WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Scout's yearly trip to the Gonzaga D.C. Classic provided us with an opportunity to evaluate a handful of impressive underclassmen prospects. Who stood out?
CLASS OF 2015
, PG, Gonzaga – Danny Manning locked in a good one in the 2015 class. Crawford, 6-foot-3 guard, made plays in transition, showed his impressive vision and whipped a couple of impressive passes to open teammates. Crawford has good speed and is especially effective when he’s out in transition. He hit a pair of three-pointers, plus had a number of finishes at the rim.
, PF, Gonzaga – Perhaps the most impressive player of the day was this Dayton
signee. Miller, who is pushing 6-foot-8, played tough and was an enforcer around the rim. Miller blocked at least a half dozen shots and impacted others. He also rebounded his area and finished off plays in the paint. Miller has potential on the offensive end, as he has good hands and touch, plus good-looking form on his jump shot.
, SG, Calvert Hall – There aren’t a lot of available prospects in the 2015 class that can score it quite like Clareth, a 6-foot-2 guard. He’s quick, stays in attack mode and is a shot maker from both mid-range and three. Clareth also has a floater in his arsenal. He doesn't have a long list of offers yet, but I'd be surprised if that didn't change soon.
CLASS OF 2016
, PG, Gonzaga – Lyles may be small at just 5-foot-7, but he possesses game changing end-to-end speed. In fact, Lykes is one of the top speedsters in all of high school basketball. On the defensive end, he’s capable of being a pest. He’s also a shot maker on offense. He only hit one three-pointer, but also nailed a mid-range pull-up.
, PG, Roman Catholic – Carr was easily one of the best prospects in the building on Friday. Carr recently grew to 6-foot-4 and has a long, lean frame. He’s quick and has a terrific handle. At the high school level, he doesn’t have any problems breaking down defenders and getting into the paint. He’s also good in transition, has impressive vision and can really pass the ball. His size, speed and ability to run the point guard standout. Carr is a legit high major prospect.
CLASS OF 2017
Nate Watson, PF, Clinton Christian – Buzz is building in the D.C. area bout this 6-foot-7 power forward. Although a tad undersized at this stage, he has wide shoulders and a long set of arms. Offensively he’s impressive because he has good hands and touch. He can score over his left shoulder and is also capable of making a mid-range jump shots. Watson was active inside and rebounded his area quite well.
IN THE STANDS
Pat Skerry, Mike Lonergan and Mark Turgeon are the head coaches that were at the Gonzaga DC Classic on Friday.
There were also assistants from Virginia
, Saint Peters, Wake Forest
, Old Dominion, George Mason, Boise State
, Maine, Fairfield