2005 SG David Huertas (6'6 *
David is a star in the making. He has the versatility that the NC State coaching staff covets. He can drain the three or he can take it inside off the dribble if challenged on the perimeter. It is hard to say if he's a Point guard, shooting guard, or small forward because of the versatility his game possesses. Huertas is also a great shooter and has the ability to find open teammates. Player he most reminds me of: Duke 2004 signee David McClure. No kidding. He is that good... maybe better.
2006 C Jason Bennett (7'2 *
Jason's forte is his potential. At 7'2, he has the size to be a force one day in the college ranks. Right now he is learning to use his tall frame and from what I am told he has made tremendous strides in improving his basketball coordination. He runs well and his biggest asset right now is his shot-blocking ability. The best thing about him is he is only a rising Junior. Player he most reminds me of: A young Tommy Burleson. Uncoordinated in the beginning, but man oh man, the potential.
|Jon Brockman readies to punish|
2005 PF Jon Brockman (6'6 * Friends of Hoops)
Talk about throwback, this is the definition of a star from the 50s. Jon was the best player I saw this weekend and he did it the old fashion way, he earned every point and rebound on the stat sheet. He posted up some of the best big men in the tournament and abused them all. He had double-doubles in both games I watched him play. Jon knows his strength is in the paint and he does not try to extend his game beyond 10 feet. Awesome player! Player he most reminds me of: NBA legend Charles Barkley. Jon is only about 6'6, but he is probably the strongest post player I have seen since scouting the AAU games.
2005 PG Mitch Johnson (6'0 * Friends of Hoops)
The skinny on Mitch is he is supposed to be one of the top PGs in the class of 2005. This may be so, but in the games I saw Mitch, he had as many turnovers as he did assists. He shot very little, but when he did he rarely found the bottom of the net. Maybe he had a bad tournament or perhaps he is overrated. In any case, I was not impressed. Player he most reminds me of: Former Wolfpack PG Ernie Myers. Ernie averaged more turnovers then he did assists during his four years at NC State.
2005 PF Arminus Urbitus (6'9 * Team
Arminus is a 3 star PF/SF originally from Lithuania. Let me be honest here,
Urbitus did not play well in the game I scouted him. He was pretty much abused
all night by Friends of Hoops' John Brockman who abused the entire field at
Boo Williams. Arminus played weak and did not show me the 17 foot range he is
rumored to have. I saw a lot better prospects on Friday and Saturday.
Player he most reminds me of: Duke's
Shavlik Randolph playing at the
2005 SG Keaton Grant (6'4 * Team
Keaton was probably the best athlete on the floor for either team when
2005 SF Luc Mbahamoute (6'7 * Team
Luc's high school coach feels he could play point guard in college. If I think of traditional PG's, I am not buying into that claim. However, in NC State's offense he would be superb playing anywhere on the wing. Oh yea... at NC State, they all play on the perimeter! Player he most reminds me of: I made a note beside his name on my roster; Marcus Melvin. That is, the free-wheeling Melvin during his Sophomore and Junior years when he caused havoc for opposing big men by bringing the ball up court and then making them face up from 20 feet out.