National (Dave Telep)
From a scouting perspective, you always are in tune with the up and comers. At this point in the calendar, there's at least a faint hope that a handful of kids find their way and raise their stock during the next 6 weeks.
Picking out said players is a chore. The July risers typically are kids who had nice spring performances but haven't quite punched their ticket. Heading into the most important month of the summer calendar, we've got a handle on most of the major big men.
The guys with the biggest chance of "blowing up" are the kids who are workers but might be undersized and therefore the big boys are hesitant to take a flyer on them. Enter Julian Mavunga. We caught the 6-foot-7 Brownsburg (Ind.) High center at the May Hensley Memorial.
Mavunga, a Spiece Select product, toed the line with Delvon Roe and showed the characteristics of being an aggressive rebounder. We tagged him as a big time mid-major recruit and heading into the summer that's the proper level for him.
However, the question is: who might "blow up" in the next month and because of his tenacity as a board man and commitment to being a force in the lane. He's a young man we could here about a lot more, especially if he exhibits the toughness and fortitude we've been lead to believe he's got. Should six weeks from now he still is a mid-major level player then good for him. If he advances his game we wouldn't be surprised.
With the number of events now being played in the months of April, May and June, it's difficult to come up with guys that truly "blow up." Most of the more talented players have been seen to some extent. But here are a couple guys that I think may see their recruitments go to a different level.
West (Greg Hicks)
Reggie Jackson, 6-3 JR SG Colorado Springs (Col.) Palmer, is a long and rangy prospect with above average athleticism. He's got a good stroke with deep range and he can put it on the floor. With his wingspan, and quickness, Jackson has a chance to be a very good defender. Jackson is currently hearing mainly from schools in his area – Air Force, Colorado, Wyoming and Colorado State – but I expect some high majors to get involved by the end of summer.
It's always tough to project the exact moment that everything will come together for a young post prospect, but I think Tim Williams has a chance to put it together this summer. A 6-8 center from Antioch HS in Antioch, Calif., Williams has a high major body. He's got long arms and very good shoulders.
He's still a bit raw in terms of his offense, but he's got the physical traits to play at a high level. He's also a very good student, which is usually an indication he'll work hard and get better.
East (Mike Sullivan)
The transformation of 2008 prospect Kevin Jones' individual game is a work in progress. The 6-foot-8 slender but long armed forward from Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, New York, is trying to trying to establish a value of playing two positions consistently.
Jones, who is more geared to be a power forward due to his agility and low post moves, has spent a considerable amount of time developing his perimeter skills.
"I work on it all the time," Jones said after a recent game at IS8, a league that features the best players from the New York City area. "My shot is better than it was a year ago. I think I could play either forward position."
In a recent playoff contest, Jones knocked down six perimeter shots, including two three-pointers. "I have confidence in my shot," he said. "I just have to be that way whenever I take my shot."
Connecticut, Indiana, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Rutgers, St. Joseph's, Massachusetts, Syracuse, and Louisville are just a few schools that have expressed early interest in Jones' skills. Its likely most programs will watch the progress of his game, especially around the perimeter.