Spiece Day Two Notebook

Several Xavier targets stood out at the Spiece Fieldhouse on Saturday.

Wisconsin Wing Puts on Show

The most impressive performance by a Xavier target at either event the last two weekends, Pittsburgh JamFest or Spiece Run-N-Slam, came on Saturday by 2015 Wisconsin shooting guard Brevin Pritzl.

Pritzl is an elite shooter with good size and great bounce on the wing. Saturday he was absolutely on fire all day, and showed off his ability to score in several different ways. He moves well without the ball and is a deadeye catch-and-shoot player, but he also shoots with confidence off of the bounce. He shot well from beyond the arc, hit tough shots from the mid-range off the bounce, scored with body control in the lane and finished above the rim. His aggressive style of play led to an efficient 41-point outburst.

He only claimed offers from Davidson, Green Bay Milwaukee, Lehigh, Bucknell, Northern Illinois, South Dakota State, North Dakota State and Drake with interest from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Xavier (he's visited), but if he continues to play the way he did on Saturday high majors will be all over him in July.

Ahmad, Coleman Stand Out for All-Ohio Red

All-Ohio Red's 17U team has two high profile prospects that Xavier is recruiting, and both played well on Saturday at the Spiece Fieldhouse with plenty of scouts watching closely.

Ahmad is a versatile 6-7 four that showed off his well-rounded skillset while leading his team to two easy wins to finish off pool play. The part of Ahmad's game that stood out the most was his ability to score in so many different ways. He scored a quiet 23 points in the second game without it feeling like he really took many shots at all, because he was so opportunistic on the offensive end. He knocked down a three, hit multiple face-up jumpers from 12-17 feet, scored off of duck-ins, made two nice moves in the post and got second-chance points by being active on the offensive glass. He has great touch, which makes him an efficient scorer all around the paint.

Coleman is a 6-3 shooting guard that flat out gets buckets. Always a talented scorer with the handle to get where he wants, Coleman's consistency and range on his jump shot just continues to improve. After hitting a handful of threes on Friday night in a 23-point performance, he followed it up with a strong shooting performance in both games on Saturday. In the second game, he nailed three big 3-pointers to help his team get on a big run and pull away in the second quarter, and he finished with 15 points. With good length and lateral quickness, Coleman is also showing lockdown defender tendencies, and made a big impact by getting steals in the first game on Saturday.

When Ahmad was interviewed after one of the games by a group of media members, it was pretty clear that this week has been overwhelming with all of the increased interest on the recruiting trail. He also was excited about his visit to Ohio State this past week that netted him a scholarship offer from Coach Matta's staff. Coleman showed more focus when talking about his recruitment on Saturday than he ever has in the past. Along with interest from Xavier and Cincinnati, he's getting interest from basically the entire Big 10, especially local schools Indiana and Purdue, as well as schools like Notre Dame, Providence, UCLA, and Arizona. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him trim his list and get even more focused over the summer.

Young Big Men with X Interest Battle

One of the most entertaining games of the afternoon was a 15U match-up between Indiana Elite and The Family (Detroit, MI). With plenty of talented kids on the floor that will be receiving college interest in the coming years, the most fun part of the game was watching a pair of young big men go at it in Indiana Elite's 7-2 Bol Riek and The Family's 6-8 Will Weems.

Riek was the most intriguing prospect of the day, as the 7-2 center didn't look anything like the typical foreign big man import that has only been in the country for a limited time and is completely raw when it comes to basketball. Instead he looked coordinated, conditioned and full of potential. His hands were one of the best parts of his game, as he snatched rebounds and passes in traffic. He initially showed some touch around the basket and from the free-throw line that looked promising, but then he took it to the next level when he swished two turn around fade away jumpers, one from about 12-feet out and one from 15. While he needs to figure out how to get more active on the offensive glass still, he still finished with over 20 rebounds in the game by absolutely dominating the defensive glass.

Weems is a 6-8 forward with long arms and lots of bounce. He doesn't know how big or how much ability he has yet, but he oozes potential and was still able to hold his own against his 7-2 opponent. A few of his highlights included a missed dunk on two defenders where he took off from outside the lane, a one-handed tip dunk over top of a defensive player, and two very nice post finishes around Riek's ridiculous length.

It's still super early in Riek's career, as he didn't even get to play high school ball this year at Mooseheart Child City and School in Illinois, so it's too early to know much about his recruitment. However, Xavier is already showing interest, and it's clear that he's going to be a name that garners plenty of attention in July when coaches are allowed back out. Weems is already getting interest from a lot of the local schools up in Michigan, but Xavier has also been involved for a while, including hosting him on a visit last summer.


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