Ft. Wayne: Day 1

FT. WAYNE, Ind. – The summer is quickly coming to an end, and one of the final events is at the Spiece Fieldhouse. The first full day of the event was impressive, and Jabari Parker showed exactly what he is capable of

Gary Harris, SG, D3 Pride – One of the top players in the country, Harris continued his impressive summer with a big time performance. Harris scored at will, mostly he went to the basket and finished with his athleticism, but also he was hitting threes. At a time where most others look tired and a step slow, Harris was very much on top of his game.

Raphael Davis, SF/SG, D3 Pride – Davis has looked solid during the second part of July. He continues to score off the bounce more, and is someone who just has a knack for putting the ball in the basket. Davis was instrumental in his team having a very strong day.

A.J. Hammons, C, Spiece Indy Heat – The big center just continues to make strides. He showed an ability to finish off of post moves, which he really hasn't done in the past, and as usual rebounded the ball at a high level. Most importantly Hammons looked as focused as he has ever been on the basketball court.

Steve Taylor, PF, Mac Irvin Fire – Taylor hasn't been as consistent with his shot during July as usual, but he was absolutely on fire during an evening game. Taylor was shooting it from deep and connecting at an impressive rate, and then also showed some toughness inside. His ability to be a dual threat was impressive.

D.J. Balentine, SG, Eric Gordon Central Stars – Balentine was absolutely on fire from three point range. The combo guard has been extremely impressive during July, and Balentine really showed why schools are beginning to covet his ability. Not the greatest athlete, Balentine is just a kid with a lot of basketball savvy who can really score.

Nick Osborne, PF, Eric Gordon Central Stars – A big body with a nice touch, Osborne was solid despite limited touches. He scored some around the rim and showed the ability to be a good defender. Now Osborne is slightly undersized to play down low, but showed an ability to pick and pop and be tough to guard that way.

Semaj Christon, PG, Cincinnati Knights – With his future head coach looking on, Christon exploded late in the event to finish strong. He used his big time athleticism and quickness to get to the rim and finish quite often. Also his outside shot does look improved. It was a struggle early on for Christon as he looked out of synch, but he righted the ship later on.

Matt O'Leary, PF, Indiana Elite – ONE – O'Leary proved to be one of the better skilled power forwards in the event with his play. He was absolutely in fire from three point range. Not super strong yet, O'Leary will need to get tougher on the boards, but mid-level teams in need of a skilled frontcourt player will be very intrigued with O'Leary's ability.

Kellon Thomas, PG, Indiana Elite – ONE – He is one of the toughest players at the position and plays with absolutely no fear. Thomas is a high level scorer for a point guard, but also will distribute. Not a great athlete, he does know how to get by guys, and once in the lane has an idea of how to get things done.

Jabari Parker, SF, Mac Irvin Fire – He was as impressive as a player could be. Parker just put on an absolute show going for over 30 against D3 Pride in a close loss, and then over 20 in a blowout win. Parker is at his best when he posts his man and just shoots his fade away jumper, but really he can be unguardable. There was just nothing that could be done to stop Parker, and he showed over and over why he is the nation's No. 1 prospect.

Kendrick Nunn, SG, Meanstreets – After having some hit and miss games during Peach Jam and down in Orlando, Nunn really got it going. He was scoring going to the rim, hitting threes, and just flat out finding a way to make plays. Nunn's strong efforts made him one of the more productive kids at the event, and kept Meanstreets winning.

Jaylon Tate, PG, Meanstreets – Not really known as a scorer, Tate did find a way to convert several times in a blowout win. Still what Tate did best was make plays for others. He just has the ability to make the right pass at the right time to the right person. Not a ton of point guards have that ability, but Tate is one who does.

Semi Ojeleye, SF/PF, Mo-Kan Elite – Playing down with his age level for the first time all year, Ojeleye was dominant for Mo-Kan. He scored down low, which was expected, but Ojeleye was an absolute animal on the glass. He was aggressive and just used his strength and athleticism to bully opponents and in the process recorded an easy double-double.

Jared Brownridge, SG, Illinois Wolves – With some of his other teammates tired from a major July grind, Brownridge still has legs in a big way. The physically strong shooting guard was absolutely on fire from deep making shots at a high level. When Brownridge gets his feet set, it is almost always in as his release is picture perfect. As a shooter there is no question that Brownridge is capable.

Vince Edwards, SF/PF, OT Elite – Edwards is a very good looking young prospect. He is every bit of 6-foot-6 right now, and maybe a little taller. He possesses a good handle, is a solid shooter, and also an excellent passer. Edwards also has a nice pedigree, and looks like he will grow some more before it is all said and done. He needs some refinement, but things are looking up for him.

Michigan State, Indiana, and Purdue all had full staffs present for Gary Harris. Louisville also had an assistant present.

Illinois and Memphis both dispatched assistants to watch Kendrick Nunn closely.

Semi Ojeyele listed Wisconsin, Kansas State, Oregon State, Oklahoma State, UCLA, and Marquette.

D.J. Balentine has offers from Missouri State, Wright State, Indiana State, Loyola, Kent State, Evansville, and IPFW.

Nic Osborne has offers from Minnesota, Loyola, Fordham, and Ohio. Also he has interest from Northern Illinois, Ball State, Detroit, and Valparaiso.

Kellon Thomas has offers from Austin Peay, Kent State, Loyola, IUPUI, UC-Davis, Florida Atlantic, Gardner Webb, Morehead State, and SIU-Edwardsville.


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