Who stood out during the second evaluation period? What underclassmen managed to step up? What is Robert Cartwright looking to do in July?
Cartwright attacks July
, Scout.com's No. 72 overall recruit, is focused on attacking in July.
"The way I'm taking this July is I want to be as confident as I can be," Cartwright said. "I want to attack the basket every time. Get the defense off balance and either get a lay up, jump shot or kick it out to one of my teammates. I just want to be in attack mode."
Mission accomplished for Cartwright, a 6-foot-3 guard out of La Canada (Calif.) Flintridge Prep School. Playing for the LA Rockfish at the Battle of the Beach, Cartwright touched the paint, blew by defenders and showed he could create.
"I just wanted to come out here and compete and play hard and I feel like I've done a pretty good job doing what the coaches want," he said.
Cartwright has a host of schools tracking him.
"I could name about 10 or 15 that are all coming equally," he said. "The way I'm looking at July is I'm having fun with it and then after getting to really decide where I want to go and take some officials if that's necessary and then make a decision."
Cartwright has already taken unofficial visits to Stanford, St. Mary's, UC Davis, USC, San Diego and Rice.
"I'm not going to be one of those guys that wastes people time," he added. "I just want to find where I want to go and pick where I want to go and I'm not planning to take a lot of time. I don't know when my timetable is, probably before mid-September."
Bearden shows talent at Summer Jam
made an impression at the NY2LA Summer Jam.
A 6-foot-2 lead guard out of Germantown (Wisc.) High, Bearden is quick and shifty. He has a strong handle, can get into the paint and showed an ability to finish once around the rim.
"I'm a good screen and roll guy," Bearden told Scout.com. "I like to screen and roll and do stuff off the ball. I like to get my teammates involved. If I'm on that means they are on."
A host of schools are tracking the talented guard. Bearden mentioned Creighton, Purdue, Butler, UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee, Oregon, Oregon State, South Dakota, North Dakota and USC.
"I'm thinking about visiting Creighton and USC," Bearden said.
Top Performers from second Evaluation Period
Diamond Stone – This one is an easy choice. The big fella is in the best shape I've seen and he's playing his best ball. Quite frankly him being ranked No. 6 overall in the 2015 class appears to be a disservice to him. Offensively he's gifted, as he has great hands, nice touch around the rim and a couple of scoring moves. The second half of his 31-point game Saturday morning was as impressive a performance as I've seen in July.
Chase Jeter – His development and progression over the past few months is notable. He's much more assertive and aggressive with his offensive moves. He has hook shots, good touch and can hit a mid-range jump shot. With his improvement, you'd be tough to find a better post tandem in high school basketball than he and Stephen Zimmerman at Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Tevin Mack – Since my first glance, Mack, a 6-foot-5 lengthy wing, has been quite intriguing. He put together the full package during an afternoon game on Saturday. He scored the ball in a variety of ways, including four deep three-pointers. He's also a threat at the rim and scores well through contact. Seventh Woods and Marcus Stroman get a lot of publicity from his AAU team, but Mack is a heck of a prospect in his own right.
Underclassmen making their move
Jesse Wade – My first look at Wade, a 2015 prospect, came in late May at the Under Amour Invitational. He surpassed that evaluation when he dismantled a good Iowa Barnstormers team in the 16's playoffs on Saturday. At 5-foot-11, Wade is a crafty lead guard that makes good decision with the ball and can make shots from both mid-range out to three. He should be a mid-major priority. Utah State has offered him and they were smart to do so.
Colin Slater – Slater, a 5-foot-11 point guard, is the catalyst for a very talented Nor Cal Wildcats team. The 2016 recruit has good speed, is able to get into the paint and looked to create opportunities for his teammates. On top of that, he showed confidence in his ability to make shots from mid-range. College coaches are well aware of him and I expect his list of schools to grow after his play at the Best of Summer.
Justin Simon – Unfortunately my glance at Simon, a junior-to-be, was brief, but what I saw I certainly liked. He played on the ball for his travel team and at 6-foot-4 he obviously has great size for the position. His ball skills and athleticism certainly stood out to me. He'll be a priority evaluation during the last period in Las Vegas. His name is under the radar for now, but don't expect it to be for long.