T.J. Haws, PG/SG, Utah Reign – Up against Philly Pride, Haws out toughed and out played every one that attempted to guard him. A 6-foot-2 guard, Haws spent time on and off the ball and was effective in both roles. He shoots the ball well out to 22-feet, but is also a creative attacker who is capable of floaters in the lane and crafty finishes around the basket.
Eric Mika, PF/C, Utah Reign – Manning the post for Utah Reign is this 6-foot-9, 215-pound big man. Mika made sure to rebound his area, recorded a couple of blocks and played with a mean streak around the basket. Mika has a great set of hands and had a couple of tough catches that led to finishes in the paint. Against Philly Pride, Mika played with his effort, energy and toughness.
Kendall Stephens, SF, Illinois Wolves – A smooth operator on the court, Stephens, who has already pledged to Matt Painter and the Boilermakers, shot the ball particularly well in a blow out win over KC Run GMC. At 6-foot-4, possibly 6-5, the wiry wing prospect has a good-looking jump shot, especially off the catch out to 22-feet. Going forward I'd like to see him a tad more aggressive attacking the basket, but he's a talented kid that plays within himself.
Nate Taphorn, SF, Illinois Wolves – There's a lot to like about Taphorn, a 6-foot-7, wiry combo forward. Offensively his strengths consist of shot making off the catch from mid-range out to three, but he's also fairly skilled and has great touch around the basketball. Taphorn will need to get stronger and develop his pull-up game, but he's a sneaky good athlete that understands how to play the game the right way.
David Cohn, PG, Illinois Wolves – Last year Cohn, a 6-foot-1 guard, was forced to the sidelines with a broken arm. This year he's a vital part of Mike Mullins' squad. If he gets a clean look at the rim, Cohn usually comes through from long range, but he's also a scrappy guard that can play both guard spots. His IQ and ability to make the right play at the appropriate time is one of his strength and he's also a very good passer.
Conner Frankamp, PG, KC Run GMC – Late Friday night, Frankamp, a Kansas commit, pumped in 11 three-pointers in a pool play win. On Saturday, up against a loaded Illinois Wolves team, Frankamp was unable to shake free for deep jumpers in the first half. Then in the second, after knocking down a mid-range pull-up the 6-foot guard buried four three-pointers on consecutive possessions. His jump shot is pure, but he's also a solid handler and a prospect with nice court vision.
Demonte Dodd, C, DC Assault – Although I'm not totally sure what class to put Dodd in, I'll go with 2013 for now, as Dodd is still trying to decide if he'll enroll at Maryland for this season or do a year of prep school. Either way the 6-foot-9, 220-pound post prospect is committed Maryland.
Whether he comes out now or waits a year, Mark Turgeon has a lot to work with. Dodd has a strong body with long arms, and he knows how to use it in the paint. Dodd has good instincts, will contest shots, rebounds the ball well and runs the floor with ease. Although his offense could use some work, the tools are there for Dodd to be a player later in his college career.
Markel Crawford, SG, Atlanta Xpress -- Crawford has turned himself into a pretty good long-range shooter. In fact, when he had a clean look at the rim, Crawford, a 6-foot-3 guard, was pretty consistent behind the three-point stripe all weekend. Although it appears knocking down jumpers has turned into one of his biggest strengths, Crawford also plays with good energy, has a strong handle and can pass it some too.
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Texas Select – With a playoff game on the line, Mudiay took an inbounds pass, attacked the defense and pulled up for a 22-foot game winning three-pointer. But the clutch shot was just part of Mudiay's strong day for the Texas Select.
Ealier Mudiay, a 6-foot-3 five-star guard, matched up with top 75 junior Alex Robinson. While each had their moments, Mudiay certainly showed why many think he's a top 10 prospect. Using his size advantage, Mudiay went to the post some in the second half, but also mixed in strong drives and finishes at the rim. Mudiay has elite physical tools and he had them on display on Saturday.
Alex Robinson, PG, DHJ5 – Matched up with top 10 prospect Emmanuel Mudiay, Robinson strung together a solid outing. The southpaw showed a nice pace to his game. He picked his spots, played within himself and looked to knock down deep jumpers when the opportunity presented itself. The southpaw doesn't necessarily have great speed, but he's a sneaky dribbler that makes good decisions with the ball. Robinson looks the part of a high major lead guard.
Nick Emery, SG/PG, Utah Reign – Early on against Philly Pride, Emery showed his quick trigger and deep range. But as the game wore on and Haws began to impose his will and Emergy showcased his ability to play some on the ball. A crafty left-hander, Emery has a nice pace to his game, sees the floor well and will mix in slick drives to the rim. His ability to score is his legit, but he's also a good enough passer that he'll be able to play on the ball some in college.
Dwayne Morgan, SF/PF, B'More's Finest – A versatile forward, Morgan is at his best when he catches the ball in the high post and either attacks the rim or knocks down mid-range jump shots. In multiple viewings on Saturday, Morgan showed consistency with his jump shot not only from 15 to 18-feet, but also out to 22-feet. A fluid athlete, Morgan moves up and down the floor well, is pretty skilled for a 6-foot-7 prospect and understands how to play the game. Defensively he brings it, as he's tough, will move his feet and boards his area at a high level.
Caleb Martin, SF, Team Loaded – An active and aggressive wing prospect, Martin played extremely well in a morning game against B'More's Finest. Martin was effective for Team Loaded shooting the ball off the catch and scoring in transition. A sneaky good athlete, Martin is a pretty good rebounder for a wing and is also a crafty finisher in transition.
Quadri Moore, C, Sports U 16's – With Karl Towns out, as he prepares to try out for the Dominican Republic National Team, Moore is forced to bring a little more this weekend. In a mid-afternoon game against the Illinois Wolves, the 6-foot-8, 240-pounder rose to the occasion, showcasing his size, skill and footwork around the basket. He has a wide frame that can clear some space and offensively is fairly advanced for his size and age.
Keita Bates-Diop, PF, Illinois Wolves 16's – Fresh off a move into Scout.com's top 50, Bates-Diop showed why he's so highly regarded. At 6-foot-7, the wiry forward likes to face the rim and attack. He has a nice set of hands, good touch around the basket and moves very well. He'll need to add strength and learn to play through physical play, but he's a talent that has yet to reach his best basketball days.
Romelo Trimble, PG/SG, DC Assault 16's – The star of DC Assault's 16's team is this 6-foot-1 combo guard out of Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell. While Trimble ran some one for Assault, his ability to put up points and attack the rim is what stood out in the first round of the 16's tournament. He's creative on his drives, uses jump shots to get in the lane and is very good finisher. His ability to play both guard spots will be attractive for high major coaches.
Derrick Jones, SF/PF, We R-1 – With a handful of his teammates at home taking finals the freshman took advantage of his allotment of playing time. In fact, the 6-foot-6 lengthy combo forward did more than that. A bouncy athlete, Jones made plays at the rim, ran the floor with ease and showed flashes of what's to come in his career. Jones recently hit a growth spurt and he doesn't look like he's done. Rutgers is the only school that has made contact with him thus far. å
*Rysheed Jordan, a 6-foot-4 physical guard, is at his best when he attacks the basket. With his size, length and strength, Jordan is great around the rim and is developing his mid-level pull-ups.
*Deandre Jefferson may stand just 5-foot-6, but he was tough for Dallas Showtyme to handle. Jefferson is quick, shoots it well from beyond the stripe and was able to get off mid-range pull-ups.
*2013 point guard A.J. Riley is a tough, hardnosed lead guard. He handled majority of the lead guard duties for the Illinois Wolves and when he had the ball he made the appropriate decisions.
*After sitting a good amount of the first half, Nate Britt, a UNC commit, strung together a solid second half. Britt tossed in a floater in the lane, hit a pair of mid-range jump shots and showed a good pace to his game.
*Ahmad Fields, a 6-foot-5 wing out of Blue Ridge (Va.) had a solid outing for the DC Assault 16's. A pretty good athlete, Fields finished well around the basket and showed off his scoring ability.
*Quinton Stephens has some serious tools. At 6-foot-7, possibly 6-8, Stephens has terrific size for a wing. His shooting stroke looks good, although his shot was somewhat inconsistent this week; he's a capable shooter to 21-feet. Stephens moves fluidly and is a pretty good athlete as well.
*Tony Bagtus made some key shots against DC Assault in the first round of the tournament. The 5-foot-10 lead guard hit a pair of floaters off the dribble that kept the Xpress close. Offensively his floater is his biggest weapon.