A trio of players have the Indy Elite rolling into the final eight. Led by DeAndre Liggins, Emmanuel Negedu and Tyler Zeller they haven't had many close games, however their next match up should be a good one as they face off against a talented Southeast Elite, who knocked off Pump N Run Elite in pull play on Saturday.
Clarence Trent, SF, Arkansas Hawks -- It didn't take long for Trent to get it going again against the St. Louis Majestics. Early on Trent cleaned up some misses and attacked the rim. He also stroked a few threes and punched home one of the best dunks of the day on a break. He finished wit 18 points against the Majestics and looks to have made a full time move to the wing. If he continues to hit threes and stay in control there's a lot to like about this athletic prospect.
Philip Jurick, PF, Tennessee Mavericks -- Going up against a front line that stacks up with a lot of college teams (Atlanta Celtics), Jurick faired as well as you could have asked. After two games of watching him, it's clear his go-to move is the jump hook. His hands are solid and he's capable of stepping out and knocking down a 15-foot jump shot. As we wrote yesterday, he must become more active and aggressive before college ball rolls around.
Jerime Anderson, PG, Pump N Run Elite -- With Larry Drew taking the weekend off to hang out with his dad, Jerime Anderson ran the team full time and he looked pretty solid doing it. The 6-foot-1 Anaheim native mixes a scoring mindset with an ability to drive by guys and find open teammates. He's able to create space to get his jump shot off and it goes down more times than not. While Brandon Jennings, Anthony "Noopy" Crater, and Malcolm Lee are the top three lead men right now, Anderson isn't too far off.
William Buford, SG, D-1 Greyhounds -- Ohio State picked up a heck of a two-guard in Buford. The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder is at his best when he's on the move and his jump shot is money especially off the dribble or a curl. He often times finds nifty ways to score and is a legit deep threat. Like a lot of the guys we write about he needs to add muscle to his frame, but is definitely top 20 guy (if not higher) at this stage in the game.
Darius Miller, SF, D-1 Greyhounds -- Sporting a much stronger frame, Miller went strong to the rack and pulled up for pretty jumpers. While he is still passive at times with the rock and too unselfish, he does have a good stroke and favors the floaters around the basket. If he gets more aggressive, there's no doubt he'll end up as one of the best wings in the class.
Romero Osby, SF, Southeast Elite -- With just three points in the first half against Pump N Run, Osby decided it was time to play. The 6-foot-8 wing torched the California squad for 20 in the second half scoring off threes, low post moves and strong finishes at the basket. The Meridan (MS) Northeast Lauderdale standout has good handles and can get up and down the floor. At the next level Osby will fit in great at a school that likes to get up and down.
Victor Davila, PF, Pump N Run Elite -- The 6-foot-9 Puerto Rico native is comfortable posting up on the block and going to the jump hook over his left shoulder. Every know and then Davila will mix it up and bust out a step through move or a dunk to keep you enticed. We still think he's a high major big man with a nice upside.
Darnell Wilks, PF, Southeast Elite --This one is tough to nail down. After watching him play for the second time this weekend we know that Wilks is a big time athlete with a long wingspan. Obviously he's looking to move to the wing and that could be possible down the road if his jump shot develops.
Nate Miles, SF, Texas Select --We can't fault Miles for wanting to get his. The 6-foot-6 wing is a straight up scorer and isn't afraid to fire away from any distance. In losing effort against Indy Elite, Miles did his best to keep Texas in the game by stroking a trio of threes. While he doesn't use it nearly enough, Miles also has a great mid-range game that includes sweet floaters and bank shots that more often times than not find the bottom of the net.
Tyler Zeller, C, Indy Elite --His day one performance wasn't a fluke, as the big fella got after it and left a lasting impression on the coaches in the building. He's great in transition, isn't afraid to punch it around the basket and played harder than anyone in the gym for the second day in a row. If this play continues, look for Zeller to snag a spot in the next top 100 because it's well deserved.
Emmanuel Negedu, PF, Indy Elite -- This 6-foot-6 beast is the closest thing you'll find to Bill Walker. Like Walker, Negedu meshes crazy hops with a strong build to create an animal in the paint. Against Texas Select, Negedu turned the second half into his personal dunk contest. Some of the big boys might be scared off by his size, but it's hard to find a guy that plays this hard and nasty in the paint.
Melquan Bolding, SG, New York Panthers -- It's clear Bolding is at his best when he goes to the rack. His strong, 6-foot-4 frame can take hits, but his athleticism is what remains so impressive. Using the rim to protect the ball, Bolding completed a number of up and under moves at the rack and managed to get a couple of And 1's. It's clear he's athletic, but we haven't seen him shoot it. If he can get a jumper, we are looking at a solid collegiate player.
Eshaunte Jones, SG, Blessed IJN -- While Jones' stroke comes off his hand weird, the way it swishes through the net is pretty. Jones single handily kept Blessed IJN in it against the New York Panthers, by stroking three after three. His triples aren't just off the catch either, as he's able to create and stroke it off the bounce.
Travis Wear, PF, Pump N Run Elite -- Right away Wear showed his versatility, as he calmly stroked a deep three in the open minutes of Pump N Run's match up with Southeast Elite. After sinking the three he stepped inside and made a sweet step through move that he couldn't quite finish. The skill he showed around the basket had to impress the half dozen west coast coaches looking on. While strength is still an issue, Wear can guard multiple positions and moves well up and down the court.
David Wear, PF, Pump N Run Elite -- While we didn't think he was as effective as his brother, David certainly looked like a player. He finished with just six points, but he got them by banking in a jump hook and draining a pair of jump shots. Like his brother, the versatility he displays is a great attribute and if he gains weight he'll be productive at a high-major school.
Renardo Sidney, PF, LA Dream Team -- Easily the most impressive prospect of the day was this 6-foot-11 versatile forward. Ranked by many as the top player in his class, Sidney certainly lived up to those expectations. While he played just half the game, every time he stepped on the floor he made an instant impact on both ends of the floor. His first touch of the game was a six minutes into the game and he stroked a three from the corner. There aren't many things Sidney didn't do against Dream Team Louisiana. He can handle the rock, bang in the paint and snag rebounds outside of his area. Most importantly Sidney's clearly dieting as he's lost a lot of weight and looks to be in the best shape of his high school career.
Jordan Hamilton, SF, Lamar Odoms I-Can Allstars -- This is certainly a hot name on the circuit and coaches flocked to see what the 6-foot-6 wing bring to the table. Coaches had to have left impressed. He's a high level athlete that is at best going to the basket. He's strong, long and capable of crafty finishes at the rim. While he didn't shoot many jumpers he drain a three and a few 15-foot pull ups.
Head Coaches In The Gym – A number of head coaches were in the house watching their top targets and trying to find new ones. Jrue Holiday drew the most impressive crowed, as Lute Olson, Ben Howland and Lorenzo Romar were all present for Pump N' Run's loss to Southeast Elite. Olsen also checked out Emanuel Negadu, while Bill Self spent some time watching a pair of top 50 recruits in Romero Osby and Darius Miller. Dennis Felton watched the Atlanta Celtics, who have a bench that could beat most teams in this event. Mike Brey took a peak at Tyler Zeller and Bruce Pearl watched the Plumlee twins early morning game. Later in the day Darius Miller drew Pearl and assistants from Duke and Florida.
The player of the weekend, Tyler Zeller, has a great list of scholarship offers. Thus far he has grants from Iowa State, Arizona State, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Illinois and Iowa (old staff). He also said North Carolina and Kansas have shown some interest.
"How many schools in the country are there?" – Renardo Sidney Sr. said when asked what schools were recruiting his talented son.