It has been a breakout season for Brandon Randolph so far, and he did nothing to stop that trend with his play on Tuesday. Randolph finished with 26 points on only 13 field goal attempts, and went a perfect 11-11 from the foul line. Add in that he had three rebounds and showed versatility, and it was a very good showing from Randolph.
While he still doesn’t have a ton of interest on the recruiting trail, Randolph’s play this year has him tracking as one of the top big wings in the country. Randolph has good size, athleticism, and skill, and with potential to be a plus defender, he is looking to become one of the most heavily recruited prospects on the East Coast.
There is no doubt that the down the road potential of Mohamed Bamba is off the charts. Bamba has a freakish wingspan and a developing game on the offensive side. On Tuesday he finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks while controlling the paint and making life very difficult on the opponents.
What is impressive is Bamba seems to get better every time he steps on the basketball floor. He uses his length well, and on offense is showing more refinement all the time. Now he still has a long way to go, but Bamba has absurd potential and continues to improve as well.
His team was battling back all game, and when things got tough they went to Brian Bowen. The 6-foot-7 junior was tremendous all game long finishing with 23 points on 7-12 shooting from the floor. Bowen continues to improve his ability to make shots from deep, and then has the size and athleticism to finish in the mid-range and in the paint. He is an impressive prospect going forward and someone who is really making a statement this high school season.
Maybe no player had more of a breakout week at Slam Dunk to the Beach than David Beatty. The 6-foot-4 guard showed some ability to play point guard and also kept within himself as a power wing with athleticism. Beatty had 23 points to lead the Gray Bees to a big win, and hit 3-7 from deep which has always been his question mark in the past. Beatty is making great strides and had an impressive showing on Tuesday.
It wasn’t a fast start for Myles Cale, but the junior wing really turned things up when his team needed it the most in the fourth quarter. Cale finished with 23 points on 7-14 shooting, and also pulled down 7 rebounds. Cale isn’t an elite shooter or handler, but he is solid in both areas, and then has the size and athleticism to be a problem on the wing as well. He is just now scratching the surface, and it was a good week for him to show his ability.
Just a freshman, KVonn Cramer looks the part of a big time prospect. He is closing in on 6-foot-5 with extremely long arms and a high motor. Cramer plays mostly inside for his high school team, but he shows some skill to handle the ball and his free throw stroke looks good as well. Add in that he is a near elite athlete, and there is a lot to like long term about Cramer who had 19 points and 9 rebounds in his team’s blowout win.
After a bad game in his team’s first outing, Andre Rafus really picked things up for Roselle Catholic on Tuesday. At around 6-foot-8 with long arms and a quick release, Rafus is someone who can be a quality specialist at the highest level of college basketball. He proved that with a 17 point and 6 rebound effort where he knocked in three deep triples. If he can improve his handle a bit Rafus will become even better, but as is he is a dangerous shooter with size and length.
It was only limited minutes due to foul trouble, but when Makhi Mitchell was in the game he was tremendous. He went 5-5 from the floor and finished with 12 points, and then also showed good hands and an ability to run the floor. There haven’t been many more impressive class of 2019 post prospects than Mitchell so far this season, and against a quality frontline he looked like the best prospect on the floor.
It was a very impressive showing for Nate Watson who continues to have a strong junior season. The 6-foot-8 and long post player had 17 points and 15 rebounds, but that only tells part of the story. Watson has tremendous hands and a nice touch, and really is willing to compete on the low block. Though he might be a hair shorter than ideal, he does so many things well that he is someone who should attract significant recruiting attention as the year goes along.
Headed to Rhode Island, Cyril Langevine looks like a high level player for the Rams. He was excellent in a variety of ways for The Patrick School scoring 22 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. Langevine is a good athlete with long arms, and he can score off the bounce against a taller player and then also score on the post when someone not as big is on him. Langevine is a good looking long term prospect for the Rams.