KY Hoopfest: Day 2

LOUISVILLE, Ky – Although Colt Iverson and Kyle Kuric had nice performances, it was the 2009 and 2010 class that took center stage today. Guys like Stephan Van Treese, Kendall Brown and DeShaun Thomas were among the most impressive.

Colt Iverson, PF, South Dakota Heat – There were a bunch of college coaches in town to check out Iverson and he put forth a decent effort. The 6-foot-10 post player is thin and lacks strength, however he fights for position inside and is capable of sealing off defenders for easy buckets around the rim. Although he didn't show many post moves, he did display nice touch on a right handed jump hook. He is definitely a big to keep tabs on!

Kyle Kuric, SG, Evansville Basketball Club – The Evansville (Ind.) Memorial standout didn't necessarily play great today, but he did show flashes of what he can do. The 6-foot-5 guard displayed a sweet looking jump shot that finds the bottom of the net more times than not. He also drained a couple of pull-up jumpers, a three-pointer off of a curl and he even got to the rim on a few occasions.

Garrick Sherman, C, Spiece Indy Heat – Based on performance the best big man we saw all day was Sherman. The Kenton (Oh.) High standout ran the floor well, showed a great set of mitts and had no trouble finishing on the break. His favorite move on the block seemed to be the right hand jump hook, as he nailed at least four of them in the two games we saw. High-majors should check this one out because he should make some national noise before its said and done.

Brown Shows Off His Handles!
Kendall Brown, PG, Evansville Basketball Club – This 5-foot-8 lead man was easily the biggest surprise of the day. The Evansville (Ind.) Harrison standout pushed the tempo the entire game and passed out assist after assist. Mid-way through his afternoon game we began counting his assists and he finished with 10 of them. His handles are superb and his bounce passes in traffic were impressive. Brown also has good range on his jumper, as he was stroking pull-up jumpers from 22-feet with ease. At worsted he looked like a mid-major plus guy, but we think he could end up higher.

Stephan Van Treese, PF, Indy Elite One – Although his club team bowed out of the event earlier, Van Treese was still able to showcase his skills. The 6-foot-9 junior-to-be didn't score many points in the game we watched, but he did pass the ball very well out of the post. He also played solid interior defense and recorded a handful of blocks. Offensively he's skilled and has a few developed moves in his arsenal.

Jordan Prosser, PF, Indy Elite One – Playing alongside Van Treese seems to make the game much easier for Prosser. Often times he picks up Van Treese' misses or even is the beneficiary of his great passing ability. The Goodfield (Ill.) Eureka product is mobile in the paint and utilizes a great jump hook to get most of his buckets.

DeShaun Thomas, SF, Spiece Indy Heat – For the past year and a half Thomas has been claimed as the next LeBron James. Although those types of expectations are nearly impossible, Thomas is clearly an elite talent. The southpaw has an great feel for the game, handles the ball extremely well and has a quick release on his pure looking jump shot.

During the two games we watched of Thomas today, he proved to be an inside-outside threat. Not only did he hit four three-pointers in the games we watched but he also nailed a handful of jump hooks on the block. Thomas' true position is on the wing and that was made clear when he began attacking the basket off the bounce. His best move of the day was a cross over that caught the defender by such a surprise that he feel to the ground. Thomas then proceeded to drain the three. In the first game we watched he finished 9 of 14 for 22 points. In the second he scored 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting.

DeShaun Thomas was not allowed to talk about recruiting with the media. The 6-foot-6 wing made a verbal commitment to Ohio State a few weeks ago, however it's clear that his recruitment isn't necessarily over. Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson and John Groce (OSU assistant) were front and center for Thomas' afternoon game.

For the second day in a row Mason Plumlee drew a nice crowd of college coaches. Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Stanford were all present for his afternoon game.

Speaking of Plumlee, the junior-to-be also has a younger brother, Marshall. The youngest Plumlee is a member of the 2011 class and already stands 6-foot-7. We got a chance to watch him today and he plays the same type of game that both of his brothers do.

Stephan Van Treese said he has scholarship offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio State, Purdue, Xavier and Notre Dame. Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke and Louisville are also involved.

Colt Iverson claims scholarship offers from Minnesota, Iowa State, Creighton, Nebraska, New Mexico and Colorado State.

Kyle Kuric said he has offers from Xavier, Bradley, Evansville, Southern Illinois and Central Michigan. He's also hearing from Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa and Louisville.

Jordan Prosser said he's hearing from Louisville, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Xavier.

Surprisingly enough Kendall Brown only has Wright State, Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois trailing him.

Carter McMasters said Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest are the schools showing the most interest.

Garrick Sherman said Michigan State, Marquette, Utah, Iowa and Purdue are the schools showing him the most attention. The Spartans made a trip to an off campus site to watch one his games today.

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