Jalen Reynolds, PF/C, Reach Legends – Flying under the radar due to sitting out last season, Reynolds, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound post prospect, is auditioning for offers. If Friday was any indication the trial run is going pretty well. Reynolds runs the floor well, plays hard on both ends has the look of a talented shot blocker. He's a bit raw offensively, but his athleticism and length make him a good-looking prospect.
Jordan Shanklin, PG, Shining Stars-Davis – The Bowling Green (Ky.) High standout put together one of his better performances of the spring and summer during a mid-afternoon game. Shanklin made good decisions with the basketball, knocked down a handful of long-range shots and hit a mid-range jumper from 15-feet.
Jared Drew, SF, Indiana Elite One – Perhaps he's over shadowed by the likes of Ron Patterson and Kellon Dunham, but Drew, a 6-foot-6 wing is starting to come on. He plays hard and is a scrappy dude that gets the job done. He doesn't attempt many jump shots, but he attacks the rim and finishes well when he gets there. To top it all off, Drew, a 6-foot-6 small forward, is a very good defender and rebounds the ball quite well.
Dominique Williams, SF/PF, Celtics South –An intriguing prospect out of North Carolina, Williams caught my eye by staying active. He seemed to be all over the court in a morning game. At 6-foot-6 he has a long, lean frame and moves fluidly. He only shot one jump shot, but he attacked the rim at every opportunity. He also spent plenty of time on the glass, snagging rebounds and looking for put back opportunities.
Jeremy Hollowell, SF, Eric Gordon Central Stars – Picking up where he left off in Indianapolis, Hollowell, a standout at Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central, looked every bit of a top 40 prospect against the Colorado Hawks. Although he didn't shoot long-range shots like he normally does, he was efficient attacking the rim and finished throughout contact on two occasions. At 6-foot-7 he doesn't have any problem getting off his shot and his length really factors in on the glass.
Matt Costello, PF/C, Dorian's Pride-McKormick – With a number of high major coaches looking on, Costello delivered a strong outing against the Key Players. A legit 6-foot-8, Costello ran the floor looking to score, has good hands and has great touch with his right hand around the basket. He appears to have a good basketball IQ and knocked down a jumper from 18-feet. Going forward we'd like to see him develop his left hand. Regardless he's tracking as a high major prospect.
Ishmael Wainwright, SF, KC 76ers 15's – In a blowout win, Wainwright didn't have to do a ton for his squad to pull off the victory. Still he showed that with time and space he could knock down spot-up jump shots, which was something we were worried about. He's a physical specimen with a great wing body. He'll need to tighten his handle up, but he's quality athlete with a nice ceiling.
Allerick Freeman, SG/SF, Celtics South – Playing up in the 16's division, Freeman, at times, looked like the best player on the floor. The 6-foot-4 wing is a solid athlete with a knack for rebounding from the guard position. We were also impressed with his vision and passing in the open court. He was confident shooting from mid-range and finished well in the paint. Obviously it's quite early, but he has high major potential.
Chris Thomas, SG, Colorado Hawks – The nation's top two guard in the 2013 class was sensational in a losing effort against the Eric Gordon Central Stars. A 6-foot-5 do-it-all guard, Thomas is a big time scorer that shoots it well and has no problem getting to the rim. On the defensive end, he gets it done, as he moves well laterally. He also had at least three chase-down blocks in the loss.
Jalen Lindsay, SF, Tennessee Tigers – It wasn't his best outing, but it's easy to like the make up of his game. Forced to play more inside with this team, the 2014 prospect moves fluidly, is a pretty good athlete and finishes well around the rim. It's still early, but he's a prospect to watch. Word has it he was terrific at the Fab Frosh Camp last weekend.
Kalen Martin, SF, Indiana Elite 14's – Much like Lindsay, Martin had a big showing at the Fab Frosh Camp and was selected for the all-star game. The 6-foot-5, possibly 6-foot-6 forward, showed his athleticism on a baseline drive and dunk with his off hand. He also showed off a jump shot, when he buried an 18-footer from the top of the key. Headed to Louisville (Ky.) Ballard, Martin is certainly one to track.
Rob Fray said he's heard from Liberty, VCU, Elon, North Florida, South Carolina, Clemson and Wichita State.
Remy Abell has scholarship offers from Wright State, Seton Hall, Ohio, Akron, IUPUI, Morehead State and Marshall. He also mentioned Bradley, Murray State, Pittsburgh, Dayton, Butler, St. Bonaventure, WKU, Xavier and Louisville.
Jordan Shanklin has offers from Gardner-Webb, Portland State and Colloge of Charleston. Rice is also in the mix.
Omar Prewitt, of The Ville, is a 2013 prospect with some potential. He's grown to 6-foot-3 and is a knock down shooter from three. Darryl Hicks had his moments in an early morning game. The 6-foot-3 guard is a solid athlete that shoots the ball fairly well off the catch. Nick Osborne, a 6-foot-8 post prospect in the 2012 class, is a physical rebounder with a nice set of mitts. He scored a big bucket late in the game against the Colorado Hawks. Cory Calvert, a 6-foot-2 combo guard on the Colorado Hawks, had a great outing against the Eric Gordon squad. He shoots the ball very well off the catch and is crafty off the bounce. Ronnie Johnson, the brother of Purdue signee Terone Johnson, is a very good decision maker. He's also developed consistency with his mid-range floater. Timmy Knipp is a very good shooter off the catch. He knocked down a bunch of threes in the Shining Stars game. Remy Abell was pretty good today. He's had a lot of schools tracking him. He's very good attacking the rim and can finish once there.
Ron Patterson had Tom Crean at his game. Tennessee, Cincinnati, Xavier and Ohio State were spotted at his game.
Jalen Reynolds had Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Western Michigan, Indiana and Purdue watching him.
Eddie Ford and his staff deserve some props for such a great venue. Easily the best set up I've seen this year on the circuit, as he has 12 courts in one room at the Kentucky Fairgrounds.
The Kentucky Hoopfest is always a great place for mid-major coaches to spot and evaluate new guys. But there were plenty of high major coaches roaming the gym.