Jereme Richmond, a 6-foot-7 wing, was the most impressive prospect on Saturday. He's long, blocks shots and really seemed to understand the game of basketball. Crandall Head also impressed us on our first look, as he exploded for 34 in a loss.
Jack Boehm, SF, New Trier – His twin brother, Peter, is headed to Harvard to play basketball, while Jack signed a Letter of Intent to play baseball at Bucknell. On Saturday, Jack looked like the hooper, as he went off for 27 points on 10-for-16 shooting, including 6 of 10 shooting from three. The 6-foot-6 wing wasn't quick by any means, but he's versatile, smart and has a high basketball IQ. It wouldn't surprise us to see Jack walk-on the basketball team at Bucknell. His brother, Peter, wasn't too bad himself, as he went for 12 points and 7 assists.
A.J. Rompza, PG, Whitney Young – Central Florida got a pretty good one in Rompza. He pushes the tempo for Whitney Young and can really get the Dolphins into the next gear. He handled the ball well, helped set up the offense and pushed the break every chance he got. He finished with 5 points (all at the free throw line) and 7 rebounds.
James Kinney, SG/PG, Champaign Centennial – This smooth southpaw was the reason Champaign Centennial was able to come out on top against Head and Rich South. Kinney, who put up 19 points and tossed out 5 assists, hit a pair of spot-up jumpers and scored the rest of his points at the rim. He also showed he's capable of using his off hand and showed off a nice floater. At 6-foot-1, 160-pound Kinney is likely more of a shooting guard than point man at this stage in the game. Going forward he'll also need to tighten his handle and work on his decision-making, as he did commit 6 turnovers.
D.J. Richardson, SG, Peoria – This 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard finished with an impressive state line: 20 points and 9 rebounds. However he never seemed to have gotten in a rhythm. He struggled shooting the ball, especially from deep, as he went 1-for-8 from three. He did slash to the basket well from the baseline and made a handful of tough finishes. Before he gets to Illinois, he'll need to gain some strength, but he's a solid prospect that will look a lot better on nights when the deep balls are going down.
Joseph Bertrand, SG, Sterling – At first glance we immediately liked Bertrand's 6-foot-5, 185-pound frame. After a slow start, Bertrand turned it up on his way to 28 points. His mid-range game was impressive, as he had a number of pull-ups and floaters. The Sterling standout isn't overly quick, but he uses his body to get by defenders. Bertrand, whose position in college will be on the wing, played nearly the entire game at the point guard spot.
Brandon Paul, PG, Warren Township – New Trier tried to take Paul out of the game with a box and 1 defense, and although they couldn't completely stop him, they certainly slowed him down. He shot just 7-for-21 from the field and finished with 19 points ad 11 rebounds. Paul, a 6-foot-2 guard, has high-level athleticism and is quick especially in the open court. Although he jumper wasn't falling today, we hear he's usually quite a shooter.
Chris Colvin, PG/SG, Whitney Young – What stood out the most for Colvin was his ability to attack the basket. Every time he touched the ball he went to the rack and knifed his way around and through defenders. He had a good handle, displayed a nice floater and had a few tough finishes at the rim. He only attempted four shots from the field and hit three of them, but his relentless attacking got him to the free throw line 10 times, as he finished with 12 points. He's getting some solid high-major interest and it's warranted, as he's a very good prospect.
Jereme Richmond, SF, Waukegan – This was the best prospect we saw all day. At 6-foot-7 he can do so many things, including lead the break, rebound in and out of his area and block shots. His length is a big help, especially on the defensive end and in the paint. This summer he showed us his ability to play the wing, on Saturday he displayed an ability to take his man in the post and get buckets.
There was a buzz around the gym when this kid played and three college coaches from three different schools made the comment that he looked like a one and done type player. He finished 7-for-10 from the field with 19 points, 13 rebounds and an unofficial 7 blocks.
Anthony Johnson, SG, Whitney Young – Johnson, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, is an impressive prospect because of his ability to handle the ball, attack the basket and shoot it. We love his versatility and athleticism as well. He finished with 9 points and went 4-for-9 from the field in just 12 minutes of action. Johnson is one of the better sophomore's we've seen and he has a chance to be one of the better guards in the 2010 class.
Alex Rossi, SG, New Trier – He didn't have a big night offensively (5 points), but he did a lot of little things for New Trier and certainly has potential. He's a smart player that clearly understands the game. At 6-foot-4 he's long, aggressive and extremely versatile. As just a sophomore he has plenty of time to develop, but it's clear that he's at the very least a mid-major prospect.
Crandall Head said after the game that he's getting close to a decision. Head mentioned that Illinois was in the driver seat and he could make a decision as early as January.