DeShaun Thomas – F - Spiece Indy Heat 17 – Thomas is incredibly talented, and has the perimeter skills of a guard but he spends far too much time taking contested shots from the perimeter. For a player of his size and ability, Thomas would be nearly unstoppable going to the hoop. Instead it appears Thomas is focused on showing the world he can hit off-balance, contested jumpers when he gets bored toying with inferior competition.
Reggie Smith – G - Mac Irvin Fire 17 – Smith displayed a tremendous amount of confidence that I had not seen since the high school season ended. Without Crandall Head playing, Smith benefited by being the Fire's best penetrator, as he often had the ball in his hands looking to make plays. It is also rare that you see inbound alley-oops being thrown to a 5-11 guard, but Smith has a ridiculous vertical leap and isn't afraid to challenge big men. He still needs to improve his jumper, and limiting turnovers, but an athlete of his caliber is rare.
Rayvonte Rice – SG - Illinois Stars 17 – Rice started out slow in the game I watched but came on strong in the second half. He is a streaky shooter from three point range, but when he turned it up in the second half he made a lot of tough shots. He also has a fantastic frame for a 6-4 sophomore and is capable of drawing contact and still putting up a decent shot. Rayvonte definitely has a bright future.
Will Spradling – G - Spiece Mo-Kan 17 – Will's game grew on me more and more as the weekend went on. He has a high basketball IQ, and knows how to run an offense, while also being able to knock down shots from three point range. He was thrown into many different game situations this weekend, winning or losing and always responded with intelligent play that helped his team pull away, or come back.
Alex Dragecevich – G/F - Illinois Wolves 16 – With DeAndre McCamey going down in the second game of pool play, the Wolves relied a lot on Dragecevich to carry the team. Alex looked fantastic in a Saturday night game against the Mac Irvin Fire 16's, where he was the best player on the floor. Alex is smart and crafty and uses his 6'6 frame well to get positioning to put up shots, or take a guy off the dribble. He also showed an improvement in his ball-handling and passing as he sometimes brought the ball up the floor. The shooting has always been there, but now Alex looks like a more complete player.
Wayne Simon – G - Illinois Wolves 16 – One of the biggest sleepers in Illinois in 2010, Simon showcased a great scoring ability while having a nose for the ball. The 6-0 Simon is a good offensive rebounder who seems to have a good understanding of how the ball is coming off the rim. Wayne projects more as a shooting guard at this time, but his ball-handling skills were adequate.
Evan Anderson – C - Wisconsin Playground Warriors 16 – This was my first chance to see the mammoth Wisconsin commit, and he impressed me quite a bit. For such a big kid, he can move well and attacks the rim hard, trying to dunk with two hands on almost everyone. I was also really impressed with his feel for the game as the offense went through his post touches and he did a nice job of finding shooters and cutters when the defense collapsed. He also has a nice 12 footer with a nice touch that he can use when he steps out. He still has to improve from the line, but there is no doubt the Badgers got a good one.
Paul Bunch – C – Meanstreets 17 – Bunch has an absolutely massive frame and used it to rebound in the limited minutes he got with Meanstreets. He is probably farther along than Michael Dunigan was as a sophomore, but there are times Bunch seems overwhelmed or disinterested. He moves well, but needs to show more focus in order to be truly great. Bunch is receiving interest from DePaul, Illinois, and Kentucky.
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