ANAHEIM, Calif. - There were several impressive performances and stock risers at the Best of Summer on Saturday, with NW Xpress Matisse Thybulle being a notable example.
Thybulle proving talent
It's not much of a secret that Scout.com has been riding the Matisse Thybulle
bandwagon since watching the NW Xpress standout for the first time in the spring.
On Saturday, at the Best of Summer in Anaheim, Thybulle, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound 2015 small forward out of Washington, showed several of the reasons that we've been so high on him.
Thybulle is an elite rebounder for his position and a relentless defender who can guard multiple spots at the next level. He can hit the open three, plays with a nonstop motor, can get to the basket and is a very good passer.
When factoring in Thybulle's athleticism and upside, there's every reason to believe he's going to be a key piece to a winning team at the next level.
Thybulle was good in the spring, but he's even better now.
"It's nice to get on the court again and show what I can do and what I've been working on in the little amount of time in-between sessions," Thybulle said.
"I've been working a lot at getting to the hoop. That's a big part of my game I'm trying to change. Before I would rely on my three-pointer but I'm starting to create my own shot."
So far, Washington
, Washington State
, Montana, Portland, Tulsa
and Boise State
have offered Thybulle, with two standing out.
"Right now I'm really liking Gonzaga but Washington is up there too," he said.
Look for Thybulle to make a decision early into the fall.
Other Best of Summer Standouts
* Not many West Coast 2015 prospects have improved their stock more than NW Xpress center Drew Eubanks
. He has good size at 6-foot-9, plays very hard, is a really good defender, is tough and mobile. Eubanks has the upside to be a really good player at the next level.
* NW Xpress has a talented scorer in 2015 wing Mandrell Worthy, a kid with a nice frame that can pour in points from all three levels.
* Oakland Soldiers' 2017 power forward Ira Lee
is a relentless rebounder that is tough to stop when he has momentum in his favor. He did a nice job hunting boards and scoring on the block.
* Pump N'Run Elite 2016 point guard Terrell Gomez
showed off his big time jumper, handle and athleticism against the Soldiers. He's undersized, but very talented.
* Justin Moore
is a 2016 point guard from San Diego All-Stars with good size at about 6-foot-3, passes very well and can score with his jumper or floater.
* San Diego All-Stars has a 2016 wing in Justin Davis with a terrific frame who defends, rebounds, will post up smaller guards, can slash to the basket and plays hard. He has a lot of upside.
* One of the most intriguing 2017 prospects we've seen out west is San Diego All-Stars' Richard Polanco, a hybrid forward at about 6-foot-7 who can score facing or posting up. He knocked down three-pointers, scored in transition and made several impressive passes.
* Superior Athletes' 2015 shooting guard Jeremy Hemsley
had his usual success getting to the basket, but played hard as always, defended, and made several nice passes.
* Mitch Lightfoot
, a 2016 center from Arizona Power Black, plays very hard, is a tough kid, rebounds, blocks shots and has a nice touch around the basket.
* Team ACCESS combo guard JaQuori McLaughlin
looks very young but plays hard and is a willing defender. He has good size and length and can knock down jumpers from midrange and three. He's also a pretty talented passer.
commit Lonzo Ball
of Big Ballers showed off his high level vision, making one ridiculous cross-court pass after the next on Saturday. He also got his share of points and rebounds.
* It was a productive day for Earl Watson
Elite 2015 small forward Roman Davis
, who has always had the size and length, but also played hard and got to the basket.
* Earl Watson Elite's 2015 shooting guard Jeffery McClendon
is an absolutely relentless defender, who doesn't give his opponents an inch on that side of the court. You won't find too many better defenders nationally in the class.
* Kyle Leufroy
, a 2015 combo guard from Earl Watson Elite, continues to show his value on and off the ball. He can really pass it, but also scores from all three levels.
* 2016 Earl Watson Elite center Jayce Johnson
played hard on Saturday night. His size, length and ability to finish with both hands will always give him a lot of value.