Best Buy: Day One

DEERFIELD, ILL - The Best Buy Chicago Classic got going on Saturday with big time action. With some of the top players in the country in attendance, Robert Hubbs and Kasey Hill were dominant.

Robert Hubbs, SG, M33M – Despite his team not fairing great in pool play, Hubbs was an absolute beast. Hubbs is athletic, makes shots from deep, creates for others, and has good size at the guard post. Overall there just isn't much on the basketball court that he can't do. Look for Hubbs to be one of the hottest commodities going forward this summer. A do it all guard, he possesses a skill set that simply not many in the class have.

Austin Nichols, PF/C, M33M – Nichols is skilled, runs the floor well, and is getting stronger down low. Still he much prefers to face the rim and score from 12 feet than to go down on the block, but overall it was a good showing for Nichols. Once he gets more assertive on the glass, Nichols will be very difficult to deal with, and it is easy to see why so many colleges are intrigued with his game.

Kasey Hill, PG, Florida Rams – This guy, he isn't bad at basketball. Hill absolutely dominated the second half in a win over Eric Gordon. At times he struggled to finish in the lane, but the bottom line is no one kept him out of the paint, and when needed Hill got to the foul line. Also he was great passing the basketball, and got others involved at a high level. After a slow start, Hill turned it in to a dominant performance.

Chris Walker, PF/C, Florida Rams – One of the most athletic interior players in the nation, Walker was a beast on the glass. He dominated rebounding wise, especially on the offensive end where he created second chance opportunities for himself and for teammates. Add in that he scored out to eight feet, and Walker put a lot of tools on display despite not being at the top of his game.

Zavier Turner, PG, Eric Gordon All-Stars – More of a scorer from the lead guard spot than a distributor, Turner was the most productive player for EG10 in their loss to the Rams. He hit from deep, used his speed and strength to attack the rim, and then was also admirable on the defensive end. Still his first instinct is to get his own shot instead of shots for others, but his speed and strength are impressive.

Darius Latham, C, Eric Gordon All-Stars – What Latham gives away in height on the low block he makes up for in strength and skill. A high level football prospect, Latham is also at least a mid-level hoops player. Latham rebounded his area, hit shots from the perimeter, and just provided a needed toughness for his team.

Leron Black, PF, Team Thad – One of the most athletic power forwards in the country, Black and his teammates rolled to an easy win. In the process of blowing out the opponent, Black was a man-child on the glass corralling rebounds in and out of his area, and then used his length and athleticism to finish down low. Black plays hard and runs the floor as well as any forward in the country, and on a team that loves to get up and down the floor that is on full display.

Chris Chiozza, PG, Team Thad – There is fast with the basketball, and then there is what Chiozza is. He has a great that is almost never seen. Despite being small, Chiozza knows how to finish and creates great angles for himself to get to the rim because of his quicks. Add in that he can make shots and really knows the value of pushing the pace with the pass instead of the dribble, and Chiozza is the engine that drives one of the most intense teams in the country.

Anton Beard, SG, Team Thad – Strength, athleticism, ability to make shots, Beard possesses all of those attributes. When given the choice he loves to attack the rim and has a great ability to finish through contact. Also he hit multiple threes, and was as active as anybody on the defensive end. This is definitely a player who will be given significant consideration the next time the rankings are updated.

C.J. Anderson, SG, Team Thad – Anderson really caught fire from three during the game, but he is definitely far from just a shooter. He is also a darn near elite level athlete and someone who plays with a ton of emotion and energy. His shot making blew the game open, but it was also his defensive energy and length to disrupt passes that was instrumental in turning up the heat in the Team Thad full court pressure.

Milik Yarbrough, SF, Indiana Elite – Yarbrough is clearly in the best shape he has ever been in, and is playing very well. He is still very right hand dominant, but Yarbrough finds a way to get into the lane and make plays. Also Yarbrough was making jump shots and showed effort rebounding the ball. Not the most athletic or best laterally, Yarbrough just knows how to make plays and finds a way to be productive.

Reid Travis, SF/PF, Minnesota Pump N Run – A fairly athletic forward, Travis can defend multiple spots, and has a decent ability to hit the mid-range jump shot. Travis is definitely at his best rebounding and using his length to make plays, but he is improving his skill game and is someone who is intriguing given his length, athleticism, and motor.

Lance Tejada, PG, Florida Rams – There are very few point guards who are faster with the basketball than Tejada. A kid who can really pass the ball as well as score, Tejada put his team on his back for stretches and helped them go out to a convincing victory. Not very big, Tejada knows how to play without great size, and even uses it to his advantage.

Adonys Henriqez, SG, Florida Rams – Known as an excellent scorer, Henriqez was really struggling with his jumper for the most part. Still he showed a very smooth stroke shooting, good athleticism, and the frame to make plays in the mid-range using the dribble. The good thing though is Henriqez realized his shot was off and did other things to make an impact on the game such as rebounding and passing the ball.

Jonathan Joseph, SG/SF, Florida Rams – This cat is a big time athlete who loves to dunk the ball and gets out and uses his ability as a run and jump athlete to create chaos. Joseph was on the business end of a pair of ally-oops, but did some of his own using the dribble and then also rebounded well from the wing. His skill level isn't the best, but his length and explosiveness allow him to be a very effective player.

Hyron Edwards, PG, Indiana Elite – With his team on the verge of losing their perfect record, Edwards wouldn't let it happen. In overtime the high level point guard created off the bounce and got to the foul line to seal the game, but it was his plays I crunch time to help his team rally that were most influential. Edwards didn't have a great game shooting the ball, but he was a playmaker and got to the rim at will.

Everett Duncan, SF/PF, Indiana Elite – His team was trailing by double digits, but Duncan caught fire from three. A forward with unlimited range, Duncan got loose both in the half court and in transition for clean looks. When he had a good look at the rim the shot was in, and he finished with 24 and played a huge role in the rally.

Jalen Brunson, PG, Team NLP – There are very few point guards in all of high school basketball that have a better idea of how to play the position than Brunson. He isn't an elite athlete, but the son of a former NBA player really knows how to change speeds with the dribble and also can read screens. Add in that he can never be sped up, and has unreal floor vision, and the future is very bright for Brunson.

C.J. Anderson listed VCU, Middle Tennessee, Arizona State, and Missouri.

Anton Beard has offers from LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Memphis, Georgetown, and LSU. Also interest is coming from Marquette.

Chris Chiozza has offers from Missouri, VCU, Richmond, Kent State, and Murray State. Also interest is coming in from UCF.

Lance Tejada has offers from Miami, UCF, Florida International, and George Mason. Interest is also coming in from South Carolina and Marquette.

Jonathan Joseph listed interest from Alabama, South Florida, Florida, Florida State, and Florida International.


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