Jabari Brown, SG, Drew Gooden Soldiers: No clue how many he finished with but Brown dumped 23 first half points on Spiece. His release has gotten quicker and more compact. Always an athlete, Brown proved lethal behind the arc. He's a bonafide first-tier high-major recruit who added a strong floater to his bag of tricks. Impressive weekend.
Marquis Teague, PG, Spiece: We didn't see everyone at the event but of the elite players, Teague had the best overall weekend we saw. Granted, Spiece got smacked by the Soldiers but before Teague went down with an injury he was a one-man wrecking crew. Two years ago, John Wall was the hardest of all the backcourt players to guard; this year it may be Teague.
Ky Madden, PG, Ark. Wings: There's a theme that developed with him this weekend. Madden is learning his new position and we're good with that. What really stood out was what he did in end of game scenarios. When needed, Madden flipped the switch to scorer and looked comfortable.
Nick Faust, SG, B-More Elite: My first encounter went something list this: "Man, you're a dead ringer for Will Barton." Faust said, "that's because he's my cousin." Faust sports Barton's No. 5 AAU jersey but its deeper than that. He's got the same 6-foot-5 body style, wiry frame and game. This guy can score and loves to slash. Willie B, you'd be proud.
Jordan Green, SG, Team Texas: Mark Turgeon's going to really be happy with his new wing by summer's end. Green is coachable and has leadership ability. The lefty is a slinky wing player and he's a smooth operator. The Aggies have a keeper.
Hikeem Stewart, CG, FOH Seattle: The younger brother of twins Lodrick and Rodrick, we liked his game. He seemed to have a serious approach and is a combo guard with a dose of toughness and athleticism.
Eric Katenda, PF/SF, Albany City Rocks: The A-10's are going to be all over this guy. He's 6-7, a nice athlete and the native of France knows how to play. Particularly impressive was his touch from mid-range and around the hoop.
Dajuan Coleman, C, Albany City Rocks: There's a lot to like: the body, scoring around the rim, desire to play hard. However, he's something a lot of kids don't get. Coleman knows who his is (a rugged insider) and plays to his strengths. There's no guessing what type of player he's not internally torn about where his game belongs. He had a 7-foot, 280 pounder guarding him (and vice versa) and Coleman seemed to relish the challenge to bang.
Brandon Ashley, C, Soldiers: Couldn't be more pleased with where he is right now. Ashley said he's 6-8, he'll be 6-9 soon and plays taller than his listed height. He's put on good weight, has moves inside and will be a shot blocker. The 7-1 wingspan is impressive.
Jamal Branch is a talented player. The next step in elevating his game is to be vocal. The best point guards lead and communicate. … Ryan King, 2011 of D-One Sports, is an intriguing power forward who should get small to mid attention because of his length. … Michael Gbinije is perfect for Duke. All those mid-range jump shots that belonged to Singler will be passed down to Gbinije. He's not a guy that hunts his shot but he's smart, skilled and fits Duke's style. Coach K will be good for Gbinije because he'll stress communication and will go a long way to helping Mike become a vocal player. …
Wings wing David Rivers has offers from UAB, Nebraska and Baylor. Iowa State, Clemson, Virginia Tech were looking. … Faust has Penn State, Xavier, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Syracuse and Marquette watching him. He can play at that level. … A.J. Price has an offer from TCU and interest from Providence, Santa Clara, SMU and Wichita State. … Jabari Brown indicated the hardest on his trail are Washington, Cal and Arizona State. Arizona, UNLV, Texas A&M, Maryland and Stanford are involved. …
Kyle Wiltjer has Kansas, Gonzaga, Cal, Stanford, Arizona State, Kentucky, Texas and USC on him. He'll play this summer with the Canadian U-18 team. … Brandon Ashley hears from Cal, Washington State, Stanford and Arizona. … Hikeem Stewart indicated Washington, Washington State, Seattle had offered with interest from Santa Clara, UCLA and Gonzaga. … Eric Katenda has offers from Michigan, Notre Dame and Stetson. Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Connecticut and West Virginia are looking. …