A future Michigan State Spartan, Nick Ward was extremely impressive on Sunday night. Ward absolutely dominated on the low block and showed even more explosion off the floor than he had shown in the past. Ward has tremendous hands, and now as his conditioning has improved he is running the floor better and becoming a bit more of a rim protector.
Michigan State has an absolutely dominant class coming in, and Ward could be the four year player who has the highest level production. Overall he was tremendous on Sunday and continues to show why he is one of the more dominant post scorers in the country.
A face up power forward with athleticism, Kyle Young had a tremendous afternoon as his team cruised home with a win. Young hit threes, attacked the glass, scored above the rim, and even hit some shots off the dribble. The current top 100 prospect showed why he is becoming a priority recruit in the Midwest, and did nothing to hurt his stock with his play.
The future Butler Bulldog played well in his team’s winning effort. Henry Baddley has continued to improve as a senior and his 23 point performance put that on display. A good athlete with length, Baddley probably splits time between the wing as a stretch power forward. His shot is light years ahead of where it was last year, and Baddley just keeps on improving making him a prospect who could make a surprise impact for the Bulldogs next season.
It doesn’t get any better at the point guard position than Trevon Duval. In a blowout win for API, Duval was in total control and did virtually whatever he wanted to do on the basketball court. Duval has nice athleticism, is tremendous with his handle, and then when in the lane he almost always makes the right decision. While the numbers weren’t totally gaudy, just his control of the game is what was so impressive and what translates to all levels of basketball.
As always Terrance Ferguson showed just what kind of shooter he can be. The highly talented prospect lit up the nets in the first half as API cruised to a big lead. Ferguson also showed a bit more ability off the bounce than he has in the past. With big time athleticism, good length, and a great shooting stroke, Ferguson is one of the more dynamic offensive weapons in high school basketball.
It has been a good senior year for Frankie Hughes, and despite his team losing he performed very well. Hughes is best known as a shooter, but he has diversified his game some. Hughes scored going to the rim and made a few nice passes as well. Still he did his best work from deep shooting the ball, but it has been good to see him do other things as a senior.
Any time that Miles Bridges steps on a basketball court there is a good chance you will get some phenomenal highlight plays, and again on Sunday that is what happened. Bridges had several big time dunks that brought the crowd to their feet, but he was more than just that. Bridges got the rim off the bounce and also hit some jumpers while rebounding at a high level. Michigan State is getting a good one in Bridges.
Just a freshman, Jordan Mitchell showed elite potential for Gahnna Lincoln. Mitchell has good length on his near 6-foot-7 frame, and has pretty good skill and athleticism as well. Mitchell can make shots out to the three point line and is also a good passer. Add in that it looks like he will continue to grow, and there is a lot to like about the upside here.