Luwane Pipkins, PG, Mac Irvin Fire – Pipkins built up a lot of buzz during the high school season, and he has more than justified that buzz with his play here. The 5-foot-10 floor general was absolutely torching the nets from deep on Saturday. In an evening win he had seven triples, and then also has enough toughness and athleticism to get to the rim. He isn't a pure floor general, but he stretches the defense and has enough speed to be a problem for people to defend.
Edward Morrow, PF, Mac Irvin Fire – He isn't the biggest player out there, but Morrow is productive. On Saturday he showed his big time athleticism and high motor making plays all over the court. Offensively he is limited some, but at the same time he finds a way to score through offensive rebounds and sheer desire. On defense he rebounds and blocks shots. Morrow might struggle against true low post centers, but his energy and toughness are welcome at every level.
Jalen Brunson, PG, Mac Irvin Fire – There might not be a more complete point guard in the class than Brunson. He is capable of both scoring and dropping dimes depending on the situation. What stands out about Brunson is that he is always in control of the game and can never be sped up on the floor. With his savvy and scoring ability combined with good floor vision, Brunson is the type of player who will make any team better.
Cody Schwartz, PF, Wisconsin Blizzard – The Blizzard were overwhelmed by Mac Irvin in the evening game, but at the same time Schwartz more than held his own. He got to the rim on several occasions and then hit from deep as well. A pretty good athlete, Schwartz is a stretch power forward who has figured out how to be a match up problem on the offensive end. The next step for him will be to improve as a rebounder.
Glynn Watson, PG, Illinois Wolves – The class isn't deep with point guards, but Watson is one of the best. On Saturday he didn't show great poise at time down the stretch, but still he was excellent overall. Watson made shots from deep, got to the rim, and showed a tremendous ability to pass the basketball. He is clearly at his best in transition where he always makes the right play. Once he brings that to a half court setting he will be even more difficult to defend than he already is.
D.J. Williams, SF, Meanstreets – His team was upset in a morning contest, and Williams was really the only one on the roster who came to play. Williams didn't dominate like he is sometimes capable of, but he did show all of the skills that make him such a unique prospect. He played some at the point, used his size in the mid-range, and then also defended and rebounded fairly well. When engaged and locked in he is a major problem to deal with, and he disappeared some in this one, but overall played pretty well.
Derrick Bruce, PG, Inland Empire – A native of California, Meanstreets had absolutely no answer for Bruce. Bruce destroyed them off the dribble with quickness, made good passes, and then was a knock down shooter from deep. Overall there was no way for Meanstreets to stay in front of him, and Bruce controlled the action. This class is in need of point guards to emerge, and Bruce could be one who makes a name for himself if he continues this type of play.
Henry Ellenson, C, Playground Elite – He needs to continue to focus on rebounding better, but outside of that Ellenson had stretches of dominance on Saturday. Ellenson has a very nice shooting touch out to three point range, and handles the ball pretty well for a player his size. He can score in a variety of ways, and keeps on getting better. Overall if Ellenson continues this play up, and gets a bit more assertive down low, he will clearly become a heavily sought after recruit.
Esa Ahmad, PF, All-Ohio Red – It was another big time showing for Ahmad who has clearly taken things to a new level this spring. He had a tremendous high school season, and now Ahmad is only getting better. He had an impressive transition dunk in traffic, and then also hit shots from deep while getting into the lane and making plays off the dribble. The question with Ahmad had been surrounding physical conditioning. That is no longer a concern.
Jordan Dartis, PG, All-Ohio Red – A solid floor leader, Dartis had it working in stretches on Saturday. He is a scoring point guard with solid athleticism and a decent feel for the game. Probably still best at the mid-level, Dartis had times where his shot making was at an elite level on Saturday. He needs to continue to make solid decisions, and if he does he can help his team go a long way this spring and summer.
Brevin Pritzl, SG/PG, Wisconsin Playground Warriors – Early on Pritzl was struggling with his shot and just looked slightly off, but then he got things going late and hit some deep and impressive threes. Pritzl also showed off his impressive athleticism off the bounce and into the mid-range. Also on defense he is solid, and if he had just a normal shooting day it would have been an extremely impressive performance.
Nick Rakocevic, C/PF, Mac Irvin Fire – There have been some complaints about the unusual lack of star power in Illinois in the class of 2016, but Rakocevic could end up changing that before too long. Every bit of 6-foot-9, Rakocevic runs the floor, has a nice shooting touch, and will rebound the ball. Also he is getting better off the dribble, and despite not being strong physically will battle down low. He had a good showing on Saturday, and has made huge strides since the start of the high school season.
Jawan McCloud, PG, Playground Elite – While his team lost, McCloud absolutely sliced up the Mac Irvin defense. He got into the lane when he wanted, finished in traffic, and then drilled shots from deep. Around 5-foot-10 he isn't the biggest player out there, but he knows how to play, and has the quickness and shot making to be a problem for opponents.
Jayson Tatum, SF, St. Louis Eagles – It wasn't a vintage afternoon game for Tatum who couldn't get a shot to fall. Still standing near 6-foot-8 now, Tatum has such a unique skill set that it is clear he will be in the mix for the top spot in the class. Tatum has great floor vision, will rebound, and then has the versatility to do a bit of everything. Despite his shot not falling, Tatum stayed with it and made some big plays down the stretch to seal the win for his team.
Tervell Beck, SF, All-Ohio Red – Beck has always been a big and strong athlete who can get to the rim and finish, but he is now showing more skill. Beck hit a couple of threes, scored in the mid-range off the dribble, and then was a beast on the glass. At times he seems to defer, and if he can be assertive all the time it will be almost impossible to check him in a one-on-one situation.
Shammond Ivory, SG, Kingdom Hoops – Ivory isn't the type of kid who will scare you in layup lines, but he absolutely can play. Ivory is a knockdown shooter from deep, and then has enough skill and savvy with the dribble to keep a defense honest. Virtually no college has seen him, but there is a chance the Iowa native could make an impact at the mid-major level.