Youngsters Impress At Collinsville Tourney

There were a number of highly competitive high school basketball tournaments in the state of Illinois over the Christmas holidays. Collinsville hosted a tournament that had several young prospects with college potential. Scout's Scott Burgess checked out the action and provided this scouting report.

The metro East is always a great place to watch high school basketball. I headed over to Collinsville to check out some of the top prospects in the area including a couple garnering attention from Illinois.

Class of 2011

Jordan Nelson, 6'-1", point guard (Lincoln High School, Illinois)

Jordan Nelson is a player who has received a lot of recognition for his stellar play. He started the game I watched slowly but picked it up in the second half. Nelson is best coming of screens either with the ball or coming around screens to receive the ball for perimeter shots. He is a dead-eye shooter with great mechanics.

He is not afraid to take the big shot as he hit several three-pointers including one to send it into another overtime with defenders draped around him. His passing ability is good but is overshadowed by his perimeter shooting. He finished the loss to Quincy with 29 points.

Class of 2013

DeShawn Munson, 6'-3", shooting guard (East St. Louis High School, Illinois)

Munson is part of a very talented team of athletes at East St. Louis that includes two SEC football recruits. He is the best basketball prospect on the team.

The shooting guard is extremely athletic and is a force on the defensive end of the floor. He is a great defender by using his combination of strength, athleticism, and quickness. Munson says he knows the defensive end of the floor is where games are won.

"Coach has always told me defense wins games and offense sells tickets," Munson relates. "I go by that."

Offensively, Munson drives strong to the hole with aggression. He is at his best in the transition game. The East St. Louis Flyer lives up to his team's nickname. He is a high flier and gets above the rim after flying down the court with his excellent speed.

One aspect of his game I was not impressed with was his shot. He shoots the ball with two hands and is not a great free throw shooter.

East. St. Louis coach Ray Coleman likes the upside of his sophomore and how he contributes in multiple categories.

"He has great court awareness. He can shoot the ball from deep. He can get into the paint and dish. He is doing a better job on the defensive end."

He did just that in East St. Louis's victory over Belleville Althoff by recording 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.

Tyrin Williams, 5'-9", point guard (Riverview Gardens High School, Missouri)

Williams is a small guard but can really score. He works well around screens and has good handles. The point guard shoots the ball excellently with good form and nice rotation on his shot. He isn't afraid to take the ball inside to try to score for his team either. He finished with 17 points against Oakville.

Class of 2014

Peyton Allen, 6'-3", point guard (Glenwood High School, Illinois)

Allen was the player I came to see. He visited Illinois for Midnight Madness in October and is being recruited by several other Midwest schools. Overall, Allen is a smooth guard who is mature for his age on and off the court.

Although his shot was not on this night, it is the strength of his game. He has excellent form and has a pure stroke from the perimeter. The guard also has the ability to take his man off the dribble and finish around the basket.

On one move, he took his man off the dribble from the top of the key and went to the hole for an and-1. He is a good ball handler and shows leadership skills when running the point as a freshman.

On the defensive end, Allen picked several passes at the point of a 1-3-1 zone. Allen commented he likes that defense and the freedom it gives him to be aggressive.

"I have long arms, so I like playing the point and getting steals and causing havoc."

Allen finished with 12 points and 4 steals in his team's 10-point victory. The freshman liked how his team competed in the second half.

"We were down at halftime, but we came back with some big shots in the fourth quarter and got the victory by 10."

Marcus Bartley, 6'-0", point guard (Decatur MacArthur High School, Illinois)

Bartley really popped out to me in the first game of the day. He has good length at the point guard spot. The floor general played mature for a freshman and has a good understanding of the flow of the game. His court vision is good and he makes the right play.

Bartley's perimeter shot has a quick release and free flowing motion to it. This was the most impressive aspect of his game.

The point guard has had a lot thrown at him at a young age, but he is enjoying the pressure of being thrown to the wolves of varsity basketball.

"It is a good experience. It is a little bit of pressure, but I like that. I have confidence in myself and teammates to do great."

MacArthur head coach Filipe Phillips knows he has a special player on his hands. He believes his young star has a few significant strengths.

"He has great court awareness. He can shoot the ball from deep. He can get into the paint and dish. He is doing a better job on the defensive end."

Bartley has early interest coming from DePaul, Cincinnati, and Marquette.

Austin Gillmann, 6'-8", center (Oakville High School, Missouri)

Gillmann is another freshman that stood out. He is a legit 6'-8" freshman who is thin and still fairly raw, but has some tools and skills to work with. Offensively Gillmann receives the ball and does a quick right-handed spin move all in one motion to score. This is his go-to move at this stage.

His passing ability was a plus skill in my eyes as he hit several open cutting teammates for assists in the half court. Gillmann rebounded his area well and was a presence on the defensive end with his shot blocking.

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