One of the top players of the weekend was 6-foot-5 wing Josh Anderson. Playing for Louisiana Elite, Anderson was nothing short of sensational in Los Angeles, scoring 80 points in four games. In our viewing, Anderson used his explosive athleticism to make plays in transition, at the rim and on the defensive side of things. He proved to be a good driver and not only finished off plays at the rim, but also created plays for others. Defensively, Anderson was dialed in, created deflections and turned defense into offense. Anderson was definitely one of the stock risers of the weekend. Anderson said he wants to take visits to NC State, Baylor, Arkansas and Texas A&M. He also cited interest from LSU.
2019 guard Bryan Antoine has built the reputation as one of the best shooters in high school basketball. Although he only connected on one of his three-point attempts in our viewing, it was evident based on his shot mechanics and confidence that he can rip the nets from deep. But Antonie, a 6-foot-4 guard, impressed and impacted the game in other areas. A fine athlete, Antoine showed a comfort level attacking off the dribble, scoring at the rim and from mid-range. He also made a key play late in the game where he came up with a loose ball and had a tough finish in transition. Antoine appears to be a potential elite shooter and scorer in the 2019 class. Antoine has already taken visits to Maryland, Villanova, St. John's (NY), Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth.
Although he was hampered with a calf injury, Trevon Duval, a 6-foot-4 lead guard, managed to produce and impact games. Through four games this past weekend, Duval scored 53 points and tossed out 22 assists. Duval is lightning quick off the dribble and he was able to get into the paint whenever he wanted in our viewing. Duval is a very good finisher at the basket and does a great job of adjusting his shots and finishing over post players. Duval also has a lot of potential on the defensive end, as he slides his feet well and uses his length to get into the passing lanes.
In a match up with the Florida Vipers, Auburn pledge Austin Wiley, who is playing for Team Thad, went 7-for-9 from the field, scoring 17 points and reeling in seven rebounds. Wiley, who returned from a foot injury that held him out the entire spring, was physically dominant in the paint. It’s evident that Wiley spent a considerable amount of time during the offseason in the weight room, as he boasted a chiseled, strong frame. He’s a presence on the glass, but also used his pure strength to get easy buckets around the basket. Wiley will participate in the upcoming USA Basketball U17 trials and if this performance was any indication, he should be in the running for a spot on the team.
Jaylen Hands has made a nice leap forward over the last year and this spring he's playing the most consistent basketball of his career. Hands is using his athleticism to his advantage, whether it be using his explosiveness for impressive finishes, picking up steals with help from his lateral quickness or using his speed in the open court to create for teammates. UCLA is getting an athletic point guard who is one of the best players at his position nationally in 2017.
Emmanuel Akot has made serious strides to his game over the last several months and was one of the most impressive prospects that Scout laid eyes on this weekend. He's 6-foot-7 with long arms, is a very good athlete, plays hard on vision, handles the ball really well and is a terrific passer. Akot has good form on his jumper and has the handle to create his own shot off the bounce or get to the basket. He has elite upside. Akot holds offers from NC State, Oregon, Utah, Utah State and Virginia Tech Hokies.
Prentiss Hubb has many of the attributes you're looking for out of a high major point guard. He has good size for the position at 6-foot-3 and has the ability to create for himself or others. The lefty is a very capable shooter, but he also has the ball skills and vision to find teammates. He has a good frame with plenty of room to gain strength, which will only improve his game. Hubb has unofficially visited Maryland, Virginia and Georgetown and hopes to check out Xavier this summer.
Elijah Weaver has a big time frame for a point guard. He's 6-foot-5 with long arms and is very athletic. Weaver can really pass the ball and despite his physical tools, will often look for open teammates before looking for his own shot. The lefty can hit open jumpers, but he's also explosive attacking the basket. Several high major programs are working hard on Weaver, as he holds offers from Florida, Louisville and Nebraska, amongst others.