Road Show: Tyus, Others in Chicago

Even though the Bears were the hot ticket in town, a loaded field at the MLK Dream Classic provided some pretty entertaining hoops on Sunday. Guys like Alex Tyus, Jerome Randle, Will Walker, Osiris Eldridge, Mike Dunigan and Patrick Beverley among others were on hand and putting in work.

In front of a pretty healthy showing of college coaches -- including a pretty impressive trio of head coaches in Illinois’ Bruce Weber, Creighton’s Dana Altman and Lorenzo Romar from Washington -- the stars came out to play and there were plenty of standout performances.

SUNDAY STUDS AT MLK

Alex Tyus - The decision to reclassify and leave his native St. Louis for Cincinnati (OH) Harmony Prep looks like it is paying off for Alex Tyus. He’ s more mature, is playing harder, and he’s an absolutely crazy athlete. He’s got a penchant for showing up out of nowhere to throw down an impossible tip jam or send a shot into the bleachers. He’s fast up and down the court, very quick around the hoop and his shooting is much improved. He’s not a kid who is going to step outside and light anybody up from three point land, but he looks good on from 8-12 feet and that’s all he needs to be able to do. He, Billy Walker, and OJ Mayo are going to be ridiculously fun to watch this summer.

There isn’t a lack of interest from colleges and the likes of Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Syracuse, UCLA and several others have all been keeping tabs. He almost got his game to the level where he’s going to become a priority recruit for some big time programs.

Patrick Beverley - In much the same fashion that the Sunset Strip party circuit is constantly creating the latest “it” girl, the Chicago preps hoops scene creates “it” players. But, Beverley isn’t earning rave reviews because he looks good in a halter top and short skirt, he’s doing it because he’s been putting up ridiculous numbers this winter.

Standing about 6-2, he’s quick off the dribble, gets into the lane and can make some shots. He creates his own shot pretty easily, isn’t shy about pulling the trigger on shots , and is certainly a crowd favorite. He went for 32 points on 12-28 shooting from the field (5-13 3PT) 3-8 FT, with six assists, six rebounds, four steals and seven turnovers.

Much of the hype on him is justified and he’s obviously a talented player. However, he’s best suited to play in an uptempo system and he’s got to have some room to be creative on the wing. Needs to add strength and if he can learn that he doesn’t have to be quite so flashy.

Jerome Randle - The 5-8 floor general is a dynamo off the bounce and gets into the lane at will. He’s a dangerous jump shooter, plays with some attitude and he scores at will on the high school level thanks to his quickness. Ping pongs in and out of traffic with his ball handling wizardry and is entertaining to watch. It will be interesting to see how his game translates into the PAC-10 at Cal next year.

Will Walker - Didn’t have much help from his Bolingbrook (IL) High team in a matchup against Beverley’s Marshall squad, but the 6-0 WG headed to DePaul put in some work. He’s an effortless shooter from beyond the three point line, has pretty good strength, plays intelligently and really made Beverley work to get his offense. He’s similar to Oklahoma bound Scotty Reynolds.

MORE NOTES FROM MLK DAY TWO

Illinois State is getting a gifted athlete in 6-3 WG Osiris Eldridge. His jumper is hit or miss, but his explosiveness off the floor will be tough to match in the Missouri Valley next fall.

Harmony’s Josh Tabb looks like he’ll have a chance to contribute at Tennessee. The 6-3 WG can defend, really gets to the rim off the baseline and plays pretty hard.

Chicago (IL) Farragut center Mike Dunnigan is a big kid. The 6-9 sophomore isn’t a super athlete but he rebounds, blocks some shots and takes up space.

All that Chicago (IL) Boys to Men junior Craig Brackins needs to do to get recruited on the high major level run up and down the court. The Cali native is developing physically and even though he was relatively quiet on Sunday, he’s got considerable potential.

Marshall has more than just Beverley. Junior Mike Stovall is a high flyer, sophomore WG Ryan Hare gets a lot done with his lefty attack, and freshman PG Darrius Smith has a bright future. …

  • Total teams seen - 150
  • Total games watched - 88
  • Total miles traveled - 10,108

Up next- To be determined.


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