Nike Spring Showdown Recap

The Illinois Wolves proved how good they were again, this time capturing the 17U championship of the Nike Spring Showdown in Merrillville, Indiana. Mean Streets 16's took the championship in that division, winning their second tournament of the spring.

Class of 2011

Chasson Randle – 6-2 Guard – Rock Island – Illinois Wolves – The star of the tournament, Randle got stronger and stronger as the tournament wore on. His jumper hit its mark most of the weekend and his strength gives him the ability to create space off the dribble. He is meshing really well with the rest of the Wolves very talented backcourt.

Anthony Davis – 6-10 Center – Perspectives High - Mean Streets – If Randle was the MVP, Davis was the most talked about. The little known big man from Perspectives showed his vast potential all weekend. Long, athletic and skilled, Davis has a jumper out to 18 feet and has nice hands as well. He needs to add strength and some post moves but he has high-major potential. DePaul, Michigan, and Syracuse are just a few of the schools that have started to show interest. Davis received a scholarship offer from Orange coach Jim Boeheim after the event.

Mike Shaw – 6-8 Forward – DeLaSalle Institute - Mac Irvin Fire – Hit shots from the perimeter, played inside and out and rebounded as usual. He also showed off great court vision and passing ability in the post or in the open floor. His bounce pass to a streaking Jaime Crockett was one of the more impressive things seen this weekend.

Wayne Blackshear – 6-4 Guard – Morgan Park – Mac Irvin Fire – Wayne was up to his usual output on offense, scoring from all over the floor, but his defensive intensity was good during the weekend. The Louisville commit seemed committed to defending and shutting down his man, a promising sign.

Phillip Greene – 6-3 Guard – Julian High - Mean Streets – Greene attacked the rim all weekend and showed how athletic he was by finishing a few times above the rim. He is deadly in transition and is at his best when he pushes tempo to create a quick bucket.

Jamari Traylor – 6-7 Forward – Julian High - Mean Streets – An Amare Stoudemire type of forward, Traylor loves to faceup and use his strength and athleticism to attack the rim. He loves to dunk and use his power game offensively, but also has good touch to about 15 feet. A tad undersized, Traylor overcomes it.

Austin Richie – 6-1 Guard – Lowell, Indiana - CAPS All-Stars – Elite level shooter that can hit three-pointers from almost anywhere on the floor, off the catch or dribble. Richie just needs to prove what position he plays and whether he can defend quicker opponents.

Andre Henley – 6-4 Guard – Brehm Prep - Illinois Titans – It's been a quiet year for the former De La Salle star, but Henley has done a great job putting himself in great shape and is getting much better lift around the basket. He now looks to finish at the rim rather than using a finesse move like he did in the past.

Class of 2012

Malcolm Hill-Bey – 5-7 Point Guard – Mt. Carmel - Mac Irvin Fire – Was at his best when he used his quickness to attack the basket to create scoring opportunities. His jumper is still good, but he needs to fine-tune his shot selection a bit to be at his best.

Antonio Drummond – 5-10 Point Guard – Peoria - Illinois Wolves – Big-bodied guard is improving his entire offensive game almost every time out. He shoots with confidence from the outside and will also attack the rim now. He has come to a point where you can rely on him to take over for stretches of time during a game.

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