Nic Moore – G - Spiece Indy Heat 17 – Considered the second best player in Indiana in 2011 with one scout I spoke to, Moore showed his maturity by hitting double digit scoring against the athletic, attacking defense of the Mac Irvin Fire. Moore has a nice jumper and seems to know where to be on the court in the offense. His intelligence and poise will get him very far, although he will need to grow or develop more point guard skills to maximize his potential.
Marques Teague – PG – Spiece Indy Heat 16 – Teague looked fantastic against the Mac Irvin Fire 16 team as he was able to score in multiple ways from everyone on the floor. He has a nice set of pull-up jumpers, floaters, and other moves that help him score over bigger players. Teague also runs a team well and shows a lot of point guard abilities seldom seen in a player his age.
Mike Shaw – F - Mac Irvin Fire 17 – In some games Shaw showed why he is the best 2011 prospect in Illinois. In other games, Shaw showed his age, and stayed on the perimeter. He still tends to fall in love with the three point shot, but when he does take it to the basket Shaw can finish with either hand with some jaw-dropping moves for a 6'7 freshman. He is still learning his body on the defensive end, but he's getting closer to becoming an inside presence and effective rebounder. DePaul, Illinois, Purdue, and UCLA are just a few of the schools that Shaw has heard from.
Wayne Blackshear – G - Mac Irvin Fire 16 – Blackshear looked confident and smooth when he finally came to Fort Wayne Saturday night. His athleticism helps him be an above average rebounder and shot blocker for his position, while he still does a good job knowing when to attack and when to shoot. He has also improved on-the-ball defensively, which is a good sign of his future development overall. He plays hard all the time and will only get better and better.
Chasson Randle – G - Illinois Wolves 15 – Although Blackshear, Thompson, and Stewart get a lot of hype, Randle proved he should be in the same discussion in regards to 2011 guards in Illinois. Randle attacks the basket harder than anyone in the class and does a good job of getting to the line. I still want to see him shoot more from the outside, but I love his toughness and his confidence when he takes the ball to the basket.
Andre Henley – G/F - Mac Irvin Fire 16 – Henley's skill set for his size is downright scary. He seems to grow every time I see him, but he loves to bring the ball up the floor and shoot from three point range like a guard. The long lefty has great confidence with his outside shot, but needs to improve limiting turnovers when he takes it to the basket. Henley also had some bad fouls that he committed on the full court trap that he needs to eliminate.
Sam Thompson – G - Mac Irvin Fire 16 – Thompson is an athletic freak who showed a complete game this weekend when the Mac Irvin Fire played their pool play games without Wayne Blackshear. Thompson did a great job directing teammates, running an offense and driving off screens to score over smaller players. His shot still needs to improve from a consistency standpoint, but it's easy to tell Thompson loves to play the game, and only wants to get better.
Donivine Stewart – G - Peoria Carver 15 – A lot of people knock Stewart for not being an outstanding athlete, but he is very crafty and intelligent. Stewart knows how to score and also displayed a number of quick passes to teammates for easy baskets. On the fast break Stewart is particularly deadly with his ability to score with either hand or throw a lightening quick pass to a teammate. He is a better point guard than he is given credit for, but is probably still more of a two at this time.
Andrew Jordan – F - Peoria Carver 15 – The Peoria product has been the latest 2011 Illinois player to "blow up" and it's easy to see what scouts like. The 6-4 Jordan moves well, jumps out of the gym, and rebounds over much bigger opponents. His basketball IQ needs to improve, but he will be okay once he gets more experience against good competition. I didn't see him featured much in the offense but his athleticism will make him a target of back door lobs and put backs.
Travis Kellum – F - Peoria Carver 15 – While checking out Jordan and Stewart on the Peoria Carver team, Kellum stood out because of his fantastic play. The 6'4 forward is very bouncy and catches and finishes well on the break. He also has a body with a lot of growth potential as he gets older. He is teammates at Peoria Central with D.J. Richardson, so it will be interesting to see the two of them play together next year.
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