It was a slow start for five-star big man Omari Spellman against The Patrick School, but he got going in a big way in the second half. In a close game the future Villanova Wildcat had it working from beyond the three point line, and made huge shot after huge shot for his team, and eventually helped get them the win.
Spellman still needs to work on his physical conditioning, but he has all the tools to be a dominant player in college basketball as an upperclassman. He can really shoot the ball, is a good rebounder, and has some surprising explosion down low. His clutch shooting was the difference over the weekend.
The Georgetown Hoyas desperately need help at the guard position and Jagan Mosely showed that he is definitely someone who can help in that regard. In a convincing win by St. Anthony’s, Mosely was tremendous showing his all-around game. He has good size at near 6-foot-4, and can get to the rim, and also is a solid shooter. Beyond that Mosely showed his versatility being able to play point guard, and could be an immediate contributor for the Hoyas next season.
When it comes to explosive athletes few are better than Miles Bridges, and that has been much discussed throughout his high school career. At times he tries to show his jumper too much, but in the team’s second game against Roselle Catholic he did what he does best, and attacked the rim. Bridges was absolutely unguardable going to the basket, and then on defense blocked shots and rebounded as well. When he is playing downhill, few players in the country have a chance of even slowing him down.
One of the tougher kids in the country is David Beatty. Now that he is at St. Benedict’s things have absolutely taken off for him. Beatty is a tough guard who just does a little bit of everything. While not a great shooter he is more than capable, he gets to the rim, he has good athleticism, and also shows a solid ability to pass the basketball. Beatty is someone who is having a great junior season, and his stock continues to soar every time he takes the court.
Five-star forward Silvio De Sousa is someone who continues to impress. In an absolute thrashing by Montverde Academy it was De Sousa who stepped up the most. As always he showed off his elite athleticism and toughness, but also his skill was on display. De Sousa made several moves in the mid-post that were just unguardable, and then when he wanted he attacked the rim and dunked it home. There is no doubt De Sousa is one of the top prospects in the 2018 class.
Quite simply it is tough to find many better freshman true post players than Makhi Mitchell. Though Mitchell was battling foul trouble for much of the game he was still a force on the low block. Mitchell can really score with his back to the basket, and then also has the ability to rebound in and out of his area. As he gets older and stronger the sky is the limit for how good he can be.
It was a huge first half against Huntington Prep for Andre Rafus. A shooter with length, Rafus was absolutely on fire from three. He hit four in the first half and really helped his team jump out to a 14 point lead. From there Rafus showed a little more toughness and skill around the basket than he has in the past. Developing to be more than just a three point shooter will go a long way to showing just how impactful the four-star prospect will be at the college level.
A 2018 prospect who really impressed was Justin Winston. In leading Immaculate Conception to a big win over St. Joseph’s, it was Winston who was the star. While a touch undersized, he steps out on the perimeter some, scores down low well, and has pretty good athleticism. Winston looks like a prospect who can continue to develop, and in a big time game stepped up in a big way to get his team a victory.