Keith Appling, PG/SG, Michigan Mustangs – Some list him as a point, others as a two. Either way, the 6-foot-1 guard can flat out play. Because of his speed, he's tough to keep out in front and once he's in the lane he's extremely dangerous because of his ability to finish in the lane and find open teammates. Against Indiana Elite (Fox) he lived in the lane and must have completed at least four "And 1" plays.
Flavien Davis, SF, Wisconsin Scholars – It's been nearly two years since we've watched this 6-foot-4 wing, and honestly he appeared to be the same player. In this one he looked a bit out of shape and at times uninterested. In the second half against SW Ill. Jets, Davis was more aggressive on the offensive end and showed nice touch on his floaters in the lane. He hit a pair of jumpers, but the majority of his buckets were in the paint. Going forward he needs to show more desire and intensity throughout the contest.
Anthony Brown, SF, So Cal All-Stars – Apparently on Friday, Brown brought it up against the SYF Players and lead them to a double overtime victory. On day two he didn't have the jumper working, but it's clear he's a big time prospect and has the look of the top wing prospect on the west coast. Easily 6-foot-6 and appears to be closing in on 6-foot-7, Brown spent time on and off the ball for SCA. His overall skill set is impressive, as his length and the fact that he's a year young for his grade.
Dominique Ferguson, PF, SYF Players – In the first frame Ferguson was a little too fired up and talked his way into a technical. As the second half rolled on Ferguson began to establish himself more. The 6-foot-7 forward played primarily on the perimeter and as the game tightened up Ferguson went right at Jordan Manuel, scoring a handful of buckets at the rim. He likens himself as a small forward, but we think he's at his best playing a face up power forward role.
Jesse Berry, SG/PG, SYF Players – There are varying reviews of this 6-foot-2 guard. After watching him down in the closing minutes against Eric Gordon All-Stars, we walked away a fan. An above average athlete, Berry was great in transition and had a few above the rim finishes. He also appears to be a pretty good long-range shooter, as he knocked in a pair of deep jumpers in this one, as he helped SYF climb back and knock off the Eric Gordon All-Stars.
Jordan Manuel, PF, Eric Gordon All-Stars – There's no question this 6-foot-7 forward loves to talk. In both games we watched on Saturday, he went at it with the opposition. In both cases, he backed up his lip service with his play. An intriguing forward, Manuel shot the ball well and faced up defenders for jumpers from 18-feet out to 22. He doesn't do much on the block, so we'd like to see him mix in some moves in the paint, but he's a pretty good athlete and despite lacking strength a pretty good rebounder.
Kyrie Irving, PG, NJ Roadrunners – Even with Irving isn't at his best, he's a presence on the court. The jumper was erratic Saturday evening, after he apparently was on fire in the morning game. The Indiana fans were in Assembly Hall cheering him on and he responded by attacking the rim and creating for his teammates. The 6-foot-1 guard adjusts so well at the rim and has terrific body control.
Trey Zeigler, SG, Team Detroit – Against Chicago Elite, Zeigler made his point early on. The 6-foot-5 guard relentlessly attacked the rim and showed great touch in the paint. After finishing a number of times at the rim with contact, he worked his way outside and knocked in some deep jumpers. An impressive scorer, Zeigler handles it pretty well and made a handful of sweet passes when he attacked the basket. He went for 24 points in his last game of the day.
Ray McCallum, PG, Team Detroit – There aren't many guys that are equipped with the feel for the point guard spot that this 6-foot-1 floor general has, perhaps it's because he's the son of a coach. Regardless it's impressive and entertaining to watch. His deep ball is more consistent than last year and he's building off a big showing at the Pitt Jam Fest and appears to be primed for a monster summer. In the half court set and in transition, he has keen vision and has a knack for helping guys get looks.
Jeremiah Davis, SG/PG, Indiana Elite/Team Indiana 16's – Overall Davis' skill set is much improved since last year. He looks slimmer, quicker and all around more advanced. He ran the show for Drew Adams' squad and was impressive doing so. The 6-foot-4 guard handled the ball with care, created opportunities for others and scored it well off the bounce.
Austin Etherington, SF, Indiana Elite/Team Indiana – We've heard a lot about this 6-foot-6 wing in the recent weeks. After taking a full two years away from basketball due to a knee injury, he's back on the court and is quickly proving himself as a possible high major prospect. The game we took in clearly wasn't his best effort, but there's no doubt he's a talented wing with above average athleticism and ball skills.
Matt Carlino, PG, Indiana Elite One – Up against one of the top guards in the 2010 class – Kyrie Irving -- Carlino brought his "A" game. The 6-foot-1 smooth floor general pushed the tempo at every opportunity, and made crisp passes in transition. Although the southpaw wasn't on from long-range, he managed to get a handful of buckets at the rim and did a great job creating shots for his teammates.
Cody Zeller, PF/C, Indiana Elite One – We had flashbacks to the Real Deal on the Hill two years ago when Tyler Zeller began his rise to the top of the 2008 class, when watching his younger brother. Cody has sprouted to close to 6-foot-9 and has a long, lean frame. Much like Tyler, Cody runs the floor with ease, has a great set of hands and gets a lot of buckets in transition. On this day he hit the glass hard too. He's much improved since last year and as he gains strength he'll only get better.
Spencer Turner, SG, Indiana Elite One – When this dude tees it up form behind the arc you expect it to go in. In a loss to the NJ Roadrunners in Assembly Hall, Turner went for at least five three-pointers. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard, who was a big part of Bloomington (Ind.) South's state championship run, also tossed in a floater and had a few finishes at the rim. Although he's primarily known as a shooter, he's capable of putting the ball on the deck for a few dribbles and pulling up for mid-range jumpers.
Ron Patterson, SG, Spiece Indy Heat 15's – The 8 am tip off may have gotten to him, but as the game wore on the 6-foot-3 wing picked up his intensity. Not known as a great shooter, he did bury a pull-up three-pointer, but the majority of his other buckets came off attacking the rim. He's impressive in transition and understands how to use his body when trying to finish at the bucket.
Austin Burgett, PF, Spiece Indy Heat 15's – A 6-foot-8, 205-pound power forward, Burgett shows just enough every showing to think he's the type of kid that has a chance develop into a high major prospect. A solid athlete with a lean frame, Burgett displayed nice touch inside, can face up defenders for jumpers and runs the floor with ease.
Austin Burgett, a standout at Avon (Ind.) High, said he's receiving interest from Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Iowa, Louisville, Xavier, Illinois and Ohio State. He took an unofficial visit to Purdue last week.
Dominique Ferguson, a standout at Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North, listed a number of programs on Saturday. He said Florida, Texas, UCLA, Arizona, Wake Forest, Louisville, DePaul, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Duke were all involved in his recruitment.
Ge-Lawn Guyn played well for Indiana Elite (Fox) against the Michigan Mustangs. The 6-foot-2 guard, who is a terrific on the ball defender, came out firing and buried a handful of three-pointers. Marshall Plumlee, a member of the Indiana Elite One squad, was very active on the defensive end. The 6-foot-10 big man aggressively contested every shot in the lane. Alex Gauna, a recent Michigan State commit, worked the baselines for dunks. He was the beneficiary of a number of Appling's drop off passes against Indiana Elite. Marquis Teague and DeShaun Thomas went right at the opposition in their first round tournament game. Teague got in the lane and made plays, while Thomas scored it from the perimeter and inside. 2012 standout Chris Harrison, of Indiana Elite/Team Indiana, has a good speed and a great feel for the game. Cameron Harvey is another guy that intrigued us from the Indiana Elite/Team Indiana 15's team. Griffin McKenzie is finally getting healthy. The 6-foot-9 post player can really shoot it from long range. Lavonte Dority is a tough, hardnosed floor general. He's got a strong frame, attacks the rim and has a solid motor. T.J. Taylor, a 2011 prospect, who is already committed to Santa Clara, has nice speed and look the part of a solid mid-level lead guard. Travis Trice improved on his effort from yesterday. Last night he couldn't hit anything, late Saturday night the 6-foot-1 guard couldn't miss from mid or long range.