Goodluck Okonoboh, C, Mass Rivals – It was an excellent day for Okonoboh. One of the premier shot blockers in the country, he had that working as always, but he was more than just a defensive stopper. Okonoboh was scoring some offense, gave great energy, and looked to be as dominant as ever. His presence was the difference in getting the Mass Rivals an afternoon win, and then was even better in the evening. Overall his play was outstanding.
Jaylen Johnson, PF/C, Dorian's Pride – It was a very strong showing for Johnson who battled. Johnson isn't super skilled on offense, but he did hit a couple of jumpers and then really rebounded well. Johnson runs the floor and plays with a good motor, so he has that going for him at all times. Johnson is also a very underrated passer who makes things easier on everybody, and he continues to get better.
Kelan Martin, SF, Indiana Elite – Martin struggled with the length and athleticism of Okonoboh, but he still managed to get his points. He isn't someone who wows you with athletic plays or a ton of highlights, but he is just solid. Martin gets points, and does it at a high level. Defensively he didn't do a ton, and that needs to improve, but when it comes to getting buckets, Martin gets them.
Jeremie Tyler, SG, Indiana Elite – Tyler seems like he has really turned the corner. After a tough first few minutes, Tyler absolutely caught fire. The 6-foot-1 guard was hitting every shot he took, finishing with athleticism, and playing with energy. Always someone with a lot of natural talent, Tyler looks as focused as ever and people are definitely taking notice.
Justin Bibbs, SG, Ohio Basketball Club – Typically Bibbs is a playmaking wing who sets up others, and he did do some of that, but he also scored at a high level. Bibbs hit a pair of triples, scored in the mid-range, and then finished at the rim. He has good size and a pretty good feel for the game, and was key in his team coming away with a convincing evening win.
Sam Logwood, SF/PF, Eric Gordon All-Stars – It was one of those games where the upside and talent came out for Logwood, but some of the warts still showed through. In the first half Logwood was having his own personal dunk contest, and was absolutely abusing the rim. Also he hit a three and looked great, however in the second half he had a few too many costly turnovers. Now he bounced back from those turnovers and rebounded well and hit another from deep, but he has to shore up his decision making in order to be a true wing at the next level.
Bryant McIntosh, SG, Eric Gordon All-Stars – The recently de-committed McIntosh had a solid showing in an evening win. As usual McIntosh really shot the ball well and also was solid handling it against the press. He isn't an explosive athlete, but McIntosh does so many things well and is a vocal leader on the court. It is his shooting that gives him the most value, but as a leader he is also very important.
Jordan Sessions, PF, Atlanta Celtics – He is a relative unknown, but in the morning game for the Celtics he was great. Sessions doesn't exactly have picture perfect form on his jumper, but it was going in, and then he also played with good energy while making athletic plays. A tough kid down low, Sessions scored some, now it is a matter of him repeating this performance consistently.
Roman Davis, SF/PF, Earl Watson Elite – Davis is a good, not great, athlete, but he is very productive. He has good skills down low with post moves, rebounds well, and is productive. On top of that he shows solid ability on the perimeter, so despite being undersized he can be difficult to guard. Still a little more prospect than producer, the future looks bright for Davis if keeps on improving.
Jalen Coleman, SG, Indiana Elite – It was an absolutely tremendous afternoon performance from Coleman. He was hitting shots as always, but it was his assertiveness and athleticism off the bounce that was most impressive. Coleman scored every way possible and even showed some signs of being able to run a team. Overall he was great and proved why he is a high four-star prospect.
Hyron Edwards, PG, Indiana Elite – Edwards usually struggles in a halfcourt setting, but on Thursday he looked very comfortable in that role. He was making solid decisions and limited his turnovers. Also Edwards really did a lot of damage attacking the glass using his athleticism. Edwards made shots, and overall had an impressive showing.
Carlton Bragg, PF, Ohio Basketball Club – It was different day and same story for Bragg. The immensely talented forward put it on display and got the best of a highly touted opponent. Bragg is a big time athlete and he had several powerful dunks while playing hard and cleaning the glass. Bragg is as good as it gets in the class at what he does, and the potential is absolutely through the roof.
Chase Jeter, C, Dream Vision – In his matchup with Bragg, Jeter had some good moments. He stuck a three in Bragg's face, had a few nice rebounds, and scored with a post move, however in general Bragg's athleticism and motor bothered Jeter. Still there was a lot to like with Jeter. He has a world of potential and is just figuring out how to play and how good he can be. It is clear his best basketball is ahead of him.
Michael Benkert, SG, Eric Gordon Central Stars – In a bit of an upset win, Benkert was key. An efficient scorer, Benkert was making shots from deep as well as getting to the mid-range and finishing. Benkert isn't an elite athlete, but he does have a good understanding of how to play and just knows how to put the ball in the basket.
Demajao Wiggins, PF, Ohio Basketball Club – Playing alongside Bragg definitely helps, but Wiggins made a name for himself in his team's win. An elite level athlete, Wiggins was finishing with authority all game long and then used his athleticism on the defensive end as well. Wiggins got his hands in passing lanes, blocked shots, and rebounded well. He isn't super skilled, but there is no doubt he can cause havoc with his motor and athleticism.
Derryck Thornton, PG, Dream Vision – A bigger point guard with a lot of ability, Thornton is an absolute lockdown defender. Thornton can really pressure the ball and with his quickness and size makes it difficult on opposing guards. Offensively he will see better days, though he did do a pretty good job of getting to the rim and making things happen. Thornton has good floor vision as well, but his shot was off and that seemed to leave him frustrated.
Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan Mustangs – There is a ton of natural ability in Bridges. He already has good size for a wing, and there is definitely a good chance he could slide down to power forward as he gets older and more mature. Still he is a good athlete who can finish off the dribble and also he mixed in some jumpers.
Indiana boss Tom Crean was joined by assistants from Michigan State, Memphis, Illinois, Michigan, Duke, and Kentucky watching Jalen Coleman and Hyron Edwards.
Carlton Bragg had assistants from Ohio State, Illinois, and Indiana chasing him all day. Also Bob Huggins was a fixture at his games.
Chris Mack and an assistant from Virginia Tech tracked Justin Bibbs.