Flyin to the Hoop: Saturday Recap

KETTERING, Ohio - Luke Kennard and Justin Jackson had another epic battle on Saturday, and that was followed up by a nice showdown between A.J. Harris and Tyler Ulis. Overall it was an excellent day of hoops in the suburbs of Dayton.

Justin Jackson, SF, HCYA – The future North Carolina Tar Heel showed how dynamic of a scorer he can be. Jackson finished with a ridiculous line of 35 points and 15 rebounds on 12-31 shooting from the field. Jackson missed some mid-range shots he usually makes, but he did hit from three and he attacked the rim and got to the foul line as well Beyond that Jackson looked more assertive than ever, and seemed to have a ton of confidence. Overall Jackson showed why he is a top 10 prospect, and one of the most college ready scorers around.

Tyler Ulis, PG, Marian Catholic – Kentucky is looking for the kind of true point guard that can give them big time assist numbers while also being a scorer, and Ulis fits the bill perfectly. In a matchup of quick on quick, Ulis came out with 30 points on only 15 shot attempts. Ulis was nearly flawless with his decision making, shot the ball well, and was a pest on defense. His size will always be a limiting factor, but the bottom line is Ulis knows how to dominate a game, and has as good a handle as any player in the country. With many chances to shine on the national stage this year, Ulis has answered every challenge and did so again on Saturday night.

Antonio Woods, PG, Summit Country Day – Every once in a while the Ivy League pulls out a major steal, and Penn did with Woods. A point guard who can score, pass, and is an excellent athlete, Woods has all-league potential for the Quakers. Woods showed excellent floor vision, but didn't overpass and knew that his team needed him to score. Also Woods is a tremendous defender and is somebody who really has a good feel for the game.

Marcus Lewis, SF/PF, 22 Ft Academy – A bit undersized and not a freak athlete, Lewis is still a good prospect at the mid-level. He plays hard, converts down low, and shows the ability to score out to the mid-range. Lewis also will rebound for his size, and is a solid athlete. He needs to grow or get more skilled for a higher level, but at the right spot he has a chance to be very effective.

Luke Kennard, SG, Franklin – Kennard battled with Jackson last year, and did so again this year in an epic showing. He went for 38 points and 10 rebounds on 12-32 shooting. Kennard also got to the foul line 16 times, and showed he is much more than just a shooter. Also Kennard competed on the defensive end, and had a lot of responsibility as the primary ball handler and scorer. Overall it was a great showing for Kennard who once again proved he can produce against anybody.

A.J. Harris, PG, Dayton Dunbar – Usually the future Ohio State Buckeye is the smallest guard on the floor, but Harris wasn't when going against Ulis. Always known as a good athlete and distributor, Harris showed a better ability to make shots than he has in the past. Harris finished with 25 points on only 15 shots, and controlled the action for his team. He is limited by his size, but Harris does a lot of things very well, and is showing improvement to his outside shot, and if he can shoot it like that consistently he becomes extremely tough to guard.

Chris Silva, PF, Roselle Catholic – An athletic and raw prospect, Silva struggled at times but had flashes of brilliance as well. Silva hit a jumper or two from the mid-range, but mostly finished around the rim with length and athleticism. The best thing that Silva did was run the floor and rebound. Still a raw prospect, Silva has a lot of room to grow as a player, but his upside is undeniable.

Davon Dillard, SF, Gary Bowman Academy – A big time athlete, Dillard showed it off with a few highlight quality dunks. He did struggle with his shot, but still Dillard was productive despite battling first half foul trouble. He got to the rim fairly well off the bounce and rebounded like a beast. To be a full time wing Dillard will have to continue to refine his perimeter skills, but there is no questioning just how athletic and physical he is.

Seth Towns, PF, Columbus Northland – Towns didn't have one of his finest games, but he still showed why a bunch of high-major schools are showing significant interest. He has long arms, runs the floor, and has a decent touch out to 16 feet. Towns is trying to extend that to three point range, but that is a work in progress. He does need to get tougher and rebound a bit better, but right now he is a skilled power forward who is figuring out exactly what he is capable of.

Asante Gist, PG, Roselle Catholic – A fast floor general, Gist did some very good things for Roselle Catholic. He got the offense going at a good pace, got into the lane, and made some solid decisions. Gist isn't the biggest player or the best shooter, but he is a playmakers. He needs to continue to make good decisions and improve on the consistency of his jumper, but with coaches always looking for quality floor general Gist is going to put himself in the high-major discussion in his class.

Seth Towns mentioned offers from Virginia Tech, Dayton, and Xavier. He noted that Virginia Tech is currently showing him the most interest.

Chris Silva has made an unofficial visit to Seton Hall, and also said Villanova has been in close contact.

Kentucky went full staff including head coach John Calipari for Luke Kennard as well as signee Tyler Ulis.

Ohio State also was watching Kennard and their 2015 pledge A.J. Harris.

Assistants from Virginia Tech, Ohio University, and Wright State were also spotted throughout the day.


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