Nate Tomlinson, PG, Lee – They got run and Tomlinson didn't have a great statistical game but that doesn't matter. He's the perfect blend of vision and execution for Jeff Bzdelik's offense. A talker and leader, he'll penetrate and pitch. Shot 3-for-9 behind the arc and there's no reason to think he can't shoot mid 30s in college. He's not a scorer but a facilitator of offense and with high level guys around him his game will expand.
Devin Ebanks, SF, STM – He's done exactly what you'd expect from a player his caliber in this setting. 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists speaks for itself.
Deividas Dulkys, SG, Findlay Prep – There's an intangible about this kid that almost guarantees him success collegiately. Yes, he's an advanced shooter but he's not only a specialist. His game is rounding out and his competitive fire drives him.
T.J. Robinson, PF, STM – Guys are looking for power forwards and are willing to sacrifice size for production at this stage in the calendar. That's why on Saturday afternoon it was the perfect time to rip off a 21 point, 16 rebound bonanza with a captive audience. Regardless of who chases him, he's a punched his ticket as a mid-major four-man.
Trey Blue, SG, Brewster – Events like this create opportunities to give kids their shot to earn scholarships. Blue earned his with a 27 point effort against Fork Union. A strong bodied Chicagoan, he's got grades and brings energy to the backcourt. Mid-major alert in a big way.
Chris Braswell, PF, Hargrave – Facing a better athlete in Terrence Jennings, Braswell worked his way to 24 points and 13 rebounds. The future Hoya maneuvered inside, went to the line 13 times and fought the fight. His play on the interior was a major reason Hargrave got the "W" in a spirited game.
: Kim English, SG, Notre Dame Prep – Chalk up 30 more points for the guy who will be needed in Columbia next season. The Missouri Tigers deserve credit for identifying him early and beating the posse to the prospect.
Simon McCormack, PG, Mount Hermon – Kids who take command of their team and operate with a presence is valuable. Despite no looks from Division I programs, this kid is a good player and his floor game may be able to assist someone at the mid-major level. Unless this was the game of his life, there's a nice player with grades up at Mount Hermon. 14 points, 6 assists. By the way, he's only been playing the position in high school this year and somehow has a natural feel for the spot.
Larry Anderson, SF, Winchendon – Same effort, same results. The energizer bunny worked his way to 25 points and 10 rebounds while getting to the line 7 times; he made 6 free throws.
Dominic Stafford-King, CG, FUMA – Fork Union got slapped around in the first half and frankly he was the toughest hombre to step up for Coach Arritt. 23 shots later, the guard finished with 33 points. He'll be a lower level priority as a combo man.
Antiquawn Beckham, SG/SF, New Hampton – In its 24-point loss bright spots was hard to come by for New Hampton. Beckham, a good looking mid-plus player, shot 8-12 from the field and finished with 16. He and Orion Outerbridge (17) were the lone double-figure scorers.
Freddy Asprilla, C, Patterson – Good things happened when he touched it inside like 14 points and 11 rebounds. FIU has itself a player who will achieve at the Sun Belt level.
Clarence Trent, PF, Findlay Prep – Some guys hunt 3s, others hunt dunks. Trent's athleticism – at and above the rim – was front and center in the game's final contest. He accounted for 23 points and 13 boards and every hoop seemed to be of the highlight variety. This is the havoc Trent is capable of inflicting.
Mike Marra, Wing, Mount Hermon – Solid wing prospect whose recruitment should begin at the A-10 level and escalate from there. Nice feel, touch and size for the position.
BYU signed a kid that will help the cause. Wing Charles Abdouo is strong and plays through contact. Liked him a lot. … This is a problem: FUMA turned it over 20 times in the first half and trailed by 19. … Mark Lyons had two of the loudest plays of the event as he hammered home dunks.
As Aaron Austin transitions to the point in college – and he's a good talent – taking care of the basketball will be the emphasis. Nine turnovers won't work next year. … Van Dellenbeck of MCI is a big grade kid with size to play on the perimeter. He'll earn his D-I scholarship this year. Had 19 points (3-7 3s). … DeAndre Liggins played point most of the night and is 100% recovered from his summer foot injury. He had 10 and 3 assists. … Findlay junior big man Carlos Lopez has a shot at being a high-major for sure. …
ND Prep's John Higgins dropped 9 assists and 22 points. On the flipside, he turned it over 9 times. … Terrence Jennings had 4 fouls, 3 points and 5 boards. … St. Thomas More energy forward T.J. Robinson rebounded today with an active performance. He succeeded in winning over low and potential mid-major programs. … Will O'Hauregbe, again, gave FUMA production off the bench. He had 14 and 7 while being a perfect 6-fot-6 from the line. …
Jeremiah Kelly helped bail out American Christian when it began tightening up. He didn't get to play much point guard but connected on shots from the off-guard slot going 7-for-11 for 16 points. …Here's a stat both teams will want to forget: New Hampton shot 1-for-20 from 3 while Patterson went 4-20 downtown. …
Isaiah Thomas dropped 27 points, 7 assists and 6 turnovers. Teammate Maurice Creek struggled through a 1-for-9 shooting effort. … Nigel Agere, whom we loved the night before, had 15 points and 6 boards in 22 minutes. …
Simon McCormack, a Division I player, has no offers and came into the event with Bryant College chasing him the hardest; he's going to get some soon. … T.J. Robinson has an offer from New Mexico, Houston, Massachusetts and Delaware. Plenty of others are showing interest at varying levels. … Trey Blue is hearing from Northern Iowa, Santa Clara and Tulsa. He's got grades and hails from Chi-Town. …
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This concludes our coverage from the National Prep Showcase