DeAndre Ayton headlines list of top performers at Tark Classic

LAS VEGAS - DeAndre Ayton has been one of the top performers at the Tarkanian Classic, but several other prospects have stood out.

The progression continues for UCLA signee Ike Anigbogu. The strong, powerfully built low post prospect has made strides on both ends of the floor. Defensively, he’s active, physical and quick off his feet, especially for a physical presence like Anigbogu. Offensively, he secured good post position, buried opposing defenders under the basket and consistently finished through contact and with force. With his effort at the Tarkanian Classic, Anigbogu deserves to be in the conversation to be a McDonald’s All-American.

Adam Ross always has a handful of prospects on his Weston (Fla.) Sagemont team and this year isn’t any different. The guy that stood out the most for Ross was 6-foot-7 combination forward Tyler Polley. Polley, who has a long, lanky frame, showed good shot mechanics and made multiple jump shots. He played a face up forward role for Sagemont and connected on a three-pointer, plus a pair of mid-range jump shots. He also showed good touch around the basket and dropped in floater.

An absolute specimen for a center prospect, DeAndre Ayton proved why he’s regarded as not only the top prospect in the 2017 class, but also the country. At 7-feet tall, Ayton is athletic, mobile and equipped with some unique offensive tools for a guy his size. Ayton faced the rim and made jump shots out to the three-point line, he rebounded his area and when he was motivated dominated the paint. On the first day of the event, Ayton went for 28 points on 11-for-16 shooting, plus 14 rebounds.

Heading into the event Bowden held just two scholarship offers. That number is sure to rise and fast. The 22-Ft. Academy standout scored 30 points and pumped in six of his 10 three-point attempts. At 6-foot-5, Bowden has good size and length for a wing scorer. To go with his ability to shoot, Bowden is also a good athlete that looked to drive the ball when he had opportunities.

The Gonzaga commit has showed off his high skill level at the Tarkanian Classic. Collins has good size for a center with a very good frame and above average athleticism, but it’s his passing ability that is probably his best attribute. When he gets the ball from the high post he’s a real threat to find cutters and open teammates and gets a lot of assists from that area. He also uses his size to protect the rim.

With McCoy you always know what you’re going to get. He has very good size at near 7-feet and is a tough kid who thrives on defense, especially as a shot blocker. He rebounds his area well and always plays with energy. The offense is still coming around, but he’s a capable finisher around the basket who commands a lot of attention by the defense due to his size over most opponents.

A big body center committed to Mississippi State, Herard showed some of the reasons he’ll be a tough matchup at the next level. He’s a physical post who uses his size and strength to his advance inside. Not just a bruiser, Herard showed a couple decent post moves, while fighting for rebounds and making it tough for opponents who wanted to score inside.

Davis has long been one of the nation’s most consistent players and has continued that at this event. He’s extremely skilled for a high school center and can score using post moves on the block or with his midrange jumper. Davis passes well for the position and also rebounds his area. He uses his toughness to guard the paint well. He could be a productive player early at the next level.

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