Roosevelt Smart, SG, Illinois Wolves – The Wolves were a dominant force on Sunday cruising in every one of their three games, and one of the biggest reasons was the play of Smart. The athletic 6-foot-3 guard was hitting shots from all over and showing some ability off the bounce. He had a tremendous weekend overall, and Smart really capped it off with a strong day leading his team to the title.
Glynn Watson, PG, Illinois Wolves – It wasn't always the best day for Watson who at times wasn't aggressive with his offense, but in the finals he showed why he is so highly touted. Not only did Watson make some big shots, but he completely and totally controlled the game with his IQ and understanding of things. Watson is at his best in transition and needs to continue to refine his decision making in the halfcourt, but there is a lot to like.
Ryan Cline, SG/SF, Indiana Elite Diesel – There is no doubt that Cline is one of the best shooters around. In a morning win over The Family he was absolutely tremendous and carried his play over all the way to the championship game. Cline isn't the quickest on defense and doesn't do a great job of creating his own shot, but there is no doubt he can fill it up on offense and he knows how to come off of screens, set his feet, and rip the strings with his jumper.
A.J. Turner, SF, The Family – It has been a good spring for Turner who was shooting the ball very well on Sunday. Turner hit shots from not only three point range off the catch, but in the mid-range off the dribble as well. He needs to continue to get tougher and impact the game in ways other than by just making shots, but there is no doubt that his game is going in the right direction.
Eric Davis, SG, The Family – In the past Davis has struggled when trying to run the point guard position but he looked a bit more comfortable in that role on Sunday. Still Davis is at his best when he is creating offense and in attack mode. He had several nice drives to the rim and also knocked in some key shots. Overall Davis is making strides with his entire game, though he is clearly still best off the ball as a scorer.
Deyonta Davis, PF, Spiece Indy Heat – There is no doubting the potential of Davis who had a few just spectacular plays on Sunday as his team went 1-1. Davis has legit power forward size, big time athleticism, and then a developing skill set in which he is capable of hitting from the mid-range or on the interior. Right now things are done in flashes, but with Davis the sky is the limit, and he should rank very highly when things are next updated.
Matt Holba, PF, Spiece Indy Heat – Holba has been getting some high major attention recently, and the super athletic forward showed why on Sunday. He made a few huge defensive plays down the stretch to seal a win, and then also was good on the glass and scored a little in transition. He doesn't have a great offensive skill set, but his toughness and rebounding are impossible to ignore.
Jalen Coleman, SG, All-Ohio Red – Coleman got off to a hot start in a morning loss and showed that he is one of the best shooters in the country. Also Coleman was aggressive on the glass which isn't normal for him, and that was good to see. Overall Coleman capped his good weekend with another impressive performance and showed why he will be instant offense at the college level from day one.
Jarron Cumberland, SF/SG, Ohio Basketball Club – It is tough to define a position specifically for Cumberland on the basketball court, but there is no doubt that he can put the ball in the basket. Cumberland willed his team to the title with dominant performances throughout the day on Sunday. At 6-foot-4 he is very strong and is a good athlete with that toughness and desire to score on every possession. He can get a bit ball dominant, but the bottom line is he puts up numbers.
Yavari Hall, SG/SF, Ohio Basketball Club – This is one really athletic dude who has quick leaping ability and the handle to get to the rim. Now he does need to become a better shooter, but from the mid-range he showed some ability. As he gets stronger he will continue to be tough to defend, and Hall was tremendous is helping his team to a title.
Derek Funderburk, PF/C, King James Shooting Stars – King James was the favorite coming into the event and while they fell in the finals it definitely wasn't due to Funderburk. The 6-foot-9 post prospect was very good on the glass, gave effort, and showed his incredible ability to move his feet defending on the perimeter as well as inside. Right now he is still a work in progress, but the kid has a ton of potential, and is just now figuring out how good he can be.
Xavier Simpson, PG, King James Shooting Stars – He doesn't shoot the ball that well, but as a point guard he knows how to play. Simpson struggled early in his team's finals loss, but in a massive comeback he was huge. He was getting to the rim, making passes, drawing fouls, and getting some steals on defense. Overall it was a very strong showing.
Zach Norvell, SG, Mac Irvin Fire – There is no doubt that Norvell can really score the basketball, and he did just that on Sunday. The near 6-foot-4 guard is as tough as they come and can attack off the glass with range out to 25 feet. He is still at times understanding how to work within the flow of an offense, but there is a ton of natural ability and he is just flat out productive.
Howard Washington, PG, Albany City Rocks – There are very few young point guards with the feel and understanding of the game than Washington. He had a few absolutely incredible passes in transition and then knocked in some key shots from deep as well. He still needs to attack more and get into the lane where his floor vision will create a ton of open looks for teammates, but overall he is very solid and will be the extension of a coach.
Caleb Swanigan, C, Spiece Indy Heat – It wasn't a typical game for Swanigan who struggled at times to finish on the low block, but he still has a ton of ability. Swanigan hit a few key mid-range jumpers and also secured a lot of rebounds on the day. Also Swanigan defended better than he has in the past and looked the part of an excellent low post prospect.
Brian Bowen, SF, The Family – There is really no doubting how good that Bowen can become. He has all the skills you can ask for, and looked to rebound more than in previous viewings. His shot was off some during the day, but still he can make it out to 22 feet, and then attacks well off of closeouts.
Xavier Tillman, PF, Michigan Mustangs – His team was playing in the Silver Bracket, but Tillman stood out in a big way. He physically looks as much like a tight end as a basketball player, but has significant skill and some nice athleticism. Tillman can lead the break, has great footwork around the rim and plays with a lot of toughness. He level of recruitment will be determined by his physical growth or development of his perimeter game, but for a freshman there is no doubt significant potential is there.
Manny Patterson, PF, Meanstreets – Meanstreets won the whole thing at the 15 and under level, and Patterson was the biggest reason for that. At nearly 6-foot-8 with length and athleticism, Patterson has a ton of potential. He runs the floor well, has good hands, and looks to still be growing. As he continues to get stronger he could emerge as one of the best prospects in the Midwest in his class.