Mike Evans – 6'6 PF, 2011 –
The surprise team of the event, this high school team turned AAU squad
put on a show for anyone that would watch. They were led by
shot-blocking stud Mike Evans, who started off the tournament by
dominating KU commit Zach Peters and Team Texas. Despite his small size
for a post, Evans gets off the floor with a quickness and swats
darn-near everything someone throws toward the rim. He saved his best
for the last day (or at least the last game that I saw from him), where
he decided to show off a very nice stroke from mid-range. Someone in
Texas (Texas Tech and Texas A&M are both looking, along with
Houston and other Texas mid-majors) or the south (Auburn is looking) is
going to score a good one in Evans.
Terran Pettway – 6'5 WF, 2011
–Terran Pettway joined up with Evans to lead the Hornets all the way to
the finals. He's another mid-major prospect, with a lean 6'5 frame and
good athleticism. He handles the ball well and is more of a perimeter
player than Evans. He showed off a wonderful first step throughout the
weekend and looks to have a solid jumpshot out to near the 3pt line.
Quite a few mid-majors are keeping an eye on him.
Martin Bros. 16s
Mike Gesell – 6'0 PG, 2012 –
Though Marcus Paige draws the most attention for the Martin Bros. 16s,
Mike Gesell is every bit as important to their success. A good shooter
and a solid overall player, Gesell spent a lot of time both on and off
the ball in helping Martin Bros. to yet another tournament win (once
again taking out Spiece Mo-Kan in the process). While probably not
quite a Kansas target, he will be at their elite camp in June.
Supposedly, Gesell pulled off a tough jumper to get the win over
Oklahoma Elite in the finals.
Marcus Paige – 6'0 PG, 2012 –
The steadiest presence in the 16s (and arguably, along with Nino Williams, the steadiest in the event), Paige once again did what his
team needed him to do in order to capture the title. He's a natural
floor-leader that is most comfortable running an offense. He shoots
very well from the perimeter and even shows off a very tough step-back
mid-range shot from time to time.
KC 76ers 16s
Ishmael Wainwright – 6'5 SF,
2013 – The surprise of the day was seeing Ish Wainwright make an
appearance in the 76ers' semifinal loss to the Oklahoma Elite. Despite
playing up an age group, it was clear that Wainwright was the most
talented player on the floor. He showed off great range on his jumper
and attacked defenders from the wing. He's a willing passer – and a
good one – and has some ridiculously long arms that help him on
defense. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to help the 76ers overcome
their terrible free throw shooting down the stretch.
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