Derek Elston, PF, Spiece Rising Stars – After not scratching in the first half, the Indiana pledge scored 12 in the second go round. The 6-foot-7 power forward has an air of sneaky athleticism and a motor.
His competitive drive will serve him well in the Big Ten. Good hands and will be able to play in the paint and to mid-range. Likely Top 100 prospect.
Andrew Smith, C, Indiana Premier – Kids like this represent why this event is cool. Based out of a tiny private program called Covenant Christian, he's way under the radar. A quick look yielded a semi-skilled big man with mid-major potential in a 6-foot-8 plus frame.
Justin Martin, SF, Spiece Gym Rats – He had a cup of coffee on Lawrence North's varsity but for the most past rolled with the JV. That'll change next year when this natural small forward hits his stride. Excellent shooter with a smooth touch from different areas on the floor, there's every reason to believe this 6-6 forward will attract high-major attention. He hit for 18 out of the gate.
Keith Appling, PG, Reach Legends – Cut from the scoring point mold, Appling got 20 by getting the paint. He's got a unique burst and length that aids his cause. He wore a sleeve on his left knee and doesn't have many post weapons at his disposal. If he sees a crease, he's headed to the rim.
Trey Zeigler, G, Mich. Mustangs – This isn't his natural AAU team so there's bound to be an adjustment. He's pushing 6-5 and can pass the basketball. The long-term question is will he settle into a SG role or moonlight at the point? Currently tracking as a potential high-major player.
Travis Carroll, PF/C, Spiece Indy Heat – His 16-and-under crew is playing up a division but it shouldn't matter. What he does well – play down low – won't matter because he can get hoops on the block. Uses both hands at the rim and even snuck a 3-pointer in the mix. Also tracking as a high level post up guy.
Didn't see the game but heard Deshawn Thomas' opener wasn't too shabby. It's a big rebound event from him since he wasn't on his "A" game at the Real Deal. … The Arkansas Hawks drove 11 hours to get here and played the first game Friday night. Point man Fred Gulley was the big hitter with 30 points. That is a LONG travel day. … Speaking of travel, Friday games are typically a struggle. However, since most of the teams here are within reasonable driving distance, the games were crisp and play was spirited. …
Put this 2010 kid on the mid-major radar: SG Jordan Weidner. The Spiece Indy Heat guard has moxy and he'll throw his body around like a post player. Solid quicks and a stroke to go with a tough guy's game. … The Michigan Mustangs have a solid mid-major guard in Drew Valentine. He hit for 22. …
Previously unknown Andrew Smith has heard from Columbia, Liberty and Indiana Wesleyan. … D'Mitri Riggs said Indiana State is on him the hardest with Dayton, Valparaiso and Michigan State keeping tabs. …
Drew Valentine has offers from Oakland, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo and Rice. … Valpo and Indiana State have offered Justin Martin. Wake Forest, Kentucky, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State, Xavier and Marquette are positioning themselves early. …
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