Best Buy: Day Two

DEERFIELD, ILL - The Florida Rams came home with the 17 and under title thanks to the strong play of Kasey Hill, but others such as Larry Austin and Daniel Giddens also made big impressions.

Kasey Hill, PG, Florida Rams – Once again Hill was unreal in leading his team to the championship. Going against Team Thad which presses and traps, Hill was a one man press break and then showed he can finish with athleticism above the rim. A great passer, Hill set up teammates very well, and was just the best player all day long and completely dominant at times in leading his team to a championship.

Chris Walker, PF/C, Florida Rams – Walker was on the business end of numerous nice passes from Hill, and he did what an athletic interior player should do, he dunked everything and did with it bad intentions. Also Walker was an animal on the glass grabbing everything off the rim and setting up his team on the break. Overall while he wasn't as dominant as Hill, Walker played a vital role in getting the Rams to the title.

Brannen Greene, SF, Florida Rams – Greene as usual was making shots, but in the championship game he did more than that. Greene showed the intention to attack off the dribble, and also rebounded some. He will need to continue to refine the areas of his game besides shooting, but it was a solid overall performance from Greene.

Derrick Walton, PG, Michigan Mustangs – His driving twisting layup at the buzzer to win a game was one of the most impressive shots of not only the day but the tournament in general. Quite simply Walton defines toughness from the point guard position. The moment is never too big for him, and Walton thrives the most when the moment is biggest. He scores it well and also is an excellent distributor. An absolute warrior, Walton plays a huge role in helping his team advantage deep in nearly every tournament they play.

Monte Morris, SG/PG, Michigan Mustangs – A very talented combo-guard, Morris is at his best attacking off the dribble and using his length and athleticism. Also Morris can make shots from the outside and is solid as a playmaker. Not a true floor general, Morris can make plays either on or off the ball, and continued his excellent spring with a solid performance.

Frederick Edmonds, SF, Michigan Mustangs – Energy, athleticism, and effort are not in short supply with Edmonds. He does most of his damage from the mid-range and in, and is also an excellent rebounder. Edmonds has long arms, plays hard, and is just productive despite not being the ideal size for his position. Given the dominance of Morris and Walton in the backcourt, Edmonds provides some frontcourt balance to the team.

Anton Gill, SG, Garner Road – Gill looks faster, more athletic, and overall improved from a year ago. The future Louisville Cardinal was dominant at times for Garner Road as they rallied from a huge deficit to make it a game with the Michigan Mustangs. Gill definitely preferred to attack the rim as opposed to settling for his jumper. Overall it was an excellent performance from Gill and one in which he showed himself to making good strides as a prospect.

Isaiah Hicks, PF, Garner Road – The future North Carolina Tar Heel didn't have the most productive game of his career, but he did find a way to make an impact. His impressive tip in with under 10 seconds to go gave Garner Road the lead before Walton's twisting layup ended the game and gave them the loss. Still Hicks showed good athleticism, great hands, a mid-range jumper, and stepped up when he had to. Now he needs to bring the energy consistently, but all the tools are there for him to be an excellent player.

Devonte Graham, PG/SG, Garner Road – Playing alongside Gill, Graham is known mostly as a shooter, but he also did some stuff of the dribble. He has pretty good size in the backcourt and shows a good idea of how to play. Not the most athletic, Graham has a pure release on his jumper and made several big plays during the Garner Road comeback. He could be someone who attracts high-major looks before it is all said and done.

Luke Fischer, PF/C, Wisconsin Swing – It was a great weekend overall for Fischer, and he finished it with a big double-double against M33M. Fischer is definitely bigger and stronger from even a few months ago, and he is playing with a confidence down low to go with his skill game facing the rim. It was excellent to see Fischer step up as a rebounder, and really showed himself to be one of the more improved bigs in the class.

Nick Fuller, SF, Wisconsin Swing – Like Fischer, Fuller had a good weekend for the Swing. Fuller was hitting threes at an impressive clip, and then also mixed in a few drives off the dribble. A solid athlete, Fuller has good strength and a good feel for the game. His stock is definitely continuing to rise with his solid play all spring long.

Robert Hubbs, SG, M33M – This cat was an absolute killer all weekend long. Hubbs is athletic, makes shots out to NBA range, scores inside, and is a willing passer. Overall the Swing had absolutely no answer at all for Hubbs who went for 38 points. Already a four-star prospect, Hubbs is definitely going to be in consideration for a big rankings bump with what he has shown.

Devin Davis, PF/SF, Eric Gordon All-Stars – It was a frustrating finish for EG10, but Davis had a solid game. He played with effort and athleticism against a very aggressive and long frontcourt. Davis didn't do much outside of the paint, but he is a creative finisher and someone who is more than capable of rebounding against taller players. Also Davis should be very good on the defensive end with his length and ability to move laterally.

Leron Black, PF, Team Thad – Black is an absolute beast on the floor. He attacks the rim like a running back with the ball and just knows how to finish through contact. Add in that he more than held his own rebounding against the Rams, and it was easy to see why colleges have been so high on him during the spring.

Anton Beard, SG, Team Thad – Beard again showed off his skills attacking off the dribble. He isn't the tallest guard, but he is so strong and knows how to use the dribble to create space. Also Beard was knocking in deep shots and giving maximum effort on every possession. Beard does have some limitations, but he is a kid who gets the most out of his ability, and finds a way to produce.

Cliff Alexander, C, D-Rose – The five-star prospect showed why with his play. Alexander has great hands and knows how to finish in transition. Also he is an excellent rebounder and has the ability to know where the ball is coming off the rim both on offense and defense. Alexander didn't show much in the way of refined post moves, but he did finish everything with dunks and stayed in the paint causing problems for an undersized opponent.

Darius Austin, SG/SF, D-Rose – A big guard with good athleticism, Austin is someone who could play multiple positions. He is a good passer, showed the ability to make open shots, and has some ability off the dribble as well. Now Austin does need to learn to be more assertive and consistent, but the tools are there for him to be a high level player.

Larry Austin, PG, D-Rose – It was the first viewing of Austin this spring and he didn't disappoint. Austin showed off his impressive athleticism and speed with the basketball, and then also made shots. His feel for the position is still coming along, but the natural ability is definitely there, and Austin put on a show with his play.

Adonys Henriquez, SG, Florida Rams – Henriquez just knows how to put the ball in the basket. He was doing an excellent job of getting to the mid-range and scoring with his jumper. A good athlete, Henriquez can rise over defenders to get a clean look, and then knows how to use his strength to create space for himself off the dribble.

Milik Yarbrough, SF, Indiana Elite – Even in a losing effort, Yarbrough put on an absolute show. He was absolutely on fire from three, and helped his team rally from a double-figure deficit to take a lead in the second half. Yarbrough was not only hitting threes, but he was finishing going to the rim and made plays in the mid-range. The strength is there, and now he is in excellent shape, and is taking his game to a whole new level.

Daniel Giddens, C, Worldwide Renegades – Giddens showed himself to be a great prospect on the interior. He is every bit of 6-foot-9, maybe taller, and has great hands, finishes down low, and runs the floor very well. Also he takes pride in his rebounding, and Giddens will block shots. Now he does get into foul trouble, but the upside is through the roof with him.

Jaylen Brown, SG, Worldwide Renegades – There can't be a better one-two punch on the interior and perimeter at one school in the 2015 class than Brown and Giddens at Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler. Brown has great ball skills for a kid his size, and is also a well above average athlete who can make shots from the outside as well. Still growing, it is scary to think of how good Brown can be in a few years.

Aaron Falzon, PF, New England Playaz – A stretch power forward, Falzon was impressive despite his team coming up short. He hit threes, attacked off the dribble, and showed solid athleticism. Falzon is already fairly strong, but still has upside because of the high skill level. He will be one to really monitor going forward.

Nick Smith, PG, M33M – Smith plays two levels up from his grade, and more than holds his own in the process. He is somewhat small and not an elite athlete, but has a good feel for the game and can really pass the basketball. As he grows and gets stronger his entire skill set will show through, but already he is a good looking player who will attract major interest from the point guard position.

Darius Austin mentioned Xavier, Iowa, Minnesota, Butler, and Cincinnati with offers from St. Louis, DePaul, SIU-Edwardsville, and Miami-Ohio.

Frederick Edmonds has interest from Iowa State, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan.

Aaron Falzon is hearing from Maryland, Boston College, Providence, Massachusetts, UCLA, Connecticut, Stanford, and Ohio State.

Daniel Giddens has very early interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, and most of the SEC as well as ACC.


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