Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Illinois Wolves – After a lackluster first half by the Illinois Wolves and We R 1, Bates-Diop turned up the intensity. The 6-foot-7 versatile forward hit jump shots from mid-range out to three and was active around the basket. He fought for rebounds, scored well through contact in the paint and ran the floor looking to score. Defensively he contested shots and made sure to get on the glass. He's improved a great deal since last year.
Myles Turner, C, Texas Select – Turner certainly looks the part, as he's nearly 7-feet tall and has a lengthy frame. He gets up and down the floor with ease and is a very good all around athlete. Defensively is where he stood out on Friday night. He uses his length and athleticism to block shots and reel in rebounds. Offensively he has a nice set of hands, but still needs to develop moves inside. There's a lot of potential here, but he's far from a finished product.
Marcus Stroman, PG, Carolina Wolves – Frank Martin has his point guard of the future in Stroman. He was asked to do a lot for the Wolves team Friday night. The wiry built guard played within himself and looked to get his teammates involved. When Stroman was relied upon to score he hunted shots from mid-range and showed off a consistent floater.
Brekkott Chapman, PF, Utah Prospects – Chapman was forced to the sidelines for most of the first half with foul trouble. Once the second half rolled around, the Carolina Wolves did a good job of keeping him at bay. Chapman, a 6-foot-7 forward, is talented and knows his role on the court. Although he did step out and shoot one three, he spent majority of his time in the paint. The lefty has good touch inside, will fight for position and is a solid athlete.
Glynn Watson, PG, Illinois Wolves – Watson's post game numbers of seven points, four assists and three steals certainly don't jump off the stat sheet. But what he accomplished on the floor exceeded the numbers. Watson runs his team. He gets them into sets, handles the ball with care and makes good decisions. He's a capable shot maker, but against We R 1 he was much more concerned with creating opportunities for his teammates.
*Carolina Wolves undersized power forward Jerrell Brantley was in attack mode against the Utah Prospects. He hit an 18-footer, finished at the rim and played hard on the defensive end.
*JayQuan McCloud had a solid outing for the Illinois Wolves on Friday. A 6-foot-2 guard, McCloud is an athlete that is at his best attacking the rim. He showed a strong handle, found his way into the paint and finished well at the basket.
*Sports U has a pair of quick and elusive guards in Tarin Smith and Hakim Santil. Both were in attack mode against Texas Select and were able to get into the paint and make plays.
*Combo guard Wade Baldwin had a solid game for Sports U. He has some ball handling responsibilities for Sports U, but he's also looked to, to score. He had some finishes in transition and also hit a fading jumper from 15-feet.