Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

Spring evaluation period scouting reports: Class of 2018

Who looked good this month in front of coaches in the two weekends of the spring live period? We run down the player stats and scouting reports for Indiana prospects from the Class of 2018.

Peegs.com hit five different events during the two spring evaluation period. That brings you a lot of insight and today we accumulate our own scouting thoughts plus run down the stats during the live period for the 2018 prospects on the Hoosier radar.

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/194436-darius-garland

AAU Team - Bradley Beal Elite (Nike EYBL)

AAU Spring Stats - 17.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 2.2 topg, 55.6  FG%, 40.7 3FG%, 86.7 FT%

Scouting thoughts:  Garland was solid in Hampton but exploded in Indianapolis, averaging 25.0 points over his first three games there. On Sunday he finally hit a bit of a wall as the big, physical guards of BABC gave him a little trouble. Plays taller than his 6-foot-1 height due to his nice length. Sports a reliable jumper and has terrific touch on drives and little pull-ups. He's had much higher assists and a better assist to turnover ratio for his team versus EYBL last season. And the numbers also show how efficient he's been for a small guard -- shooting 55.6 percent from the floor.

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/198048-romeo-langford

AAU Team - Twenty Two Vision (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Spring Stats - 21.4  ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.7apg, 3.3 topg, 1.0 bpg, 43.1 FG%, 21.7 3FG%, 74.2 FT%

Scouting thoughts:  It hasn't been the best spring for Langford as he's not had a lot of help on his adidas team. The net result is a lot of double teams leading to some forced shots and some hurried 3-pointers. He's still a terrific driver who gets to the hoop as well as anyone. Most of the time on his drives he finishes or gets fouled. Langford earned nearly nine free throws a game in his seven Gauntlet games.  He's the third leading overall scorer in the adidas Gauntlet series. 

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/204174-robert-phinisee

AAU Team - Indiana Elite (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Spring Stats - 11.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.2 topg, 35.7 FG%, 37.5 3FG%, 73.3 FT%

Scouting thoughts: After a big opening night in front of Archie Miller, Phinisee struggled outside of a good game this past Friday night. A tendonitis issue that caused him to miss the final two games in Atlanta this past weekend could be playing a part in those struggles. He especially had trouble finishing, as shown by his 35.2 percent shooting inside the arc. He has shown improvement in changing speeds with the ball and with his three point range. He's also grown to 6-foot-0, making it easier for him defensively.

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/204382-musa-jallow

AAU Team - Team Blaze Select (NY2LA League)

AAU Spring Stats - No stats available

Scouting thoughts: We saw Jallow play two game in Texas the first weekend. One was  quiet game against a surprisingly good team from Omaha and a second game that day when he shot it well in a blowout win. This Saturday he exploded for 21 points on a near perfect game from the floor, hitting 9-for-10 shots in a win over  REACH Legends. Jallow has a pro body and some point forward type skills despite not quite having the ideal handle yet. Improving his jumper is key for him and he continued to show progress in that department this month.

http://www.scout.com/player/206004-jalen-carey

AAU Team - NJ Playaz Club (Nike EYBL)

AAU Spring Stats - 17.9  ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.7 topg, 49.5 FG%, 44.4 3FG%, 63.6 FT%

Scouting thoughts: Carey was good in Hampton and even better in Indianapolis. His length helps him play bigger than 6-foot-3 and he has the potential to be a very good defender in college. Shot it well this month but watching him in Indy this week we liked how he drove it so effortlessly to the basket. A bit similar to former Hoosier Greg Graham.  Can play some point but view him as more of a two guard. Carey needs to add some strength but sure looks like a player that should shoot up the rankings.

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/200309-robby-carmody

AAU Team - Ohio Basketball Club (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Spring Stats - 19.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.3 apg, 2.1 topg, 44.1 FG%, 35.5 3FG%, 79.5 FT%

Scouting thoughts: The best thing about Carmody is he plays without fear. Doesn't over think things, just looks for his shot and uses his thick frame to create space. That's why he's one of the top scorers in the Gauntlet series. He's not a set up guy but has nice size and great strength for a wing. Son of a coach so he could be a nice leader. Looked the part in high level 17U games, always nice to see in April.

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/207936-eric-hunter

AAU Team - Indiana Pros (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Spring Stats - No stats available

Scouting thoughts: Playing in the Silver or second division of the adidas Gauntlet series, Hunter was harder catch since that often meant games away from the main facility. That also means we don't have his stats this month. When we did see him in Texas he shot the ball well. If he  consistently does that with his killer crossover, he's tough to stop. He's about as skinny as they come so that's holding him back right now but he has length and can be a terror when his club team presses.  His team struggled for awhile but finished the league with three straight wins. 

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/204608-race-thompson

AAU Team - D1 Minnesota (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Spring Stats - 14.4  ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 topg, 1.1 bpg, 51.2 FG%, 25.0 3FG%, 66.7 FT%

Scouting thoughts: Thompson was Mr. Consistency, scoring in double figures all but one time in eight games this month. He might be a short power forward but his big upper body and length lessen that issue considerably. Surprised with his passing and his shot shows potential, so he could become a small forward in time. 

http://www.scout.com/player/209614-cole-swider

AAU Team - BABC (Nike EYBL)

AAU Spring Stats - 20.3  ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2.1 topg, 49.6 FG%, 42.1 3FG%, 79.3 FT%

Scouting thoughts: This was a guy a lot of coaches were talking about. They knew he was good but not this good.  Might be the best shooter in the class, his stroke is that pure. And you get that in a 6-foot-7 to 6-foot-8, 210 pound body that can get you some boards. Showed a lot of positive emotion on the court, especially Sunday when he helped BABC humble a very talented Bradley Beal Elite team.

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/204893-jerome-hunter

AAU Team - Ohio Nova (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Spring Stats - No stats available

Scouting thoughts: Like Eric Hunter, this Ohio forward was a bit off the radar in the Silver division of the Gauntlet. We did catch him one time in Texas and you could see he's your ideal hybrid forward. Long with a broad shoulder base, he plays tall enough for the four spot and gets up and down the court well. Needs to add some bulk but has a great frame for it.

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/195163-eric-ayala

AAU Team - WE R1 (Under Armour)

AAU Spring Stats - 11.6  ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.7 topg, 43.5 FG%, 33.3 3FG%, 52.4 FT%

Scouting thoughts: When we saw Ayala last summer his issues were shot selection and turnovers. He looks to have matured in managing the ball but still needs to get a bit better in choosing his shots. True combo kind of guard who has the potential to be tough defensively. We've seen him shoot it well from deep in the past but he made just five treys in seven games and shot poorly from the free throw line. Excellent athlete who plays hard.

http://www.scout.com/player/202789-louis-king

AAU Team - Team Final (Nike EYBL)

AAU Spring Stats - 17.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 3.3 topg, 0.5 BPG, 41.3 FG%, 35.3 3FG%, 81.5 FT%

Scouting thoughts: King may have the longest wingspan of all the players discussed here. Add that to his athleticism and skill set, and you can see why he's a five-star. Has to become more efficient. A few too many turnovers and bad shots thrown up. Even with that he's averaging pretty solid numbers and doing it playing alongside a potential NBA lottery pick in Cameron Reddish. King is another guy who will get much better with 15-20 pounds of muscle.

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/204415-damezi-anderson

AAU Team - Meanstreets (Nike EYBL)

AAU Spring Stats - 13.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.8 topg, 41.9 FG%, 38.5 3FG%, 90.5 FT%

Scouting thoughts: Anderson had a huge 30 points outburst in Hampton that helped lead to a couple new high major offers but was subdued a bit more in Indy. Still he's a better shooter than many realize and shines in an uptempo type system where his pull-up jumpers can wreak havoc.  Came off the bench for Meanstreets, getting just 18 minutes a game, so his points per minute numbers are pretty high.

http://www.scout.com/player/216801-nahziah-carter?s=145

AAU Team - City Rocks (Nike EYBL)

AAU Spring Stats - 12.9 ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.6 topg, 57.5 FG%, 26.7 3FG%, 55.6 FT%

Scouting thoughts: We tracked Carter this month as he was a former Dayton 2017 commit who appears set to go prep and move into the Class of 2018. He's very active and got a lot of fast break points and showed an ability to finish inside against taller players. Did seem to struggle shooting which is a real question mark for him since he's only 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-5. 


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