Spillman, who was the first freshman starter for PRP since the Kennedy Administration two years ago, has always been explosive and active on the court. And he's always had a good looking shooting stroke.
But the biggest difference this season is the shot is going in after long hours of work during the summer.
Spillman is out of the Dejuan Wheat mold. Now, don't misunderstand that statement. Nobody's predicting the same kind of historic impact as Wheat did at Louisville, only that Spillman's game resembles that of the former Ballard and U of L great.
Sure Spillman creates havoc on defense with his active hands and jet quick feet that often translate into explosive jaunts to the scoring end. Where I might add he finsihes quite well.
But take a closer look at how he scored his game high 23 points agaisnt Centralia. He only took 12 shots from the floor and buried eight, including four three pointers.
What you'll also notice is that Spillman isn't limited to one spot on the floor offensively. He took and made shots from both wings, the baseline, and above the key. He also hit a couple of pull up jumpers just inside the arch. And he made enough penetrating moves to keep the defense honest and get to the line a few times.
He also seems to be developing a better understanding of running a team, and his decision making on the break and the five dimes were a good indication of that progress. He's a high major prospect with nearly two seasons left in his high school career. Mr. Basketball next season is a distinct possibility for this talented guard.
Here's a look at Spillman's offensive performance against Centralia (IL).