Orlando Eval Period Wrap: Class of 2012

Between the Super Showcase and the AAU Nationals, the city of Orlando housed some of the nation's finest basketball prospects this week. Kansas had a close eye on the activity in O-town and several players impressed. Phog.net who was on hand to watch the action.

Mitch McGary (2012) – SYF Players – there was no player more impressive to me than the 6-10 center. There isn't anything he can't do skill-wise and he never takes a play off. It's a combination that on more than one occasion packed the gym with some of the nation's top coaches. He can pick and pop, he can shoot the three, and he has great vision. It's shocking how well he can handle it and watching him rip down a board and lead the break is a common thing. He's always under control and on the defensive end he was challenging everyone who dared to come in the lane. He's never afraid to hit the floor for a loose ball and never shy about showing his enthusiasm for a great play. He's the kind of guy you want on your team. Though his team came up on the short end of a half court buzzer beater against BABC, in the end he posted better numbers than Nerlens Noel –a premiere big man from the class of 2013

Jarnell Stokes (2012) – Memphis YOMCA – Stokes is 6-8 and extremely strong. Once he gets the ball I can tell you that you're not going to take it from him that's for sure. He doesn't have great lift but he uses his body extremely well. He disappears for stretches meaning he's not a dominating player who commands the ball. He's the one that digs down in the trenches and does the dirty work. I didn't see him square off against anyone who could match his strength and at times he was the focus of double and triple teams. I see him as a guy that won't get all the ink but will be a key part of a program's success someday.

Danuel House (2012) – Texas Pro – a very talented wing who is so pure and smooth and he is the prototypical guard/wing coaches need in this day and age. He is so money from three point range and I think his long arms and fluidity really help him finish in the lane. I think his decision-making about when to shoot and when to get in the lane is outstanding. He's extremely athletic and his long arms make him a tough guy to get by on the defensive end. I really liked his entire game.

Martavious Newby (2012) – Memphis YOMCA- Newby is an underrated 6-3 shooting guard who is finally drawing more attention during the month of July. He showed an accurate touch from long range and he, like a lot of the YOMCA players, is strong with a college-ready body. He was able to drive and dish and capitalized on collapsing defenses drawn to Stokes.

Tony Parker (2012) – Georgia Stars – talk about strength, Parker has it. At 6-8 and 255 you don't have to look hard to see how much space he can take inside the lane. He's got great hands and can finish with authority around the rim thanks to his long arms. He just appears to be getting better and better. Again I don't see him as an elevator but he knows how to use his body and long arms around the rim and yet for as strong as he is he seems to have a soft touch. Big time schools will be and should be knocking down his door. KU is keeping a watchful eye on this big man too.

Shaquile Cleare (2012) – Houston Defenders – A 6-9 wide body out of Houston, Texas Cleare appears to have great hands and shows the ability to snatch any rebound that's in his area. Didn't get to see his stroke a ton from the floor but he has worked hard on his shot and it looked good from the line in the games I saw. Not really sure how far his range extends though but do know he's working to extend it. He's not a dominator but he also happens to be on a team with two awesome guards in the Harrison twins so he doesn't see the ball all that much in the regular flow of the offense. If you can get in the lane and find him he will finish it though. His size is never a detriment for him and he doesn't labor at all with deceptive athletic ability and footwork.

Jermai Grant (2102) – Team Takeover – I really enjoyed watching Jermai play. There's certain calmness to his game and he's incredibly versatile and smooth. Whatever you need him to do he can do it. I love his thought process on the court and he seems to always understand the smart play. Pretty jump shot too.

Archie Goodwin (2012) – Arkansas Wings – the 6-5 guard was plagued with some untimely turnovers when KU head coach Bill Self was in attendance but everyone knows the type of talent Archie possesses. To steal a term from Dick Vitale, "he can flat out shoot the rock". He persevered on a day that wasn't his best and led his team to a comeback win against Team Georgia. Sometimes what you can do on a bad day tells a lot about who you are as a player. But his size, stroke, and long arms make him a really hot commodity and one off game won't change that.

Alex Mitola (2012) – Hoops Heaven Elite – only got to see the scrappy point guard play once but wish I had seem him more. He's the kind of player a coach loves. Quick, smart, competitive, and will absolutely hammer you with key shots and plays. He's headed for the Ivy League and will be a fun player to keep an eye on. He really knows how to run a team.

Georges Niang (2012) – BABC – The Iowa State commit is 6-6 and 230 and just finds all kinds of ways to kill a defense. He uses his body well and offensively never seems to force the action. He can face up and shoot it or carve out some space to get in the lane for an easy hoop. He's not a player who plays above the room but what he lacks for in elevation he makes up for in smarts and skills.

Jake Layman (2012) – BABC – Kid reminds me so much of Micah Downs. He's skinny like him and his mannerisms are very similar. He's 6-8 and can finish plus he's shown streaky, but adept range from three. BABC put him on the point of their presses and half court traps and he got his hands on a lot of balls. He's a decent passer and can finish at the rim with his size. He's skinny and needs some weight on him to be an impact wing but all I can see is the promise he shows.

Daniel Dingle (2012) – Long Island Lightning – Lightning found ways to be pesky and competitive in nearly every contest. It's an athletic squad led by Dingle. He can handle it and sees the floor well impressing all with his passing skills. He's another heady player that understands how to use the 6-6 frame he has.

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