Hensley Memorial Class of 2010 Player Evals.

The Hensley Memorial Run N' Slam tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana always showcases some of the Midwest's best talent. Here is a look at some of the standouts from the Class of 2010 that were in action last weekend…

Josh Smith – Seattle Rotary – Elite level big man showed his ability in a Friday night drubbing of Deshaun Thomas and Spiece Indy Heat as he dropped 40 points and played above the rim on a couple rebounds. Showed some nimble feet as well on a couple occasions when he defended Thomas on the perimeter and stepped up on a few balls in the post to make deflections.

Deshaun Thomas – Spiece Indy Heat – Struggled to get past the bigger Smith but still hit a couple of very contested shots that very few could make. Still want to see him attack the rim harder but the jumper is there. Defensively he did as best he could on Smith and had a couple of strong box outs for rebounds as well. Threw a couple of nice outlet passes as well that gave Spiece some fast breaks.

Russell Byrd – Spiece Indy Heat – Michigan State commit can really shoot but also is a solid athlete who can take the ball to the hoop. Had trouble finishing on a couple of occasions but the game was physical and he showed he could take the contact and get to the line.

Jay Harris – Illinois Old School – Another impressive weekend from the Oswego East product. Very fluid and can play either guard spot and showed a lot of courage taking big shots and knocking them down late in games. He also held his own against some nationally renowned players.

Tim Rusthoven – Illinois Velocity Red – I get closer and closer to calling him a mid-major every time I see him. The 6'8" four man has three-point range and some herky-jerky mid-range moves that have led some to compare the moves to ones Dirk Nowitzki would use. Could still stand for some improvements down low but he's got a shot.

Silas Mills – Wisconsin Gators Elite – Liked his game last year and heard big things about him earlier in the Spring but he was quiet when I saw him. He's still very long and patrols the paint well on the weak side but offensively I would like to see more from him.

Chris Olivier – Illinois Wolves – A nice athlete with some tremendous length, Olivier played in the post and looked out of place a couple weeks ago but seemed more comfortable on the perimeter taking shots and using shot fakes to get to the rack. More playing time with good competition will benefit him greatly.

Wayne Simon – Illinois Wolves – Always tough, always a gamer, Simon comes prepared for war on every possession. He hunts down rebounds and loose balls with an efficiency few his size could match while also improving his point guard skills.

Dakotah Euton – Playground Warriors – Big man doesn't pass a basic look test for athleticism, but similar to Rusthoven, uses a lot of unique moves and head fakes to create space for his deadly jumper. He is also willing to bang inside and rebound which was nice to see from the big man.

Ben Mills – Playground Warriors – Intrigued by his height (legit seven feet and possibly growing) and the way he runs, I have had an eye on Mills for a little while. Coming off the bench he showed some nice range and did alright defending down low. I would like to see the toughness improve for rebounds and some post moves but he's got mid-majors looking.

Evan Anderson – Playground Warriors – The highly anticipated matchup with Jared Sullinger was ruined by spotty officiating but Anderson showed some nice range on an 18 footer from the elbow and also was willing to hang with Sullinger down low. I can see why Wisconsin wanted him so bad. He'll do well in Bo Ryan's system.

Jared Sullinger – All-Ohio Red – Distinguished himself as the best big man in the event and probably the country by soundly outplaying Anderson and Josh Smith. Although he plays below the rim, Sullinger can score with the hook over bigger guys and also has tremendous timing on rebounds and can pull them down one-handed with his huge hands. Ohio State has another prime big man. Sullinger took home the tournament MVP hardware.

Juwan Staten – All-Ohio Red – Quick as heck and able to score on most, Staten is definitely a steal for Dayton. Would like to see him pass more as he is one-dimensional scorer, but that will come when he can trust his teammates to hit perimeter shots.

Kevin Gray – All-Ohio Red – Dropped five three-pointers in the title game and also was a solid defender on the ball and off it. He does a good job reading screeners to stay with shooters when they curl off of them.

Aaron Craft – All-Ohio Red – Tennessee commit could be the best on-the-ball defender I have seen in 2010 and plays to win. He'll dive on the floor for loose balls, knock down shots, handle and defend any guard he faces with great intensity.

Ahmad Starks – Illinois Warriors – Starks continues to impress me and win me over. I thought Oregon State could have been a reach, but Starks is tough and knocks down big shot after big shot. He also limits turnovers and does a pretty good job defending point guards that are bigger than him.

Dwayne Evans – Illinois Warriors – The combo forward attacked the basket hard and also got a fair amount of rebounds in traffic even if he might have been smaller than some of the guys he was facing. He would do well in the Horizon or Missouri Valley.

Brandon Spearman – Illinois Warriors – Another guy who continues to win me over, Spearman is tough and intelligent with some emerging offensive skills. He made multiple plays that many players would not make with his intelligence and tenaciousness. You won't find many that play as hard as him.

Kyle Cain – Illinois Warriors – Although currently a 2009 senior, he will likely reclassify and go to prep school. The lefty has some nice moves in the post and can also play above the rim. He's more aggressive now than in the past and used this to take it at bigger players and draw contact. His face up jumper needs some work, but that could come with another year of improvement.

Vander Blue – Illinois Warriors – Got to the rack at will and can finish in traffic. Vander also was able to knock down some deep threes and mid-range pullups that kept defenders honest. Also can finish above the rim when needed. Wisconsin has a good one.

Jereme Richmond – Mac Irvin Fire – Showed he was quite possibly the best player in a loaded event by scoring in a variety of ways and playing with an intensity that few could match. The mid-range game in particular is varied and advanced for a player his age as he can use his body and intelligence to get looks.

Meyers Leonard – Mac Irvin Fire – Meyers doesn't get as many touches as I would like with the Mac Irvin Fire, but he runs the floor extremely well, finishes with authority in traffic and rebounds above the rim. He is also playing with more confidence and more of a mean streak you want to see in a big man.

Reggie Smith – Mac Irvin Fire – You won't see many point guards dunking on seven footers or having alley-oops plays designed for him, but then again many point guards aren't Reggie Smith. The athleticism is elite and he gives an effort to match on the defensive end. His point guard skills on the two-man game are also getting better.


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