Dunk 4 Diabetes Recap

NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The Dunk 4 Diabetes event was filled with top teams and players from around Northeast Ohio as well as a few out of area teams. Unique McClean really opened up eyes this weekend.

Class of 2015

Carlton Bragg, PF, Villa Angela-St. Joseph – The recent Kansas commitment didn’t have one of his finest showings. Bragg was out muscled down low, so he stepped outside more often than not and was a jump shooter, which limited his overall effectiveness since he is so long and athletic on the low block. Still Bragg as a world of potential, but he must get better and more consistent with dominating games.

Kipper Nichols, SF, St. Edward – A last second shot didn’t go for Nichols, but outside of that (and free throw shooting) he was very good. Nichols scored over 20 points and was fairly efficient in the process. He was a bull going to the rim, rebounded and scored, and then also hit from the mid-range and out. Nichols is definitely on the best unsigned wings in the country.

Antwon Lillard, SG/SF, Cleveland Central Catholic – Lillard is still unsigned and at the mid-major level he could be one to watch. There is no doubt that Lillard just flat out knows how to get buckets, and that is exactly what he did all game long with over 30 points. He has good length and can make shots at a high level, and now could be on the rise.

Class of 2016

Unique McClean, SG, MacDuffie School – The highly athletic combo guard is probably best off the ball where he can freelance and make plays using his supreme athletic ability. Overall in two games over the weekend McClean was outstanding. He made solid decisions with the basketball, shot it fairly well, and got into the lane whenever he wanted. There is no doubt that McClean is someone who could emerge and have a huge spring and summer.

Jon Teske, C, Medina – The Michigan commitment continues to grow and shows off some very good skill. He is near 6-foot-11, runs the floor great, has a nice touch out to 17 feet, and has very good hands. Teske needs to continue to rebound better and play tougher on the interior, but his skill was apparent, and there is no doubt he is just scratching the surface physically of what he will be in college.

Omari Spellman, C/PF, MacDuffie School – At times when he was locked in and motivated, Spellman was absolutely dominant. He has the size and athleticism to be a force on the low block when he wants, and then also he can step out and hit shots. Spellman must do a better job on the glass, but he showed well for himself overall and more than justified his lofty ranking.

Frankie Hughes, SG, Garfield Heights – There is no denying just how talented Hughes is, and he showed it in a comeback win. Hughes is very athletic, has the ability to play on the ball in a pinch, and can make shots. He got into the lane as well and created, and overall just stepped up when needed. If Hughes can add consistency, he will become one of the most sought after players in the Midwest.

Derek Funderburk, PF/C, St. Edward – It was a tough matchup for Funderburk who was giving up significant strength on the low block, but he competed. Funderburk was good on the glass, challenged shots, and showed a little bit of offense. He missed a few easy shots he usually makes, but overall Funderburk showed the footwork, athleticism, and length to be one of the more intriguing prospects in the class.

Class of 2017

Derek Culver, PF, Warren Harding – Culver looks like exactly how you would create a power forward if you could. Physically he has it all. He is near 6-foot-9, has wide shoulders, long arms, and is a very good athlete. Right now he is a bit more of a prospect than a producer, but he shows all the tools. Culver displayed a good touch to the mid-range at times, handled the ball well, and showed a feel for how to score around the rim, but none of it was consistent throughout the game. If he can gain that extra consistency, odds are he becomes one of the best in the class.

Kyle Young, PF, Jackson – A bit undersized for the position at 6-foot-6, Young does flash some potential. He has good athleticism, and showed a decent skill level to the mid-range. Add in that he has a very good motor and knows how to play, and Young is one to monitor in the class and no doubt will have a lot of schools very interested in watching him progress.

Faces in the Crowd

Thad Matta was present for Omari Spellman, and Kent State boss Rob Senderoff was also in attendance.

Also assistants from Clemson, Richmond, Dayton, Bucknell, West Virginia, Cleveland State, Akron, and Toledo were also spotted.

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