Unranked players making an early impression

It has been a busy month of action in high school basketball, and through our travels Scout.com has seen some unranked prospects make big impressions.

It is less than a month into the high school basketball season, but already Scout.com has been all over the country scouting games. From coast-to-coast basketball is going on, and as you would expect some unranked players are beginning to assert themselves as high level prospects who will soon be pulling in major scholarship offers.

Here is a look at three 2014 players and three class of 2015 prospects who each are throwing their names in the ring for a lot of new interest.

In the class of 2014 Terrell Carter and Malik Marquetti on the West Coast have really opened eyes as well as Devonte Graham who is at Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy.

Graham is one of the more interesting cases because he signed a letter of intent with Appalachian State as a member of the 2013 class, and since then has not been released from his letter so therefore no colleges can contact him. Because of that it is impossible to know what is really going on with Graham, but one thing is for sure, he is making a statement with his play.

At the recent National Prep Showcase, Graham proved to be maybe the top pure point guard left on the board in the 2014 class, and clearly the best behind JaQuan Lyle. Graham can really score and is getting better as a distributor and a ball handler. He has made huge strides in the past year, and it is possible he could play his way into four-star status before it is all said and done this season.

Then there are the cases of Carter and Marquetti. Carter is now at Redondo (Cal.) Union, and the 6-foot-9 center has shed weight and looks like a new player. At the Chicago Elite Classic he showed an ability to score down low as well as toughness on the glass. He battled Xavier signee Sean O'Mara to a virtual draw, and proved that he is someone who while probably not a top 100 player, is worthy of upper mid-major and potentially even high-major looks.

Coaches are always looking for size in the spring signing period, and Carter definitely brings that, and he has some decent skill to go along with it.

Marquetti has virtually come out of nowhere. The athletic 6-foot-6 wing didn't even have an offer before a few months ago, and now has at least one high-major look from USC. Others are sniffing, and with the need for quality wings all over the college basketball landscape and very few available this previously unknown prospect could soon be one of the more wanted players not only on the West Coast, but in the country.

In the 2015 class Admon Gilder, Sam Miller, and Jerekius Davis have all opened up eyes with their early play this season.

Gilder was noticed with the Dallas Mustangs over the summer, but it looks as though his game has gone to a new level. At the DFW Thanksgiving Hoopfest, Gilder proved he is a scoring machine who is very efficient. Unlike some kids who jack shots to get points, Gilder showed a good idea of how to score without having to completely dominate the ball and take his team out of their flow and system. Now the high major schools all over Texas are beginning to look at Gilder, and he is out performing several other highly touted prospects in the Dallas area.

Miller is a skilled 6-foot-8 prospect from Washington (DC) Gonzaga. While it is tough to be under the radar while playing in the WCAC, Miller hasn't played on a high profile AAU team, and wasn't nearly as talked about as many high level talents.

That said, at the Chicago Elite Classic Miller looked like a definite high-major prospect. He can shoot out to the three point line, is a decent athlete, can handle the ball, and is smart. Once he gets stronger and finishes better he could really be somebody who opens up a ton of eyes, and already he is playing his way into potential four-star status.

Finally there is Davis. The Jackson (Miss.) Provine product definitely surprised at the DFW Thanksgiving Hoopfest. Davis is long, athletic, versatile, and plays with an impressive motor. Kids from the state of Mississippi can often times get overlooked during the high school season, but he definitely did enough to get noticed, and should earn some high-major offers before the season is over with.

More kids are sure to emerge as the year goes along, but only one month a half dozen prospects have already really opened eyes.


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