Flyin To The Hoop: Monday Recap

KETTERING, Ohio - Five-star floor general JaQuan Lyle made the loudest statement on Monday, and also Isaiah Briscoe showed what he is capable of.

JaQuan Lyle, PG, Hunting Prep – Make no mistake about it, Lyle needs to work himself into better shape, but at the same time there is no questioning his results on the court. Lyle was absolutely dominant in a Huntington blowout win. He ran the show with seven assists, and then also led the team in scoring with an efficient performance. He scored posting up, hitting threes, and also going to the rim. Defensively his added weight has made him guard off the ball, but on offense the kid is an absolute playmaker with as much talent as any guard around.

Lourawls Nairn, PG, Sunrise Christian – It is absolutely incredible how fast Nairn is with the basketball. Nairn made a few plays with the ball going baseline-to-baseline in transition that were incredible. Also he proved to be a big time defender on the perimeter. Now Nairn does need to value the ball better, but he did make a three which was a good sign and led his team to a big win after a subpar effort on Sunday night.

Jordan Barnett, SF, Christian Brothers – Barnett had a decent showing earlier in the event, but in a morning game he showed improvement. The future Texas Longhorn has a ton of skill. He is nearly 6-foot-8, he can hit from deep, his ball handling is improved, and also he can block a shot or two. Barnett desperately needs to get tougher and better finishing through contact, but he does have a high upside if he can put things together.

Keith Pinckney, PG, Miller Grove – The Tulane signee had a very solid showing for Miller Grove despite a losing effort. Pinckney is a big time athlete who gets to the rim, and he finished in a variety of ways. Also Pinckney showed decent floor vision. Right now he is far better in transition than in the half court, but his athleticism and toughness make him someone capable of having a big impact for the Green Wave.

Isaiah Briscoe, SG, Roselle Catholic – In his first game of the season Briscoe showed very few signs of rust. He went for 24 points and 7 assists in what was an excellent effort. Briscoe got to the foul line a ridiculous 21 times, though he only converted 14 attempts. Also Briscoe looks to be in pretty good shape, and that has been a concern in the past. Overall it was a very good start to his season, and he continues to be one of the better scoring guards in the country.

Thomas Bryant, PF/C, Huntington Prep – It was a blowout and there was no matchup on the court for Bryant, and he handled it exactly how you would want. Bryant controlled the low block, played with a high motor, and showed why he is one of the premier players in the country. Bryant rebounded at a high level, blocked some shots, and scored in a few different ways on the post. Overall it was a good effort for Bryant and he proved a point with his play.

Teki Gill Caesar, SF, Huntington Prep – His production has been a bit up and down this season, and Monday was definitely an up for Gill Caesar. He hit from three and then also threw down a few big time dunks, one was an especially impressive ally-oop. At this point Gill Caesar remains in the 2015 class, though there is still buzz he could end up in college after this season.

Asante Gist, PG, Roselle Catholic – It was a good outing for the scoring point guard. Gist was athletic and got to the rim at will, and then made some plays along the way passing the ball. Gist and Briscoe seemed to work very well together, and that is scary for future opponents. As long as Gist continues to find the right balance between scoring and facilitating, Gist will be a sure high-major prospect.

Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Huntington Prep – His eventual position will be determined by how much he grows and fills out as well as how his skills develop. On Monday Bridges did his damage around the rim with strength and athleticism. He was finishing with dunks, and did everything with bad intentions. Bridges played hard and looked to know his role. Now he needs to continue to work on his skill game, and if that comes, look out.

Jarron Cumberland, SG/SF, Wilmington – Not the most well-known sophomore in a class loaded in the state of Ohio, Cumberland showed some major potential. Early on he was making shots, and that is with a big and physical frame for a young wing. Cumberland is a decent athlete, and now if he becomes more consistent with his jumper, he could emerge in a big way.

Alterique Gilbert, PG, Miller Grove – It was a solid showing for Gilbert. The somewhat small floor general is a really fast prospect who thrives at getting to the rim. Gilbert didn't do a ton in terms of looking to score from outside, but he did do an excellent job of making plays by getting into the lane. Running a team in the half court will continue to be a growth area, but Gilbert definitely has a lot of talent.

Assistant coaches from Dayton, Ball State, Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Duquesne, Iowa State, and Sam Ford were all spotted throughout the day.

Travis Ford of Oklahoma State was present to watch JaQuan Lyle

JaQuan Lyle noted that Oklahoma State has really picked up the pace with him. Also an official visit to Kansas will be re-scheduled.


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