Among the many notables in attendance was recent Kansas signee Thomas Robinson who fought his way through a couple of tough games along with his Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Prep teammates.
Thomas Robinson - Robinson never did get it going offensively in Smithfield. He went 0-9 from the field on Saturday and on Sunday he struggled with foul trouble while scoring eight. Even though he struggled some offensively, there is no questioning this athletic and long young man’s ability to go rebound the ball. If there is a ball coming off the rim, you can rest assured that Mr. Robinson will soon be in the neighborhood. Whether he’s one or 20 feet away from the ball, he’s going after it and odds are he’s going to get it. Tracked him with at least 18 rebounds on Saturday and he backed it up with double digits on Sunday despite limited playing time. He’s added some muscle to his lean frame, has great hands and can really run.
Cory Joseph - Another player of interest to Kansas fans is this 6-2 combo guard from Canada who is a class of 2010 prospect at Findlay Prep. More and more, Joseph is looking like a straight up point guard and what makes him so dangerous is that he’s such a good shooter. He’s got one of the most compact, fluid and structurally sound jumpers in the country and he’s very accurate with it. He’s gotten a little stronger, showed a little more quickness than during the summer and also impressed with his playmaking and leadership. He’s going to be tracked closely by big time programs between now and the end of July.
Avery Bradley - There really wasn’t any debate about who the best player in the event was because the easy answer was Bradley. The 6-2, or 6-3 if you’re feeling generous, two guard is a monster competitor who gets it done on both ends of the floor. It’s hard not to love his mid range game and he has the wheels to get to the rim and finish with authority. He likes to operate along the baseline where his quickness, lift and speed allow him to score in a variety of ways. He’s a no brainer McDonald’s All-American and should step right in to replace A.J. Abrams at Texas next year.
Hassan Whiteside - He’s not a finished product yet, but this kid has a ton of talent. At 6-10 he is very athletic, runs, has soft touch and can score with a little bit of skill. There are steals and this kid is a major one for the Marshall Thundering Herd. He’s not yet consistent and hasn’t play a ton of organized ball, but he’s got considerable potential.
Freddie Riley- Riley has long been a personal favorite of the Road Show and he didn’t disappoint in Smithfield. The UMass signee is a legit top 100 player and at 6-5 he’s got a great looking stroke. He iced a 25 footer just before the buzzer on Friday and made a ton of big shots on Saturday. A long and lanky kid, he’s quick off the floor and has some quickness as well.
MORE NOTES FROM THE SHOOTOUT
One of the nice things about the National Prep Showcase is sitting right down next to the high school coaches. Some are reserved, some are loudmouths and some are really nice guys. Then there’s Oakdale (CT) St. Thomas More’s Jere Quinn. That guy, well he’s in a league of his own because he pretty much rules and has the best courtside commentary of any high school or prep school coach in the country. … Georgetown bound junior Nate Lubick has probably been a bit underrated by this author. A really tough 6-8 kid with some skill, he goes hard and really likes to play physical. Joining Lubick at Southborough (MA) St. Mark’s is Florida bound senior big man Erik Murphy. A long and lean guy, who can run and understands the game, he backed up Lubick’s 27 points with 21 of his own in a tough loss to Findlay Prep. … Fordham picked themselves up a player who would have been hunted by high majors this winter by signing New Hampton (NH) Prep’s Chris Gaston. He’s got tweener size, but the forward is very active, plays above the rim and is one tough hombre on the floor. … Indiana will be glad when Maurice Creek makes his way to Bloomington next year. A 6-3 wing at Chatham (VA) Hagrave Military, he’s a natural scorer who can really fill it up from deep. He’s adding some strength and is looking to go off the dribble a bit more but his jumper remains his calling card. If you ever find yourself in Smithfield, do yourself a favor and stop by J’s Deli. It’s the best sandwich shop that the Road Show has ever made a pit stop in.
Schools in attendance- Too many to list.
- Total teams seen- 18.
- Total games watched- 15.
- Total miles traveled- 2,902.