Class of 2015Chance Comanche, C, Earl Watson Elite: A lengthy and athletic center, Comanche plays hard and makes several plays each game where you can see his elite upside. He's still quite skinny and the added strength he'll gain over the coming years will only help him finishing and rebounding in traffic. His skill level is coming along underneath the basket and he can step out and shoot as well. He's not a finished product and that's a good thing; if it all comes together for him he has a very bright future. Tres Tinkle, PF/SF, Earl Watson Elite: Tinkle didn't have a strong shooting performance in Saturday morning's game, but that's not a part of his game that you really worry about. His motor, basketball IQ, skill level and rebounding ability are all high level. He plays very hard on both ends of the court and is going to be a key component to a winning team on the next level.
Marcus LoVett, PG, Las Vegas Prospects: LoVett built his name on his flashy handle and pull-up shooting ability, but with the Prospects on Saturday morning he was very unselfish, almost exclusively looking to pass. He's actually a really sharp passer – he's big time dishing with his left hand – and it was one of the best performances I've seen from him, just in the way he played the game from a true point guard perspective. Talent has certainly never been his issue and Saturday was a step in the right direction.
Marquese Chriss, PF, Team Superstar: One of the bounciest four men in the country, Chriss was his usual self on Saturday afternoon, using his explosive hops and exceptionally quick leaping ability to finish well above the rim. He has very good timing as a rebounder and when you combine those instincts to his high level hops, 6-foot-8 size and long arms, you have a kid who can grab a lot of rebounds each time out. Chriss will have to show more commitment defensively and keep adding to his offensive skill level, but his upside is very high.
Noah Blackwell, PG, Team Superstar: Blackwell has progressed as a prospect over the last year and his shot selection and instincts for the position were definitely a step forward for him. He's always had the size, length, handle and vision, but instead of settling for his jumper, Blackwell did a good job attacking the basket on Saturday afternoon and had a lot of success doing it. The powerfully built point guard has seen his recruitment expand over the last couple of months for good reason.
Danjel Purifoy, SF, ATL Xpress: A long and athletic forward, Purifoy really stepped up big in his evening game on Saturday. With his squad down to Team Philly, Purifoy put the team on his back, relentlessly attacking the basket and either scoring through contact or getting to the line. Purifoy also played hard on defense and made some impressive passes in the open court. He's really gifted physically but on Saturday played with a competitive mindset as well. In his last game of the day, Purifoy played with the same aggressive mindset and also made a couple of jumpers. There's a lot to like about his game.
Tim Rowe, C, ATL Xpress: Rowe is a big center with broad shoulders and long arms. He plays with good effort, is always boxing out and fighting for rebounds, scored around the basket and even stepped out to hit a three and hit a pull-up jumper. He's reclassifying from 2014, which is a good decision because you can tell he's just starting to come into his own as a player.
K.J. Walton, SG, Grassroots Indiana: A shooting guard with a good frame with wide shoulders, Walton is very skilled at creating his own shot. Walton can really shoot it off the bounce and hit a variety of jumpers from both midrange and three. Walton's ball skills – his crossover looks good - help him create space to get his jumper off, and he also has a stepback in his arsenal.
Class of 2016Jayce Johnson, C, Earl Watson Elite: A center with broad shoulders, good length and terrific hands, Johnson also plays hard and has nice touch around the basket. The fact that he can easily finish with both hands only makes him more valuable. He plays hard, is constantly fighting for position and rebounds well. He's going to be a load inside at the next level. Leland Green, SG, Earl Watson Elite: Green is a very athletic shooting guard that plays with a strong determination on both ends. On defense he's a tough kid that gets into whoever he's guarding, and on offense his strength and burst allow him to get to the basket and finishes with contact. The development of his handle and jumper will dictate his ultimate success, but his upside remains high.
Scout's Seat* Earl Watson Elite's 2015 point guard, Tommy McCarthy, is a hard-nosed kid who has a weapon in his jump shot. * Doral Moore didn't have his most productive game against Philly Pride, but his size, length and mobility at the position will always give him a lot of upside.
* Sean McDermott, a 2015 shooting guard from Grassroots Indiana, had a lot of success shooting the three-ball against ATL Xpress. He did some stuff off the dribble, but his specialty is clearly his shooting ability .
School ListsTres Tinkle says California, Arizona State and Stanford are recruiting him the hardest. Noah Blackwell has offers from Maryland, Oregon State, Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton, LMU and Cal State Northridge with interest from Oklahoma, San Diego State, Texas Tech, Washington, Minnesota, Nebraska, Clemson and USF.