It's been a little bit since the last Road Show, but that doesn't mean we haven't been out watching games. After spending most of the last month to catch up on locals (with a few national events mixed in), it was time to hit the road again. This weekend's stop is the National Prep School Invitational held on the campus of Rhode Island University.
On hand in Rhode Island were a handful of young Kansas targets and some other high level guys.
Potential Kansas Targets in Rhode Island
Khem Birch, PF, Winchendon Prep- There are few big men in the class of 2012 who are as physically gifted as the Canadian transplant. Standing near 6-foot-9 with long arms, Birch is a gazelle on the floor who is a game changer because of his ability to rebound and block shots. Offensively, he's coming along nicely as well. He finishes in transition, dropped in a pretty lefty jump hook off of a spin move. He's got the look of a top 10 guy in his class at this point.
Ricardo Ledo, SF/SG, St. Andrew's- His shot wasn't dropping like usual on Friday, but the 6-foot-5 sophomore wing is a potential big-timer. A long and lean high flyer, Ledo already handles the ball pretty well and is a high level defender. He always seems to come up with loose balls and is an outstanding passer. Lack of strength is the primary concern at this point but he's got a chance to be an elite level prospect in 2012.
Kaleb Tarczewski, C, St. Mark's- When you are pushing seven feet and very mobile as a sophomore in high school, you are going to get a lot of long looks. High level programs have been flocking to see this young man and it's easy to see why. Runs the floor very well, is willing to fight despite a lack of bulk and he's got good hands and feel in the low post. Doesn't look all that confident yet, but he does look to have relatively soft touch. Would like to see him use that size to be a bit more intimidating as a shot blocker.
Other Friday Standouts
Michael Carter-Williams, SG/PG, St. Andrew's- It's early, but the near 6-foot-5 combo guard is looking like the most improved player in the class of 2011. A shot creator who can get open via the dribble whenever he wants, Carter-Williams scores at all three levels (rim, mid range and deep). Much more explosive athletically than you realize because of how smooth he is. Syracuse did their homework in locking him up early. He's easily a top 50 prospect and perhaps knocking on the door of the top 25 if his performance at the NPSI is indicative of how far his game has come.
Nate Lubick, PF, St. Mark's- In a game where a lot of people make snap judgments based on the way guys look, the future Georgetown big man wouldn't often be a first pick. But, that's why you watch guys play and the 6-foot-8 Lubick always brings it. He slides along the baseline for jams, plays strong on the glass and runs the floor hard. He's also pretty skilled and nailed a buzzer beating (well not really but he refs still counted it) 18 footer to give his team a hard fought win over Winchendon.
Shaquille Thomas, SF, Nia Prep- After bouncing around for the better part of a year, the long 6-foot-6 wing is finally settled in at Nia. Still toothpick skinny, he's a bouncy athlete who can drain mid-range shots off the dribble. He's a sneaky offensive rebounder an excellent finisher in traffic. He must focus on adding strength and improving his left hand. Looks like a safe bet to land at a high major program before it's all said and done.
Michael Haynes, PF, Heat Academy- A native of the Windy City, the 6-foot-5 Haynes is built like an All-Pro NFL tight end. He plays like one too. Somebody gets in his way, he's going to go right through them. A rebound needs to be grabbed, he's going to use his gigantic and sure hands to snap it out of the air. He's quite entertaining in that he plays very hard while making some bone headed plays. Loved his front to back between the legs dribble into a pull-up 18 footer on a fast break.
Jordair Jett, PG/SG, Notre Dame Prep- Schools are scouring the country for guys that can play the point and Jett is going to get a lot of looks. A strong kid who plays a bit of a throwback type game, he grinds his way into making things happen. Makes excellent use of his sturdy frame, involves his teammates and is a very dangerous mid range scorer. Mid level programs will be doing their best to fight off some high majors before it's all said and done.
Total games watched- 113.
Total teams watched- 185.
Total miles traveled- 13,811.