Melvin Frazier, PF/SF, Arkansas Wings – Frazier had the college coaches section buzzing about his athleticism. The 6-foot-6 forward is a high-level athlete that gets off his feet quickly and plays above the rim. All of Frazier's work against Southern Stampede was done in the paint, as he was active on the glass and ran the court looking to score. He was also effective playing the passing lanes and recorded five steals. He finished with 13 points and reeled in eight rebounds.
Jalen Brunson, PG, Mac Irvin Fire – It's still early in the spring, but Brunson is the point guard getting the most attention. Brunson is a heady lead guard that makes very good decisions. In a close game against the Georgia Stars, he changed things when he started breaking defenders down off the bounce, getting into the paint and creating shot opportunities for his teammates. Brunson also made multiple three-pointers, plus worked in a mid-range pull-up. He finished with 12 assists and just two turnovers in the win.
Malik Beasley, SG Georgia Stars – Beasley has been a hot name in basketball circles because of his ability to score the basketball. He did that at an impressive rate during the Stars opening game on Saturday. The 6-foot-4 guard is a good shooter out to 22-feet and knocked down a trio of deep shots Saturday morning. He also made multiple mid-range pull-ups and a floater.
Noah Dickerson, C, Georgia Stars – Dickerson showed up in Sacramento in the best shape I've seen him. He's clearly trimmed down and he cited Kevin Boyle's workouts at Montverde with helping him get in great shape. Dickerson has a great set of hands and good touch inside. He loves to turn over his left shoulder and is an impressive finisher in the paint. Dickerson also showed an ability to step out and hit mid-range jump shots. He was 9-for-15 for 28 points and 10 boards in a loss to Mac Irvin Fire.
Allonzo Trier, SG, Athletes First – There aren't many in the 2015 class that can score like Trier, a 6-foot-4, strongly built guard out of Rockhill (Md.) Montrose Christian. Trier pumped in 29 points and aggressively looked for his shot in a win over the Jackson Tigers. Trier is a pretty good shooter off the catch to 23-feet, but he's also very good scoring off the dribble from mid-range and at the rim. Over the last year he's gotten much stronger and it's clearly helped, as he's a confident driver and regularly finishes through contact.
Quinndary Weatherspoon, SG, Jackson Tigers – In early spring events there's always a couple players that emerge. Weatherspoon, a 6-foot-5 lengthy wing, is one of those guys. Weatherspoon was the Tigers go-to option and he stepped up. He scored most of his points by slashing to the rim, but he also hit a floater and a mid-range pull-up. Weathespoon has a good feel for the game and an impressive skill level. He said Mississippi State recently offered and I'd expect other high majors to jump in the mix soon. He scored 23 points on 9-for-21 shooting against Athletes First.
Ivan Rabb, PF, Oakland Soldiers – The Soldiers have a balanced attack and run with a college frontline of Rabb, Stephen Zimmerman and Chimezie Metu, so they don't rely on Rabb to do all of the work on the interior. He had just five shot attempts and made all five of them scoring 11 points and grabbing six boards. He scored off a mid-range jump shot, a strong drive from the elbow, over his right shoulder and a pair of dunks. It was a solid outing from the top player in the class.
Stephen Zimmerman, C, Oakland Soldiers – After a slow start the five-star big man began making plays for the Soldiers. Zimmerman, a standout at Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, showed his skill from the high post, making three impressive passes. He also ran the floor for a dunk, had a handful of nifty finishes at the rim and used his length to get his hands on a couple shots. He scored 10 points and reeled in five rebounds in the win.
Dejounte Murray, SG, NW Xpress – Murray is regarded as a top 50 prospect by Scout.com and his performance on Saturday against the The Travelers more than solidified that ranking. In fact, he's probably a tad undervalued. Murray wowed coaches and scouts in attendance with his 9-for-14 shooting and 25-point effort.
Long term, Murray is a heck of a prospect. At 6-foot-5, he has wide shoulders, a lengthy set of arms, but a rail thin frame. He's also a solid athlete. On the offensive end he knows how to score and can do it in a variety of ways. In the nightcap he hit four three-pointers, dropped in a pair of floaters and had three strong finishes at the rim. Defensively he has potential, as he moves his feet well and always seems to come up with deflections.
Jeremy Miller, C, BABC – Saturday night was easily the best effort I've seen from Miller and I've been watching him since his freshman season. He played hard and was active on both ends. He contested shots and recorded three blocks, but the most impressive part of his performance was the six offensive rebounds he reeled in. On offense, Miller, who is committed to Boston College, finished 4-for-8 from the field, hitting a catch and shoot three and a trio of put backs.
Luke Kennard, SG, KJ Shooting Stars – With his future head coach – Mike Krzyzewski – looking on, Kennard broke out. He scored on five of his six field goal attempts and consistently found ways to break down defenders and get into the lane. The southpaw hit a pair of threes, multiple mid-range pull-ups and scored off a number of drives to the rim. Kennard has a lot of value because of his ability to score, skill and passing ability. He'll certainly spend some time at Duke with the ball in his hands. He finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Ty Hudson, PG, Southern Stampede -- Hudson had a few too many turnovers (five), but he made a lot of positive players for his team as well. He was efficient from the field scoring four baskets on seven attempts. He also rebounded well from the guard position (eight) and tossed out five assists. The southpaw is fast and has good vision. He's a 2015 point guard to keep an eye on this spring and summer.
Malik Monk, SG, Arkansas Wings – There aren't many wings in the country with Monk's type of athleticism. He's truly elite in that area. At 6-foot-4, the wiry guard looks improved when he has the ball in his hands. He made a handful of nice passes (six assists) and made good decisions with the ball. Monk also knocked down a three, hit a mid-range pull-up and continuously made plays at the rim against Southern Stampede. Monk finished with 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting.
Keith Smith, SF, Northwest Xpress – Smith is already getting some serious buzz in the Northwest and he proved why on Saturday. Although Murray was the top performer on the team, Smith showed off his scoring ability. Smith made a three mid-range pull-ups and also worked in a three-pointer. Smith has good size (6-foot-6) and length from the wing perimeter and is a confident scorer with upside.
Jatarious Smith, SF, Southern Stampede – This may have been the find of the day. A 6-foot-4, powerfully built wing, Smith aggressively attacked the basket and used his strength and athleticism to finish at the rim. While majority of his points came at the rim or from the free throw line, Smith did show good form on his jump shot and knocked down two catch and shoot three-pointers. Expect to hear more and more about Smith over the next few months.
*Mac Irvin Fire forwards Edward Morrow and Davon Dillard played aggressive and with energy inside. Both are undersized four-man that rebound well and look to dunk everything in the paint. Murrow didn't miss a shot against the Georgia Stars going 9-for-9 scoring 19 points and reeling in 13 rebounds. Dillard had 19 points and six rebounds.