Justin Jordan – PG - Spiece Indy Heat 17 – The lightning quick point guard was hard to keep out of the lane as he knew when to dish to his big men and when to finish on his own. He also kept did a great job of getting to the line down the stretch in the championship game against the Mac Irvin Fire.
Tony Nixon – SG - Mac Irvin Fire – Nixon started off slow, but heated up quickly and was unstoppable catching and shooting. He does a great job getting off a clean look no matter where his defender is, or how hard he is coming off a screen. It helps that he gets good lift and has a quick release and will also occasionally knock down a midrange jumper to keep defenders honest.
Derek Needham – PG - Mac Irvin Fire – It was hard to match Needham's intensity this weekend as he worked hard on both ends of the floor. Derek did a great job penetrating and stopping penetration on the other end of the floor by using his quickness. He also is a very good off-the-ball-defender who gets in passing lanes or prevents passes from being made.
Stanford Brown – F/C - Mac Irvin Fire – The knock on him has always been his toughness, but Stanford played well most of the weekend. The athletic big man crashed the offensive glass on many occasions for put backs and didn't shy away from contact. He still needs to improve his post moves to make himself a viable option in the half court game.
Terry Johnson – G - Mac Irvin Fire – Terry is one of the best scoring guards in Illinois. He's got a great feel for the game and knows when to shoot from the outside, use a midrange pull-up, or take the ball all the way to the basket. Although often seen as a combo guard, or smallish two, he looked pretty good setting up teammates in the point guard role in the second half of the championship game.
Jonathan Mills – F - Mac Irvin Fire – Although only 6'5, Mills is an elite rebounder with superior timing and great technique. He uses his body and his long arms well to seal off bigger players and go get balls that most his size can't grab. He also gets to the line quite a bit on put backs. The DePaul recruit needs to improve his right hand (he's a lefty) and his ball skills but nobody plays harder than him.
Seth Evans – PG - Illinois Stars – Evans continues to fly under the radar in the state of Illinois. The Wisconsin-Green Bay commit is a true floor leader who leads by example and plays his heart out. Evans hit contested jumpers and used a variety of dribble moves to get past defenders on his way to the basket. He also showed his passing skills by firing a couple lasers to teammates cutting to the hoop. .
Brandon Paul – SG - Team NLP – Brandon didn't have much help this weekend but that didn't stop him from playing hard. It is clear he is tremendously talented and has the tools to be great, but the consistency has to improve. .
Ivo Baltic – F - Spiece Mo-Kan – Ivo caught my eye by playing a nice inside-outside game for most of the weekend. He is not afraid to mix it up inside, or take guys outside and shoot. His shot has good form but he needs to improve his consistency. He is also an underrated rebounder and shot blocker who played well against great athletes.
Joseph Bertrand – G - Illinois Wolves – Playing on a very bum ankle, it was hard to determine Bertrand's true game this weekend. I have to admire the kid for giving some gutsy performances. The Illinois commit already has his future lined up and didn't need to be on the floor like most, but he still played as hard as he could and even made some nice plays. I still want to see him improve his man-to-man defense, but I admire his courage.
Conrad Krutwig – F - Illinois Wolves – Conrad was all over the place this weekend crashing the boards, finishing in traffic and displaying an improved face-up game. He hit a couple midrange jumpers with a guy closely defending him. Krutwig also knows when to attack the basket and when to defer to teammates.
David Bryant – G - Illinois Wolves – Bryant's shooting ability makes him stick out from other prospects. It is clear that David will easily handle the new college three-point line as he knocked down a lot of deep three's. There were times he had trouble getting his shot off when defenders draped him, so I would like to see him develop some dribble moves to take defenders to the basket.
Dyricus Simms-Edwards – G - Illinois Wolves – Simms-Edwards did a great job getting to the lane and finding cutting teammates for easy baskets. He also occasionally took it upon himself to finish with some nice moves around the basket. I don't know why he didn't try to finish more himself but after awhile defenses caught on to his passes and cut off his ability. I'd like to see him as more of an aggressive scorer when needed.
Shaun Pratl – F/C - Meanstreets – Pratl plays hard and plays the right way. He makes nice cuts, runs the floor, finishes in any situation, and plays hard on the defensive end. I still want to see him more in a half court offense but if he decides to dedicate himself fully to basketball instead of football he has a solid future.
D.J. Cooper- PG - Meanstreets – Nobody runs a team better in Illinois than Cooper. He set up teammates on numerous occasions, while getting his offense from playing passing lanes or penetrating. The jump shot is still inconsistent but Cooper can get by most defenders and does a good job of knocking down free throws once he gets to the line.
Jordan Walker – Wing - Meanstreets – While Jordan Walker may have missed a year after transferring he didn't show any signs of rust in this tournament. Walker is an intelligent player who knows where to be and where to position himself to make plays. A fantastic athlete, Jordan uses his length and athleticism to be a defensive nascence, when locking down defenders.
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