While the names of prospects Marcus Johnson, Chad Millard, Jamal Boykin and Andre McGee are well known to University of Louisville hoops fans by now, several new prospects including 6'9 Vernon Goodridge, 6'4 Stefon Jackson, 6'7 Jerry Devon-Jefferson and 6'8 Leo Criswell are names worth remembering as the July evaluation period nears.
Here's a brief introduction to each prospect:
Vernon Goodridge, C, Blessed IJN - Goodridge and Philadelphia Lutheran teammate Stefon Jackson both travelled to the TOC to play for Blessed IJN over the weekend. Here's what you need to know about Goodridge: Despite any shortcomings on the offensive end, there might not be a better interior defender and intimadator in his class. He's a big time high-major prospect with pro potential and a large upside. Even though he isn't a major point producer on offense, his shot blocking ability and penchanent for jamming home offensive rebounds allow him to influence and impact a game's final outcome.
Stefon Jackson, G, Blessed IJN - Jackson is long and incredibly athletic prospect. He's got a toughness about him and he's a fierce competitor on the court. Though his outside shot needs more consistency, Jackson is an excellent rebounder for his size, has a solid handle and can get to the basket. He's exciting in the open court and has the potential to become a lock-down perimeter defender at the next level.
Jerry Devon-Jefferson, F, H-Squad - Jefferson is in the Dorrel Wright mold both physically and athletically. Though he doesn't possess Wright's midrange skills, he's a big time dunker and scorer in the paint and is extemely active around the basket. He'll also pull down his share of boards and was seen blocking plenty of shots over the course of the weekend. His handle is solid and he'll get to the hole with it when he wants.
Leo Criswell, PF, Kansas City Pump n' Run - Criswell is a skilled power forward with excellent skills and the ability to make jump shots. He's a perfect fit for an uptempo offense that values a four man with skills.
Forget a list for Goodridge at this point, though St. John's is making a hard push right now. Think of any top program in America and know that they'd love the 6'9 stud patrolling the middle for their team. Louisville is in the mix and a possible campus visit sometime this summer wouldn't be a huge surprise, especially if teammate and friend Stefon Jackson was also a part of the mix....Speaking of Jackson, those familiar with Jackson say his interest in Louisville is extremely high...Jefferson says he's wide open with his recruitment and listed USC, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, Louisville and Kansas as his favorites...Jefferson will be among the many standouts who attend the U of L basketball camp June 11-13...Mississippi State might be a slight favorite for Reginald and Richard Delk....the twins will possibly make a visit to Starkville this week and Richard Delk also listed Arkansas, Florida, N.C. State, Ole Miss, and Tennessee...Salt Lake Metro coach Dave Hammer said that Brayden Bell didn't attend the TOC because he was participating in a high school tournament in Salt Lake...Hammer also said if there were a favorite for Bell's services it would be Louisville.
Reginald Delk and Richard Delk, G, Mid-State Ballerz - Reginald is probably the better prospect of the two as his outside jumpshot and defense are better. Reginald has a nice stroke with good rotation and used his long arms to get some steals and blocked shots against the New York Panthers Sunday morning. Richard is more of a penetrator who likes to slash to the hoop. He's quick to the hole and handles fairly effiecently. Both twins need additional strength to reach potential.
Rob Thomas (2006), SF, New York Panthers - Remember his name because he's going to be one of the top small forward prospects in his class. Extremely long and athletic, Thomas is excellent in transition and is a big time finisher in the open court. He also has no problems putting the ball in the basket and was one of the leading scorers for the weekend.
Jaydee Luster (2007), PG, So. California All-Stars - A jet quick point guard who played well all weekend and certainly proved his handle is outstanding. Knows how to run a team and showed the ability to run a very talented squad.
Theo Davis, PF, New Jersey Shoremen - Didn't play like an elite prospect Sunday morning. Physcially, he's added needed strength and weight to his frame. However, he wasn't real productive at either end of the court and wasn't a big factor in the game.
Chad Millard, SF, Blessed IJN - Millard is still adjusting to his role as a go-to-guy. There's no question he's a tremendous wing shooter with a big upside but needs to be more assertive on the offensive end. He's athletic and blocks some shots but we'd like to see a little more from him in the way of rebounding and creating offense with his dribble and passing.