Flyin to the Hoop: Day One

KETTERING, Ohio – The tenth annual Flyin to the Hoop event got going on Friday night headlined by Findlay Prep, and then continued in a big way on Saturday with a full slate of games. For Findlay Prep Winston Shepard shined with his play, and several others also showcased big time ability in front of near sellout crowds all day long.

Winston Shepard, PF/SF, Findlay Prep – The combo forward was definitely on his game on Friday night. As usual Shepard showed his athleticism and high motor, but also there was an improved skill level. While Findlay as a group didn't play their best game, Shepard gave them consistent production from beginning to end, and showed why he will be one of the most important spring signees in the country.

Jordan Potts, PG, Northland – The scrappy floor general who is headed to North Carolina-Greensboro had it all working for Northland. He hit a dagger three to ice the game, and also got others involved at a high level. Known for toughness and his ability to score, Potts was on his game, and helped his team to a big win.

Devon Scott, PF, Northland – Playing only minutes from his future home at the University of Dayton, Scott was a man on the low block. He competed for rebounds, scored around the rim, and showed good athleticism. Always having possessed the raw physical tools, Scott now is adding some refinement to his game, and is playing as hard as ever.

Gary Harris, SG, Hamilton Southeastern – It was a blowout win, and Harris was a big reason why for HSE. Harris was 4-5 from three point range, and also had a huge role in setting up his teammates for easy jumpers. A ridiculous athlete, Harris converted a reverse 360 dunk, and then as usual was a lockdown defender. He finished with 26 points and only played three quarters of the game.

Dominic Artis, PG, Findlay Prep – The Oregon Ducks have an excellent player coming in with Arits. A true floor general, Artis always makes the right pass and has the natural moxy and leadership ability on the floor to get his team through tough times. Add in that his shooting is very good, and he continues to get bigger and stronger, and Artis is now one of the best point guards in the country, and his elite performance on Friday night proved that.

Danrad Knowles, PF/SF, HYCA – Chicken was his usual self. He hit deep jumpers, was athletic around the rim, and competed on every possession. Now he did get pushed around at times on the low block, but Knowles still has a very high skill level to go with length and athleticism. As he continues to mature as a player his game will take off, and the raw tools were on display for the future Houston Cougar.

Elijah Macon, PF, Huntington Prep – Back in his home state of Ohio, Macon had a solid game. He showed some good footwork around the rim and looked stronger than in the past. Macon rebounded well and also ran the floor okay. Now he needs to continue to improve his conditioning, but there were some good steps being made.

Javontae Hawkins, SG, Huntington Prep – A very good athlete who is an intense competitor, Hawkins did several nice things. He caused numerous turnovers with his strength tough defense, and then converted above the rim to go along with being a slasher off the bounce. Hawkins should have a very nice future at South Florida.

Mikyle McIntosh, PF/SF, Christian Faith Center – Ro Russell's squad played on back to back days, and McIntosh was huge in both games. The super athletic 6-foot-5 forward was especially impressive against HYCA. He scored going to the rim, rebounded like a man, and then hit some jumpers. Always known as a good athlete, McIntosh is adding more of a skill game to go with it.

Zak Irvin, SG/SF, Hamilton Southeastern – The future Michigan Wolverine was torching the nets. He was 5-5 from distance, and barely missed a shot the entire game. Irvin was making shots mostly off the catch, but he also created a little bit for himself, and went over 20 points in a very efficient manner. A long and lean wing, Irvin is tough to challenge on the jumper with his high release, and it was working in a very big way in HSE's blowout win.

Tony Farmer, SF/PF, Garfield Heights – The knock on Farmer has always been his lack of refined skill, but that is now coming along. Farmer hit a three, showed a lot of improvement handling the ball, and overall the release and fluidity to his shot both looked improved. Now he didn't score the ball great, but he did rebound at a high level to go along with defending and playing hard. While it wasn't his most productive game, Farmer did have a very impressive showing in terms of all around contributions.

Justin Jackson, SF, HYCA – Jackson lived in Southwest Ohio for several years, and apparently he was excited to play in front of old friends, because he put on a show. The 6-foot-5 wing is as smooth as it gets, and everything was working. He rebounded well, pushed the ball on the break, shot it from deep, and then got to the rim. In fact Jackson won the game for HYCA with an offensive rebound and stick back in overtime capping a 20 plus point performance.

Andrew Wiggins, SF/SG, Huntington Prep – The nation's No. 1 class of 2014 prospect more than lived up to the hype. Now it would be nice if he defended with more intensity, but on the offensive end he was the truth. Wiggins hit threes, got to the rim, and of course showed off his elite athleticism. A commitment to defense needs to come, but he is more than capable, and on offense it is tough to find many, if any, flaws in his game.

Jalen Coleman, SG, Cathedral – The top freshman in the state of Indiana, Coleman, put on a show. He was his team's best player by a wide margin, and scored 15 points to go along with pulling down five rebounds. The only negative for Coleman is he missed three wide open layups, had he made those, his stat line would have been very impressive. A good athlete with long arms and a quick release, Coleman definitely showed off his vast potential.

Winston Shepard has had a firm list of New Mexico, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, UNLV, and UTEP, but now he says Oregon and St. John's are trying to get involved.

Jalen Coleman has offers from Indiana and Notre Dame. Also interest is coming from Purdue, Butler, Xavier, Illinois, Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State.

Ohio State head coach Thad Mata and Xavier head coach Chris Mack both were present. Matta was checking out Justin Jackson while Mack had eyes on Tony Farmer.

Assistants from Illinois, Southern Illinois, LaSalle, Ohio State, Xavier, Washington, and Georgetown were also spotted in the gym.

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