Matt Thomas, SG, WI Playmakers – One of the best shooters in the country was up to his old tricks again. Up against the ATL Xpress, Thomas, a 6-foot-4 guard, buried nine of 11 attempts from behind the three-point stripe. He doesn't need much time to get his shot off. Off the catch, he's great, but he's also a capable shooter on the move and off the dribble. Thomas is one of the five best shooters in the 2013 recruiting class.
Akoy Agau, PF, Team Nebraska – In a match up with the Utah Reign, Agua fought and battled in the paint, especially in the second half. He made some plays in the paint and was aggressive on the offensive end. Going to his right hand, Agua is a good finisher and when he pursues the ball off the rim it helps his overall game. Although Team Nebraska wasn't able to get the win, he played well down the stretch and helped them have a chance.
Eric Mika, C, Utah Reign – Although he doesn't get as much publicity as Nick Emery, Mika is just as effective in his role on the Reign. He has a bit of a nasty streak to him inside and he's a pretty good rebounder. At the rim, Mika finishes well and had a half dozen plus one finishes in two games on Saturday. He went for 20 plus against the Wisconsin Swing and was dominant in the paint. He's making a play for consideration in Scout.com's top 100.
Bronson Koenig, SG, WI Playmakers – In a close loss to Utah Reign, Koenig pumped in mid-range jumper after mid-range jumper in the first half. His pull-ups were going down and he was able to keep the Playmakers in it until the second half, when tired legs won out. Overall, Koenig had a strong showing. He handles the ball well, has good court vision and is very good shooter from long range.
Solomon Poole, PG, ATL Celtics – When the Celtics needed a play against Texas Select, it was usually Poole that made it. Using his quickness and high level athleticism, Poole played the passing lanes for steals, finished in transition and even made some sweet passes to teammates that led to scores. Down the stretch it was Poole that came up with big plays as the Celtics were able to hold off KC Run GMC in the playoffs.
Frank Mason, PG, Team Loaded – Originally Mason was a member of the 2012 class and headed to Towson, but instead of going to college last year the 5-foot-11 fearless guard opted to stick back and do a year of prep school. In a down to the wire contest with the Milwaukee Runnin' Rebels, Mason played fast and was able to make plays in transition. Tough to guard because of his speed, Mason blew by defenders and got to the free throw line a bunch down the stretch.
Jonathan Motley, PF, Houston Defenders – Throughout the summer, Motley, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound post prospect, has been up and down. But on Saturday, Motley had it working. Using his athleticism and mobility, he ran the floor, was active in the paint and looked to gobble up rebounds. His best move of the weekend was a face up drive from the top of the key that finished with a two handed dunk.
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Texas Select – Although his team gave one away late, Mudiay, a 6-foot-3 led guard, was fabulous for majority of the game. He put on a point guard clinic, as he consistently found open teammates, fit passes into tight spaces and pushed the tempo for his Texas Select squad. Mudiay also hit a pair of pull-up jump shots and was able to get into the paint and finish when he needed too. It was one of the best performances I've seen from Mudiay in quite some time.
Kevon Looney, PF, Runnin' Rebels – One of the top rebounders in the country, Looney seems to find the ball every time it comes off the rim. In a come from behind win over Team Loaded, Looney put back six misses and went for 20 plus. Outside of his put backs and mid-range jump shot, Looney scored his other points off face up drives. He's had as good as a spring and summer as anyone and it's continuing in Mequon.
Keita Bates-Diop – In a close loss early in the tournament, Bates-Diop showed why many are so impressed with his ability. At 6-foot-8, he's long, lean and athletic. He moves fluidly and has developed a very good shooting touch from both mid-range and out to three. For his size, his ability to shoot off the dribble and over defenders stands out. He has great touch and moves his feet quite well.
T.J. Haws PG, Utah Reign – In a showdown with the Wisconsin Playmakers, Haws was the catalyst for Utah Reign's big win. The shifty guard got where he wanted on the court, looked to get in transition and consistently found his teammates, especially Mika for easy buckets. Haws is a tough, hardnosed competitor that doesn't back down from anyone on the court. BYU's future lead guard is a major pick up.
Ben Bentil, PF, We-R-1 – Bentil's presence on the defensive glass and in the paint was felt throughout We-R-1's win over KC Run GMC. A 6-foot-8 forward, Bentil runs the floor with ease and he's able to convert his ability get up and down the floor to buckets. He's a pretty good overall athlete and has some ability to score in the paint. Bentil was We-R-1's best scoring option against Texas Select.
*At 6-foot-7, 240-pounds, Omar Sherman has a big, strong frame and a soft set of mitts. He caught a handful of tough passes from Mudiay and finished well once he got the ball in the paint.
*Despite KC Run GMC giving one away late, Travis Jorgenson played well. The stocky guard is a good passer, but also someone that is capable of knocking down shots. He drew a foul and hit some big foul shots down the stretch, but it wasn't enough as they fell to We-R-1.
*With Conner Frankamp out with an injury, Dominique Collier had more opportunity with the ball in his hands. What stood out on Saturday was his shot making from three. He hit on three three-pointers, including a key shot off the bounce in a tight game.
*It's been a pretty good July for Sports U. The Under Armour sponsored team from the northeast won both the 16's and 17's division at the RBK Showdown Series event last week. Then this week their 17's group took home the crown at the Summer Jam.