A bit under the radar at the moment, Antwan Walker had a breakout performance on Saturday. He was absolutely dominant at 6-foot-7, hitting threes, attacking the glass, blocking shots, and making plays in the mid-range. Walker could be a bit of a later bloomer, and high-major coaches are going to begin to take notice very shortly. There aren’t many quality unsigned prospects left, but Walker is one, and his recruitment is set to explode.
The future Maryland Terrapin was once again tremendous. A growth area for Anthony Cowan has been to make shots from deep, and he was doing that. Not only is he making them, but he looks infinitely more comfortable taking shots from deep, and that goes along with his ability to get into the lane and create. Cowan was getting to the foul line at will, and showed why he is one of the top true floor generals in the class and should be a huge addition for Mark Turgeon and company.
The upside is through the roof for 2017 prospect Naji Marshall. While he didn’t have a great game shooting the basketball, he did finish with 16 points and sank a pair of free throws to win the game in overtime. Marshall is a high level passer and a good athlete who can guard about any position on the floor. Add in some toughness on the interior and an ability to rebound, and all of the tools are there for him to make a huge leap over the next 12 months.
He only showed flashes, but Kiyon Boyd looks to have a lot of potential. The 2018 wing has a great frame and is someone with good athleticism and a nice looking jumper. He didn’t assert himself as much as he should have, but when he did attack he was tough to deal with. Boyd has a good handle and a nice ability to shoot off the catch. When he gets more confident and aggressive the sky could be the limit here.
He is small, but Donovann Toatley is a heck of a player. Toatley can score in bunches and has the ability to really push the tempo. His physical size limits him some going forward in terms of level, but he is competitive and if he finds the right system will be a major problem to deal with.
It wasn’t a good day for Clinton Christian as they got blown out, but Jermain Harris showed some major potential for a 2018 prospect. Harris has good size at 6-foot-8, runs the floor well, has good hands, and can score on the low block. Now he is still a work in progress, but the tools are there with development to be very solid down the road. He was really the only player who consistently brought energy for his team, and there is a lot to like long term.