Roundtable: Individual Excitement

The only spring live period tips off this weekend, and the national recruiting team will be on the road to cover events on both coasts and at points in between.

Clearly, watching as many talented players and teams stands as the primary objective. Still, everyone has some player they're most excited to watch, and we touched based with the national crew to answer exactly that question.

Evan Daniels: The guy I'm looking forward to seeing the most is Donte Divincenzo. He's expected to be with Team Final and is already a Villanova commit. I've yet to see him in person but have watched some highlight clips.

While I don't like to form much of an opinion off of a highlight reel, it's pretty evident that Divincenzo is an impressive talent. Playing in the EYBL, Divincenzo will play against some of the top point guards in the 2015 class so I'll find out real quick just how good he is.

Josh Gershon: I'm really looking forward to seeing 2015 forward Ben Simmons. I didn't get to see him outside of TV during the season and it definitely looks like he made a big jump forward over the last year. Given that Simmons is a contender for's top overall spot in 2015, I'm excited to get a better feel for his game in person.

I was able to see 2016 forward Jayson Tatum in the fall at USA Basketball Developmental Camp, but I'm also interested in seeing how big of a jump he's made since then, considering he's one of the top prospects nationally, regardless of class.

Brian Snow: This weekend for me the guy to monitor is Derrick Jones. Jones is a five-star prospect and an elite, elite athlete, but he has always been lacking a little bit of skill. I want to see if he has made strides with his skill game to go to the next level.

Because if he has, the sky is honestly the limit for how good he can be. And if he hasn't, then there is concern about if he will ever reach the ceiling that his athleticism suggests is possible.

Rob Harrington: I want to see if Diamond Stone is ready to compete with Ivan Rabb and others as the top big man — and overall prospect — in the Class of 2015. Stone obviously is an elite talent, but over the past year Rabb has taken that extra step and I'm curious whether Stone has taken it as well.

What's nice about the rising senior class is that, with so many elite big men populating the top, we're bound to get treated to some outstanding head to head matchups. That may not happen this weekend with so many events transpiring, but watching Stone at a national event will provide a solid indicator of where he currently stands in relation to Rabb and others.

Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report

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