DUNCANVILLE, Tex. -- Chris Rivers, Dan Cutler and the adidas grassroots crew put together a terrific crop of talent during the first of two April evaluation periods. Frank Jackson, Rawle Alkins, Maverick Rowan and Payton Pritchard were among the many standouts from the weekend.
Class of 2016
, SG, Upward Stars: One of the breakout players of the event is this 6-foot-6 long, wiry combo guard. Jenkins is quick, athletic and active. The South Carolina native that now goes to school at Orlando (Fla.) West Oaks Academy plays hard on both ends and because of his speed, length and athleticism would excel in an up-tempo, pressing style of basketball. In our viewing, Jenkins hit four jump shots, including a three and a two pull-ups off the dribble. He has upside and with his versatility, passing ability and feel for the game.
|Pritchard has strong showing
, PG, Team Fast: After watching Pritchard hold his own against older, more physical players at the Nike Hoop Summit scrimmage on Thursday, Pritchard showed up in Duncanville, playing hard and with confidence. The Oklahoma commit shot the ball particularly well on Sunday and dialed up five three-pointers on nine attempts. He was aggressive with his shot, but also attacked the basket, made plays in transition and tossed out six assists. In all Pritchard finished 11-for-17 for 36 points.
, New Orleans Elite: The scout team wasn’t familiar with Lamar Peters, of New Orleans Elite, heading into the event. But it didn’t take long to figure out Peters, a 6-foot guard, was a player. Peter is a wiry lead guard that plays with a competitive fire. He was active on both ends and certainly has potential as a defender. On offense, Peters showed his quickness, consistently got into the paint and proved to be a good passer. The southpaw told Scout after he’s not known for his shooting, but he did connect on a three-pointer. Peters won a state championship and was named Louisiana’s 4A state player of the year.
, SF, OBC: A standout at Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons standout, Rowan is known for his ability to shoot the ball from three. And at 6-foot-7, he has terrific size for a guy that shoots as pretty of a shot that Rowan does. He showed off his range and shot this weekend, but he also showed his game is much more than that. A tough, scrappy player, Rowan isn’t afraid to mix it up. He hunts mid-range jumpers, will grab boards and doesn’t shy away from physical play. There are questions regards what class he ends up and the truth is from an evaluation standpoint it doesn’t matter. He’s one of the better wings in the country regardless of class.
, SG, NY Rens: A tough, physical and aggressive prospect, Alkins appears to be one of the better guards in the 2016 class. In fact, Saturday was the best we’ve seen from him, as he pumped in 37 points. Alkins attacked the basket, finished well through contact and played with a tremendous amount of energy. On Friday he settled for jump shots, but Saturday he was a different player. He played to his strengths and in a battle with the Atlanta Celtics was the most productive player on the floor.
, SF, NY Rens: Teaming up with Alkins, Heron looked terrific. The 6-foot-6, strongly built and physical wing prospect, nailed five of eight three-pointers and showed a versatile scoring attack on Saturday evening. Most know he’s a physical player that exudes toughness, but the added range on his shot is new and a big deal. Heron’s scoring arsenal is rounding out and he’s getting better as he begins his final spring and summer on the AAU circuit.
, PG/SG, ATL Celtics: In the match up with the NY Rens, Simmons proved why he’s so tough to guard. Showing his versatility, Simmons drove to the basket, finished at the rim and tossed in a pair of floaters. But it was Simmons’ deep range and shot from behind the three-point stripe that stood out, as he buried five three-pointers on 11 attempts on his way to 31 points. A terrific athlete with good speed, Simmons is tough to contain off the bounce and is especially effective in transition.
, SG, Indiana Elite: Known as one of the top three-point shooters in the country, Guy certainly didn't disappoint this weekend. He knocked down shots from long distance off both the catch and pull, while also playing hard on defense, getting to the basket and distributing for teammates. He plays with energy each time out.
, SG, Atlanta Celtics: It had been a while since Scout evaluated Langford and he's certainly done nothing but improve over the last several months. The versatile athlete is a wing that impacts the game in numerous ways and the biggest progression in his game has been with his jumper. Langford can hit shots, get to the basket, defends multiple positions and passes very well.
, C, Texas Pro: Allen is a long and athletic center who is oozing with upside. He has good hands and feet and soft touch with an improving offensive arsenal, but is best on defense, where his long arms, athleticism and instincts help him block shots and secure rebounds. As he fills out and keeps adding confidence offensively, watch out.
|Jackson averaged 25 points through four games
, PG, Utah Prospects: Already a five-star prospect, it's not like Jackson was under-appreciated heading into the weekend, but he certainly improved his stock at the same time. Jackson can legitimately play both the one and two at a high level, as he's a terrific athlete who can create for others, knock down jumpers or score. Jackson was consistent, scoring over 20 points in all four games. He finished 100 points for the weekend and shot 8-for-19 from three.
, PF, Hoop Dreams: A very long four man with good size at 6-foot-9, Holman has a terrific feel for the game and is just scratching the surface of his potential. His best attribute may be hit jumpers and rebound in and out of his area. Once he grows into his body and gains strength, he's going to be a problem.
, PF, Compton Magic: Leaf was no doubt one of the more consistently productive players of the weekend. His ball skills have improved and he made a living on the perimeter, where he hit jumpers if left open or took slower defenders off the dribble and got to the basket. He's a very good passer for the position, rebounds, blocks shots and plays hard. Arizona
got a good one.
, PG, Team Loaded: There aren’t many in the 2016 class with more talent than Smith. A 6-foot-2 guard, Smith is a terrific athletic. Smith glides to the rim, adjusts his shots well and is tough to contain when he gets out in transition. Smith has an extra burst of speed when he opts to use it and changes his speeds well. Now Smith can be a tad careless with the ball at times, but he’s extremely gifted both from a scoring and passing standpoint. He’s an elite point guard and player in the 2016 class.
Class of 2017
, PG, NE Playaz: One of the big standouts of the weekend was Waters, a 5-foot-10 lead guard out of South Kent (Conn.) Academy. He played within himself, didn’t force the issue and consistently made his teammates better. He had seven assists in a game on Saturday and also hit a trio of three-pointers. He showed his quickness and good ball handling ability, but it was his vision and the way he set up his teammates that really shined.
, PG, Compton Magic: You want to see consistent progress in evaluating and that's never been a problem with Hands. He has good size, long arms and is an explosive athlete with elite body control. He can take his man off the dribble and create for himself with his jumper or find teammates. As good as Hands is now, he has nothing but upside as he fills into his frame.
Class of 2018
, SF, Basketball University: One of the best young prospects we scouted all weekend was this 6-foot-6, possibly 6-7, wing out of Houston (Tex.) Kinkaid. Ledee, a 2018 prospect, has legitimate size and impressive length. A good athlete, Ledee was aggressive with his scoring moves and made a handful of jump shots the game in a game Saturday. He had the three ball working and scored off the bounce, off the catch and with a jab from behind the stripe. It’s obviously very early, but there can’t be many wing prospects in the class better than Ledee.
Evan Daniels & Josh Gershon contributed to this report