Andrew & Aaron Harrison, PG/SG, Houston Defenders – It never takes long for the twins to get things going. In a tight game with TP Elite, the two took over. Both scored it well. They overpowered defenders to the basket, found ways to get to the free throw line and defended their positions well. The two are playing at a high level and are the best one-two punch tandem in high school basketball.
Tim Quarterman, SF, ATL Celtics – There's been a lot of talk about Quarterman, a 6-foot-6 lengthy wing, lately. On Friday he spent quite a bit of time on the ball and showed skill and passing ability. While I'm not classifying him as a point guard, he does have good vision and makes good decision with the ball. While he didn't look to score often, it's certainly something he's capable of doing. He hit one three off the catch in a win over Garner Road.
Tyrone Outlaw, SF, Garner Road – A solidly built wing prospect, Outlaw is a tough player that can make plays from inside and out. Off the catch, Outlaw can knock down shots. He's also effective at the basket, where he's able to get his hands on offensive rebounds. Going forward he'll need to spruce up his ball handling, but he's an improving wing prospect with some ability.
Nate Taphorn, SF, Illinois Wolves – Fresh off his commitment to Northwestern, Taphorn got loose for three early three-pointers against DC Assault. When his feet are set, Taphorn shoots a good percentage and has good range on his shot. Taphorn will need to get stronger, but he's a good fit for Northwestern and his ability to knock down shots is valuable.
Matt Thomas, SG, WI Playmakers – There aren't many knock down shooters in the 2013 class, but Thomas is certainly classified as one. Thomas hit on three of his attempts in a win over the Southern Kings. He has great form, a quick trigger and deep range on his shot. To go with his three-point shooting ability, he's also comfortable going off one or two dribbles and pulling-up. For the Playmakers he's forced to spend time on the ball and he was effective in that role as well.
Jordan Mickey, PF, Urban DFW – Although his team lost, Mickey played hard and was efficient inside. When he gets touches on the block, Mickey finds ways to score. He maneuvers in the paint well, knows how to finish at the rim and rebounds his area. This was one of his better efforts of the summer.
Nick Fuller, SF, Wisconsin Swing – While the defense keyed on Luke Fischer and Bronson Koenig, Fuller managed to get loose for 24 points. The southpaw was aggressive with his offense and managed to find ways to score in the paint. He's a scrappy wing that is capable of decking it a few times. He scored off tip-ins, an array of floaters and a catch and shoot three-pointer.
Jared Brownridge, SG, Illinois Wolves – Easily one of the top performers of the day, Browndridge, a 6-foot-1 guard, tossed in six three-pointers on nine attempts in a mercy rule win over DC Assault. When his feet were set and his shoulders square, Brownridge was consistent on Friday. He also mixed it up by pulling-up for a floater in the lane. He's a mid-level shooter with value.
Rysheed Jordan, SG/PG, Philly Pride – For his size at 6-foot-4, Jordan has a terrific first step and good explosion going to the basket. Although he can get a tad wild with the ball, his ability to handle in traffic and slice his way to the rim in the half court set is impressive. Jordan got to the rim in two games I took in on Friday and found ways to score once he was in the painted area.
Nick Emery, SG, Utah Reign – With two minutes left in the first half, Emery and the Utah Reign were up 15 points. Then Emery proceeded to nail three straight deep three-pointers and helped them extend their lead to 27 at the half. He's capable of getting hot in a hurry. Once he does and the defense extends, Emery will ball fake, attack and either toss in floaters or look to finish at the rim.
Eric Mika, C, Utah Reign – While Emery and T.J. Haws do majority of the work from the perimeter for the Utah Reign, it's Mika that holds it down in the paint. At 6-foot-9, he's a big strong kid that will use his effort to get on the glass and contest shots. Mika has some scoring ability inside, as he has good touch, a nice jump hook and can face up for mid-range jump shots.
T.J. Haws, PG, Utah Reign – A fearless guard, Haws is crafty, creative and a good decision maker. Haws shoots it well from long range, but is quick enough to get buy defenders and pull-up for mid-range jump shots or attempt to get all the way to the rim. Between Haws, Emery and Mika BYU's future looks bright, as all three can help the Cougars as soon as they arrive on campus.
*Roddy Peters has been one of the breakout performers the past two months. Although a slow start, Peters attacked the basket with confidence and made plays for teammates in the second half against the Illinois Wolves.
*When Brannen Greene gets a solid look at the rim from long range there's a good chance his shot is going down. In the second half against Garner Road, Greene hit a handful of shots and finished in double figures.
*Athletically Deonte Burton is one of the best in the 2013 class. Using his hops and strength, Burton hit the glass hard and was able to make plays in the paint. The top dunk of the day came from Burton, who drove baseline and slammed a reverse.
*Dante Buford is an intriguing 6-foot-7 combo forward. He was active on the glass and managed a handful of put backs. He's a very good athlete with a lot of raw ability.
*Team Loaded 16's lead guard Jonathan Williams pushed the tempo when he had the opportunity. He used his quickness to get in the lane and made good decisions with the ball once he got there.
*Indiana commit Luke Fischer started slow against Urban DFW. As the second half rolled around he began to get more aggressive and finished four shots inside, including a right jump hook. He finished with nine points in the game.
*Earlier in the week Riley Dearing, a 6-foot-4 lengthy guard, committed to Wisconsin. On Friday, Dearing showed why the Badgers liked him, by knocking down off the catch jump shots for Net Gain Sports.
*Terrell Schulndt, or T.J. as he's known to most, is a 6-foot-4 shooter for Wisconsin Swing. Off the catch, Schulndt is pure to 23-feet and he has a fairly quick release.