Manhattan Classic Rundown

Manhattan, Kan. – Now in it's second year, the Manhattan Classic was held over the weekend at Bramlage Coliseum and the Peters Rec Complex on the campus of Kansas State. As it turned out, it was a great weekend for the host Spiece Mo-Kan Elite. Led all weekend by their backcourt of Will Spradling and Frank Williams, the host squad beat the All-Iowa Attack to capture in the 17 and under crowd.

On the 16 and under level, Mo-Kan added another title with a win over Martin Brothers. Only Oklahoma based Athlete's First was able to prevent a Mo-Kan sweep of the event beating the Spiece group in the semis before taking out an athletic KC Cowboys squad to capture the 15 and under crown.

Cameron Clark, SF, Team Texas- Talk about a guy who has earned a weekend off. It seems like Clark has been out on the road every weekend this spring and he continues to produce at a high level. His jumper has a little bit of sidespin, but the lengthy athlete makes them at a pretty high clip and his bread and butter one dribble pull-up happens so quick that it's tough to defend. His consistency isn't always there, but he's cemented himself as a high level prospect and one of the top prospects nationally at his position.

Frank Williams, SG, Spiece Mo-Kan- A lengthy shooter with deep range, Williams was scorching hot in Manhattan. A catch and shoot guy who is comfortable at all points around the perimeter, he gets his jumper off in a hurry and his high release makes it tough to defend. If he keeps shooting like he has this spring during July, schools will be all over him.

Will Spradling, PG, Spiece Mo-Kan- Playing on his future home court, Spradling dissected defenses and kept his teammates involved. A skilled shot maker, he's a guy who always does a great job of surveying the defense to take stock of what's available to him before attacking. If you are open, he's going to find you.

Darryl Traynham, PG, DC Assault- Leading what was a skeleton crew for the Assault, Traynham was awfully tough to contain off the bounce. A small point guard, he has plenty of heart and isn't afraid to attack the trees on the inside. He's making just enough jumpers to keep defenders aware that he'll shoot, but his bread and butter remains attacking off the dribble.

Will Artino, C, Martin Bros.- A skinny big man with near 6-foot-10 inch size, Artino is quite mobile and very fluid laterally. The lefty runs the floor very well, scores with some jump hooks and put backs and moves his feet on the defensive end when he's out in space. He needs time to develop his body, but he's a mid major sleeper.

Kevin Thomas, PF, Waco Basketball- By the end of the summer, we fully expect the word to be out on Thomas. While he's raw offensively, he's got a big and long frame, runs the floor pretty well and erases shots and rebounds at a high level. A big time student, he's a no brainer at the upper mid major level who should draw some pretty strong looks from some programs on the high major level.

Ray Riley, PG, Colorado Chaos- A scoring point guard, Riley is quick off the dribble and in constant attack mode. Looks to be comfortable creating going to either his right or left, and he's capable of putting up big points when his streaky jumper starts falling. Nice looking prospect for mid level programs in the Midwest to be finding more about.

Drew Parker, PG, Houston Clippers- A trusted Houston source tipped us off that Parker may be the best PG from his class in the Houston area. After watching, we like him too. Not a bomber from deep by any means, but he makes some shots and knows how to lead his team. Gets into the lane, creates for others, doesn't make many mistakes and seems to win a lot.

Tavian Pomlee, SF, Martin Bros. 16's- The younger brother of Iowa State redshirt freshman L.A. Pomlee, he's a 6-foot-5 wing with the prototype small forward body. Long armed with a solid frame, good shoulders and big time athleticism, he's high major all the way from a physical standpoint. He looks to attack off the dribble and is a good passer, but how well he develops his overall skill will determine whether or not his game translates to the same level as his physical attributes.

D.J. Taylor, SG, Oklahoma Rams- Playing up in the 17 and under division, Taylor was a nice find. An athletic 6-foot-2 off guard, he's quite quick off the bounce and can create offense in the tightest of spaces. Range on his jumper is deep and he's not afraid to let it fly. Caught him in a 29 point effort where he looked the part of an upper level mid major prospect.

Donovan Stewart, PG, All-Iowa Attack- While not a speed merchant, Stewart is a strong and crafty lead guard who gets things done. More specifically, he finds ways to put the ball through the net thanks to a clever assortment of pull-ups, floaters and timely jump shooting from deep.

Perry Ellis, PF, KS Players/KC Cowboys- Well put together physically, Ellis has excellent hands and is a terrific rebounder. He runs the floor very well and quick feet around the basket. Does most of his damage within six feet of the hoop and appeared to be worn out from playing in both the 15 and 16 and under divisions.

Marcus Paige, PG, Martin Bros. 15's&17's- There's an awful lot to like about this pencil thin lefty floor general. He's got a superior feel for the game, high level quickness can shoot and doesn't seem to get too high or too low. There are stretches where he controls everything with his tight handle and ability to involve others, but he can take the game over quickly as a scorer.

Clint McCullough, PF, Spiece Mo-Kan 16's- It doesn't take much more than a few touches for him to show off his impressive skill level. A competitor who has counter moves for just about anything a defender can throw at him, he scores with either hand around the bucket and shoots with range out to near the three point line. He runs the floor well and has been putting up big numbers all spring.

Dominique Wilson, PF, KC Cowboys- A long and athletic insider, this youngster can really run the floor at 6-foot-8. Active on the glass and as a rejector while we watched, he's a bit raw offensively but has good hands. He'll be one to watch down the road.

Nino Jackson, PG, Athlete's First 15's- Playing a big role for AF all weekend long, Jackson was huge in helping them to a championship. Quick with a tight handle, he gets to the rim and creates for others. Really making him dangerous is the fact that he can bury deep jumpers with confidence and is equally effective as a scorer and playmaker.

Jordan Dykstra has de-committed from Iowa State. According to the power forward, it's still too early for him to have a list of schools and he'll take another look at things after getting a feel for who follows him during the summer.

Obviously, these guys are still young, but the in-state class of talent in Kansas for the class of 2012 is looking like it has the potential to be a strong one. While Perry Ellis has garnered most of the headlines, there looks to be a solid group of big guys sprinkled about points all around the state. … We're not really sure what to think about kids pulling double duty and playing in two different age groups – sometimes for the same program, sometimes not – and we've seen more and more of it this spring. With kids playing as many games as they do, it seems like an awful lot to ask. Kids playing on two levels looks to be a big reason for one of the stranger things we've seen happen all spring. The Kansas Players opted out of playing in a semifinal game against Spiece Mo-Kan in the 16 and under division. Not because of travel issues, but because their coaching staff decided that a handful of their players who had been pulling double duty on the KC Cowboys 15U team was too gassed to play. … Another guy to track closely on Martin Bros. 15 and under crew is 6-foot-9 big man Adam Woodbury. He already has pretty good footwork, soft touch facing up to around 10 feet and hit some nice looking jump hooks. While not a speed demon, he moves well enough and looks to have a nice future. …

Playing for the I.L. All-Stars, we liked what we saw out of six foot combo guard Marshawn Maull. A tough kid who can get to the rim or bomb away from deep, the Kansas City prospect is an intriguing guy on the low to mid major bubble because of his ability to create offense without playing out of control. … We were finally able to get a look at 2012 Iowa State commitment Wesley Staten. A 6-foot-2 shooting guard, Staten is a long and athletic kid who can create off the bounce and is a streak shooter from deep. … Terell Brown a 2011 prospect from Colorado Springs has drawn some early looks from high majors. A good athlete who can score, he's a wing prospect that we'll look forward to seeing again with the Colorado Chaos. … Randy Collins is what he is and that's a somewhat undersized but super tough interior player. A bruiser in the paint, Collins throws around his strongly built 6-foot-5 inch frame and has little regard for those around him. He's a battler at the low to mid level. … Maybe it's just poor luck, but it doesn't feel like we've seen the best of Phil Pressey this spring. He's added some noticeable bulk and retains his feel for the game and court savvy. But, it seems like he's struggled to finish while we've watched. …

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