Hoop City Classic Rundown

SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. -- While the mega events opened in Vegas and Orlando, the Hoop City Classic offered a great alternative on Wednesday. Taking place in the Okun Fieldhouse and surrounding gyms in the Kansas City suburbs, the first year event got off to a smashing start on Wednesday.

Zach McCabe, PF/SF, All-Iowa Attack- Recent Iowa commitment is a hybrid forward who can really shoot the ball but likes to bang around too. Love to watch him deliver an extra blow after whistles just to let opponents know that he's not going anywhere and plays for keeps. Will be interesting to see how his game translates to the Big Ten and he's definitely a system fit.

Cameron Wright, SG, King James- Noticeably bulked up, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard was really looking to attack off the dribble. He's added some burst and really improved his ball handling and play making for others. Would have liked for him to finish better around the bucket, but he was balling.

Jordan Clarkson, SG, San Antonio Rohawks- He first caught our eye at Reebok All-American camp, but Clarkson really got our attention on Wednesday. A lean 6-foot-4 wing who can handle, he's a good shooter with quickness and solid mid rang game. High majors are starting to peak around here.

Cameron Clark, SF, Team Texas- After a strong start, the 6-foot-6 wing went quiet for a while. Meanwhile, Team Texas watched a sizeable lead slip away. With the game on the line against Playground Elite, Clark came alive for two huge plays on the offensive glass. First was a ridiculous tip dunk and it was followed shortly after by a tip in as time expired to win the game.

Phil Pressey, PG, Team Texas- After struggling to find his groove during the spring, the springy Texan has found it during July. Didn't shoot the ball quite as well as he did at time during the Peach Jam, but was effective. When he plays with energy, he gets a lot done.

Marquis Teague, PG, Spiece Indy Heat- Phew, this guy is definitely worth the price of admission from an entertainment standpoint. So much quicker than anybody who is going to guard him, he's equally explosive off the floor. Plays hard and already has a good skill level, but when his left hand really develops, look out.

Nino Williams, SF, Spiece MoKan- Word among coaches was that the physical small forward was balling a week ago in Miami. He kept up the effort while defending his home turf on Wednesday. Aggressive and strong at the rim, he's got a great motor and is starting to look a lot more confident pulling up for mid-range jumpers or the occasional three pointer.

Nnana Egwu, Chasson Randle, Jacob Williams, Illinois Wolves 16's- Because they rolled to an easy win, it wasn't the best game to check out this potential high major trio for the Wolves. Still, they showed impressive flashes. Egwu is quite raw on the offensive end, but the lean 6-foot-9 center plays hard, contests shots and has pretty good hands. Meanwhile, Randle is a confident combo guard who can score. Love the work that he does in the mid range and his feel for the game. William is a lean and long 6-foot-5 wing who has some ball skills. He's quick, handles pretty well and is an excellent passer.

Cinmeon Bowers, PF/SF, Playground Elite- Strong kid is a horse in the lane and causes matchup problems. Shoots well to mid range making him a problem for big guys because he can face up. Against wings, he goes to the post and overpowers them.

Amir Williams, PF/C, The Family 16's- It was a productive outing for Williams as he blocked shots and scored at the rim. The lean big man really runs the floor and looks the part of a high level guy. Even better, are days like Wednesday when he plays the part on both ends of the floor.

Carlton Brundidge, SG, The Family 16's- Affectionately known as CB, all he does is GB – get buckets. A strong and tough off guard, he'll score some off the dribble and get hot from deep. No matter what, you are going to get a good effort out of him on the offensive end.

What to think of Trayvonn Wright? You have to love his quickness and athleticism, but he's one skinny dude. He's getting followed by mid to high majors trying to gauge how the bouncy All-Iowa Attack PF fits on the next level. He had one of the best dunks of the day with a straight up and one job. … Javaris Willis signed with Texas Tech late but didn't make it academically and is headed to a prep school. The 6-0 guard is a gunner in the mold of a Tyrese Rice and will be an interesting guy for high majors to take a look at with Dallas Showtyme Elite. … If he can qualify, Kent State has netted a good one in 2009 wing Robert Johnson from Bedford (OH) High. He's a long, quick, athletic and the 6-foot-5 small forward makes plays at the rim. May end up at Indian Hills junior college if he doesn't make it. … We would like to get a better look at him, but we liked what we saw out of 6-foot-1 combo guard Isaiah Jones of Meanstreets. A fine athlete who can put up points in a hurry with the pull-up jumper or assaults on the paint. He's a must see guy for Midwest mid to upper mid level programs. … DeJuan Marrero, A.J. Hammonds, and Raphael Davis are a really intriguing and potentially big time 2012 trio for the Spiece Indy Heat. Marerro has a great 6-foot-6 frame and is perhaps a natural power forward, but he's got wing potential. Hammonds is a huge kid, but as he's done at other events, he strayed from the hoop some. Davis, who has committed to Purdue, sure has a great looking frame and plus athleticism. However, we can't help but wonder if they wouldn't be better off playing and developing a little more in the 16 and under division. …

Trevor Fulller of Team Texas is being tracked closely by upper level mid level programs. The 6-foot-7 power forward doesn't get a lot of touches, but he's got a live body, good hands and does his work on the glass. He doesn't get huge numbers, but coaches are definitely noticing his work. … Really like what we see out of 2012 point guard Cameron Fowler of The Family 16's. The six footer has good length and patience for his age and position. … 6-foot-2 shooting guard Corey Copeland is sure to attract a strong mid level following before summer's end. He's got some athleticism and the Fort Smith (Ark.) North product gets buckets for the Midwest Mission. … With 19 guys suited up and ready to go, the Northwest Ohio 16's have plenty of options. … Because he's young for his class, 6-foot-3 shooting guard Devondrick Walker is playing for one of the Dallas Showtyme 16 and under squads. The South Garland product is a long armed perimeter marksman with some bounce and could be a mid level sleeper. … Zach Price had a host of head coaches (Tom Izzo, Rick Pitino, John Beilein, Thad Matta among the crowd) but hardly got any touches with the King James 16's. … D.J. Jackson of the Spiece MoKan 16's had a very nice afternoon. The six foot point guard is quick and really gets after it. He's got lots of Missouri Valley and similar programs taking a look and the coaches have noticed the pride he takes in his defense. …

Some days the kids aren't feeling it and get awfully secretive about their lists. The mood in Kansas City was a chipper one and kids stressed who wide open they were while giving sizeable lists. … Jacob Williams rattled off offers from Loyola, Southern Illinois, SMU and Bradley while Miami, Illinois, Ohio State and Ohio among others have said hello. … Nnana Egwu listed Illinois, Loyola, Purdue, Southern Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Oregon State and DePaul as suitors. … It's a high major party for Chasson Randle who mentioned Illinois, Miami, Florida State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Iowa State and Ohio State. … Cartlon Brundidge rattled off Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Iowa, Syracuse and Ohio State. … Amir Williams mentioned Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Providence, Purdue, UCLA, Ohio State, Tennessee and DePaul. …

Cameron Clark mentioned Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Kentucky as five who have been putting in the overtime work on him. … Trevor Fuller claims offers from Tulane, San Diego, Southern Illinois, Missouri State, UTEP and Richmond. Tulsa, Butler and others are taking a look. … Jordan Clarkson is now holding offers from Tulsa, TCU, Texas Tech and SMU. Others who are tracking him include Arizona State, Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Indiana State. … Phil Pressey snuck in a visit to Missouri during late June and the Tigers have been making it clear to him that he's their guy. UCLA and Baylor both had assistants on hand as well. … Frank Williams of Spiece MoKan made the most of his appearance at the LeBron Skills Academy. He's sporting offers from Minnesota, Santa Clara, Oral Roberts and Murray State. Kansas State, Missouri and Michigan State are all keeping tabs as well. …

Some of the head coaches in the building were Thad Matta, Frank Martin, Sean Miller, Todd Lickliter, Matt Doherty, Chris Lowery, John Beilein, Rick Pitino and Doug Wojcik. …


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