Spiece: Day Three

FT. WAYNE - One of the great things about the Spiece Run N Slam is the opportunity to see underclassmen shine. On championship Sunday Quentin Snider stood out as did several class of 2015 stars from Indiana and Illinois.

Devin Williams, PF, Ohio Basketball Club – Williams had to battle foul trouble going against the imposing Mac Irvin frontline, but he 6-foot-8 rebounding beast played very well. He finished through contact, scored down low, and also hit a mid-range jumper to go along with holding his own on the glass against one of the biggest frontlines in the country. Now he does need to continue to focus on using his left hand in the post and staying out of foul trouble, but it was an impressive showing for Williams.

Kevin Johnson, SG/PG, Ohio Basketball Club – An athletic guard, Johnson not only got to the rim fairly well but was making shots. Also he controlled the flow of the game from the point guard position. Still he isn't someone who will set up the offense, but Johnson can really create his own shot and has the size and athleticism to make plays.

Sterling Brown, SF, Mac Irvin Fire – A do it all player, Brown does nothing outstanding, but just gets a lot done. He is excellent in the mid-range, and has the skill to make shots from deep as well. Also Brown has a very good feel for the game, and is someone who is always in the right place both offensively and defensively. More and more Brown is finding a way to make a big impact on a loaded roster.

Jabari Parker, SF, Mac Irvin Fire – Parker had stretches of dominance where he showed why he is the top player in the class. He finished well above the rim in transition, and then made several nice passes in the half court which led to easy buckets. Parker still isn't shooting the ball like he is capable of doing, but the nation's No. 1 prospect is doing nothing to really damper the thoughts on his game.

Kyle Davis, SG/PG, Mac Irvin Fire – When watching Davis play the word that comes to mind is "tough". Just everything he does is impressive. He gets to the rim, is an excellent athlete, and also is making shots off the catch. Now he does need to continue to grow as a point guard and with his shooting off the dribble, but Davis always seems to find a way to impact the game, and he does it on both ends of the floor. There is a reason why high-majors are picking up the interest, and it is because of all the big plays he finds a way to make.

Quentin Snider, PG, Louisville Magic – He was the man who led his team to a championship, and Snider did it with his great basketball IQ and excellent ability to shoot from deep. Snider was on fire all weekend long, and didn't slow down despite tired legs on Sunday. It is arguable that no player in the class has made a greater improvement in the last year than Snider.

Brandon Hatton, SG, Louisville Magic – He will never be described as an "all-airport" player, but the bottom line is when the ball gets tipped up he is a problem for opposing defenses. Hatton makes shots at a high level, and then has enough savvy with the bounce to create space. Also he moves better than you would think on the defensive end. Hatton is one of the tougher players to get a consensus on, but the bottom line is he knows how to get buckets.

Lamontray Harris, SF/PF, Louisville Magic – He doesn't get all the attention that some of his teammates do, but Harris is really coming on. Harris has good athleticism, is developing some skill facing the rim, and also plays hard. His upside is high, and now Harris is beginning to turn up his game.

Jae'sean Tate, SF/PF, All-Ohio Red – Just an absolute beast, Tate led a team not overflowing with big time talent to the championship game. He is more athletic than he looks, and even made shots from the outside. Still he is at his best playing inside and in the mid-range where he just finds a way to be effective. Tate might not have a defined position, but he definitely knows how to produce.

Jahlil Okafor, C, Mac Irvin Fire – There just aren't many people who can handle him on the low block. Okafor got into some foul trouble, and that was a problem for his team, but when he was getting the ball down low he was making plays. Okafor almost brought the basket down with a few dunks, and defensively cleared the glass. The next step is to go over his right shoulder and not just his left, but there is a lot going on here that is extremely impressive.

A.J. Harris, PG, King James – He is small, but man can he play. Harris is reminding a lot in the Buckeye State of former mighty mite point guard Drew Lavender. He has great speed, is a good passer, and also was making shots from the outside. Also despite his size he knows how to finish in the lane, and plays with great pace.

Luke Kennard, SG, King James – A very good shooter, Kennard didn't have his typical day making shots, but still Kennard found a way to be effective. He sees the floor fairly well and can even play some point guard with his ability to handle the basketball. Kennard is also a fairly good athlete, and is someone who can get to the mid-range and knows how to finish.

Jalen Coleman, SG, Spiece Indy Heat – His team was overmatched at the 16 and under level, but Coleman is a handful to defend. He is just so savvy with the dribble that he can get into the mid-range and get his shot off before an opponent has a chance to challenge. Also he is getting better and moving without the ball and freeing himself from defenders. No doubt he is one of the better guards in the Midwest.

Hyron Edwards, PG, Indiana Elite – Just an absolute blur with the ball, Edwards can get from baseline-to-baseline in an absolute heartbeat. He has the elite speed and athleticism to finish above the rim, and also is making shots from deep. Edwards plays at another gear sometimes, and seems to never get tired. He was instrumental in leading Indiana Elite to the championship.

Chandler White, SG, Indiana Elite – The other member of the highly touted Indiana Elite backcourt, White was scoring it quite well from the mid-range and around the rim with athleticism. Add in that he knocked in a few threes, and the full offensive arsenal was there. He will have to continue to improve the skill set as he is already physically strong for his age, but the bottom line is he knows how to produce.

Trevor Manuel, C, Meanstreets – Manuel continued to show flashes of what could make him such a special player. He has all the tools in the world, and put it together a little bit with his team facing a tough Eric Gordon squad. Manuel is a solid shot blocker and hit some jumpers, now he needs to improve his game around the rim to go to the next level as a prospect.

Antonio Poole, PG, Meanstreets – Another very small but very effective point guard. Poole has exceptional quickness and can penetrate and get into the lane as well as about anyone. He knows how to play as a short player, so it doesn't bother him, and Poole has a great swagger about him that allows him to be in complete control at all times.

Charles Matthews, SG, Meanstreets – Quite simply the sky is the limit with Matthews. He is a very good shooter right now, and has length and athleticism to go with it. Strength is something that will need to come in time, but it should. Right now he can create for himself and even showed some ability to pass, but once he gets mature physically he could be impossible to stop.

Dennis Williams, SF, Meanstreets – He was stuck on the junior varsity at Chicago Simeon, but there is no worry there, he is darn good. Williams is a true slasher who gets to the rim at will, and then is a big time athlete who finishes well above the rim. Like Matthews he will need to get stronger, and when that happens he becomes a handful for defenders on the wing.

Edward Morrow, PF, Meanstreets – Another long armed athlete at Simeon, Morrow blocked shots, ran the floor, showed great hands, and can really finish above the rim. He is shy of 6-foot-7 right now, but looks like he has a lot of growth left in him, and should be someone who attracts significant high-major attention going forward.

Chandler White listed Indiana, Michigan, Purdue, Michigan State, Illinois, Xavier and Butler.

Hyron Edwards rattled off offers from Indiana and Purdue with interest from Michigan, Michigan State, and Illinois.


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