It was a banner weekend for Jontay Porter. He showed why he is one of the better prospects in the class of 2018, and why if he moves to 2017 that he will be ready to compete right away at the college level. Porter has legit size to play either power forward or center, and then has the ability to score from the outside in pick and pop situations or post up down low. Also on defense Porter showed a tremendous ability to block shots because of impeccable timing. Overall Porter looked like the real deal, and proved to be one of the better low post prospects in the class.
Recruiting: Missouri is the huge leader for Porter
The physical gifts have always been there for Gerald Liddell, and over the weekend he put all those tools together to be a productive and at times dominant player. Liddell has good size, athleticism, and skill, and he looked locked in as well at The Warm Up. He was scoring from the outside, had several impressive tip dunks, and also was creating off the dribble. Beyond that he showed good signs on the defensive end, and in general lived up to his five-star billing.
It was a very impressive weekend for 2019 forward Chandler Lawson. Playing at the 16 and under level he proved he could be dominant when needed. Lawson has one of the longest wing spans of any player in the country, and he uses that length to finish around the rim as well as be a monster on the glass and block shots. Also Lawson has developed more of a skill game on the offensive end. He was hitting jumpers and showed that he can create off the dribble. Lawson clearly keeps working on his game, and has a huge upside.
Recruiting: Lawson is wide open after his brothers decided to transfer from Memphis.
Playing up at the 17 and under level didn't seem to really bother D.J. Jeffries. The 2019 prospect was an animal for Team Penny all weekend showing toughness on the glass as well as an ability to score from all over the court. Jeffries has long been considered one of the best prospects in the class, and he did nothing to dissuade people from thinking that. He has good length, and a very diverse skill set to get with good athleticism. When the time came for him to make plays he did, and Jeffries proved to be one of the most difficult players to match up with all weekend long.
A versatile guard, Jordan Lathon showed his ability while playing with Team Rush. Team Rush had one of the more difficult draws in the event, and Lathon put up big numbers in close games. He has a pretty solid feel for the game, is a good athlete, and is dynamic in transition. Lathon has to continue to refine his jumper and cut down on the turnovers some, but he makes a lot of good things happen for his team and is a tough and versatile guard on the court. Defensively Lathon has a chance to be tremendous with his combination of size, athleticism, and length.