Loop Capital Shootout Recap

CHICAGO – For the second day in a row Scout.com was in Illinois to check out a showcase. After a successful trip to Champaign on Saturday, we made our way to the Windy City for the Loop Capital Shootout at St. Xavier University.

Darius Smith, PG, Marshall – Nearly a half a dozen college coaches were in the house just for Smith and they didn't leave disappointed. A 6-foot-2 combo guard, Smith is quick, athletic and just flat out makes plays. Despite losing, Smith went for 19 points on 8-for-16 shooting. There aren't many guards with high major potential left in the 2009 class and he's one of them.

D.J. Cooper, PG, Seton Academy – John Groce should be happy about his future backcourt at Ohio. Last night it was James Kinney that played well, today it was the 5-foot-10 Cooper. His squad took a nine-point loss, but Cooper did all he could to keep S.A. in the game. He had close to double-digit steals and scored 23 points in the contest. The southpaw is quick, shoots it well from long range and has a developed mid-range game.

Malcolm Griffin, SG, Hyde Park – This 6-foot-4 wing brought it early on against Seton Academy. He scored a quick seven points in the first minute of the game. All three jumpers were off the dribble, including one from behind the three-point arc. A strong guard, Griffin can really shoot it, but often times gets careless with the ball. With that said, he's an uncommitted Division-I prospect. He tallied 17 points in the win.

Chris Colvin, PG, Whitney Young – Attack. Attack. Attack. That's what Covlin does, and he does it well. The future Cyclone went to the rim with some aggression, especially in the first half, against LeBron James' former school. As the game wore on he began showcasing his pass ability and created looks for teammates. Colvin finished with 16 points in Whitney Young's overtime win.

Joe Bulliner, PG, St. Ignatius – In the win over Marshall, Bulliner played a heady brand of basketball. The 6-foot junior handled ball pressure majority of the game and rarely forced the issue. To go with his strong handle, he also showed off a nice floater in the lane and ability to find teammates in the open court.

Wayne Blackshear, SF, Curie – We laid eyes on the 6-foot-6 wing for the second day in a row. Much like yesterday at the Shootout at the Hall, Blackshear struggled from the field and had trouble getting in the flow of the game. For the game he was 3-for-9 from the field and scored 6 points. His long term potential is off the charts, but just looked out of it against Hales Franciscan.

Nnanna Egwu, C, St. Ignatius – The 6-foot-9 big man made a huge impact in the Wolfpack's win over Marshall. He barely played in the first quarter, but from the start of the second till the final buzzer, Egwu got it done inside. Despite clearly lacking strength the talented big man snagged rebounds, showed nice touch in the paint and blocked seven shots. He's nowhere near a finished product, but certainly showed flashes. He finished with eight points and we'd be surprised if he didn't have double-digit rebounds.

Jakarr Sampson, PF, St. Vincent St. Mary – Coming off the bench for SVSM, Sampson is certainly a spark plug. Just a sophomore, he already stands 6-foot-8. Lack of strength holds him back some, but he moves well and is a talented shot blocker. Offensively he likes to face up defenders and showed he's capable of attacking off the dribble from the 15-feet out.

Sam Thompson, SF, Whitney Young – The more we see Thompson, the more we like him. At first glance he's a 6-foot-7, lean wing that visibly lacks strength. But on a team full of Division-I prospects he's managed to find a role and bring in some energy off the bench. Of the guys on his team, Thompson has the most long term potential because of his size, length and versatility. He's already a talented shot blocker and he continues to improve his perimeter skills.

Sam Thompson said Oregon State and Illinois have already offered him a scholarship. Texas, Kentucky and USC have began the process with him, as have a number of other Pac-10 and Big Ten programs. The 2011 prospect said his only visit thus far has been to Oregon State with teammate Ahmad Starks.

To go with Bulliner and Egwu, St. Ignatius also has a promising looking sophomore in Tyrone Staggers. The 6-foot-4 stocky build forward is active and athletic. Hales Franciscan junior Patrick Miller has the look of a Division-I ball player. He's quick, tough and capable of getting into the lane to make things happen. Curie has a pair of tough 2011 guards. Both Greg Travis and Asante Smiter are guys to monitor. St. Vincent St. Mary's sophomore guard Richard Johnson is tough to handle. The 5-foot-10 lead guard looks like a solid mid-level lead guard. Brandon Spearman, a 2010 prospect at Simeon, is quite the athlete. He'll get a bunch of mid-level looks with some high major dabbles.

A number of college coaches made their way to the St. Xavier University on Sunday. Purdue head coach Matt Painter was in the gym all day, as was Toledo's head man Gene Cross. There were also assistant coaches from Indiana, Creighton, Eastern Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Cornell, George Washington and Northwestern.

Scoreboard

  • St. Rita 67, Von Steuben 64
  • Notre Dame 70, Morgan Park 62
  • Curie 47, Hales Franciscan 45
  • St. Ignatius 46, Marshall 41
  • Hyde Park 69 , Seton Academy 60
  • Whitney Young 57, St. Vincent St. Mary 55
  • Leo 67, Simeon 66

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