Goodluck Okonoboh, C, Mass Rivals – Okonoboh is the anchor for Mass Rivals. He's active, aggressive, reels in rebounds and looks to swat everything in the paint. He had at least a half dozen blocks in a loss to Indiana Elite Saturday afternoon. He's a very good athlete, runs the floor well and plays with energy. Offensively he's starting to get a tad more confident and even hit a turnaround jumper from 10-feet.
J.P. Macura, SG, Minnesota D1 – High school basketball lacks pure shooters these days, so the ones that can shoot it will be valued more. Macura, a 6-foot-5 guard out of Lakeville (Minn.) North, is a knock down guy. He shoots it well on the move, doesn't need much space to get his shot off and has range that extends past the stripe. He hit five three-pointers in a morning game and a handful more in their next game.
Craig Victor, PF, New Orleans Elite – Sometimes 8:00 a.m. games can be tough to evaluate, but Victor certainly made it clear he was bringing his effort and energy against Minnesota D1. The 6-foot-8 forward was active, hit the glass and showed off an impressive scoring package. He faced up and hit jumpers, backed down defenders and dropped in hooks and also scored it in transition. A versatile forward, Victor has impressive scoring touch in the paint.
Jonathan Williams, PG, Team Loaded – Shaka Smart and his staff reeled in a good one. Williams, a 5-foot-11 lead guard, knows how to run a team. In the first against the Atlanta Celtics, Williams controlled the tempo of the game, set up his teammates and made great decisions with the ball. He touched the paint when he wanted too and also dropped in floaters. The next step in his development is developing his long-range shot.
B.J. Stith, SG, Team Loaded – Stith has added some weight to his frame in the last year. He's equipped with strong shoulders and a lengthy set of arms. Offensively he showed good ball skills and has the potential to be a potent scoring threat at the next level. He's comfortable taking mid-range jump shots and his range extends out to 22-feet. Stith, a standout at Lawrenceville (Va.) Brunswick, committed to Virginia early in his career.
Kelan Martin, PF, Indiana Elite – Martin had a quiet first half, but broke out in the second. He began taking defenders off the dribble, scoring through contact and even worked in a long-range shot. Martin is an intriguing prospect because on the defensive end he'll have to check power forwards at the next level, but offensively he's skilled enough to spend time on the perimeter. Martin has improved his motor and is playing with more aggression.
Ahmaad Rorie, PG, NW Panthers – Rorie has added nearly 10 pounds of muscle to his frame and it shows. He's strong, very quick and is capable of playing both on and off the ball. Rorie played under control, picked his spots and founds ways to get into the paint. He also showed a nice mid-range game and was able to knock down pull-ups and floaters. A top 100 prospect, Rorie is a good get for California.
David Crisp, PG, NW Panthers – In the evening game, Crisp played a major role in helping the NW Panthers knock off NO Elite. The 5-foot-11 lead guard has very good speed and he used it to keep NO Elite defenders off balance. He was able to get in the paint and connected on mid-range pull-ups or dropped off passes to open teammates. Crisp is one for upper level mid-majors to begin tracking.
Stephen Zimmerman, C, Dream Vision – Offensively Zimmerman is much better than realized. He's confident on that end of the floor and can put up points in a variety of different ways. Around the rim he has great touch and is consistent over his right shoulder. He's also reliable from mid-range, which has opened things up for him on the offensive end. Sure he can still get stronger and get better with his off hand, but Zimmerman certainly showed he's one of the best scoring posts in the country this weekend.
Jaylen Brown, SF, Game Elite – Easily the best dunk of the weekend came from Brown, a 6-foot-6 wing out of Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler. In the second half, Brown drove baseline and threw down a tom-a-hawk dunk as a defender met him in the air. Brown scored it well against Compton Magic Select at the rim. He attacked from the perimeter, played well through contact and finished off plays. The next step in his development is consistently knocking down long-range shots.
Damon Wilson, SF, Game Elite – Wilson wasn't with Game Elite last week in Knoxville, so this was my first look at the 2015 wing and I walked away impressed. Wilson is skilled, likes to play with the ball in his hands and can pass. The southpaw attacked the basket, especially in transition, and scored it well at the rim. A 6-foot-5 wing, Wilson is versatile and can impact the game in a variety of ways.
Jalen Adams, SG/PG, Mass Rivals – Buzz has been building in the Northeast about this 6-foot-2 combination guard. In my first peak, Adams showed good speed, a quick first step, solid athleticism and the ability to put up points in a hurry. Offensively he's capable of scoring it from all three levels. He does a good job creating space and scoring opportunities. He's confident in his mid-range jump shot and hit a handful of them in games on Saturday.
Nick Noskowiak, PG, WI Playground Warriors 2015 – Noskowiak was easily one of the best passers of the day. The 6-foot-2 guard can run a team and plays an unselfish brand of basketball. He's tricky with the ball in his hands, has very good court vision and can score it when needed. Noskowiak made a few nice plays at the rim, especially late in the game when his team needed him to make something happen. Nowkowiak appears to be a future top 100 prospect in the 2015 class.
Mario Kegler, SF, MBA Hoops – Kegler was forced to sit out his freshman season, but it hasn't slowed him down. The 6-foot-6 small forward is skilled, can score it in a variety of ways and is among the most talented prospects in his class. Kegler scored it well attacking the rim from the perimeter. He has great body control and adjusts his shots well once he gets into the paint. His jump shot wasn't going down in the game I took in, but he's normally reliable from mid-range.
*Jamal Poplar, a 6-foot-8 forward, was a standout for the Michigan Mustangs. He moves fluidly, was skilled enough to pop out and hit three-pointers and also made scoring plays in the paint.
*Atlanta Celtics guard Jayln Patterson is a true combination guard. He can spend some time on the ball and some off. He's a pretty good scorer that can make shots to 22-feet, but he also is capable of scoring from mid-range.
*Sedrick Barefield is a quality lead guard for Compton Magic Select, who is playing up a division. He's skilled and uses ball fakes and jabs to keep defenders off balance. He made some scoring plays, specifically in transition in the Magic's game against Game Elite.
*Jamal Aytes, of Dream Vision Elite, has had a strong weekend. A 2013 recruit, Aytes is a 6-foot-6 strongly built forward that attacks the rim with aggression. He's strong, a very good athlete and can board it.
*Milik Yarbrough certainly had his moments against Mass Rivals. The 6-foot-6 combo forward attacked defenders off the bounce, but also posted up on the block. He's crafty around the basket and finished well in the paint.
*Urban DFW big man Rick Curry has shed quite a bit of weight. He's moving much better than last year and is more confident with his offense. The lefty scores it well with his left hand.
*Wisconsin Playground Warriors 2015 big man Matt Heldt has good touch around the basket. At 6-foot-10, Heldt is capable of scoring over each shoulder and will rebound rebound his area.
*Craig Victor said he's hearing from a bunch of schools, but mentioned Oklahoma State, Kansas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Miami and Florida. He also said John Calipari and Kentucky recently stopped by his school.
*J.P. Macura said North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Butler, Creighton, Iowa, Minnesota, Utah State, Dayton, UW-Milwaukee, Toledo, Vermont and St. Louis are among the schools that saw him during the high school season.
*Buzz Williams and Greg McDermott watched the Wisconsin Playground Warriors 16's group a couple of times.