Abdul Nader, SF, Illinois Flash – We showed up for Nader's 8 a.m. game and we are certainly glad we did. This 6-foot-6 wing, who recently committed to New Mexico, has a nice overall skill set and a jump shot that is pretty good to 22-feet. His ball skills are impressive and because of his size and ball handling ability he's capable of doing some things in the open court. New Mexico stole one early on in his recruitment.
Michael Gbinije, SF, Team Takeover – As Gbinije has gotten older, his game has become more advanced. He used to settle for deep jumpers, now he's mixing in jump shots with strong drives to the rim. He's more confident attacking the rim and now has the strength to finish with contact once there. He didn't just impress us on the offensive end, he also defended his position well and hit the glass.
Quincy Miller, PF/SF, D-One Sports – Miller's spring tear continued at the King James Shooting Stars Classic. The talented forward prospect was 5-for-6 from three and finished with 25 points in a win for D-One Sports. Miller is tough to defend. If the defender backs off, he'll make them pay. If the defender gets too tight he's quick enough and has improved his ball handling enough where he'll get by them and score at the rim. Miller is an elite talent and before it's said and done could make a run at the top spot.
Shane Larkin, PG, Florida Assault – It's been nearly a year since we saw Larkin, and this 5-foot-11 lead guard looks much improved. Larkin, who is the son of former Cincinnati Reds standout Barry Larkin, has a good pace to his game, sees the floor and is a pretty good shooter from both long and mid-range. Larkin has the look of a high major prospect and is a guy that will draw some attention this summer.
Ryan Boatright, PG, D-Rose All-Stars – During the first half of D-Rose's game against Florida Assault, Boatright struggled. In the second half he started getting things going. Boatright, a 5-foot-11 guard, lacks strength, but his speed and athleticism help make up the difference. He has no problem getting where he wants to on the court and is a heck of a scorer.
Jordan Goodman, PF/SF, DC Assault – There's no question this Georgetown commit has some serious talent. At 6-foot-7, Goodman is mobile, athletic and versatile. The combo forward can shoot to the three-point stripe and is also a threat in transition and on the glass. The Hoyas locked up a good one.
Malik London, C, Ohio Basketball Club 16's – Heading into this event we knew little about this 6-foot-8, 205-pound post prospect out of Chillicothe (Ohio) High. Then we saw him knock off D3-Heat by being a presence in the paint. London is a high energy that uses his athleticism and length to affect shots, rebound and score around the rim. High majors should monitor this junior prospect.
Darrick Wood, SF, Team Takeover 16's – Wood, a standout at Temple Hills (Md.) Progressive Christian, was effective in the game we watched because he used his athleticism around the rim. The 6-foot-3 wiry wing prospect is a high level jumper and he was able to snag rebounds, score off drives to the basket and finish in transition.
Negus Webster-Chan, SF, CIA Bounce 16's – A 6-foot-6 versatile wing, Webster-Chan is quite a prospect. Although we are listing him as a wing he spends some time playing on the ball for his team. He handles the ball well, has terrific vision and passing ability and is also a heck of a scorer.
Webster-Chan, a native of Canada, attacked the rim and scored off floaters and strong drives to the rim. In the game we took in he also worked in a step-in 18-footer and a spot-up three. Word is he'll be playing his high school basketball in the United States this coming year.
Gary Harris, SG, D3 Heat – Although foul trouble kept Harris, a 6-foot-4 guard, from getting a rhythm against CIA Bounce, he was still quite effective, scoring 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Harris mixed in a trio of three-pointers and scored his other buckets at the rim or in transition. He's a pretty good athlete, with a strong handle and a notable passing ability.
Dorrell Johnson, PF/C, St. Louis Fusion – Much like Harris, Johnson struggled in the first game to get things going because of foul trouble. With that said, he's a 6-foot-8, 205-pound big man that uses his length, athleticism and size to adjust shots inside. The southpaw has OK touch on the offensive end, and will need to continue to develop moves inside, but he's a guy to keep an eye on because defensively he can be a presence.
Julius Randle, PF, Texas Titans 2013 – A special talent, Randle was arguably the best prospect we saw all day. Randle, who stands 6-foot-8, 210-pounds, is a monster of a power forward in the paint. He's a tough kid with a strong motor and an impressive all around feel.
As far as big men go, Randle, a freshman at Plano (Tex.) Prestwood Christian, has the full package. He has a nice set of mitts, can finish with either hand on the block, runs the floor well and is more than capable of facing up defenders and attacking the rim off the dribble. You'd be hard pressed to find a better freshman in the country.
Matthew Jones, SG, Texas Titans 2013 – While Randle was going to work in the paint for the Titans, Jones showed off a legit stroke to 22-feet. Although he nailed four three-pointers, the 6-foot-4 wing out of De Soto (Tex.) High did plenty more for the Titans. Using his solid handle and speed, Jones attacked the basket and finished with both hands around the rim. Jones has the look of a high major prospect.
Dorrell Johnson said he's heard from Oklahoma, Kansas, Memphis and Missouri. He said no one has stepped up with a scholarship offer.
Jerome Seagers looked good for DC Assault on Saturday. He's got a strong frame, good speed and created opportunities for teammates in transition. Mike Mills, of Ohio Basketball Club 15's, is going to be pretty good. He's a 6-foot-6 forward with long arms and a solid basketball frame. Tony Farmer, of King James 15's, is a pretty good freshman as well. The 6-foot-6 wing is a very good athlete and someone many believe is the best in the state in his class. Nick Madray. Montrezl Harrell, of Carolina Elite 16's, is the ultimate garbage man. He gets after it inside, snagging rebounds and contesting shots. With that said, Harrell can score inside. Tyler Corley and Sean Bledsoe are both speed demon type point guards for D3-Heat. The two set the tempo in the games we watched for the Indiana based squad. R.J. Hunter had his moments for D3 as well. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard has a long, lean frame and get really shoot it from deep.