Evan Smotrycz, PF, Mass Rivals – A recent Michigan commit, Smotrycz is the perfect prospect for John Beilein's system. At 6-foot-8, 200-pounds he's a guy that moves very well, has great touch in the paint, but most importantly is a terrific shooter. His form is flawless and he finishes it off with a high release.
The New Hampton (H.H.) School standout, who showed use of both hands around the basket, is capable of putting it on the decks for a few bounces and pulling up for jumpers as well. Strength is a concern and an area for improvement, but there's no denying his ability to shoot the rock.
Jordan Laguerre, PG, Mass Rivals – College coaches from coast to coast are searching for floor generals in the 2010 class, and slowly we've unturned a few guys in Pittsburgh. The guy that caught our eye the most was this 6-foot-1 lead guard that led Manchester (N.H.) Trinity to a state championship.
A fast and fairly athletic guard, Laguerre loves to cross over from right to left and uses the move to create space for a jumper or to blow by the defender. The southpaw saw the court well, appeared to be strong with the ball and was consistent with his jumper.
Travis Carroll, C, Spiece Indy Heat – During his mid day game, Carroll was tough to stop on the block. Using his wide frame, he bullied guys in the paint and showed nice touch around the basket. To go with the work he did inside, he also stepped out and showed range to 18-feet on his jump shot. Once he gets to Purdue he should fill out weight wise and be able to add strength relatively easily.
Donnie Hale, PF, Spiece Indy Heat – A perfect compliment to Carroll, Hale is a guy that's capable of stepping out and facing up defenders for mid-range jumpers. But he'll do work on the block too. In their game against the N.J. Roadrunners he did both. He's got a consistent left hook, has nice touch on his jumper and has wingspan over 7-feet.
Tom Droney, PG, SBOA – A Pittsburgh native, Droney looked to shine in his hometown event and he certainly made some plays. Droney, who patents himself as a lead guard, stands 6-foot-5, has a solid handle and is a consistent long-range shooter. Despite having average speed, he has no problem getting by the first line of defense, once by his man he's capable of pulling up for jumpers and showed a nice floater in the lane. His court awareness and IQ is above average as well. On the other hand, he tends to drive too deep at times and may be a concern defensively.
Kyrie Irving, PG, New Jersey Roadrunners – Each and every time Irving stepped on the court in Pittsburgh, he dominated. In his last contest of the tournament, he went for 31 points, including five three-pointers. He's got elite speed, is a solid athlete and has a strong handle. His body control is terrific and he has a knack for getting through tight spaces with the basketball. They may have lost their game against Spiece late Saturday night, but he did everything he could to will his team to a victory.
Matt Brown, SG, Mass Rivals – Throughout Saturday, Brown, a 6-foot-3 solidly built guard made his presence known. A standout at Northfield (N.H.) Mount Hermon, Brown attacks the rim with some aggression and uses his body and athleticism to finish once he's in the paint. To go with his ability to get to the tin, he's a pretty good shooter off the catch, as he has great form and gets tremendous lift on his jumper.
Tobias Harris, PF, Unique All-Stars – We weren't even focusing on his game, but it was hard not to see what he was doing on the adjacent court. Playing for a different squad than last week, Harris showed off an impressive skill set. He's capable of using either hand at the rim, as well as step out and knock in jumpers. Harris has clearly spent some time in the gym and has done some great work with his body, as he seems much slimmer and in better shape than last year.
Trey Zeigler, SG, Team Detroit – We just got a glimpse last night, on Saturday we caught the full package. Zeigler, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, has the tools to score it in a variety of ways. His stroke from long range is solid, but he's also a guy that likes to attack the rim off the bounce and pull-up for jumpers or try and finish at the tin. A solid athlete with a well built frame, Zeigler will likely become a priority recruit for many as the summer approaches.
Ray McCallum, PG, Team Detroit – For the second day in a row, the 6-foot-1 floor general was getting it done. McCallum pushed the tempo and was extremely effective in transition, where he displayed great body control, a soft touch at the rim and the ability to adjust shots if need be. Known as a good, not great shooter, McCallum managed to knock down a handful of deep jumpers today, just like yesterday. But his bread isn't buttered off his jumper, he's a great set up guy that is as steady as they come at the point guard spot.
Chris Coleman, C, NEBC – We just caught his second half, but we saw enough to know the kid can play. At 6-foot-9, 240-pounds, he's a big kid with a strong frame. At times he gets lazy and doesn't get up and down the floor, but he's got a great set of mitts that catch everything thrown his way and he's got nice touch around the rim.
James Carlton, PF, Virginia Assault – Mid-majors should take a peak at this 6-foot-7, 200-pound power forward. He's got a long, lean frame, but is active on both ends. Carlton has a lot of raw athletic ability and made some plays on each end that left us wanting to watch him a little more. The spin move to hook shot on the baseline was impressive, as was the way he contested shots. He's planning to transfer high schools and reclassify to the 2011 class.
Jaymie Spears, PG, Mass Rivals – A product of St. Marks, Spears ran the show for Mass Rivals and did a pretty good job getting his teammates into their offense. Spears is quick and elusive in the open court, and also is the proud owner of a sweet stroke from downtown.
James Carlton said UNC-Greensboro, Appalachian State, Western Carolina have offered him a scholarship. Interest from Auburn, Virginia Tech, Virginia, VCU, Drake, Marquette and William & Mary is also coming in.
Chris Coleman said North Carolina State "wants him bad" and has offered him a scholarship. He also has interest from Connecticut, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Kansas, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and USC.
2010 big man Griffin McKenzie appeared taller and stronger. Now standing 6-foot-9 and weighing in at 215-pound, he's got solid size and terrific touch for big. He's got legit range to 22-feet. Jayvaughn Pinkston was up and down throughout the day. The 6-foot-5 power forward will bully for buckets inside and is a tough active dude. Ryan Canty, of Mass Rivals, had a solid day. He has a solid frame, runs the floor well and can score inside. The 6-foot-8 big man will likely get a lot of attention from mid-major programs.
Unfortunately the way the event was set up we couldn't view any of the 15's or 16's games on Saturday, so tomorrow morning we're planning on catching some underclassmen.
Word around the University of Pittsburgh campus is that Michael Gilchrist is continuing his dominance. We've saved Team Final for the last day of the event, as we have a strong feeling they'll be around for the final few games.
There are a lot of AAU teams named after NBA players. But there aren't many teams that actually have their NBA guy show up for their games and stay all weekend. Eric Gordon has earned props in our book, as he sat on the bench for the Eric Gordon All-Stars games this weekend.