NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Devonte Graham, a 6-foot-1 point guard, established himself as one of the best available guards in the country at the National Prep Showcase. Syracuse signee Kaleb Joseph also had a 37-point outing for Cushing Academy.
Graham shows out at Prep Showcase
The biggest takeaway from the National Prep Showcase over the weekend was the play of Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster guard Devonte Graham
Graham, a 6-foot-1 lead guard, scored 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting on Saturday afternoon. He then backed that up with a 23-point outing on 7-for-11 shooting, including 3-for-6 from three.
"I've gotten strong, faster, more flexible, which means more athletic," Graham told Scout.com following his Sunday game.
Graham, who originally committed and signed a Letter of Intent with Appalachian State, has the look of one of the best available point guards in the 2014 class. He has good speed, athleticism, can run a team and is a shot maker out to three.
"I'm a really good passer, but I also have an ability to score, so kind of a scoring point guard," Graham said when asked to describe his game.
He attributes his improvement on the court to putting in extra time in the gym.
"Just working hard," he said. "We are in the gym everyday lifting, running and putting up shots."
Appalachian State didn't let Graham out of his Letter of Intent, so he can't talk to college coaches until the end of the academic year.
"Definitely, been stressful," Graham said about his situation. "But I'm just going day by day with it."
Schools have, however, been talking to his high school coach – Jason Smith. Smith said Virginia, Butler, Providence, Creighton and Memphis have been in contact with him.
Schadrac Casimir, PG, South Kent – Up against much stronger and more athletic guards, Casimir gave the Brewster guards fits Sunday morning. Although just 5-foot-9, Casimir worked off the bounce for pull-ups from both mid-range and three and even worked in nifty finishes at the rim. He has good speed, a solid handle and a legit jump shot with range. He pumped in 36 points on 13-for-20 shooting.
Isaac Copeland, PF, Brewster – It was a productive weekend for Copeland. He's playing with confidence, especially on the offensive end of the floor. He actively looked for put back opportunities and was effective on the glass. His mid-range jump shot is consistent and he hit one off the catch and one off the bounce in Brewster's win over Massanutten. Copeland was aggressive here and appears to have taken a nice step in his development.
Marial Shayok, SF, Blair Academy – Although he's not currently a top 100 prospect, Shayok certainly made a good case. He was in attack mode for Blair and went for 21 points on 7-for-13 against Tilton. At 6-foot-7, Shayok has a strong body with a long set of arms. He's strong, physical and a pretty good athlete that plays well through contact. He didn't connect on any jump shots on Sunday and a few too many turnovers, but overall it was an impressive outing as he proved to be a strong driver and scorer at the rim.
Kaleb Joseph, PG/SG, Cushing Academy – Arguably the top performance of the day came from this 6-foot-3 combination guard. A Syracuse signee, Joseph continually beat the Canarias Basketball Academy guards off the dribble. He lived in the paint and either pulled up for mid-range jump shots, dropped in floaters over the towering CBA big men or dished out crisp passes to teammates. He looked stronger and played as aggressive as I've ever seen him. Joseph finished with 37 points.
Tyler Lydon, PF, New Hampton – If there is a quiet way to get 15 points and 15 rebounds, Lydon did it on Sunday. Although initially it didn't seem like Lydon had a major impact on the game, he certainly did. He hit one three and had two other field goals. His other eight points came from the free throw line. What stood out most about his performance was his pursuit of rebounds. A pretty good athlete, Lydon used his athleticism to reel in boards and showed an ability to run the floor with ease.
Brett Jolly, C, Blair Academy – St. Louis has a physical and productive big man headed their way. Jolly, a native of Texas, aggressively carved out position on the block and was efficient when he got touches. He showed good hands, a go-to right jump hook and a desire to rebound. Jolly scored 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting and reeled in seven rebounds in Blair's win over Tilton.
Damontrae Jefferson, PG, Believe Academy – The 5-foot-6 lead guard out of Milwaukee (Wisc.) scored a game-high 28 points for Believe Academy. He's quick, tough, elusive for the opposition and has a strong handle. On top of all that, he's a pretty good long-range shooter. Obviously because of his size, he's at a disadvantage, but he doesn't let that hold him back on the court. He played much more under control at the Prep Showcase and it was evident that, that was a focus for him.
Dwayne Foreman, PF, Massanutten Military – With Eddie Jordan, Foreman's future head coach, on hand, Foreman used his athleticism and versatility to impact Massanutten's Sunday game. At 6-foot-8, Foreman is a very good run and jump athlete that makes plays around the rim. One surprising note from his performance was his 3-for-6 shooting from three. Foreman finished with 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting in the loss to New Hampton School.