Only a day after returning from a weak out West, it was time for the Road Show to leave Kansas City again. This time heading East, stops were made in Marion, Ill. friday night for the Best of the Midwest shootout and then in St. Louis, Mo. on saturday for Terrell Ramey's Midwest Showdown Shootout.
Notable Weekend Performers
Quincy Miller, F, Quality Education Academy- Already ranked in the top 10 for 2011 by Scout.com, the 6-foot-9 Miller has a chance to rise into at least the top 3 in his class. He's long, active, and most of all he's skilled. He spins quickly for hoops, uses both hands, explodes for dunks and uses the glass. He can also face up the basket and shoot with range to the three point line. Shades of Rashard Lewis at the same age.
Ryan Boatright, PG, East Aurora- Rating highly on the entertainment scale is something you can always expect out of the 5-foot-10 scorer. An absolutely electric athlete, he gets into the lane for multiple dunks and is the owner of a lightning quick first step. He can shoot it from deep and is a better playmaker than given credit for. However, he does dance with the ball far too much and could work on his shot selection. Listed the likes of Kentucky, Wake Forest, Miami, DePaul, Kansas State, Arkansas, Providence and Baylor as taking looks.
Josh Langford, PF, Huntsville Lee- A former commitment of Louisville, he's an explosive left handed player. Listed as a three by many, he's certainly got a three man's body and athleticism. But, his game is all power forward. He's at his best 12 feet and in where his tenacity, quickness and hops get him a lot of buckets and rebounds. He should end up somewhere back on the high major level come springtime.
Devin Langford, SF, Huntsville Lee- A 2011 prospect, Langford has generated a ton of interest from high majors. He does have good size (6-6) for the wing and appears to be a fluid athlete. Saturday, though, he often looked timid and didn't really assert himself very much. Will need to watch again down the road.
Bruce Barron, SG, Brehm Prep- Another 2011 guy from over the weekend, Barron had a nice outing on Friday nigth while netting 33 points. He's strong, has pretty good size at 6-foot-3 and is a good ball handler. Some project him as a point guard, but he looks like much more of a two at this point.
Aaron Bowen, SF, Quality Education Academy- Former Marquette recruit is a good looking wing. Has decent size (at least 6-foot-5, but not his listed 6-foot-7), can shoot it some and is a good athlete. He lacks bulk, but has enough in other areas to make up for it.
Jershon Cobb, SG/PG, Columbia- Northwestern went into Georgia and flat out stole one in Cobb. A high scoring combo guard, he can put it on the floor and attack with the bounce. Super pull-up jump shooter with plenty of upside to boot. Should contend for the 2010 top 100.
Jereme Richmond, SF, Waukegan- Friday night he did a nice job of playing within himself and letting the game come to him. Starting slow as a scorer, he demonstrated his high level passing ability. During the second half, he took control of the game scoring 20 of his 22. He hit on jumpers, drove to the hole and was active on the glass. When on his game, he's as good as just about any wing in the country. Regardless of class.
More Notes From The Weekend
Homewood-Flossmoor High out of the Chicago area has some nice looking young talent. Sophomore power forward Tim Williams has pretty good size, a solid frame and above average athleticism. He plays hard and looks to have some touch. Fellow sophomore Delvon Rencher is a lanky 6-foot-5 forward who looks like he has the ability to play out on the wing. Finally, junior Julian Lewis is an athletic and slashing 6-foot-3 two guard who can really get to the rim. ... Only a sophomore, St. Louis (MO) Soldan's Paul McRoberts shows some potential. A 6-foot-3 wing athlete, he makes things happen in transition and shows promise as a pullup jump shooter. ... We had hoped to get a look at junior shooting guard Cedric McAfee from Memphis Craigmont. Unfortunately, for viewing purposes at least, he has transferred to already loaded Memphis Melrose. ... Because he's so darn skinny, it's hard to project a level for St. Louis Rittenhour senior guard Corey Allen. Probably a bit shorter than his listed six feet, he's an explosive leaper who attacks the rim and a dangerous scorer off the bounce. Has division ability, but he's probably the skinniest point guard the Road Show will see all season. ...
There will be no questioning the toughness of Brehm Prep junior forward James Siakam. None. The 6-foot-6 junior took a blow to the cheek Friday night and returned despite obvious pain. Turns out he's got fractures in his face and will miss the rest of the season. ... Recent Baylor pledge Stargell Love is one athletic dude. The well built and explosive 6-foot-1 point guard is rough around the edges, but he's dripping with talent and potential. ... Senior center Juvonte Reddic of Quality Education Academy had a fine outing. He hit mid range jumpers, crashed the glass and ran the well for a kid in the 6-foot-9 range. He'll get hit pretty hard by schools this winter. ... Missouri Valley schools are doing their homework by getting involved with Marion (IL) High junior Aaron Adeyoe. He's a solid 6-foot-6 with some touch, strength and athleticism. ...
Total games watched- 53.
Total teams watched- 96.
Total miles traveled- 9,269.