Nate Lubick, PF, NE Playaz – Georgetown has a good one in this 6-foot-8 power forward. He works hard inside and he gave the Memphis Magic problems as he worked the post for scoring opportunities, ran the floor and snagged rebounds. Offensively he continues to get better in the post and he's got a great set of hands that catch everything thrown his way.
Joe Jackson, PG, Memphis Magic – Last night at the GBOA majority of Jackson's buckets came at the rim. Today against the NE Playaz, he threw in a few more long range jumpers. One high level coach compared the 5-foot-11 lightning quick point guard to Chris Paul. He's extremely tough to contain off the dribble and has certainly pushed himself into the elite category.
Casey Prather, SF, Nashville Celtics – Prather is known for his athleticism and ability to slash to the rim and get buckets. But the biggest worry has always been his ability to shoot the ball. Over the course of the spring and summer his shooting has been up and down.
On Thursday he looked more confident shooting the ball, at least that was the case in the first half of the Celtics match up with Double Pump 2011, as he hit a spot up three-pointer and a pair of mid-range jumpers. Already a fine player, if Prather develops a consistent jumper it will take his game up a notch.
Austin Hollins, SG, Nashville Celtics – Majority of the attention on the Celtics goes to Prather, but we think Hollins is quite a prospect as well. At 6-foot-4, Hollins has wide shoulders and an impressive long and lean body. At this point he does lack the strength to be physical when he attacks the rim, but he's got a nice looking jump shot and above average athleticism. Against the young Pump team Hollins scored a number of buckets at the rim and worked the boards for put backs.
Keith Davis, Urban DFW Elite – It's been a while since we've taken in a game from Davis, but after watching him on Thursday we think he's got a chance to be a Top 100 guy when it's all said and done. At 6-foot-9, Davis runs the floor has a nice set of hands and an offensive skill set that has improved over the past year. In the game we caught he scored at the rim, rebounded and blocked shots, but his most impressive play was the right jump hook he dropped in over an outstretched defender.
Ryan Harrow, PG, Atlanta Celtics – It's clear this jitterbug type of lead guard has had a pretty impressive spring/summer. He was up to his old tricks on Thursday against Pump N' Run Elite. Harrow's speed is often times an issue for defenders and that was the case against Pump N' Run, as he pushed the tempo, found teammates in transition and showed off his terrific pull-up jumper.
Levi Randolph, SG, Nashville Celtics 16's – We caught a quick look at him in Cincinnati a few weeks back, but today we got to see him for a full game and we left with a high opinion of him. He's a big guard (6-foot-4) that can do some things, especially on the offensive end, where he's tough to contain off the dribble and has a pretty good looking pull up jumper. He's also a solid athlete that has developed an impressive mid-range game. Right now he's a regional recruit, but that may change as he's a high major dude with some talent.
Treg Setty, SF, Nashville Celtics 16's – An intriguing prospect, Setty managed to knock down a number of three-pointers in the Celtics early round game at the Tarkanian center. Setty, a 6-foot-6, 175-pound wing, moves very well and is becoming more and more confident with his ability to knock down shots. As a prospect he's interesting because of his size, length and ability to let it go from long range.
Elgin Cook, SF, D-Harris 16's – We stuck around to watch Darnell Harris, of D-Harris All-Stars, and wound up falling in love with the game of Cook. The 6-foot-5 wing was active and aggressive, especially on the offensive end, where he relentless attacked the basket. A solid athlete, Cook finished well around the basket and showed he's got the ability to finish above the rim as well. This one is a junior to keep an eye on.
Josiah Turner, PG, Double Pump 2011 – We've harped on his motor at times, but during today's mid day peformance there's not a ton we can gripe about other than a few turnovers here and there. Turner was more aggressive than we've seen recently, as he attacked the rim, showed a mid-range game and knocked down a deep jumper when Double Pump was crawling back into the game.
Kyle Caudill, C, Double Pump 2011 – With his future coaches looking on, Caudill played fairly well against the Celtics. Because of his size, he's able to clear space inside and scored a number of buckets off put backs or low post catches that were so deep it was nearly impossible to block. Caudill, who is limited athletically, has a great set of mitts, nice touch around the basket and is capable of knocking down mid-range jumpers.
Lonnie Jackson, SG, Double Pump 2011 – Known for his ability to grip it and rip it, this 6-foot-4 shooting guard didn't disappoint as he shot the ball well all game against the Nashville Celtics. Despite shooting from his shoulder, Jackson has a quick trigger on his jumper that extends well past the three-point line. A standout at Valencia (Calif.) High, Jackson also went off the bounce for a mid-range jumper and showed he could finish with his off at the rim.
Kevin Ware, PG, Atlanta Celtics 16's – We go back and forth thinking about Ware's future position in college. He does spend majority of his time on the ball, and he has the speed and athleticism to play that spot, but his ball handling and ability to create for others must continue to improve. With that said, he's one of our favorites to watch because of the way he pushes the tempo and the way he finishes at the rim. He's easily a high major prospect.
Josiah Moore, SF, Atlanta Celtics 16's – The more we watched Moore, the more we liked him. A 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing, Moore has good size, is an above average athlete and has a good looking frame that should fill out as he gets older. Offensively he's developing, as he has a good looking jump shot, finishes well in transition and attacked well off the dribble. A number of mid-major programs are tracking him now, but he could sneak up into the high major ranks.
Trey McDonald, PF/C, Michigan Mustangs 16's -- The Midwest appears to have some good big men in the class of 2011. To go with guys like Michael Chandler, Amir Williams and Zach Price, there's also McDonald, who stands 6-foot-9. In a match up against Arizona Premier, McDonald ran the floor very well, knocked down a mid-range jumper and even showed a jump hook with his off hand (left). McDonald has the look of a high major prospect, but because of the other talent in the Midwest he seems to be flying below the radar.
Levi Randolph said Alabama, Georgia and Miami are the schools showing him the interest. All three have offered him a scholarship. Wake Forest, Oregon State, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Missouri State and Missouri are also in the mix.
Dwight Powell had a number of new schools try and get in the mix after his strong showing at the King City Classic. But he said for the most part he's shutting his deal down. He listed Stanford, Harvard, California, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech.
Jordan Goodman, a 2011 standout for DC Assault's 16's team, said Maryland has already offered him a scholarship. Kansas State is strong in the mix, while Georgetown, UNLV and Kentucky have made contact.
Adonis Thomas showed his ability to go off the bounce and create his own looks. We love his frame, athleticism and long term potential. Darnell Harris can really shoot it. The 6-foot-6, maybe 6-foot-7 forward, stepped out and hit a number of three-pointers against the Derek Smith All-Stars. His range extends well past the stripe. Nick Jacobs didn't get a ton of burn, but he still managed to show off his left jump hook. He makes quick, aggressive moves to the tin when he gets it on the block. Karl Cochran, of the Atlanta Celtics 16's, played well during their evening game. He's a pretty good athlete that also showed an ability to shoot it. To go with Keith Stevens, Urban DFW has another impressive big man. Antwan Space, of the 2011 class, is 6-foot-8, runs the floor and appeared the be fairly active on both ends. Jordan McRae played well on this day. We love him as a prospect. He's long, athletic and can really score.
Cody Zeller and Marshall Plumlee drew a nice crowd for the 9 a.m. game. Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, Thad Matta, Billy Donovan, Mike Brey and Matt Painter were among the head coaches watching them play.
A number of schools are trailing Casey Prather. The 6-foot-5 wing had Bruce Pearl, Kevin Stallings, Oliver Purnell and Josh Pastner checking him out against Pump N' Run 2011.