Marcus Allen, PG, Magic Red – The buzz last week was that Allen, a 6-foot-2 combination guard, had made major improvements to his game. During a Friday morning game, he proved those statements correct. There's a lot to like about Allen, as he's a very good athlete that is equipped with a quick first step. In this one he was asked to score and he did just that from mid-range and in. High-majors searching for a 2013 point guard would be wise to take a peak.
Josh Perkins, PG, Colorado Miners – The west coast already has a pair of lead guards in Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Jordan McLaughlin that have established themselves as high level floor generals and Perkins is ready to enter into that mix.
During an elimination game against the Northwest Panthers, Perkins, a 6-foot-3 lead man, showed a nice long-range shot (four threes), very good quickness and a strong handle. He sliced his way through the lane, tossed out dishes in the half court set and in transition, plus finished off strong drives. He's a legit high-major prospect and a recruit that will soon become a national name.
Anton Beard, PG, Team Thad – An early commit to Frank Haith at Missouri, Beard is one of two impressive point guards on the Team Thad squad. While he has good vision and can pass, his shot making ability from mid-range particularly stood out in a win over the WI Swing. Beard used his quickness to get into the 15 to 18-feet range and consistently made shots form there. He changes speed well and kept defenders off balance the entire game.
Chris Chiozza, PG, Team Thad – While Beard was making shots from mid-range, Chiozza pumped in three three-pointers and made good decisions with the ball. Chiozza is at the least a high mid-level player with a chance to be higher because of his feel for the game, vision and basketball IQ. Throw in his long distance jump shot and there's a lot to like about the Team Thad lead man.
Jabari Craig, C, Northern Kings – A huge prospect, Craig already checks in at 6-foot-10, 225-pounds. For his size, he moves up and down the floor fairly well and has a nice set of mitts. He impressed early on with his mid-range jump shot, as he hit an 18-footer and a 14-footer to start the game. He hit two more mid-level shots and had a handful of finishes in side. There's still some refining to do on the offensive end, but because of his size there's of plenty upside.
Andre Adams, C, Arizona Magic – One of the highlights of Friday was taking in Adams, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound post prospect. Up against a pair of twin towers in Chance Comanche and Brodricks Jones, Adams more than held his own. In fact, Adams stood out in a major way.
He's grown five inches since he was a freshman, but has clearly kept his coordination during his growth spurt. Not only does he move fluidly, but Adams is a good athlete, has a nice set of hands and tremendous touch around the basket. The highlight play of the day for Adams was off a steal and transition finish through contact. He's a future high major player and a guy that coaches will begin making a priority.
Robert Cartwright, PG, LA Rockfish – One of the more intriguing players of the day was this 6-foot-1 lead guard out of La Canada (Calif.) Flintridge Prep. Cartwright, who moves his feet very well on defense, is a competitor on both ends of the floor. He's quick, finds ways to get into the lane, has very good vision and has good-looking form on his long-range shot. There were high majors evaluating him and after watching him against Compton Magic Red it wasn't a surprise.
Brekkott Chapman, PF, Utah Pump N' Run – Facing off against Double Pump Elite 2014, Chapman, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward, was effective in the paint and filled his role well. When he received touches on the block, he scored over his left shoulder and was capable of finishing off plays in the lane. He still needs to get stronger, but he's a west coast power forward that is sure to get plenty of attention.
Brodricks Jones, PF/C, Hoop Sessions – During our first go around of 2015 rankings, Jones, a 6-foot-9, 195-pounder, just missed the list. When that last is extended, he's sure to be included. Jones has a great set of hands, is comfortable shooting mid-range jump shots and regularly runs the floor looking to score. He's one of the elite power forward prospects I've evaluated in this class and is sure to get better as his body fills out.
Chance Comanche, PF/C, Hoop Sessions – A terrific looking long term prospect, Comanche already stands 6-foot-9 and runs the floor with ease. Defensively, Comanche used his length to disrupt the oppositions shot opportunities and he played with a good amount of energy. Offensively, he caught everything thrown his way and finished around the basket. Much like his teammate, Jones, Comanche is a fluid athlete that runs the floor with ease.
*6-foot-5 wing Chase Foster had a nice game for the Colorado Miners late Friday night. The southpaw shoots the ball well off the catch and on the move. Although he needs to add weight, he showed some guts attacking the rim in transition.
*2014 guard Luis Medearis is a scorer. While the Comanche and Jones were doing things inside, Medearis was working in mid-range jump shots. The 6-foot-4 guard is at least a mid-level recruit.
*Sherron Wilson knows how to score. The Arizona Magic wing hit a pair of three-pointers off the catch, but also worked in a mid-range jump shot and a few finishes at the rim.