The most impressive prospect in the workout was Clarence Trent, formerly of Gig Harbor (Wash.) High. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward has made a move back to the four spot and it looks like it has done him a lot of good. Throughout the summer, Trent spent a lot of time on the perimeter, but now he's using his athleticism and power to get buckets in the paint.
Trent showed off a nice skill set that allows him to step out and hit jumpers, drain jump-hook's or even make a quick spin move in the paint to get a bucket. Although he will spend most of his time on the block, he is capable of facing up defenders as well.
Fresh off a broken leg, DeAndre Liggins was impressive. The 6-foot-6, 190-pound guard spent all of his time on the wing during the practice. Liggins, who is equipped with a variety of skills, is among the most versatile prospects in the 2008 class. He has great court vision, handles the ball well and his jump shot continues to improve.
Earlier this week, Deividas Dulkys committed to FSU, and it looks like the Seminoles will get a solid prospect. At 6-foot-5, 195-pound Dulkys is an underrated athlete with one of the best jump shots in high school basketball. He's also capable of putting the ball on the floor and getting to the basket. He makes smart decisions with the ball in his hand and will certainly play a nice role once he gets to Tallahassee.
As good of a shooter as Dulkys is, Curtis Dennis could certainly give the FSU commit a run for his money. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound wing is dead on behind the arc and is equipped with great range on his jump shot. Dennis, who averaged 24 points a game last year for Houston (Tex.) Gulf Shores Academy, is a solid athlete that can also put the ball on the floor and drive the lane.
Joining the Liggins, Dulkys and Dennis on the wing is 6-foot-10 Carlos Lopez. The impressive 2009 prospect is versatile, long and runs the floor extremely well for a guy his size. Lopez, who is a native of Puerto Rico, is in his second year at Findlay Prep and from the looks of things he could play a major role in their success their year. Seeing that he's 6-10, 195-pound, college coaches will love his size, length and ball skills.
From the looks of things Brice Massamba will be Findlay Prep's starting center. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound big man was certainly a surprise during the practice. He has a huge frame, looked active in practice and appeared to be helping his teammates get in the right spots when they were running their offense. Last season he averaged 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds a game and we expect those averages to go up, as he's a valuable piece to their inside game.
Sharing time at the point guard spot for Findlay Prep was Jacques Streeter and Jorge Gutierrez. Streeter, who put up 15 points a game last season at Los Angeles (Calif.) John C. Fremont, showed off great speed and the 6-foot, 180-pound guard ran with the ones during their practice. Gutierrez played ball at Denver (Colo.) Abraham Lincoln last season and he appears to be a solid guard that will likely play some point guard, shooting guard and small forward for Findlay Prep depending on the line up.
Michael Pecks's squad also has two more foreigners on the roster. Godwin Okonji, of Lagos, Nigera, is a 6-foot-9, 200-pound power forward in the 2010 class. Although he doesn't have a great feel yet, he's very athletic and runs the floor well. With still a few years to develop Okonji will likely get a bunch of interest from at least mid-major schools. He could very well go higher, but it's still too early to project. Findlay's other big man, Amadou Barro Ndieguene, of Thies, Senegal, is a 6-foot-10, 245-pound center. Unfortunatley he was unavailable during practice due to a shoulder injury.
At this point, Peck has a handful of guys committed to play college basketball. DeAndre Liggins is headed to Kentucky, Deividas Dulkys recently committed to Florida State, Curtis Dennis, originally of the Bronx, N.Y., will play at New Mexico and point guard Jacques Streeter is expected to sign with Cal State Fullerton.
Clarence Trent said that a number of the schools that had been showing interest backed off a little once he reclassified to the 2009 class. He did, however, say that he's heard from Oklahoma, Florida, Connecticut, UNLV and Kentucky.
Carlos Lopez, whose recruitment will likely pick up this year, mentioned Gonzaga, UNLV and Oklahoma as the schools showing him interest.