Cedrick Lindsay, SG, Gonzaga: One of those guys who keeps growing on you. You respect the energy at both ends and he's super in transition and efficient in the halfcourt. The Spiders have signed good guards in recent years and he continues the trend. Exactly the kind of guy who helps you win games.
Tyler Thornton, PG, Gonzaga: You need to see with his high school team to understand his game. He's developing his floater, which he used multiple times. Thornton had 17 and his coach monitored his minutes (also a touch of foul trouble) so he'd be fresh for the title game.
Damion Lee, SF, Calvert Hall: Towson adds a wing who will rebound (8 boards) and excels mid-range and in. He went for 21 points.
Jonathan Graham, PF, Calvert Hall: When you rundown the list of available big guys, you won't get too far before you find his name. Graham knows he's an inside guys and he's developed a low-post scoring package. The shots weren't falling but you could easily see his comfort zone 8-feet and in. We had him for 13 points (6-15 FG) and 15 rebounds. Strong mid-level programs would love to bring him in but he'll have an eye on going to the highest level.
Kaela King, Tyler Lamb, Gary Franklin, Mater Dei: There aren't many programs who boast a perimeter this good. Each guy is different. Lamb looked best as the scorer Friday night. King had 17 rebounds and Franklin made a trio of 3s. King is the versatile match-up problem, Lamb the scoring threat and Franklin the sniper.
John Manning, C, Chantilly: He's going to be a guy we'll have to keep a close eye on. He straddles the mid-to-high-major line. Thought that despite picking up a foul 10 seconds into the game he tried to remain smart and aggressive. A redshirt year may do him a world of good his first year of college. Solid touch around the bucket. Right now strength more than anything will hold him back. He had 11 and 5 boards in the win over Iona Prep.
Katin Reinhardt, SG, Mater Dei: This is the next one for the Monarchs. A tricky dribbler, Reinhardt appears to have a swagger and the stroke to go with it. A Jersey boy by birth, he'll be a hit on the West Coast this winter. Looks every bit like a high-major wing. Though his minutes are limited (for now) he appears to be the future for one of the country's powerhouse squads.
Jamal Lewis, PG, Sidwell: Not a bad looking young point guard. Doesn't have a lot of weapons so he's cast in scorer/run-team role. Scored at the rim but struggled with his jumper (though it didn't look bad). Mid-level schools will track him.
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