Jereme Richmond, SF, Mac Irvin Fire – Despite having as much, if not more, talent as anyone at the Peach Jam, the Fire struggled during Pool Play. But during their final game they managed to get a wing over Nike Baltimore Elite because of the fine play by Richmond. The 6-foot-7 Illinois commit scored at the rim and by knocking down mid-range jumpers. His ball skills are impressive for a guy his size and he's a high level athlete that has a high ceiling.
Matt Derenbecker, SF, Louisiana Select – For the second time in as many days, the 6-foot-6, 200-pound wing put together a pair of quality efforts. The lefty has a pure jumper, with range that extends well past the three-point line. During his final pool play game he managed to get a few buckets at the rim as well. He's got good size for the position, is an OK athlete and isn't afraid to mix it up inside. He's already got an solid list of followers, and after this event it should only pick up.
Tobias Harris, PF, Albany City Rocks – Throughout the first period we've raved about Harris' all around improvement and new body that is minus 15 pounds from last year. On Tuesday he was at it again, leading the Albany City Rocks to a first round playoff win. His versatility makes him tough to guard, he's got great touch around the basket and has the ability to finish with either hand with consistency.
Markel Brown, SF, Louisiana Select – Playing in his first ever AAU tournament, Brown, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound wing, showed off his high level athleticism, but also a pretty good looking jumper out to the three-point stripe. The Oklahoma State is aggressive and is athletic to adjust his shots with ease at the rim. Going forward he'll need to develop a middle game, but we like the look of this future Cowboy.
Sam Thompson, SF, Mac Irvin Fire 16's – Wayne Blackshear and Mike Shaw receive majority of the attention in Chicago, but Thompson is just as good and quite possibly has a higher ceiling. At 6-foot-7 he can do a variety of things, including going off the bounce for jumpers. Against Team Florida, Thompson got it going in the second half and scored a number of mid-range buckets. Despite his slender frame, he's aggressive inside and not afraid of contact around the basket.
Michael Chandler, C, Spiece 16's – It may have been a consolation game, but Chandler certainly didn't treat Spiece's game against the Playaz like one. The 6-foot-11 big man blocked shots, ran the floor, finished around the rim and even threw down a monster dunk on a 6-foot-9 defender.
Ryan Taylor, PF/SF, Spiece 16's – We still struggle determining exactly what position Taylor will end up playing in college. Regardless the 6-foot-6 forward is a player. Taylor's motor is top notch, he's active on both ends and he blocks a bunch of shots. Against the Playaz he showed his strength by punking defenders inside for buckets on his way to a double-digit performance.
Greg Lewis, PF/C, Nike Baltimore Elite 16's – He didn't get a ton of clock in Nike Baltimore Elite's last pool play game, but it's clear this 6-foot-10, 230-pound big man can play. Right now he's more prospect than player, but we like the tools he has at his disposal, as he's got a strong frame, can run the floor and can score at the rim.
Hunter Mickelson, C, Arkansas Wings – It's quick to realize that Mickelson is going to need to add some weight and strength to his 6-foot-10 frame. Despite his thin frame, Mickelson gets a lot done on both ends. He's developed a face up jumper, runs the floor looking to score and blocks shots on the defensive end.
Kyle Anderson, SF, Playaz 16's – This 6-foot-7 versatile wing is just starting to scratch the surface of what he'll become. A methodical prospect with an impressive skill set, Anderson is capable of taking defenders off the bounce for buckets, but is also pretty good at facilitating the offense. He's got a great feel for the game, a consistent jumper and terrific vision.