Summer Jam: Day Two

MEQUON, Wisc. -- Diamond Stone showed up at the Summer Jam in the best shape I've seen him. That parlayed into two strong performances on Saturday.

Donte Grantham, SF, DC Assault – At first glance, Grantham, a 6-foot-7 wing, has a great looking basketball body. Obviously he has good size for the wing position, but he has lengthy arms and wide shoulders. Although he didn't connect on his three-point attempts, his shot looks good. He was active in the paint, looked to rebound and finished off plays in transition.

Tevin Mack, SF, Carolina Wolves – After three July viewings, it was easy to classify his game Saturday afternoon game as the best one. The 6-foot-5 lengthy wing prospect made shots, including four three-pointers. He has good range on his jumper, can finish through contact at the rim and is also comfortable pulling up for mid-range jumpers.

Chase Jeter, PF/C, Dream Vision – His progression since the high school season is notable. He's improved as a scorer and in general is much more assertive on the offensive end. He has hooks over both shoulders, nice touch around the basket and has great use of both hands around the rim. On top of his offensive out put, he also runs the floor and will contest shots inside.

Doral Moore, C, Atlanta Xpress -- A week after he emerged at the Peach State Classic, Moore, a near 7-footer for Atlanta Xpress, showed flashes of his long term potential. He didn't protect the rim quite like he did last week, but he did attempt to dunk every touch in the paint. He moves well for a guy his size and has a good set of hands. Moore missed both of his mid-range jump shot attempts, but he certainly appears capable of making them.

Diamond Stone, C, Young Legends – It took a half to get Stone, a 6-foot-10 imposing big man, going, but once he did it was fun to watch. The big fella went for 31 points, 12 rebounds and swatted six shots in a morning game. He has great touch around the basket and is capable of making jump shots from mid-range out to three. He connected on hook shots and dunked his close range opportunities. His effort against the Las Vegas Prospects was as good of an outing as I've seen from Stone.

Jon Davis, SG, DC Assault 16's – A 6-foot-2 scoring guard, Davis put together a big game against the Wisconsin Blizzard. He has an effortless stroke from three, but also showed he could pull-up off the bounce for mid-range jump shots and he picked his spots for drives to the rim. Davis also flashed a floater and finished well on either side of the rim in transition.

Develle Phillips, PF, DC Assault 16's – A long, lean power forward, Phillips ran the floor well, used his athleticism in the paint and contested shots on the defensive end. Phillips, who stands 6-foot-7, possibly 6-8, was active in the paint and pursued offensive and defensive rebounds in and out of his area. His offense consisted of put backs and finishes from close range in DC Assault's win over Wisconsin Swing.

Brady Ernst, PF, Iowa Barnstormers 16's – In a close contest with the Utah Prospects, Ernest, a 6-foot-7 forward, was aggressive on the offensive end of the floor. Early on he faced the rim and made both mid-range and three-point shots. He also worked in a pair of right jump hooks. Ernst lacks the strength to be physical inside, but he moves well and has very good hands and touch around the basket.

Wade hit a game winner
Jesse Wade, PG, Utah Prospects 16's – With the game on the line against the Iowa Barnstormers, Wade, a 5-foot-11 lead guard out of Kaysville (Utah) Davis, hit a 24-footer off the dribble to give the Prospects a one-point win. Wade is heady and crafty floor general that consistently makes plays for his teammates. His vision is superb and his passes are usually on the money. Wade is also a good shooter to 22-feet and showed he could hit mid-range jump shots.

Seventh Woods, PG/SG, Carolina Wolves – The YouTube sensation is tough to defend when he's able to get in transition. His athleticism is off the charts, but he's also extremely fast and tough for defenders to keep in front. At this stage, he's more of a combination guard than a true lead man, but he does have good vision and can make plays for others.

Derryck Thornton, PG, Dream Vision – Throughout the spring and summer Thornton has played 17's. But this weekend he played with the 16's bunch and was asked to take on more of a scoring role. A skilled lead guard, Thornton ran off seven points to start the game. Then cooled the rest of the first half. As the second half wore on, Thornton settled and began making plays going towards the rim. He flashed his floater and got to the free throw line a handful of times on his way to nearly 20 points.

*T.J. Schlundt is a talented shooter out of Oconomowoc (Wisc.) High. He made shots on the move, flashed a floater and is capable of making catch and shoot jumpers from well behind the three-point strip.

*Maryland commit Romelo Trimble is going to make a lot of three-pointers in college. Trimble can heat up in a hurry and if he gets a good look at the rim, he'll usually make the opposition pay. Mark Turgeon was on hand for his afternoon game.

*Wing guard Namon Wright connected on a couple three-pointers again on Friday. He appears more confident in his jump shot, especially from three, than he was in the spring.

*Brandon Jennings' younger brother Terrence Phillips put together a strong game for the Atlanta Xpress 16's. He made plays in transition, picked his spots to attack the basket in the half court and made mid-range jumpers.

*Jimmy Whitt, a 6-foot-2 wiry guard, has had some buzz surrounding him and with his ability to put up points it's easy to see why. He has a good-looking stroke and showed an impressive pull-up game.

*Ed Polite, a 2016 wing prospect, is one to keep an eye on. At 6-foot-4, Polite has a long set of arms, is gifted athletically and showed an extremely quick second jump.

*Although Cody Schwartz struggled to make shots in a loss to DC Assault, it was clear to see why Big Ten schools are tracking him. At 6-foot-7, he's mobile, has good ball skills and has good form on his shot.

*Iowa Barnstormer big man Luke McDonnell is tracking as a mid-major recruit. At 6-foot-9, McDonnell has a go-to move in a left jump hook on the block and showed very good touch around the basket.

Jesse Wade said Utah State has offered him a scholarship. He also mentioned interest from BYU, Utah, Gonzaga, Vanderbilt, Harvard, Stanford and Boise State.

*Northwestern's Chris Collins watched Cody Schwartz's night game against D.C. Assault. Wisconsin's Bo Ryan also took in the game.

*Diamond Stone drew Mark Turgeon, Buzz Williams and Bo Ryan during his playoff game loss Saturday night. Bo Ryan was also at his morning game, as were assistants from Duke, DePaul and Marquette.

*John Groce showed up at the Summer on Saturday for one player – Leron Black.

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