Julius Randle, PF, Texas Titans - It really comes as no surprise that the five-star forward led the Titans to a close victory, but Team United certainly made it difficult on Julius. After starting the game aggressively attacking the rim and drawing fouls, United threw a 1-3-1 and some other zones to disrupt the drive. After an adjustment period of being double-teamed and trapped on every possession, Randle showed his superb passing abilities in finding open teammates and creating for them. Randle still got buckets for himself by using his raw power to get to the basket and finish. The lefty is comfortable going left or right off the the dribble, but did not attempt a single shot using his right hand. At the end of the day he's still a mega prospect that can do nearly everything possible on a basketball court.
Matt Jones, SG, Texas Titans - The Duke commit told us after the game that he was tired of being labeled a spot-up shooter and you can see the work he's put into diversifying his offensive game. Jones is now far more comfortable putting the ball on the deck and has developed a go-to two-dribble runner with the right hand that is pretty consistent. Of course, Jones is still knocking down his fluid and compact jumper at a high rate and had that going as the beneficiary of many Julius Randle fastballs. Defensively, Jones did a nice job staying in the grill of Sindarius Thornwell and did well chasing him through screens.
Kennedy Meeks, C, Team United - The talented North Carolina native initially had trouble against the interior length and athleticism of Julius Randle and the Titans, but as all good players do, Meeks made adjustments to impact the game. Kennedy isn't going to win the battle in the air, but won the rebounding battle by clearing space laterally and using his hands to corral many boards. As and offensive post player, Meeks is patient, fires solid cross-court passes to open shooters, and waits to get guys off-balance before putting up shots with a soft touch. Conditioning and lift will continue to be a factor in Kennedy's long-term growth, but you can see the talent he already possesses.
Davon Reed, SF, Team Final - Reed had an impressive and efficient outing in a win over CP3. The New Jersey-native got to the rim, knocked down a few from the perimeter and got to the free throw time plenty of times. He played with a sense of urgency in the second half that helped Team Final win.
Kendrick Nunn, SG, Meanstreets - Nunn had his full offensive arsenal on display, Saturday. The lefty still favors his dominant hand far too much, but when you can score at all three levels and mix in an occasional runner and floater, you're going to be tough to stop. Defensively, Nunn got after it as usual, using his length and quick hands to make things difficult on opposing guards.
Johnnie Vasser, PG, SYF Players - A talented and explosive lead guard, Vasser has always been able to get to the rim, but is now showing natural maturation in running a team. He's still wild and turnover prone at times, but Vasser found teammates and still got offense for himself at the rim. The jumper is also still a lingering question mark at this point in his game, but making baskets easier for other guys is a big step in his development.
Theo Pinson, SF, CP3 - Theo struggled from deep (0-7) in the loss to Team Final, but he made up for it in other ways to help keep his team in the game. Pinson was solid as a passer, used his quick hands to disrupt Rondae Jefferson on the defensive end and finally got a few to drop after taking it to the basket.
SYF guards Mike Schlotman and Ryan Taylor both had solid outings against Inland Empire. Schlotman plays an intelligent brand of ball and usually makes the right play, while Taylor was dialed in from behind the line, hitting four three-pointers.
Inland Empire couldn't hang with SYF, but 2015 big man Khalil Fuller will be one to track. In his limited touches, Fuller showed good hands, a physical mentality, and patience in utilizing post moves.
Rondae Jefferson didn't do much in the scoring column, but hit the glass for double-digit rebounds and acted as Jaren Sina's secondary ball handler. Jefferson is never going to be known as a guy to blow by people off the dribble, but he gets low and gets good leverage, and becomes a better passer and attacker in doing so.
Jabari Parker and Kendrick Nunn get the majority of the love for three-time defending Illinois State champion Simeon, but teammate Kendall Pollard, a wing running on Meanstreets, had a great day shooting the ball and got the attention of many scouts and coaches alike.
Over at the Best Buy Spring Invitational, Fundamental U forward Andrew McAuliffe showed his post abilities by scoring with a hook using both arms and also knocking down 16-foot jumpers. If the oft-injured McAuliffe can maintain his health, he'll be one to track all spring because of his skillset.
Johnnie Vasser listed an offer from DePaul, while Kansas State, Illinois, Syracuse, Marquette, California, UNLV, Oregon, Oregon State, Iowa, and Boston College have shown interest. Vasser had an offer from Bruce Weber's Illinois staff and expects to hear from Weber and Kansas State, as well as the new Illinois staff, in the near future.
Andrew McAuliffe has Tulane, Davidson, Belmont, Loyola, and Bucknell tracking.