A tough kid who always competes and plays hard, Jermaine Harris had a good showing at the Metro Challenge. He is a good athlete who can score down low and has long arms along with being a solid rebounder. Harris doesn’t have the best feel for the game, but he does give it everything he has, and should be someone who makes an impact early in college with his rebounding, toughness, and high motor style.
A long armed athlete who is versatile, Demetrius Mims was one of the top producers at the event. Mims can score, is a good rebounder for a guard, and is also improving his ability to pass the basketball. Look for Mims to have a big spring, and he started out strong at the Metro Challenge with his all-around game and improved jumper.
Better known as “Sticks”, Jalen Smith proved that he could be dominant on the glass. Smith led the event in rebounds, and was one of the premier interior prospects around. He isn’t a dynamic athlete, but Smith can run the floor and has a decent touch out to the mid-range. He continues to improve his motor, and once he realizes how talented he is and gains confidence his production should shoot up.
One of the best pure scorers in the class, Noah Locke proved beyond a doubt that he can shoot the ball from deep. Locke is an elite shooter and someone with long arms making up for the fact that he is an undersized shooting guard. He needs to continue to work on getting others involved, but when it comes to stretching the defense, very few do it better than Locke.
A tough kid who can really shoot the ball, Myles Dread had a good showing at the Metro Challenge. He needs to continue to work on his athleticism and becoming more locked in as a defender, but Dread plays hard and can really put the ball in the basket. He isn’t great off the bounce, but the potential is there for Dread to open up defenses with his shot making when in the Big Ten.
Recruiting: Committed to Penn State
The potential is definitely there for Nate Roberts. He is someone who can score on the block, has long arms and good athleticism to rebound, and also runs the floor very well. Despite that he isn’t super productive. Roberts has to be tougher down low, but he shows all the ability to make major moves once he gains strength.
A do it all freshman, Earl Timberlake really impressed with his ability to get to the rim, play on the perimeter, and pass the basketball. There is no real way to define Timberlake as a specific position, he is quite simply a basketball player. Once he gets in prime shape he will be even better, and could be one of the highest recruited prospects in the area.
Recruiting: Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Penn State
Arguably the top guard in the area in his class, Prentiss Hubb showed why he has the chance to be special. Hubb can play on and off the ball and is gifted scorer who is continuing to get more athletic. Also Hubb showed a good feel for the game, and has improved as a jump shooter to go with his ability to get to the rim.
Recruiting: Virginia, Maryland, Villanova, Kansas, Notre Dame, Syracuse