Spiece Run N Slam: Day Two

FT. WAYNE, Indiana - Chris Chiozza and JaQuan Lyle stole the show from the point guard position with their performances on Saturday at the Spiece Run N Slam.

Chris Chiozza, PG, Team Thad – If there were any remaining questions about Chiozza as a big time point guard he answered them. In multiple high level games Chiozza was spectacular making winning plays down the stretch and showing big time toughness. His athleticism and playmaking ability is off the charts and now he is becoming a dangerous shooter as well. His size will scare some teams off, but smart teams will look at what he does and realize few in the country are better at the lead guard position.

Leron Black, PF, Team Thad – In his first weekend back Black has been solid. His explosion still isn't there, but as always Black is playing hard, rebounding, and converting on the inside. His handle looks better, especially going right, and his jump shot is now solid, though that definitely isn't his game. Still Black battled despite not being 100 percent and showed why he is pretty darn good.

Riley Norris, SF/PF, Team Thad – He is an absolute knock down shooter from deep, but the 6-foot-6 Norris is more than just that, he can play. Norris can put the ball on the deck a little bit, will defend, and rebounds some from the wing as well. A pretty decent athlete, Norris will finish around the bucket, but the bread and butter is outside shooting and he was absolutely torching opponents.

Jaquan Lyle PG, Spiece Indy Heat – Lyle was solid in an afternoon game against Team Thad in which he was on the business end of a few nice ally-oops and also showed off his nice passing ability, but apparently it all came together in an evening win in which Lyle went for 44 points. Lyle is as talented as any player in the country and his work ethic is beginning to match that talent, and that means he could be someone who reaches his potential.

Trevon Bluiett, SF, Spiece Indy Heat – This is a cat who can just flat out fill it up. Bluiett is one of the best shooters in the country, but he also is an excellent rebounder and someone with the savvy to know how to convert around the rim. Not an elite athlete by any stretch, Bluiett is doing a better job on the defensive end and continues to get buckets on offense. In the afternoon win over Team Thad he was spectacular and showed why he is such a priority recruit for many schools in the Midwest.

P.J. Thompson, PG, Spiece Indy Heat – There aren't many tougher kids in the country than Thompson. He is a scorer from the point guard position who also really knows how to play. Thompson is good using ball screens and had some good moments throughout the day. His steadiness and high IQ make him someone that a lot of coaches will take a long look at.

Jaylen Johnson, PF, Dorian's Pride – A rebounding machine on the low block, Johnson did it again at a high level on Saturday. He just has that savvy for knowing where the ball is going to come off the rim and then using his long arms and strength to go get it. Johnson looks to still be growing and has a chance to really be a tough one to handle down low. Also Johnson is an excellent passer both from the high post and down low.

Justin Bibbs, SG, Ohio Basketball Club – After putting up some pedestrian numbers earlier in the event, Bibbs absolutely showed out on Saturday evening. The 6-foot-4 wing was on fire from deep and then also showed some game off the bounce. He is a good passer and really understands the game. Bibbs went for 20 in a tournament ending loss, and was just a problem to deal with on the offensive end.

Eric Davis, SG/PG, The Family – Davis is someone who can really, really put the ball in the basket. He is a good athlete and has a lot of toughness going to the rim. His handle looks solid, and he can pass, but naturally he is a scorer. Davis needs to show more consistent effort on the defensive end, but offensively there are very few better than Davis in the class.

Trevor Manuel, PF, The Family – A skilled forward, Manuel is long, athletic, blocks shots, and can hit threes. On top of that he is showing more desire and toughness down low finishing through contact. He is still a bit inconsistent with his effort and can disappear at times, but his skill set continues to get better and the upside is just huge. Overall he had a productive day and was huge in leading his team.

Brevin Pritzl, SG/PG, Wisconsin Playground Warriors – Pritzl can get overshadowed at time in his own backcourt, but the kid can really play. He is a knockdown three point shooters as he proved on Saturday, and then is scrappy going to the basket. He could play some point, but he is probably better off the ball where his shot making is a bigger threat. He was the best player on the floor in a morning win.

Nick Noskowiak, PG/SG, Wisconsin Playground Warriors – Fresh off of his verbal to Marquette, Noskowiak did an excellent job of find the hot hand and getting the ball to the right player at the right time. He didn't score as much as usual, but Noskowiak got into the paint and caused havoc on the defensive. Defensively he was also active and got deflections and steals.

Michael Benkert, SG, Eric Gordon Central Stars – A pure scorer, Benkert was only average in the morning game, but in the afternoon he was excellent. He is someone who is dynamic using two dribbles to get into the mid-range, but he can also hit from three. Not a great athlete or super quick, Benkert understands the game and simply rises to the occasion when his team needs it.

Edward Morrow, PF/C, Mac Irvin Fire – An absolute pogo stick down low, Morrow was blocking shots and rebounding at a high level. Also off of dump off passes he was dunking things, but most impressive was his improved touch. Morrow hit a few from the mid-range and then one from deep as well. He isn't necessarily a skilled kid, but Morrow does find a way to impact the game with his size and athleticism.

Christian Williams, SG, Peoria Irish – Williams is a tough cover because of his length, athleticism, size, and ability to handle the basketball. He was able to destroy the Mac Irvin defense and did it going right or left and then passing or making a shot. Williams is under the radar, but the kid can really play and could find himself getting a lot of looks during the month of July.

Zachary Norvell, SG, Mac Irvin Fire – A very productive freshman, Norvell is one talented offensive basketball player. Norvell gets to the rim with strength and quickness, but it is his shooting ability that stood out. He hit several from deep and has a great stroke. Norvell didn't get much varsity time at Simeon as a freshman, but the kid could easily develop into a star at the loaded school.

Josh Jackson, SG, Dorian's Pride – It is scary to think how good Jackson could be in a few years. He is already putting up big numbers at the 17 and under level against top competition. His scoring has always been there, and he is a big time athlete, but Jackson also can distribute at a high level, and is playing defense as well. Consistently Jackson has been as good as any player on the floor and is putting up big numbers.

Mike Smith, PG, Illinois Wolves – A tough, but small guard, Smith was excellent in an afternoon win. He hit a few shots, got into the lane, an then made some nice passes. Smith changes pace well and sees the court which allows him to make a lot of plays. He will probably need to grow some, but Smith has found a way to be very effective.

Brevin Pritzl has offers Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Toledo with some interest from Wisconsin.

Justin Bibbs says Xavier and Dayton are recruiting him the hardest.

Trevor Manuel has offers from North Carolina State, Michigan State, Providence, and Oregon. Also interest from Michigan, Missouri, UCLA, Miami, and others.

K.J. Walton recently picked up an offer from Xavier and has interest from Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, and other schools in the area.


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