Nike Spring Showdown: Top Performers

See who showed out this past weekend in Romeoville as AAU season got underway at the Nike Spring Showdown including several underclassmen.

The Nike EYBL circuit kicked off in Sacramento this past weekend, but the Nike Spring Showdown in Romeoville, Illinois still featured plenty of talent, including several underclassmen who played some great basketball.

Let's take a look at who stood out.

2016 SG Zack Norvell - Mac Irvin Fire

Norvell was hitting from deep in his first game and was especially active in the fast break during his next couple. He's a high-percentage outside shooter who is working to develop his dribble drive game. The lefty still needs to become more comfortable driving both to his left and his right, but overall this weekend he filled it up and put points on the board for the Fire.

2016 PF Nick Rakocevic - Mac Irvin Fire

A 6'9" rangy forward who can hit a three is a nightmare to defend. Rakocevic stepped out a few times and hit the outside shot when the defense left him out there by himself. He knows what he needs to do as far as getting post position, and as he adds strength, his body will be able to more effectively do what his high basketball IQ tells him to do.

2017 SG Jordan Goodwin - St. Louis Eagles

Goodwin is a thick-bodied guard who played a lot of point guard for the Eagles this past weekend. He doesn't always score in flashy ways, but a look at the stat sheet after the game shows that he was deceptively productive. He rolled his ankle at the end of his first game Friday night, so he was a little hesitant to go full-speed on Saturday, but he still found ways to score as well as set up his teammates en route to some lopsided wins.

2017 PG Jesse Neloms - Wings Elite (AR)

Neloms took a little bit to get going, but after a few minutes elapsed, he really put on quite a performance in action on Saturday. Neloms was excellent in transition both in finding teammates cutting to the hoop as well as knowing when to stop and pull up for a transition jumper. He hit many of his shots and a lot of his set-ups resulted in his teammates getting buckets at the rim or getting to the free throw line. Neloms has good vision and control for a player his age.

2017 SF Tyus Jones - Wings Elite (AR)

No, not that Tyus Jones, but for being just a freshman, this Jones had one of the more impressive showings of the event. Jones used his speed and athleticism to really push the pace in transition, and his high motor made him a monster on the glass for the Wings. He has a great frame with a decent amount of muscle already, so as he continues to get older, he will only get stronger and that should allow him to continue to play above the rim.

2016 PG Charlie Moore - Mac Irvin Fire

Moore showed what a year of starting experience for a state championship team can do. Moore, who always plays with a bit of cockiness, ran the show well for the Fire and showed much more intentionality in getting to the hoop as opposed to his usual affinity for taking deep threes. Moore was a pickpocket, too, racking up several steals and initiating the fast break.

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