Most of the bleachers were empty and so were the folding chairs where many of the country's top coaches will sit before week's end but nonetheless the 15U Super Showcase commenced Tuesday with pool play.
Marcus Paige – 6-0 Point Guard - Martin Bros. Select (2012)
One good thing about beginning your summer basketball viewing with a
Martin Bros. team is that you can count on some solid fundamental
basketball. Never too flashy, but always competitive and tough, the
Iowa-based AAU team once again did not disappoint.
The 6-0 Paige runs the show efficiently for his squad without having to
dominate the basketball. There is no incessant pounding of the
basketball out on the perimeter. Paige is extremely cognizant of having
his head up and sharing the basketball.
The 2012 lefty did not have the opportunity to take many shots but in
the first game of the day showed a nice little power dribble to the
foul lane and pull up midrange J. Where Paige really impresses is in
the open court. He has that smoothness about his game that a lot of the
high major prospects have at a young age. It's easy to see why Iowa and
Iowa State don't want Paige leaving the state. Paige can really finish
and of course prefers to use the left hand. At one point he displayed a
deadly crossover move, drove it right, and finished with the left hand
drawing the foul.
In the half court the offense clicks with Paige on the floor and he
makes very few mistakes. He even attempted to post up a smaller guard
on the offensive end in the half court. On the defensive ends his arms
are long and active and he can cause havoc. He gets his hands on a lot
of passes. Late in game 1 he made a terrific steal but missed the dunk
at the other end. Paige showed off his athleticism when he went up in
traffic and nearly tipped one home. He fits the mold of a high major in
The problem was Martin Brothers did not have much competition in either
game today and Paige spent a fair amount of time resting. Marcus had 8
points in a Martin Brothers romp in game 1, 65-45.
In the night game, yet another romp (80-52), Paige helped his team get
off to a quick start and finished with 13 points, eight of them coming
in the first quarter and it included a long range three.
Like I mentioned earlier, the Martin Brothers teams area well-coached
and have some other talented kids. Jerel Moore (6-4, 2011) impressed
with his hops and his overall athleticism. 6-10 Adam Woodbury has some
skills as a center and made a terrific interior behind the back pass
today that any big man would envy.
Ishmail Wainright – 6-4 Guard/Forward – Kansas City Cowboys (2013)
Ishmail is drawing plenty of attention for being as polished as he is
and he is no stranger to the Kansas City area. But it won't be long
before the rest of the country catches on to this budding high school
star continues to watch his stock rise.
The first thing you notice is the width of his shoulders and that is
body is advanced for his age. How high of a major prospect might just
depend on how big he gets. If he grows two to three more inches I would
think he would be a real handful and draw high major attention. If he
gains those inches he could be an effective forward instead of an
I was impressed with how strong his hands were. He can really pull a
rebound down in traffic. It is often you check out a player for the
first time with the idea that they will likely dominate. Wainright
doesn't dominate by scoring but he is always a part of the action. He
doesn't have to score to be part of the action. Whether it's a rebound,
taking a charge, or making a smart pass, he stands out without having
to go one-on-one with the opposition. He truly fits in the team concept
and loves to share the basketball. His shot seems a tad flat or it
could've been just Tuesday night but he did shoot a few free throws
that were line drives. He is athletic with long arms – and what
prospect these days isn't – but I'd love to see his jumper a few times
to see how that part of his game is.
Ishmail's Cowboys got off to a sluggish start but really turned it on
in the end with a big fourth quarter push. The Cowboys ended up winning
by a sizeable margin (57-42). Wainwright finished with six points and
was a key part of a late push as this game was tied at 34 at one point.
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