New Louisville signee has upsideRick Pitino surprised many when he received a Letter of Intent from unknown big man Matz Stockman, of Canarias Basketball Academy.
Shortly after signing with the Cardinals, Stockman traveled to the United States to play three games. On Friday at the National Prep Showcase, Stockman scored 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting and reeled in four rebounds against Massanutten Military Academy.
"He can score," CBA coach Rob Orlenna told Scout.com. "He's got an uncanny ability, once he gains strength. He plays against size everyday. When he's in his comfort zone, I see him competing against size, and he's a hard guy to guard."
"When he gets his butt down, and starts turning and spinning, and he's got a soft touch," he added. "He's got that ability to score, and once he understands he can be a really, really good player, the sky is the limit."
Stockman, a southpaw, was comfortable on Friday scoring with his left hand. He hit a pair of left jump hooks going towards the middle, finished off a few plays around the rim with his left and threw down a dunk off an oop pass.
At 7-foot-2, Stockman moved up and down the floor pretty well. Although he has narrow shoulders, he does have lengthy arms. His hands are good and he has good touch around the basket as well.
While I don't think he will be ready for big minutes as a freshman in college, Stockman does have some upside and a plenty of tools for the Louisville coaching staff to work with.
McGhee playing to his strengthsActive and aggressive power forward Jabari McGhee made a difference for Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy against St. Thomas More.
McGhee, who stands 6-foot-6, went for 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds in the 19-point win. McGhee is known for his energy and work ethic in the paint and he showed that on Friday.
"Rebound and finish around the rim," he said when asked to describe his game. "That's what I do. That's what I try to do. And play good defense."
"I have to," he said about being aggressive. "You can't go away from what you do, so that's what I do."
McGhee said Murray State and Louisiana-Lafayette are recruiting him the hardest. To go with those two, McGhee also has scholarship offers from Florida Gulf Coast, Mississippi and Southern Mississippi.
McGhee hasn't taken any visits to date, but plans to after the season.
Freshman to keep an eye onSouth Kent (Conn.) School freshman Tremont Waters had a big game against Elev-8 Friday afternoon.
Although just 5-foot-10, Waters had control of the game at times. Handling the ball for South Kent, Waters looked comfortable going off the bounce for both mid-range pull-ups and long distance shots.
Waters also got after it on the defensive end, pushed the tempo and played well in transition.
"He's mature," South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson said about the 2017 guard. "The obvious things are he can handle, he can shoot and he's quick. He has a high IQ. What he's also doing is he's defending."
While it is certainly early, Waters has the potential to be a high major guard. Jefferson said he hasn't had any schools in to see Waters.
"I've got some calls," he said.
Waters scored 26 points on 8-for-14 shooting in the win over Elev-8 High School. He was 5-for-10 from behind the three-point stripe.