Rotnei Clarke, PG/SG, Team TX – The new NCAA proposal to push the 3-point line back probably got this guy excited! He canned 6 triples in his morning game and finished with 28 points. He's working on shooting the ball on the move this spring and that's been a nice idea.
Grant Gibbs, PG, Martin Bros. Select – This young man was on our radar after Boo Williams and he's gaining momentum. Confident and comfortable in the backcourt, we think he's a future point man. Has the ability to share it and also the moxy to get inside for buckets. He's on that mid-to-high level fence and in a year where the points are scarce his value will only rise.
Delvon Roe, PF, Harris DTA – In his first playoff game, the most competition he received was from teammate Bryan Brown whom he defeated in a fierce "Rock-Paper-Scissors" battle. By winning, Roe earned the right to jump center for his team. A few hours later he rebounded a shot in OT to help his team advance. His last game of the evening was a 26 point outing. Same old Delvon, plenty of good things to say about his effort!
Ryan Hare, SF/SG, Mac Irvin Fire – Likely a mid-level wing who brings energy, toughness and the ability to maneuver and get buckets in traffic. He put up 20+ points against The Family.
A.J. Rompza, PG, Ferrari – Last weekend we thought he was a DI player. It's amazing what 7 days can do for a guy's game. He's gone from low to mid-major prospect in under a week. How'd he do it? Well, for starters he cleared up a nasty staph infection that plagued him in Akron. The speedster is high energy all the time and its, dare we say, infectious on his teammates. On a serious note, the guy can play and he's about speed, steals and tempo.
Julian Mavunga, PF, Spiece Select – As Delvon Roe said, "there are about 25,000 different Spiece teams" but only one of them has a rebounder like this kid. With Roe on the floor Mavunga mustered up 15 points and a whopping 18 rebounds. He's a mid-major special and Pittsburgh is checking him out. His instincts as a boardman are unreal. If he couldn't haul it in he would tip it someone who did. To be higher he's got to expand his game otherwise he's an all-league mid-level player someday.
Joseph Bertrand, SG, Ill. Wolves 16 – A name likely to creep into the regional awareness very soon. A solid scoring option with more than one way to get it done from the perimeter, Bertrand is a strength program away from really looking like a nice prospect in his class.
Ben Simons, SF, Grand Rapids Storm – Another good looking young wing player who is a lock mid level guy who could play his way higher. Excellent stroke and our question to him is simple: why not be more aggressive? He's the youngest guy on his team and that could have something to do with it but for the Storm to max out its chances he's got to be the scoring option.
DeShaun Thomas, SF/PF, Ft. Wayne Indy Elite – One of the last things our friend Bill Hensley told us before he died was to be on the lookout for this kid. Hensley said he might be the next LeBron. Well, we caught his act for the first time Saturday morning and Hensley was right: the guy's a stud!
While we didn't have a LeBron flashback, and frankly those are not fair expectations, the kid was dynamite. After a pedestrian first half he turned it up making 3s, tough hits in traffic and showcasing the ability to find teammates with zippy dimes. One court over from the place where we first saw Greg Oden, Thomas dropped 34 points. In a freshman class laced with talent, he's the early favorite for the top slot with Jeremy Tyler trailing him.
Jereme Richmond, F, Rising Stars – Sometimes you wonder why all these freshmen are committing and then you finally get to lay eyes on them. Richmond won't disappoint. He's 6-foot-6 (at least), long, skilled and smooth. He's got a juicy upside and projects as one of the elite players in his class nationally.
Ray McCallum, PG, Ft. Wayne Indy Elite – The son of a former point and current IU assistant, McCallum is already 6-1; four inches taller than he was last year. He finds the creases, plays under control and is likely to be considered among the elite at his position in the freshman class.
Angel Garcia did not play with the Caps All-Stars. According to the coach he's at home making sure his grades are up to speed. … Jared Sullinger, the 2010 beast we saw last weekend, did in fact injure his foot and is out 4-6 weeks. … Korie Lucious played hurt on Saturday, clearing toughing it out in a playoff game. …
Ben Simons, according to his coach, is fielding early interest from Michigan, Georgia Tech and Utah. … Possehl has ZERO Division I offers or for that matter, interested schools. … Sean Jones, a center, lists Butler, Loyola, Oakland and a host of programs. … Chris Babb already has an offer from TCU; more will certainly follow in the summer. …
Rompza has early offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay and Idaho. He says Penn State, New Mexico, Florida State and Illinois State are looking. … Draymond Green is getting hit hard by Michigan State, Michigan, Minnesota, DePaul, Tennessee, Kentucky and Boston College. …
This is a good list to be on: Jamil Wilson. The youngster is hearing from Wisconsin, Marquette, Purdue, Central Florida, Iowa State, Michigan State, Tennessee and UCLA. … Mavunga has offers from Kent State, Ball State, George Mason, Wichita State, Miami-OH and Toledo. Penn State is in the mix and Pittsburgh is looking. …
Grand Rapids Storm power forward Daniel Possehl has only been playing two years and the wise mid-majors will be smart to do their homework on this kid. … Paul Williams shot has been erratic this spring but he dropped a ton of 3s (maybe 6?) in his opener. … Normally guys have no problems getting pulls in AAU ball. However, because Chris Babb is surrounded by Clarke and Willie Warren he doesn't receive the same looks. When he does get a chance to fire one off, Babb has proven to be a stroker. …
When Matt Gatens gets it going off the drive his team feeds from his energy. Gatnes pulled a sluggish bunch past the Western Michigan Lakers with the intensity in the second half. … L.A. Pomlee's stickback against the Shining Stars won the game for his club. … Mid-Major Stroke Alert: Josh Jones, Spiece Select. …
"Feed the post. All Day. Let's get this thing over with."