CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- The 25th annual Kreul Classic has a strong field this year and with amount of talent in the state of Florida it was a no-brainer to stop by the Coral Springs City Gymnasium on Friday. Florida commit Keith Stone played well. Antonio Vrankovic showed why college coaches are intrigued and Maverick Rowan had a strong outing.
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, SF, Zion Lutheran – Stone flashed his full game on Friday at the Kreul Classic. At 6-foot-7, Stone is a versatile combo forward. Offensively, he showed a nice shooting touch, as he made one of his two three attempts and connected on four mid-range jump shots. As the game wore on, he became more aggressive on the defensive end and finished with seven blocks. Stone’s a pretty good athlete with a solid frame, and considering he’s a full year young for his grade, it certainly appears his best basketball days are ahead of him. Stone finished with 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting. He also added nine rebounds.
, C, Pine Crest – As the high school season wears on college coaches will continue to search for new available post prospects. While Vrankovic isn’t necessarily a new name to some, this was my first viewing of the 6-foot-10, 265-pound post player. Vrankovic, who is averaging 28 points a game, has a thick frame and strong legs, so he’s able to carve out good position. Vrankovic is a post scorer with very good hands. He bullied his way to a number of buckets, but also dropped in jump hooks and showed great touch on his finishes. Vrankovic is an intriguing prospect with good genes, as his dad stands 7-foot-2 and played professional basketball.
A.J. Jurko, SG, Sagemont – According to his high school coach – Adam Ross – Jurko is headed to MIT, so he’s clearly a smart kid and it was clear that rubs off on the basketball court. Jurko made winning plays for Sagemont. He was an active defender, rebounded in and out of his area, was asked to move on the ball and handle pressure and consistently made impressive passes to teammates. At 6-foot-4, Jurko is tough and the type of competitor you look for in a basketball player. Jurko was a major reason Sagemont knocked off Mount Vernon by double-digits.
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, SF, Cardinal Gibbons – Arguably the top performer/player of the day was Rowan, a 6-foot-6, pushing 6-7, wing. Rowan is a shot maker from three and while it took him a quarter to get going, he did find his effortless stroke from long distance. He has terrific shot preparation and moves well without the ball. He obviously has good size for a wing shooter, so he can get shot off, but he’s able to deck the ball and pull-up for mid-range jump shots with consistency. Rowan is competitive and doesn’t back down from mixing it up. He added double digit rebounds in the opening round game.
, PF, Norland – Unfortunately Huell, a 6-foot- 10 long, lanky big man, was strapped with foul trouble for the entire game. When he was in the game it was easy to see his immense talent. At his size, he runs the floor with ease, is an impressive all around athlete and has potential as a shot blocker at the next level. He lacks strength right now, but in time that will come. Huell, who is currently regarded as a five-star prospect, has a lot of tools you look for from a young post player.
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, PG, Bishop McNamara – A quick and aggressive guard, Moultrie had a strong outing in the opening game of the Kreul Classic. Moultrie is a strong ball handler with good quickness. He has a good feel for the game and picks his spots to try and create and to try and score. He made multiple mid-range pull-ups and also had a strong finish through contact with his left hand.
, PF, Sagemont – Sagemont has produced some players over the past few years. Prince Ali
is the big name now, but Polley appears to be his prospect of the future. A 6-foot-7 combo forward, Polley is mobile and athletic. He races end to end, finishes well with either hand at the rim and had a knack for getting deflections on Friday against Mount Vernon.
, PG, Mount Vernon – In a double-digit loss to Sagemont, Morency, a 6-foot-2 wiry guard, was the bright spot. Morency is talented and has very good speed. He looked to push the tempo every change he got, but even in the half court he was tough to keep out of the lane. Morency made one three-pointer and one pull-up jump shot, but tossed in a bunch of tough finishes at he rim. A tough kid with impressive speed, Morency is a gifted sophomore guard.
NEWS & NOTES
Jamir Moultrie told Scout following his game that he has scholarship offers from Towson, Southern Mississippi, Old Dominion and James Madision. He also has interest from Miami, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Texas, Arizona State, California, Jacksonville, Syracuse and Notre Dame.
Windermere (Fla.) Prep player Corbin Merritt is an promising young post prospect. The 6-foot-8 strongly built big man was at his best on the defensive end, where he got his hands on a handful of shots. In time, he should be a good rebounder. He also showed confidence shooting short and mid-range jumpers. He hit one of his three attempts.
Orlando Antigua and his entire USF staff watched Dewan Huell play Friday night. Florida’s Billy Donovan, plus well as assistants from Florida State and Georgia Southern were at the game as well.
To go with the assistants at Huell’s game, assistants from Samford, Maryland, Duke, Jacksonville, Central Florida and Miami were spotted throughout the day.