Spiece Night One Notebook

FT. WAYNE, Ind. - Night one at the Spiece Run N Slam was spent off site watching the 16 and under age group which is loaded in the event, especially with teams representing the state of Ohio.

Columbus duo shows well

The duo of Matthew Moyer and Seth Towns playing with Always 100 were tremendous in a Friday evening blowout win. Both Moyer and Towns had a significant size advantage over their opponent and used it to their advantage in a big way.

Really standing out was Moyer. He is looking bigger and stronger than he did during the high school season, and on top of that he plays hard and showed a good motor. Moyer had a big time dunk in transition to get things going early, and then he continued his display of impressive play with some skill moves and by finishing outside the paint with jumpers. On top of that Moyer blocked a few shots and looked in complete control of his game.

Overall Moyer has definitely made strides since the high school season. He is improving both with his body and his skill. There is no doubt at this point that he is definitely a power forward and not a wing, but with a good skill set, a high level motor, and impressive athleticism the upside is huge with Moyer.

Running right alongside next to Moyer was Towns. The Columbus (Ohio) Northland product is a bit bigger and slightly more skilled than Moyer, though his motor can run hot and cold. Still Towns had an impressive game where clearly he was able to dominate.

Towns finished around the rim, ran the floor in transition, and even hit some jumpers from the mid-range. Right now Towns is definitely more of a power forward than a wing, but he also has shown some signs of wing skills. If he continues to improve and gets things going in the right direction with his motor, the sky could be the limit.

Coleman starting to look at recruiting

For a long time it seemed that four-star guard Jalen Coleman wasn't even focused on his recruitment. However recently that seems to have changed. The La Porte (Ind) La Lumiere standout is now beginning to seriously take a look at his recruitment and the schools that are interested in him and how he fits.

According to Coleman it is mostly all of the usual suspects including Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue, and Illinois who are recruiting him the hardest and showing him the most attention right now.

With his high school year coming to a close, look for Coleman to return home with his family soon and begin discussing narrowing down his list and taking some visits to help determine which place is best for him.

King James dominates

One of the best teams at the 16 and under level is the King James Shooting Stars, and the reason for that is their elite frontcourt. King James is loaded with athleticism and length led by Derek Funderburk, Tervell Beck, and Derrick Daniels. The trio is simply too much for most at the 16 and under level to handle.

Funderburk is the best prospect of the group and he showed why on Friday night by using his superior skill, athleticism, and size to absolutely dominate on the glass. Also he is so athletic and getting much stronger that the potential is through the roof.

Beck is a new addition to the team, and with him they are really difficult to match up with. He was tremendous all night long in his team's dominating win. What makes Beck so impressive is his unreal motor combined with his strength and athletic ability. Right now a combo forward, Beck can guard nearly any position on the floor and has impressive strength. If he continues to get more skilled it would make him one of the more intriguing prospects in the Midwest in 2016.

Complementing those two is a power forward and jumping jack in Daniels. Daniels has had a very good start to his spring, and he continued that on Friday night. He is a big time athlete who can really move his feet on defense and then also has the ability to finish in the lane against anybody. He needs to work on his mid-range game, but Daniels is a flat out producer who flashes big time ability.

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