Top Performers: Chicago Elite Classic

There were several standouts at the Chicago Elite Classic, but here are six headed by Jahlil Okafor and Eric Mika who stood out the most.

Size: 7-11/260 |
Quick Take: It was just a dominant day for Okafor. Okafor proved to be the premier low post player in the country with his play. He was scoring with his back to the basket, ran the floor, got to the foul line, and was dominant on the glass. What separates Okafor from most is his incredible hands. Every time he touches the ball he secures it whether it is a rebound or a pass, and then once he has it he makes good decisions. Okafor is definitely making a play for the top spot in the class with the way he has started off his junior year.

Recruiting: Michigan State, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Ohio State, Illinois

Size: 6-3/170 |
Quick Take: Haws was maybe the most impressive perimeter player at the event. He was unreal shooting the basketball, but he did more than just shoot. On the defensive end Haws played at the top of a 1-3-1 zone and his long arms and activity kept the opponent from getting into their offense. Then on the offensive end he only missed two shots and was absolutely scorching the net from three. Add in a few nice passes and a high basketball IQ, and Haws was a complete difference maker.

Recruiting: Committed to BYU

Size: 7-8/210 |
Quick Take: Mika is one of the best bigs in the country at being efficient and making things happen. Everything he does is right to the rim. He runs in transition to the rim, he sets screens and dives, and overall just knows how to get buckets around the basket. Mika is a good athlete and has good hands with solid footwork. Add in that he is real tough, and quite simply there was nothing that could be done to stop him from getting his double-double, and in the process put on a dominating performance.

Recruiting: Committed to BYU

Size: 7-6/180 |
Quick Take: Just a freshman, King already had some buzz about him and in his first varsity game he absolutely stole the show in the first half of the game. A good athlete, King can finish going to the rim and in traffic, and then is also a pretty good shooter. What is most impressive is he is tough to contain off the dribble and already has good strength for a young player. Quite simply the sky is the limit and he showed it against good competition by more than holding his own.

Recruiting: Ohio State, Wisconsin, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, Iowa State

Size: 6-4/190 |
Quick Take: Brown is definitely someone who isn't shy. He gets out on the floor and is determined to play hard and put points on the scoreboard. He did that for Mater Dei actually playing very well. He got to the rim, scored with athleticism, and hit shots from the outside. Also Brown has a lot of physicality to him, and isn't afraid to mix it up on offense or get into people on defense. He still needs to be more efficient, but he was clearly the most productive player for Mater Dei in their win.

Recruiting: Saint Mary's, Butler

Size: 6-3/180 |
Quick Take: A major unknown coming into the event, Hudson was as impressive as anyone outside of Okafor. He is a high level athlete and someone who can really shoot the ball. In the second of half of a win he knocked in at least four triples, and then was able to finish with a dunk or two as well. He is more of a wing that a combo guard, but he has major tools if he continues to improve on his handle. Time will tell if he can shoot the ball like he did in Chicago, but Hudson really opened eyes with his play and was one of the best at the event.

Recruiting: Akron, Kent State, College of Charleston, Iowa, Wisconsin, Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Richmond, Tennessee


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