Kuran Iverson, PF/SF, NY Lightning -- In an opening round win over the Playaz 16's squad, Iverson, a 6-foot-8 combo forward, played with energy and effort. He hit the glass, attacked baseline and knocked down a few jump shots. Despite missing a handful of threes early on, Iverson settled down, began playing within himself and began rebounding. Those rebounds led to points and trips to the free throw line. It was one of the better outings we've seen from Iverson, a standout at Northwest Catholic.
Leo Vincent, SG, Sportsfest -- When Sportsfest took the floor against the Playaz 17's bunch they were outmatched from the get go. But Vincent, a 6-foot scoring guard, didn't back down. Vincent pumped a number of long-range shots and even went off the bounce for a few buckets at the rim. Vincent didn't produce much from mid-range, but certainly showed himself as a true threat from behind the three-point stripe.
Kavon Stewart, PG, Playaz 17's -- A quick and speedy lead guard, Stewart was the catalyst for the Playaz opening round blow out win. While he didn't put up a huge point total, the 5-foot-11 guard attacked the lane looking to dish to his teammates for jumpers. In all the Playaz hit more than a dozen three-pointers and Stewart created most of those opportunities. The southpaw used his burst of speedy and tricky handler to make defenders work and once by them he made good decisions with the ball.
Reggie Cameron, PF, Playaz 17's -- The jumper was working for Cameron during the Playaz opening round game. The 6-foot-7 face up four-man is great in catch and shoot situations from 21-feet and he proved that by nailing no less than four long-range jumpers. On top of that he even dropped in a right hook on the block. Cameron could do better on the glass, but it was a strong showing for him on day one of the Spring Fling.
Michael Young, PF, Playaz 17's – Where Young impacted the game the most was on the glass. The 6-foot-7, possibly 6-8 power forward, put effort into grabbing rebounds and looked to push his defensive boards out to a guard and up the court quickly. Offensively Young likes to face the basket and drive, but he's also capable of hitting three-pointers, as he hit a pair in the win over Sportsfest.
Jai Williams, C, Huntington Park Warriors – It wasn't his best outing, but it was easy to see Williams' talent. Williams stands 6-foot-9 and weighs in at every bit of 230-pounds. Although he doesn't get great lift, he has a wide frame and will throw it around inside. Williams has a good set of hands and can finish close to the rim. He's one mid-major programs should be tracking.
David George, PF, Huntington Park Warriors – While technically George is a member of the 2012 class, he confirmed after his game that he's planning to attend prep school next year and reclassify to the 2013 class. George, a 6-foot-8 forward, runs the floor well, has a nice set of hands, contests shots on defense and can hit a 15-foot jump shot. He has just a pair of scholarship offers to date and we expect that to grow, as George has very good grades to go with his impressive game.
Marquise Wright, PG, Team Takeover Orange – From the outset of Takeover's game with the Brooklyn Rens II, Wright made plays. He hit a pair of deep three-pointers then scored at the rim. Wright has very good speed and knows how to push the tempo. Wright had a strong day for the Takeover bunch, which won big in their opener.
*Zach Lewis, a 6-foot-2, guard can put up points in a hurry. Although listed as a 2013 prospect on the roster, the word is he'll likely be coming out in 2012. He's tracking as a low major recruit.
*The Playaz 17's bunch has a bunch of knock down shooters. To go with Cameron, who we highlighted above, Karonn Davis, Shane Rector and Joel Hernandez all buried at least a pair of three-pointers. All are tracking at mid-major recruits or higher.
*Isaiah Briscoe,a 2015 guard, spent a lot of time on the ball for the Playaz 16's squad. Briscoe has a big, strong body and seems to have a nice feel for the game. His backcourt mate – Rashad Figures – is talented as well. Figures looked to score from mid-range when he had the opportunity.
*Kavon Stewart has offers from Cincinnati and UMass. Rutgers, Seton Hall and Manhattan are recruiting him as well. Stewart said Cinncinnati, UMass and Manhattan are his top three.
*David George said Colgate and Marist have offered him a scholarship, while St. Peters is also recruiting him. He's planning to attend a prep school next season. He hasn't made a decision what prep school.
*Jai Williams has early offers from St. Joseph, LaSalle and Drexel. VCU and Oklahoma are also recruiting the 2013 big man.