Chicago Elite Classic Recap

CHICAGO, IL - It was a long day of basketball in the Windy City. Cliff Alexander had the dominant performance, but Daniel Hamilton capped it off with a dramatic buzzer beater.

Daniel Hamilton, SG/SF, John Bosco – With the game tied, Bosco looked to Hamilton and he flat out delivered. The 6-foot-7 wing hit a contested 19 foot jumper as the buzzer expired to break a tie and send the California kids home happy. Hamilton overall had a solid game beside that shot. He was showing some good ability to get to the rim, and then also was hitting from the mid-range. Add in that he had seven rebounds and four assists, and it was obvious the type of effort that Hamilton put forth, and the future Connecticut Husky showed why he is one of the best prospects in the country.

Jahlil Okafor, C, Whitney Young – Until his teammates decided to stop throwing him the ball, Okafor was a complete man on the interior and Bosco had no answer. For the first three quarters Okafor was simply unstoppable scoring on the block, creating for himself using the dribble, and then also he had a few putbacks as well. Unfortunately for Okafor, and Whitney Yong, he stopped getting the ball in the fourth quarter, and that is when the Dolphins lost their lead. Still Okafor did nothing to hurt his stock, and continued to show the dominance he has in high school basketball.

Miles Reynolds, SG, Whitney Young – While Okafor was dominating down low, it was Reynolds who got out in transition and made plays He finished with a team high 25 points and did so on 9-17 shooting. Now he did struggle from deep going 2-7, but he made plays going to the rim and hit a few from the mid-range as well. Reynolds has signed with Saint Louis, and he should definitely fit right in with what the Billikens are doing.

Cliff Alexander, C, Curie – There was no more dominant player at the Chicago Elite Classic than Alexander. Going against a five-star frontline, Alexander showed what makes him a special prospect. He had 21 points and 20 rebounds, and completely stole the show. Also Alexander blocked shots, and altered several others. When he was down low, Alexander was absolutely dominant. He did stray to the mid-range a few times, but that quickly got corrected and Alexander went back into beast mode. Overall it was as good a performance as could possibly be wanted. Alexander proved that he is clearly going to be a major impact player from day one at Kansas.

Sean O'Mara, C, Benet Academy – His numbers were only solid with 10 points and 10 rebounds, but in a low possession game, O'Mara did a very good job. He isn't a good athlete, but O'Mara is tough, will compete, and has a decent touch around the rim. Also O'Mara showed off his excellent passing skills. He has to continue to get stronger and in better shape, but O'Mara definitely can be a factor in the paint with his big body and solid skill set.

Terrell Carter, C, Redondo Union – There aren't many players with size available in the country, let alone prospects like Carter. Carter is right around 6-foot-8 and has pretty good hands and a solid touch. He finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds, and battled all game long. He isn't a great athlete, and doesn't change ends great, but he gives effort, will rebound, and is a big body who when he gets into better shape could be someone who emerges later in his career as a very solid contributor.

Tyler Ulis, PG, Marian Catholic – He doesn't play on a loaded team, but Ulis is absolutely impossible to guard. Ulis went for 30 points, and was absolutely incredible off the dribble. In the first half Ulis did throw the ball all over the gym a little bit, but still he was very good overall. He made plays for teammates, but with his team needing him, Ulis absolutely took over and dominated the game.

Jordan McLaughlin, PG, Etiwanda – Unfortunately for all involved McLaughlin didn't guard Ulis, but still he made a big impression. He scored 19 points, was efficient, and overall was very solid. McLaughlin has a nice looking jumper, has good quickness getting into the lane, and the USC pledge will definitely be someone to watch in the Pac 12. Because of the system he plays in, McLaughlin isn't a featured guy who can dribble a ton, but when he does get the ball in his hands something good usually happens.

Dominique Matthews, SG, St. Rita – Usually it is his younger brother Charles who gets all the ink, but with Charles out with an injury, Dominique really stepped up. The older Matthews poured in 34 points and showed why he might be the top unsigned player in the Midwest. Matthews has the ability to really get to the rim, is a good athlete, and then also can make shots from the outside. From a pure offensive standpoint, Matthews is as solid as they come, and can get buckets.

Keita Bates-Diop, SF, U-High – The future Ohio State Buckeye did what he does. He wasn't flashy, but he was very effective. Bates-Diop blocked six shots, he pulled in 10 rebounds, and then on offense he scored it very efficiently by getting to the foul line and converting his open looks. There are still stretches will he will disappear, but Bates-Diop definitely has star potential and he showed it with a complete game.

D.J. Williams, SF/PF, Simeon – The question was how would Williams progress with his skill game, and the Illinois commitment answered that in a big way. Williams looks much more comfortable handling the ball, and is very good in the mid-range. It is pretty clear now that Williams will be able to transition into being a full time wing, and he has more than justified his lofty place in the rankings.

Edward Morrow, PF, Simeon – Morrow is definitely a bit undersized, but he makes up for it with length, effort, and athleticism. He was very solid in helping Simeon cruise to an easy win. Morrow scored 11 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for the game showing what he can get done even against a quality frontline. Because of his lack of pure height, Morrow will need to continue to improve his skill level, but there is some potential here and if he goes to the right college could be a very valuable contributor.

Tyler Dorsey, SG, John Bosco – It was not necessarily a game to remember for Dorsey who finished with only 11 points on 4-16 shooting. Still you could see the immense talent level. Dorsey has a great handle, can also pass, and then is long and athletic around the rim. He just was missing shots, which happens. Right now Dorsey is trying to transition to being a point guard, which might or might not be a good idea, but the natural talent is clearly there for him.

K.J. Lawson, SF, Hamilton – Lawson came off of a great weekend in Dallas, but this one wasn't quite as good. Lawson clearly performed better than his younger brother Dedric, who struggled, but still he wasn't efficient in his play. That said, Lawson has the athleticism and solid skill level at 6-foot-6 to be a problem on the floor with matchups. If he can do a better job of learning what a good shot is, Lawson is going to be very difficult to defend.

Stephen Zimmerman, C, Bishop Gorman – Zimmerman is still recovering from an ankle injury, and you can see he doesn't have the same bounce as he usually does. Still Zimmerman ran the floor well, was okay on the glass, and made a few mid-range jumpers. He however did miss a lot of shots around the rim, and clearly needs to get stronger. That said his potential is still very high, and Zimmerman just had one of those games where nothing much would fall for him.

Chase Jeter, C, Bishop Gorman – Like his fellow five-star teammate, Jeter struggled some in the game. Jeter ending up fouling out, but before he did he showed the potential long term that makes him such a highly coveted prospect. Jeter runs the floor extremely well, blocked a few shots, and showed a nice touch on the inside. Now he definitely needs to continue to get into the weight room, but in terms of upside, Jeter has a ton of it.

Kameron Edwards, SF/PF, Etiwanda – Now it was kind of difficult to get a great feel for things as Edwards was the tallest person on the floor at 6-foot-5, but what he did do was very good. He looks the part in a big way with long arms and nice athleticism, and then also has a good looking shooting stroke. Now he needs to show how he can handle on the wing, as in this game because of the opponent he was able to simply play down low where you can tell he is more comfortable.

Bryant Crawford, PG, Gonzaga – It was a nightmare shooting day for Crawford who finished 1-11 from the floor, and quite honestly many of his attempts weren't even close. With that said the floor general did show great floor vision in transition and racked up 10 assists. He feel for the game is better in an open floor setting than in the halfcourt, but still he is solid in that regard. Now he just needs to continue to rep his jumper and tighten things up by limiting turnovers.

Sam Miller, PF, Gonzaga – There has been some buzz building in the nation's capital about Miller, and he more than justified it with his play on Saturday. The 6-foot-8 Miller finished with 20 points and 6 rebounds on only 13 field goal attempts. Miller has a nice looking touch, showed he can hit out beyond the three point line, and is skilled. Now he does struggle to finish some down low, but there is a lot to like here with his game.

Vance Jackson, SF, John Bosco – With his team needing a rally in the second half, Jackson more than did his part. The sharp shooting forward was on fire hitting five threes and showing that he can't be given any space. After hitting all of those threes, Jackson did mix in a few drives to the rim. He needs to continue to be more active on the glass as a rebounder, but Jackson showed that on offense he is a major problem to defend.

Zachary Norvell, SG, Simeon – Norvell is kind of a positionless kid, but he is a kid you want on the floor no matter what. He hit a few threes, showed toughness going to the rim, is a willing defender, and has the size and length to guard multiple positions. At this point he is very left hand dominant, but overall he just does a little bit of everything and makes things happen.

Dominique Matthews noted four offers from SMU, Chicago State, Toledo, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Sam Miller has offers from American, Penn State, Princeton, Columbia, Loyola-MD, Monmouth, Siena, and Rutgers. Also interest is coming from Virginia, Xavier, Notre Dame, Villanova, and Boston College.

Tyler Dorsey listed USC, UCLA, Arizona, Duke, Connecticut, and Kentucky

Chase Jeter said he is speaking the most with Duke, Louisville, USC, Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan, UCLA, Kansas, North Carolina, and Arizona

Head coaches from DePaul, Duke, Louisville, and Connecticut were seen at the day long event. Also assistants from Creighton, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Illinois, Georgetown, and Michigan were present

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