Roundtable: Slingshots ready

Let's talk tournaments. Over the next three weeks a few unlikely heroes will emerge in college basketball, as they always do.

From a recruiting perspective, who is one unranked high school senior, who signed with a school not in a major conference, who you believe could become a future giant killer?

That’s the question we posed this week to our national team.

Josh Gershon: I think that Lehigh got an absolute steal in Kyle Leufroy, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound point guard from Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep. West Coast schools were slow to show Leufroy much interest, and Lehigh came in and got a player who absolutely could help a high-major program.

Leufroy has good size, long arms and is very versatile, with the ability to play and defend both guard spots, although ultimately you like him more on the ball, especially offensively. He passes the ball really well, is unselfish, has a high basketball IQ, has significantly improved his handle, can get to the basket, hit midrange jumpers or knock down the open three.

Leufroy has elevated his game and stock as a prospect and should be a big performer at Lehigh.

Brian Snow: I really like Jaelen Sanford for Toledo. Sanford is a kid who can run the point, but he is also someone who can really score. This is a kid who not a ton was known about going into his junior season, but starting that year he exploded and earned a ton of interest, and Toledo did a tremendous job to get him in the fold. With good size and versatility, Sanford is a kid who could really make a high major's life a pain in the butt come March.

Evan Daniels: Ahmad Gilbert is a name that immediately jumps to mind here. Gilbert, a 6-foot-5, pushing 6-6 wing, entertained high-major interest before throughout his strong spring and summer before ultimately selecting George Mason. Gilbert is a high-level scorer. He put up huge numbers at the Reebok Breakout camp over the summer and proved he could consistently score from all three levels. I can see him putting up big point totals in the Atlantic-10.

Rob Harrington: I’m eager to follow the career arc of Steven Santa Ana (pictured above). The shooting guard at Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell will compete for a state championship on Saturday, and already he has turned in a legendary playoffs performance, having hit a buzzer beat to lift his squad to victory in regional play last weekend.

Santa Ana signed with Elon in the fall and projects as a key early contributor. The Phoenix struggled this year and will need to improve just to make the NCAA Tournament, but his presence alone will help. He’s an excellent outside shooter who has demonstrated a capacity for drilling clutch shots, and not only last weekend.

Santa Ana squares up quickly off the catch and fires in threes with a quick release. College coaches love to draw up plays for shooters of that style, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he helps Elon knock out a high seed at some point in the future.

Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this article


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