Spiece Run N Slam Notes (Part 3)

In part three of our recap of the Hensley Memorial (aka Spiece Run N Slam) All Star Classic, we recap the performances of Michigan targets Gary Harris, V.J. Beachem, Zak Irvin, Jalen James, and yet another freshman lead guard that could be on the receiving end of more Maize & Blue attention in the coming months.

V.J. Beachem SF, Eric Gordon All-Stars, c/o 2013 – This 6-foot-6 wing is a lanky but skilled shooter. Beachem has range that extends well beyond the three-point line. Court aggression, especially when it comes to attacking the basket looks to be the key to taking his game to the next level. He will probably will play the small forward position in college but has the qualities to play a little of the off guard. He handles the ball well enough to be a really versatile offensive. A little more fire and a lot more mass and this kid will be a real handful. The Wolverines are very much in the mix.

  • From Scout.com analyst Brian Snow in Spiece: Day Two, Part B
    • V.J. Beachem, SF, Eric Gordon All-Stars – A long and wiry wing, Beachem is definitely lacking strength, but he does have some skills to work with. He made a three and also showed a solid two-dribble game. Right now he needs to bring it far more consistently possession-to-possession, and also has to show some interest in rebounding, but still his skill set on the offensive end and physical gifts make him intriguing going forward.

Gary Harris SG, D3 Pride, c/o 2012 –– This kid definitely has that "wow" factor in his game. If you need a bucket, then give it to Harris because he can get it for you by any means on the court. We knew his position as a top prospect was warranted after catching him on Saturday. He has a great handle on the ball. Those handles helped him get into the lane and his "high-riser" ability helped him finish in the lane. His fluid jump shot was also on display with a number of deep threes. He was just as impressive defensively. A few high flying blocks, including one that he slammed off the backboard, served notice that he plays both ends of the floor. He was on his way to having his best game of the weekend when he scored 23 points in the opening half in the beginning of tournament play Saturday evening. A rolled ankle was the only thing that could slow him down. He had to sit out the entire third quarter to get right enough to play. He returned valiantly in the fourth, but he wasn't himself. The result was a two-point loss. As for recruiting, Michigan remains in the hunt for the 6 foot 4 inch wing but so too are all of his other favorites.

  • From Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels in Spiece: Day Two, Part A
    • Gary Harris, SG, D3 Heat – Up against a formidable opponent in Seattle Rotary, Harris, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Hamilton (Ind.) Southeastern, took care of business. An impressive athlete, Harris hit a pair of three-pointers early and then scored it off the bounce for the rest of the game. His ball handling appears much improved and he's creating space from defenders with ease.

  • From Scout.com analyst Brian Snow in Spiece: Day Two, Part B
    • Gary Harris, SG, D3 Pride – Harris was absolutely toying with All-Ohio Purple before going down with a twisted ankle in the second half. He was making shots, scoring off the bounce, and playing hard on both ends of the floor. One of the most talented players in the class, Harris had it working in a big way before being out with the ankle. Once back in the game he wasn't quite right, and struggled some, but still it was an impressive showing for him.

Zak Irvin, SG, Eric Gordon All-Stars, c/o 2013 – This slender 6-foot-5 guard has a lighting quick release on his pretty jumper. His coach got on him for shot selection and focus on the offensive end of the floor in the first game we watched. He made up for that by being an in-your-shorts presence on defense. On day two he found his mark offensively. His jumper was flowing from all over the court during the game against Jaylen James' Illinois Wolves. He was the main reason the Eric Gordon All-stars pushed out to a 19-2 lead in the first quarter. This guy's jump shot is picture perfect. He obviously needs to add some bulk to his frame. As he becomes more of a threat going to the basket he'll get better looks on the perimeter. With two years of high school ball still to go he has plenty of time to add muscle. Irvin reiterated his understanding of Michigan's plan to offer him in mid June and plans to camp in Ann Arbor next month.

Jalen James, PG, Illinois Wolves, c/o 2013 – James is the proverbial pass-first, shoot-second pure point guard. Scoring points himself is a secondary concern to him. He'd much rather run the offense and let his teammates shine. Some scouts in attendance thought he was a little too unselfish at times, as he passed up many chances to be aggressive were passed up to allow others the opportunity. That said, his style was really effective for his team considering he piloted the Wolves to victories in both games we watched… including over the very talented Eric Gordon All Stars 16 squad featuring Beachum, Irvin, and a host of others. He pushed the ball in the open court and easily found teammates in transition. James has outstanding court-vision, is a strong ball-handler, and he stands 6-3 with a pretty good frame that will be filled out by the time he heads to college. James cited Michigan as one of the schools on him the hardest and he plans to camp in Ann Arbor next month.

  • From Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels in Spiece: Day Two, Part A
    • Jalen James, PG, Illinois Wolves – There's a lot to like about James, a 6-foot-2 lead guard out of Illinois. For the Wolves James, who has a long, wiry frame, manned the point guard duties and did a good job of distributing the ball to the wings on each side of him. There's a good pace to his game, he made good decisions and was a pest at times for the opposition on the defensive end.

Jaquan Lyle, PG/SG, Eric Gordon All-Stars, c/o 2014 – Remember the name. We heard the buzz about this kid and sat in on a random game. Tthis c/o 2014 standout proceeded to put on a show. He's an athletic 6-4 kid that can play the one, two, or three. His preference is either the off guard of the small forward positions, but he is most impressive at playing the point. He gets into the lane consistently, but his ability to find teammates sets him apart. He did show some range by knocking down a three during Saturday's contest, but he's more adept to finding open players. His foot speed may be a problem if he has to defend smaller quicker point guards, but he'd offset a lot with his strength and length. Don't be surprised if you see Michigan jump in the early mix with this talented youngster.

  • From Scout.com analyst Brian Snow in Spiece: Day Two, Part B
    • Jaquan Lyle, PG/SG, Eric Gordon All-Stars – Lyle proved during the high school season to be one of the best in the country, and again he showed why everyone is so high on him. The best thing that Lyle does is pass the ball, but also he knocked in a three and finished in the mid-range. He looks to still be growing and getting more athletic. Still he is not an explosive athlete, but the skill level and big frame for a floor general is off the charts.

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