Due to injuries, it’s been a while since Scout has had the opportunity to evaluate the Oregon signee. The most notable change since his last evaluation is the transformation of his body; he’s in terrific shape and now has a long, learn frame. Smith remains a versatile prospect that may not have a true position, but impacts the game in numerous ways. He’s a very good passer and able to score with his jumper or on the drive.
Playing in front of his future fans, the Arizona State signee showed the versatility and upside that makes him a good pickup for Bobby Hurley and staff. Cunliffe is a very good athlete who has no shortage of confidence. He can score with his jumper or get to the basket and finish above the rim. Cunliffe is also a very good passer and will be able to defend both wing spots at the next level. He’ll need to become more consistent, but Cunliffe has a very high ceiling.
Porter entered his sophomore season as one of the west’s top wing prospects in 2018 and did nothing to change that on Saturday. He has decent size at 6-foot-4, long arms and can score with his jumper and handle. Porter is not just a scorer, he has impressive vision and is capable of creating for teammates off the bounce. If he can take his physical tools and talent and consistently play hard, he’ll take his stock to the next level.
This was an absolute steal for Montana. Anderson is an undersized four with long arms who can score inside and out. He’s tough, physical and has no problem posting up smaller opponents or taking bigger posts outside. Anderson battles on the glass and gets a lot of points on offensive rebounds. He’ll be a tough player to defend in the Big Sky.
Nowell entered the Hoop Hall Classic as one of 2017’s top scorers and that definitely remains the case. He’s a straight line driver who is tough to stop in transition and in the half court if there isn’t an open lane, he’ll happily pull-up from midrange, a shot he hits at an efficient rate. Nowell’s athleticism has only improved as he’s gained strength and he has had a nice several months in his development.
If you’ve seen Davis once you’ve seen him a million times, as his game remains the same almost every time out. The Washington commit has an outstanding feel for a shooting guard and is one of the rare players at the position who doesn’t think he needs to score to help his team win. While Davis is a capable scorer, it’s everything else that you appreciate the most from him, whether it be his rebounding, passing or defense. He has a refreshing approach to the game.
The athletic Lee is all upside and he’s made strides with his game over the last several months. Lee’s speed and handle makes him a serious threat to get to the basket, especially in transition. He’s not just a driver but also a good passer and consistently looks for teammates off the bounce. Lee’s jumper gets less reliable as he moves further away from the basket, but if he can become consistent there, he’ll take his game to the next level. He’s a good prospect with a high upside regardless.
The Georgetown commit had his way against Shadow Mountain, scoring at will pretty much throughout the game. A 6-foot-3 shooting guard with long arms, Mosely uses his handle and body control to get to the basket, but he also displayed sharp vision and made a number of smart and accurate passes to teammates when a scoring lane wasn’t there. His ultimate success will depend on his ability to keep improving as a shooter, but he’s an aggressive scorer who is tough to keep out of the lane.
One of the top point guard prospects in the country regardless of class, Duval lived up to his reputation on Saturday night. He’s a big time athlete for the position and showed that with a ridiculous dunk that his performance will be remembered by, but Duval is more than just an athlete. He has good size, long arms and uses his explosiveness to attack the basket and either score or find teammates. Duval is also a crafty scorer with the ability to hit some really tough shots.
Ayton’s jumper was off and on, but did plenty to show why he’s Scout’s top 2017 prospect. He has an effortless stroke with the ability to hit three-pointers off the bounce, which is an extremely rare skill for a 7-footer, let alone one with Ayton’s physical tools. He’s developed into an outstanding passer for a center and while you’d like to see him do more inside, when he gets touches in the paint, he usually makes the most of them. As good as Ayton is now, his ceiling is absurd.