Anthony Davis, PF, Meanstreets: He's shaping up to be the top emerging player of the spring. Aside from his immense physical talents, the best part about Davis is that the process hasn't spoiled him. Now to the hoops. The lefty/righty finishes augmented by the jump shots, shot blocks and downright efficient play was once again the toast of the tournament. He had 25 points on 11-14 field goals against Jarnell Stokes and YOMCA. He also had 12 boards and a handful of blocks. If there's a big area for improvement its guarding post players. Until he gets stronger he can be outmuscle. Other than that, we've got a front row seat for a the emergence of a talent.
Jabari Brown, SG, Drew Gooden Soldiers: The title of best west coast wing is his until someone snatches it from him. When he misses a 3, it's not by much. The young man is having quite the spring behind the arc and we know he's capable off the bounce. He's making his move.
Carlton Brundidge, SG, The Family: Against Rotary, Brundidge went for (yes, you're reading this correctly!) 53 points. Forget the digits for a second and consider the setting. The Arizona Stars in the game before took the Family to the woodshed and Brundidge wasn't a factor. Instead of hanging his head, he put his head down, pointed himself at the bucket and went to work. We didn't see most of the game but by all accounts, including the scorebook, he had it rolling. How you respond to adversity says a lot about the player you are and he had the answer.
Branden Dawson, SF, Meanstreets: With Davis doing the bulk of the scoring, Dawson was free to patrol for offensive boards, which he excels at. His body is that of a Big Ten junior and his pursuit of boards and desire to compete make him an attractive prospect. One onlooker summed it up best: "That guy right there is a dawg!"
Mychal Ammons/Bobby Parks, Wings: Both of these 2011er's shot the ball well for their respective teams today. Ammons is a strong righty, Parks a put together lefty. Each specializes in 3s and both made a lot with us in the gym.
Johnny O'Bryant, PF, Jackson Tigers: Aside from a 30-point setback at the hands of Boo Williams, we loved O'Bryant in the morning. His body thickened up top and he hasn't lost his bounce. Few can face and make then slam home a dunk off a spin move in the lane. When he's locked in, it's quite a show.
James McAdoo, PF, Boo: He's just getting his wind after returning from an injury. His best game came in the demolition of Jackson. We peeked in and watched him use his left hand for a hoop and then stick a mid-range fadeaway.
Chris Bryant, PF, Team Fla.: By the end of summer he'll have a fan club. He's not the ideal size for a power forward and isn't the small forward prospect Dorian Finney-Smith is either. However, he's a blue-collar worker with range to 18 feet and will be a nice piece at a high-major.
Sidiki Johnson, PF, MetroHawks: We like this guy and he's a nice player. The hop step and dunk was a nice touch and he even tossed in a 3-pointer. To take the next step, Johnson has to introduce the word "dominate" into his vocabulary. You don't always dominate with points, Johnson simply needs to dominate with his presence and replicate efforts. He's capable.
Hikeem Stewart, SG, FOH Seattle: When you come from the same DNA as Lodrick and Rodrick it's a given you can score but this guy is different than his brothers. He's got a quick release and each time we've seen him this spring he's snapped off his share of 3-pointers. Can he get the dribble-drive game going?
Amir Williams, C, The Family: It's his time. Physically he's at the top of the class and he had a good high school year. However, out here on the circuit he's one of the big names and that means bringing it every single time.
Brandon Ashley, PF, Drew Gooden: What's neat about my job is that there are definable moments where you see real growth in players. Matched against a formidable Jackson frontline, Ashley decided to test himself and went right at O'Bryant and Adams. He scored in the paint and it was like a light went off instantaneously. Once he figured he belonged on offense, he crashed the glass and got active on defense. He raised his own bar.
Dajuan Coleman, C, City Rocks: There's a certain Zach Randolphian manner with which he plays. Here's what we love about this guy. First of all, the Rocks throw it to him BUT when they don't, he doesn't complain he merely goes and gets it. The guy is amongst the biggest hustlers in the paint and he's a load to deal with.
Nino Jackson, PG, Athletes First: First impressions are big over here at Scout.com and we like this guy. Here's the checklist: athletic, leaper, jet to the rim, decent shooter. His shot selection could be tightened up but his physical attributes rate high and he's got some JV Myck Kabongo in his game.
LeAntwan Luckett is in his first tour with the Tigers. This guy can score it and doesn't have to be on balance to get buckets. … Rashawn Rembert of Tampa Sickles has been one of the top shooters we've seen this spring. … Florida did well for itself to land hometown point Scottie Wilbekin. He'll sign next week. … Jaylen Bond looks to be improved and there's room to grow as he figures out what is going to work on the college level. …
Tommy McCune does something not all bigs understand: he tries to dunk everything in his area. The kid has bounce. … George Fant is a mid-major, undersized special. He's got some DeJuan Blair mitts and nose for the ball. … Kyle Wiltjer proved something to himself. Against the Jackson Tigers and their plethora of bigs, Wiltjer rebounded like a big boy should. … Tyler Adams of the Tigers has the size and will respond vs. other bigs. We'd like to see him develop his low post game and remain aggressive. … Someone saw Nick Johnson nearly crack his dome on the rim. We saw him make two finishes that were jaw dropping. One was a hanger that he coerced over the rim and the other was a nifty spinner. … Bobby Parks stroked 27 points in a closing night loss. …
Athletes First forward Ryan Stampler has Oral Roberts, Liberty and Lehigh. … Luckett has offers from Arkansas, Baylor and Mississippi State. LSU, Marquette and Murray State are in the hunt. … O'Bryant likes Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU, Baylor, Florida, Georgetown, Alabama and Miami. He said Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury has been the most active. … Nino Jackson likes the Kansas Jayhawks plus Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, SMU, Oregon and Baylor. … Rembert has offers from Ohio and Liberty. South Florida and East Carolina are looking. ….
Will Cummings has offers from American and North Florida. ODU, Winthrop, Fairfield, Mercer, Central Florida and East Carolina know about him. … Chris Bryant has Florida State, Auburn, Connecticut, FAU and Georgia Southern. … Andrew Wilson of Athletes First boasts offers from Tulsa, Oral Roberts, Missouri State, and Stephen F. Austin. … Alan Williams of Ariz. Stars has Portland, Weber State and Boise State offers. The Sun Devils and Wildcats are looking. … Dorian Finney-Smith lists Xavier, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Florida, Maryland, ODU and VCU. …
FOH wing Reggie Perkins has offers from Portland State and Seattle U. We'd have to turn them in for stealing. … Brett Kingma said BYU, Gonzaga, Seattle, Eastern Washington, Portland and Portland State like him. He'll camp at Stanford and maybe Oregon State. … George Fant has Southern Cal, Purdue, Penn State, Western Kentucky and Butler on him. … This is an important list. Jabari Brown is getting hit hardest by Washington, Arizona State, California, Maryland and Wake Forest. …