, is have quite an event in Orlando. On Wednesday he pumped in nearly 40 points. While he didn't score that many early Thursday morning, Loving was certainly effective from mid-range and showed confidence scoring against the competition. He's a bigger wing that has upgraded his scoring package.
Ivan Canete, PG, E1T1 16's – Isaiah Thomas and Florida International did a good job locking this 6-foot-3 guard up early. Against a good group from All-Ohio Red, Canete was tough to contain, as he attacked off the dribble, got his teammates open looks and knock down shots from mid-range.
Tyler Roberson, SF, NJ Roadrunner – Over the years the NJ Roadrunners have turned out a number of big time players. Recently it was Kyrie Irving and just before that Earl Clark. Now they have Roberson, a 6-foot-7 forward, with skill, touch and impressive mobility. Roberson showed flashes of his ability on Thursday and he's certainly a guy high majors will target.
Stevie Clark, PG, Athletes First – All spring he played up in the 17's division, but he was playing with Athletes First 16's in the Super Showcase. When he plays against older kids, Clark scores it at a high level, so when he dipped back into his age group he didn't have any issues. His long-range shot is his biggest weapon and his range extends well past the stripe.
Darryl Hicks, SG, The Ville – In a morning game, Hicks, a 6-foot-3 guard, got hot from three. He pumped in 28 points and seven threes to help The Ville advance over Boo Williams' 16's group. From an offensive standpoint, Hicks has improved his jump shot and he shoots it with more confidence. He didn't play high school ball last season because of a transfer and he's clearly spent time in the weight room working on his frame.
Dakari Johnson, C, New York Gauchos 16's – Already known as one of the best prospects in the 2014 class and Johnson showed why on Saturday. He's every bit of 6-foot-9, has a great set of hands and has good touch in the paint. With no one on the court his size, Johnson fought for position in the post and also stepped away, faced the rim and attacked.
Jared Terrell, SG, Expressions Elite 2013 – For the second day in a row, Terrell showed why many in the northeast are talking about the 6-foot-4 guard. He already has a strong frame and his scoring package is more advanced than I thought. On Thursday he not only hit deep jump shots, but he went off the bounce on more than one occasion to pull-up for mid-range shots.
*Andre Horne, a 6-foot-6 undersized power forward, plays with effort and energy. He was active on the glass and when he had opportunities to score he took advantage of them.
*Horne's teammates Boubacar Moungoro, a 6-foot-6 wing, got to the game late, but he still managed to make a few plays. He's an athletic slashing wing prospect in the 2013 class.
*Dayshon Smith, a 2013 prospect, got hot from behind the three-point stripe. He hit at least a half dozen triples in an afternoon game. He's a 6-foot-2 wiry guard that loves to spot up in the corners.
*Marcus Bryan, a 6-foot-7 power forward, not only scored on the block for Garner Road, but on Thursday he stepped out and hit mid-range jump shots. He's a solid mid-level prospect.