Alex Dragicevich, SF, Glenbrook North – It's hard to sell a guy as an under the radar prospect when he's committed to a Big East school, but Dragicevich seemingly hasn't received the attention he's deserved. The Notre Dame commit has the look of a prolific scorer, who is comfortable shooting off the catch and dribble. His mid-range game is on point, as he loves to pull-up off of one or two dribbles for 15 to 18-foot jumpers and he mixes in floaters when he's attacking from the top of the key. The 6-foot-6 wing has wide shoulders and plays stronger than he looks. To go with all the above, he knows the game, is a good passer and a willing rebounder. He scored 19 points in G.N.'s win.
Meyers Leonard, C, Robinson – Coming out of the summer there were some questions about Leonard. Some said he didn't play hard or with enough aggression. If there were still any questions they were answered on Saturday at the Shootout at the Hall. Leonard, who now stands 7-feet tall, played with passion and aggression against Rock Island.
He fought off double and triple teams to toss in multiple mid-range jumpers. He patrolled the paint swatting and affecting shots. He also ran the floor looking to score and tried to dunk everything around the rim. Doing his best Kevin love impersonation he also tossed a pair of full court outlet passes that led to buckets. He finished with 16 points and five blocks.
Jereme Richmond, SF, Waukegan – Despite taking a 17-point loss, Richmond did all he could. Playing in front of his future fans, Richmond went 8-for-15 from the field on his way to 21 points and 12 rebounds. Richmond is a high level athlete that has turned himself into a pretty good rebounder. His mid-range game looks improved and he had hit working in this one. He hunted jumpers from 15 to 18-feet and they fell more often than not.
Rayvonte Rice, SG, Centennial – Drake has to be thrilled with this pick up. The 6-foot-3, built guard went off against Waukegan dropping 32 points and leading Centennial to a win over Jereme Richmond's squad. Rice is a do-it-all type guy. He uses his strength when he attacks the rim and must have completed at least four plus one situations. He also shoot it well from long and mid-range. He's a tough kid that will defend and plays hard.
Stargell Love, SG/PG, Quality Education – Since we last saw Love, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, he's much improved. His speed and athleticism set him apart from the competition and those two qualities are especially effective in the open court. To go with a handful of buckets at the rim, Love mixed in a few mid-range jumpers and was overall tough to guard. He scored 16 points and tossed out seven assists in Q.U.A.'S two point win over Brehm Prep.
Macari Brooks, SG, Rich South – It didn't take long for Brooks, a 6-foot-2 guard, to show his best attribute. His athleticism stood out as he attacked the rim out of the gate and put up 16 points in the first half. Despite a slow start in the second, Brooks showed off his mid-range jumper. He gets great lift on his shot and his form is solid. Going forward he'll need to improve his ball handling and take care of the ball better, but he's a guy that with continued development could be a high major prospect. He finished with 22 points and six rebounds.
Tracy Abrams, PG, Mt. Carmel – It didn't take the 6-foot lead guard prospect long to get things going as he hit three three-pointers in the first six minutes of their match up with Peoria Central. From there on, Abrams attacked the rim and with success. He didn't have any problem penetrating and finished once he got inside the paint. He finished with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Chasson Randle, SG/PG, Rock Island – There's a reason the USA basketball coaches thought so highly of Randle over the summer. His skill set is impressive and his jump shot has come along way. Every jumper he took on Saturday appeared it was going in. To go with his deep range, Randle's bag of tricks include mid-range jumpers and floaters. He plays composed, makes good decisions and continues to get better. He finished with 28 points and eight rebounds.
Quincy Miller, PF, Quality Education – One of the nation's top power forwards, Miller showed the fans still remaining at Assembly Hall during the last game why he's so highly touted. Miller, a versatile prospect, loves to face up defenders, but is also more willing than ever to bang inside for buckets and rebounds. Miller scored 12 points and added 11 rebounds.
Jay Simpson, PF, Champaign Central – He didn't put up big numbers, but Simpson, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound big man, was able to show why Purdue thought he was worthy of an early commitment. He has a strong frame with long arms, as well as a nice set of hands and soft touch around the basket. He's also capable of stepping away from the basket and dropping in jumpers to 20-feet as well. We would like to see him be more aggressive in the paint, especially when it comes to rebounding and trying to score on the block. He has the physical ability, he just needs to be more assertive inside.
DeJuan Marrero, PF/SF, Bowman Academy – Much like last weekend at the Marshall County Hoopfest, Marrero made an impact on the glass. Whether the ball is in his area or not, the 6-foot-6 combo forward seems to find it and snag it. He corralled 13 on the day to go with a game high 20 points. Marrero finished around the rim with both ends, and was especially efficient in the open court.
Macari Brooks claims scholarship offers from DePaul, Dayton, Southern Illinois and Illinois State. California, South Florida, Xavier, Indiana and Louisville are in the mix as well. At this point he claims California as his leader. He said a decision could come following December.
Chasson Randle has offers from Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa, Stanford, Iowa State, Harvard, Michigan and DePaul. He said he didn't necessarily have a favorite, but pointed out that he felt "comfortable" with Illinois.
Illinois head coach Bruce Weber was in attendance, as was the entire Illinois coaching staff. Western Michigan and Harvard also had coaches watching the Shootout at the Hall.
Joe Daniels, a 6-foot-8 big man for Champaign Central, put up a solid 11 point, 11 rebound effort against Rich South. We'd heard some rumblings about Max Bielfeldt heading into this event. He's a Division-I prospect, but struggled from the field here. The Peoria (Ill.) Notre Dame prospect didn't score, but did snag eight rebounds. Andrew McAuliffe, a 6-foot-7 big man at Glenbrook North, is just a freshman and already logs minutes. He's one to watch down the road. Bowman Academy's Chris Bond scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebound. He's athletic and active. Antonio Drummond scored 14 point and snagged six rebounds. Although he struggled from the field here, he usually is a good shooter. Turnovers were an issue for him today, as he had six. Centennial big men Josh Piper and Jeff Johnson played well inside for the Chargers. Piper is the stronger of the two and showed nice touch inside. Piper is more of a face up four man that can step out and shoot it. Tiger O'Neill didn't play for Centennial last season. This year he's making an impact and is intriguing because of his ability to shoot it from long range. It's been a while since we've seen Aaron Bowen, but on this day he was quite impressive. The 6-foot-5, possibly 6-6, wing can really score it. Jevonte Reddick showed off a great looking stroke from 18-21 feet. He also ran the floor looking to score.