Aaron Thomas, SG, Queen City Prophets – As the spring rolls on we love it when rising seniors step up and show a vastly improved game. Thomas, a 6-foot-5 wing, fits that category. After taking in a few games last summer, it's easy to see that Thomas is more aggressive and active. He's a pretty good athlete that shoots the ball very well off the catch. At the rim he can finish through contact and has good touch around the basket.
Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana Elite Team Indiana – Towards the end of the summer we saw the light come on for Zeller. He played aggressive, showed an impressive skill level and finished well around the rim. Now the 6-foot-10 big man, and brother of Tyler and Luke, has added some strength to his frame and continues to upgrade his skill set. Just as Tyler did, Cody runs the floor very well, has a great set of hands and is capable of stepping out for three-pointers.
Remy Abell, SG/PG, Shining Stars-Davis – Playing a combo role for Jeff Davis' squad, Abell, a 6-foot-4 combo guard left his imprint on the game, especially in the second half. With the game getting close, Abell began relentlessly attacking the rim and scored on nearly a half dozen straight trips during a run in the second frame. Although he didn't do much by way of jump shooting, Abell has a strong handle, good vision and is a quality defender.
B.J. Young, PG, St. Louis Gameface – This 6-foot-2 floor general was the talk of the town at Spiece a few weeks back. His strong play continued here. In a first round playoff game using his tricky ball handling and speed, Young went right at the Ohio Gators and proved tough to contain off the dribble. Athletically he's pretty good and can get some things done in transition. HJe's definitely a high major talent.
Gary Cooper, C, Ohio Gators – Midwest guru John Stovall tipped us off on this 6-foot-8 post prospect and we are certainly thankful for it. We'll list him as a high mid-major player for now, but with the lack of bigs in the 2011 class and his potential it wouldn't surprise us to see him go higher. At his size, he has good length, runs fluidly and has a nice set of mitts. To top it off, he's got touch around the rim and showed a right jump hook.
Dantrel Daniels, PF, St. Louis Gameface – A mid-major delight, Daniels is the ultimate junkyard dog type player. Blessed with a stocky, strong frame, the 6-foot-5 undersized post player loves to initiate contact and is as tough a kid as you'll find in the paint. Pound for pound it'd be hard to find a better rebound as he's persistent on the glass.
Glenn Robinson, SF, SYF Players 16's – For the second time this month we caught Robinson Jr. in action, and he showed a more aggressive game than he did at the Jayhawk Invitational. A 6-foot-5, 175-pound wing, Robinson is a quality athlete that scores it well in transition and attacking the rim. Equipped with long arms and a great basketball body, Robinson is still developing, but we think he's got a nice future ahead of him.
Desmond Dorsey, SG, The Ville – Having watching Dorsey, 6-foot-2 combo guard, since he was a freshman, we've been waiting for him to turn the corner. It appears that has happened. Watching him against Indiana Swish, Dorsey used a much-improved handle and deceptive speed to get by defenders and score at the rim. He finished with 25 points against the Swish.
Kenny Kaminski, PF, Indiana Elite Team Indiana 16's – In our first look in nearly a year, Kaminski put up a solid effort that consisted primarily of face up jumpers. His body appears to be taking shape as he appears thicker and has grown to at least 6-foot-7, if not 6-foot-8. The Michigan native caught everything thrown his way and appears advanced on the offensive end.
Kevin Ferrell, PG, Indiana Elite Team Indiana 16's 16's – The buzz around "Yogi" continues to grow. We heard he was spectacular in his first game of the day and he looked pretty solid in the second. An unselfish lead guard with vision, Ferrell is terrific in the open court where he can get creative and get his teammates looks.
Going further, offensively his jump shot has progressed and he's comfortable pulling up for mid-range jumpers. To top off the full package, Ferrell is a guy that takes defense seriously. The 5-foot-11 guard is quick laterally and deceivingly strong.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, SG, Indiana Elite Team Indiana 16's – Over the past year, DSR has spent some serious time trying to get his body into shape. He specifically cited his core, as he's trimmed up and has grown an inch. A scoring machine, Smith-Rivera is strong attacking the basket, has developed a knock down three-point shot and is a tough kid that can finish through contact. He's much better than many give him credit for.
Hanner Perea, PF, Indiana Elite Team Indiana 16's – There aren't many guys in the country as freaky athletic as Perea. At 6-foot-8, he's outfitted with a strong frame and long arms. Around the rim he's a threat to dunk nearly everything and he had some impressive rim rockers during a pair of blowouts on Saturday. Perea gets up and down the floor very well and is learning to be a beast on the boards.
Jeremy Hollowell, SF, Eric Gordon All-Stars 16's – It's hard to take too much from a 49-point blowout, but Hollowell still managed to impressed onlookers. Every time out he seems to have grown, and now checks in at 6-foot-7 in shoes. Although it's taken some time, the Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central standout is starting to become more aggressive and his offensive package is tough to contain when he wants to score.
Zakarie Irvin, SF, Eric Gordon All-Stars 15's – On a team full of talented wings, it can be hard to shine, but this Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern product has managed to find his way to the spotlight in Bloomington. He followed up his buzzer beater on Friday night with a solid outing against the Ohio Basketball Club 15's, where his jump shot heated up. A 6-foot-4 wing with a 6-foot-7 wingspan, Irvin still lacks strength, but he's a good-looking prospect that will get better as his body matures.
Darryl Hicks, SG, The Ville – Arguably the best basketball prospect to come out of Louisville (Ky.) since Rajon Rondo, Hicks, a 6-foot-3 guard, has built up quite a reputation. Hicks has a good-looking jump shot with range just past the three-point line, and he's starting to look more comfortable pulling up for mid-range jump shots. A solid athlete with a scorer's mentality, Hicks is expected to transfer from Shelby County to Martha Collins for his sophomore season.
V.J. Beachem, SF, All-Ohio Red 15's – Having seen a number of the other 2013 wings in Indiana, we were anxious to see this Fort Wayne (Ind.) Harding standout in action. During the late round tournament game we were able to catch a glimpse and walked away with high expectations for the wing.
Beachem, who stands 6-foot-6, has an extremely long, lean frame, that lacks strength. With that said, he's a pretty good athlete, moves very well and is the proud owner of a solid looking jump shot with range just past the three-point line. It's still early and we'll continue to see how his body develops, but he's a heck of a prospect.
Aaron Thomas said he has offers in from Xavier, Indiana, Purdue and Cincinnati. He also mentioned Louisville, West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and Detroit.
Jeremy Hollowell claims offers from Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Xavier, Iowa and Indiana State.
After watching him yesterday, we wanted to get another look at Jeffersonville (Ind.) High standout Darryl Baker. He played better on Saturday and was much more efficient finishing around the rim. He's got a solid handle as well. Spencer Turner, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, buried a bunch of threes in one of the Indiana Elite Team Indiana games. He's got a quick release and a high arc on his shot. Jaylen Ragland, of Queen Citiy Prophets, was intriguing. A 6-foot-6 forward, Ragland showed a terrific looking jump shot with range to three. But he not only shot it off the catch, he looked comfortable stepping in for a pull-up jumper as well.
Jeremiah Davis had the jump shot working one game we took in. Whether it was off the catch or off the dribble he was knocking them down. It's easy to appreciate how hard Vinny Zollo plays. The 6-foot-8 big man gets after it on both ends and plays a tough brand of ball. Timmy Knipp is an interesting prospect. A 6-foot-7 face up forward, Knipp shoots the ball well and even worked the baseline for drop off passes. Stephen Hawkins, a 6-foot-8 junior post prospect, was with SYF Players 16's this weekend. He didn't get a ton of burn, but showed good hands, mobility and length.