One of the more interesting names on the circuit from the class of 2007 is the Atlanta Celtics Scenario Hillman. The 6-foot-2, 175 shooting guard from Wilkinson Co. Georgia is a blindingly fast player with a great basketball physique and tremendous upside. At the Kingwood Classic in Houston, Hillman was blowing past defenders as though they were standing still. Hillman lists Georgia and Georgia Tech as his schools of choice right now but that list will surely open up as coaches begin to take notice of this great prospect.
Eshaunte Jones is a 6-foot-4 wing from Northside High School, playing for the Blessed IJN Elite AAU team from Indiana. The Ft. Wayne product has a highly developed jumper and has a great gift for creating space between himself and his defender. Lots of folks who went to the Blessed IJN games to see Richard Semrau came away very impressed with Jones.
Bill Walker is, of course, no secret. But playing in the shadow of teammate O.J. Mayo, this 6-foot-5 prospect may not get the attention he is due. Walker is simply outstanding. He is incredibly strong and has a soft touch on his medium range jumper. He mixes it up in the paint in similar fashion to Chuck Hayes. He plays tough defense and can finish a fast break with a head above the rim thunderous dunk. Walker would be the absolute go-to guy on virtually any other team other than the D-1 Greyhounds.
Mike Singletary is a 6-foot-5, 205 lb. wing player for the Houston Hoops AAU squad. The Kingwood, Texas prospect is raw but has huge potential. He is relentless on the glass and as a defensive player. Extremely athletic, Mike needs to work on his shooting form and needs to learn to play more under control but this young man has a good future in Division I basketball. Experts on the scene at the Kingwood Classic note that Mike has been improving steadily and there is no reason to think there will be a cap on his improvement.
Charles Buckner is a player that had been pretty lightly regarded in some circles but has a huge tournament at the Kingwood Classic. The 6-foot-6 Bossier City prospect from the Houston Swoosh Blue team was doing it all on the floor, running the break, playing the tough defense and hitting the glass. Buckner has big hops and is tremendously strong. The jury is still out and the young man will have to play consistently through the summer but his upside is significant.
Matthew Simpkins, a big 6-foot-9 center for the Nor Cal Elite, is described by the Scout database as having a "moderate skill level" but if his play going forward is similar to his play at the Kingwood Classic, his stock will soon rise. The Oakland, Ca. product played great team basketball, defending, rebounding, blocking shots and getting a lot of cheap baskets from the offensive glass. He plays really well when he hustles. One rap on him may be that he does not hustle frequently enough. Still, his stock seems to be on the rise.