Las Vegas: Day Three Top Performers

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The third day of action in Vegas brought about the conclusion of pool play, and from here on out it's all about the knockout stage. But first, here's a look at those who closed the round robin portion in stirring fashion.


Drew Eubanks, C, NorthWest Xpress: It’s amazing the difference a few months can make for a developing big man. In April, Eubanks was barely on our radar. Now he’s tracking as a potential high-major prospect. Standing 6-foot-9, he’s mobile and runs the floor well. He gets off the ground fairly quickly and has potential as a shot blocker. He has a good set of hands and decent touch around the basket. The next step in his development is gaining comfort with his back to the basket. Regardless, Eubanks is intriguing and college coaches are taking a liking to him.

Matisse Thybulle (pictured above), SF, NorthWest Xpress: Another exciting prospect for the NorthWest Xpress was this 6-foot-6 wiry wing. Thybulle has a wide set of shoulders, long arms and is a pretty good athlete. He didn’t connect on his long-range shot attempts, but he did hit pull up jumpers from mid-range and dropped in floaters. Thybulle is also a good-looking prospect on the defensive end because of his length and lateral quickness.

Matthew Neufeld, C, Drive Elite: This team was on the days hit list because of Haley, but Neufeld was certainly a good find. A 6-foot-10 post prospect, Neufeld flashed good hands, nice scoring touch and a comfort level on the block. He scored over his left shoulder and also showed he has the ability to step away from the rim and make jump shots. When he gets a running start he’s a pretty good leaper. His best move of the day was a ball fake to one-handed power slam. Neufeld could go to college this year. If he doesn’t he is headed to Sunrise Christian for a post-grad year.

Tim Rowe, C, Atlanta Xpress: This time last year Rowe wasn’t impacting the game like he can now. He’s in better shape, moving better and has improved his footwork on the block. He’s gained confidence in his offensive game and can score on the block or facing the rim with mid-range jump shots. He’ll do a year of post-grad school this year and mid-major programs should be picking it up with him soon.

Matt Heldt, C, Milwaukee Spartans: Talented post players was one of the themes of the day and the Marquette commit certainly fits that billing. He has legit size at 6-foot-10. Offensively he’s comfortable shooting jump shots to 22-feet. He hit two three-pointers and a catch and shoot jumper from 15 in a game against Team Miami. He has terrific hands and is smart enough to keep the ball high when he catches it. Marquette picked up a quality piece and he’s guy that will contend for a spot in’s top 100.

Brodricks Jones, PF, Cal Supreme: Jones has to be considered the West Coast Comeback Player of the Year. He was an elite prospect as a freshman who showed flashes but was inconsistent during his sophomore and junior seasons. He’s always had the size, length and athleticism and now he’s putting it all together in the most important week of his career. Jones scored around the basket, faced up and hit jumpers, defended, rebounded and played with strong effort. His recruitment has done a 180 and for good reason.

Tommy McCarthy, PG, Earl Watson Elite Silver: It was a huge afternoon for McCarthy against M33M. He started off the game with four three-pointers – two off the catch and two off the pull – before he put on his distributing cap, finding teammates in transition. When his team needed buckets late, McCarthy got to the basket and finished with contact. He’s a kid you know will overachieve at the next level.

Skal Labissiere, C, M33M: This is a prospect definitely going in the right direction. He had a really impressive afternoon on both ends of the court. On defense, his size and length helped him deflect and block a lot of shots, while he also grabbed his share of defensive boards. On offense, his footwork looked improved and so was his touch, as he finished with both hands, as well as using a go-to move with his right hook. He still has to get stronger and when he does, he’s going to be that much more productive.


Jermaine Haley, PG, Drive Elite: You don’t come across many lead guards with the size that Haley has. At 6-foot-6, Haley has impressive ball skills and tremendous vision.

Haley boasts atypical ball skills for his size

In a match up with the Vancouver Grizzlies, Haley looked to create for his teammates and tossed out a half dozen assists. Haley has good athleticism, body control and speed. All three of his field goals came off nifty finishes at the rim.

Mitch Lightfoot, C, Arizona Power Black 16u: A hardnosed post that has a nice combination of toughness and motor, Lightfoot gave his usual dose of both on Friday. He’s a pretty good athlete for the position and gets the most of his talent level due to how hard he plays. Lightfoot is pretty skilled and knocked down both jumpers and right-handed hook shots. He’s coming along as a prospect.

Frank Jackson, PG/SG, Utah Prospects 16s — No one will dispute, or rather no one should dispute, this top-50 guard's presence in our Class of 2016 rankings. Jackson fires a backspin-laden jump shot that splashes the net from three-point range, and he also possesses impressive all-around ball skills. He made one driving foray to the rim that he finished by extending with his left hand, a difficult shot for even college players and one he made look easy. His flexibility and coordination are top-notch, and he competes with a poise and confidence that's highly advanced relative to his peers. Jackson is a big-timer who has cemented his place as a national prospect.

Yoeli Childs, PF, Utah Prospects 16s — Although certainly less touted than Jackson, Childs also is a clear high-major prospect. He's a throwback, fundamentally sound guy who keeps the ball high and has highly educated footwork for a young big man. He even looks like a throwback, with a somewhat square frame and high shoulders. Childs buries turnaround jump shots from the baseline and scores via halfhooks in traffic to ward off shotblockers. He isn't a great athlete but is fairly mobile and appears to understand that skill and intelligence must be his primary attributes.

Adrio Bailey, PF/WF, NTL Red Storm 16s — Bailey entered our radar for the first time back in April, and he may have grown from 6-6 to 6-7. Even if not, he plays taller than his height thanks to outstanding athleticism and a very aggressive style. He competes ferociously on the glass and gets a lot of work done as a garbageman. Meanwhile, however, he uses a quick first step to drive past defenders and handles well enough that he might be able to transition to the wing down the road. Again, even if not, he has the physical tools to be successful as a hybrid fourman. Bailey scored in the post with a hook shot from eight feet that indicates he has raised his skill level since the spring. He's an easy call for high-major offers.

Chris Lewis, PF, Atlanta Xpress 16s — This burly big man drew eyes from Miami head coach Jim Larranaga as well as a representative from Texas on Friday, so clearly he has established himself as a high-major target. He's very powerful with quick reflexes that he utilizes to snatch rebounds, and he has some Marcus Fizer-like scoring moves in the paint. He likes one-dribble stepback jumpers from 12 feet, catch-and-shoot opportunities from the baseline and even puts the ball on the floor when opportunities arise. Although he missed, Lewis used a reverse pivot into a hook that looked college-ready. He's a little undersized at 6-7 and not terribly explosive, issues he'll need to address naturally or else with hard work on skills over the next year.

Justin Moore, PG, San Diego All-Stars 16s — A true point guard with a solid head on his shoulders for the game, Moore impressed with his ball control and command for halfcourt offense. He's just slightly above average athletically and has a tendency to overdribble, but he does a nice job penetrating the lane and either scoring on short jumpers or dishing to an open man. He'll be one to track for regional highs and mids going forward.


Jaylen Nowell, SF, Seattle Rotary Select 16u: An athletic wing with ideal size and length for the position, Nowell was pretty impressive on Friday afternoon. He was terrific in transition, both getting to the basket and creating for teammates. His vision is impressive, as Nowell made one precise pass after the next throughout the game. He didn’t shoot a ton, but did knock down a midrange pull-up off the glass. His ceiling is very high.

* Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report.

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