Class of 2015
Cheick Diallo, C, Team Scan – Diallo was absolutely dominant in an afternoon win. Always a beast on the glass and on the defensive end of the floor, Diallo also had things working on offense. He scored 20 points and did it on more than just dunks. Diallo was scoring in the mid-range and also finishing off the dribble. Add in his 20 rebounds, and it was a dominant showing in which Diallo showed every single thing he is capable of on a basketball court.
Luke Kennard, SG, King James Shooting Stars – It was a very good evening showing for the Duke commitment. With his team needing clutch free throws, Kennard made five of six and also made a key defensive play. Add in some good decisions during the game and excellent shot making, and Kennard showed what has made him a top prospect. Overall it was a good game for Kennard in leading his team to the win.
Kipper Nichols, SF, King James Shooting Stars – Other wings on the team get more headlines, but Nichols has been someone who has seen his stock rise in recent months. He was very good in a winning effort. Nichols brings a lot of versatility to the floor at all times. He is a good athlete who can also make shots, though he isn't a shooter. Add in his ability to get to the rim and that he will compete on the glass, and Nichols brings a little bit of everything to the floor.
Melvin Frazier, PF/SF, Arkansas Wings – In a morning overtime wing Frazier did so many good things. Some of it like rebounding and athletic dunks down low show up on the box score, and others such as screening and defending do not. Frazier does a little bit of everything and uses his length and athleticism to his advantage while playing with a high motor. Add in a solid understanding of the game, and Frazier is the type of kid who helps teams win a lot of games even without scoring a ton.
Henry Ellenson, C/PF, Playground Elite – The strides Ellenson has made recently are impressive. He has shown his ability to play both inside and out, and at nearly 6-foot-10 is a major matchup problem. At times he can be a bit too finesse on the perimeter, but he is beginning to really find the right balance between playing on the interior as well as outside. He was excellent all day long and proved himself against some of the best in the country.
Deyonta Davis, PF, Spiece Indy Heat – Davis is one of the more athletic and talented power forwards in the country. He scored several times on Sunday evening by simply out running his man from defense to offense and finishing with a dunk. Add in range that went beyond the three point line, and it is easy to see why he is one of the best in the country. Michigan State locked up Davis early, and that has proven to be a big time get for the Spartans.
Jarvis Johnson, PG/SG, Howard Pulley – He is still definitely a work in progress as a point guard. It is clear he is more comfortable looking for his own shot as opposed to helping others get theirs, but he does have shot making ability and he is an excellent athlete. Johnson can play with pace in transition fairly well and is a versatile defender, still he needs to make some strides as a floor general.
Antonio Blakeney, SG, Each 1 Teach 1 – One of the most explosive scorers in the class, Blakeney had it working fairly well in an afternoon showdown. Blakeney started off by going to the rim, and then used his lift and quick release to get going from deep. He does need to continue to refine his shot selection, but there is no doubt he can get buckets in a hurry, and Blakeney is willing to accept any challenge.
Isaiah Briscoe, SG, NJ Playaz – Going against Blakeney was Briscoe, and after early foul trouble he really settled in to have an excellent game. Briscoe can really shoot it, but he is also excellent at using his strength and going to the rim. While he is not close to being a point guard, he does have decent feel, and made a few nice passes for easy jumpers to shooters. Add in that he is super competitive and Briscoe is one of the more talented scorers in the class.
KeVaughn Allen, SG, Team Penny – The future Florida Gator had a solid scoring game in an afternoon effort. Allen is someone who can really create his own shot, and then has the range and quick release to make defenses pay. Now he definitely needs to continue to work on his shot selection, but Allen has a lot of tools to work with.
Caleb Swanigan, C, Spiece Indy Heat – Swanigan isn't the best athlete, and at times he just struggled to finish, but still he was excellent on the glass and got his share of points down low. Also Swanigan is a bit of an underrated passer, and showed a few good outlet passes. Swanigan needs to continue to move his feet better in ball screen situations, but overall he was very solid despite his team coming up short.
Class of 2016
Udoka Azubuike, C, Nike Team Florida – This is an absolute grown man on the low block. He can physically dominate, and does quite often. Add in some surprising explosion off the floor, and Azubuike is one that will be ranked quite highly when things are updated. He possesses good hands, rebounds well, and has decent footwork on the block. He was excellent against Team Penny, and Azubuike is clearly proving himself to be one of the best in his class.
Dedric Lawson, PF, Team Penny – Lawson is one of the more naturally gifted forwards. At times during the high school season he would force things, but he is working within the flow of the offense, and without his brother playing took over when needed. Also as skilled as he is both inside and out, Lawson is also tough and is capable of double figure rebounds every single time out on the floor.
Malik Monk, SG, Arkansas Wings – A tremendous athlete, Monk had been scoring at an epic rate all EYBL long, but in the morning game he didn't have his outside shot working. With that instead of forcing the action Monk got others involved and did just enough to keep himself in the game. It was good to see Monk make a huge impact on the game without having a great shooting day and lift his team to an overtime win.
Tyus Battle, SG, Team Scan – Battle really got things going with his outside shooting in a blowout win. One of the smoothest jumpers around, Battle had it working in a big way. Battle got in the mid-range off the dribble and was hitting, and then would make shots off the catch from deep. After seemingly struggling with a new team for a lot of the spring, it was good to see Battle look like his usual self.
Isaiah Briscoe noted he will cut down his list of finalists in the next week or two, but has to talk things over with his family first.