THE WOODLANDS, Tex. -- Diamond Stone's morning performance left a lasting impression, but K.J. Walton, Jarrett Allen and Marquese Chriss were also standout at guys on day two of the UA Invitational.
CLASS OF 2015
Diamond Stone, C, Young Legends – The most dominant performance of the day was Stone's first game. The 6-foot-10 big man imposed his will on anyone thrown his way. He scored off strong finishes at the rim, dropped in hook shots, stepped out and hit multiple mid-range jumpers and ran the floor for dunks in transition. He also impressed on the defensive end. He was active, blocked shots and was a presence in the paint. Stone, who recorded 18 points and five blocks in the first half, also appears to be in the best shape of his high school career.
Dwayne Bacon, SF, Showtime Ballers – A physically and athletically gifted wing prospect, Bacon scored 32 points in the Showtime Ballers win over the Carolina Wolves. The 6-foot-6 wing is a strong, physical driver that is an extremely impressive finisher through contact. Bacon struggled shooting the ball from deep, so he stuck to attacking the rim and posting up small players that he could overpower for finishes at the rim. His aggressive drives and posts led to double-digit free throw attempts.
Corey Sanders, PG, Showtime Ballers – Going head-to-head with Seventh Woods, Sanders played well. He went into attack mode and attempted to break down the defense every chance he got. Using his speed, Sanders found ways to get to the paint and finished well once he was there. Sanders also showed off a floater. He finished with 20 points in the win over the Wolves.
James Harrison, PF, Dallas Showtyme – An undersized power forward, Harrison played with effort and energy throughout Showtyme's win over KC Run GMC. The southpaw got better as the game wore on. He was particularly effective on the glass, as he reeled in rebound after rebound and played the role of enforcer in the paint. Harrison also hit a hook shot and had a couple of strong finishes inside.
K.J. Walton, SG, Grassroots Indiana -- Walton is known for driving ability, but in an afternoon game on Saturday, he showed he is a capable shot maker from three. He hit three three-pointers in the first half. But as the game wore on, Walton, a 6-2 guard, began attacking the rim and finding ways to the free throw line. He's a tough, physical driver that doesn't mind contact. Walton scored 27 points and made his way to the free throw stripe 17 times.
Marquese Chriss, PF, Team Superstar -- An effortless athlete, Chriss gets off the ground with ease. He's an impressive leaper than runs the floor well. He didn't get any touches with his back to the basket, but he scored off cuts to the rim, multiple tip-ins and in transition. He could be consistently more aggressive, but he's loaded with talent and potential. He scored 16 points, grabbed eight boards and blocked four shots in a loss to DC Premier Saturday night.
Jimmy Whitt, SG/PG, KC Run GMC -- Whitt appears to be more of a combination guard than a true shooting guard. He's grown since last summer and is clearly stronger. A solid athlete, Whitt aggressively attacks defenders off the bounce and is a good finisher at the rim. But what stood out the most on Saturday was his vision and passing. He tossed out pinpoint passes with his off hand and consistently found open teammates.
Chris Silva, PF/C, Sports U – An impressive all around athlete, Silva runs the floor with ease and knows how to use his athleticism. He bounces around the paint looking to get his hands on shots, grabbing rebounds and putting back misses. He's quick off his feet and is a good shot blocker when he puts his mind to it. Offensively, Silva is mostly a dunker and close range finisher, but he did make a catch and shooter jumper from 18-feet.
Markis McDuffie, PF, Sports U – During the high school season, McDuffie spent majority of his time playing on the block, but with Sports U he's playing strictly on the perimeter. At 6-foot-6, maybe 6-7, McDuffie is mobile and athletic. He's also a guy that can step out and make jump shots, as he hit a jumper from mid-range and a pair from behind the stripe. At this stage, he's more of a face up four, but if he's going to continue to play on the perimeter he's going to need to spruce up his ball handling.
CLASS OF 2016
Jarrett Allen, C, Texas Pro – One of the more intriguing prospects of the day was Allen, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound junior. Allen is mobile, a solid athlete and has the ability to impact the game on both ends. Allen plays with good effort and is lively body in the paint. He gets his hands on shots and goes to the glass looking to reel in boards. Offensively, Allen didn't get many looks, but he has the tools to be effective. His hands are sure, and his touch around the rim is impressive. On top of all that, he's capable making mid-range jumpers. Allen is tracking as a high major recruit and I expect his recruitment to take off in July.
CLASS OF 2017
Isiah Jasey, PF, Texas Pro – Marland Lowe's bunch has another young post player that showed quite a bit of promise on Saturday. Jasey, who is pushing 6-foot-9, moves well, has a lengthy frame, good athleticism and moves up and down the court with ease. He's still physically immature and certainly could still be growing. He flashed good hands, made a right jump hook and showed good form on his mid-range jumper attempts.
Charles Thomas, of DC Premier, is a load to handle in the paint. He uses his strong 6-foot-7 frame to body up with defenders. He's physical and projects as a good area rebounder.
DC Premier guard Terrell Allen came off the bench hot in a late night game. Allen had a transition finish, hit a pair of three-pointers and dropped in a floater off a pick and roll.
Marvin Prochet, a 6-foot-5 wing that runs with New Heights, was in score mode on Saturday. In my first viewing he hit a trio of three-pointers, plus a pull-up from 18-feet. He also proved to be a strong finisher at the rim.
New Heights guard Dupree McBrayer knocked down four of five three-point attempts in a win over Texas Pro. The 6-foot-3 wiry guard is a confident shooter that can create his own shot off the dribble. He scored 14 points in the win.