Kendall Marshall, PG, Boo Williams - Since he's already committed to UNC, we'll start with him. Looking bigger and stronger than since this author had last seen him, Marshall continues to develop his skill level as well. A longtime master of subtle speed changes and moving the ball up the floor with the pass, Marshall's quickness has been underrated because he's not a flashy blur with the ball. While he's not going to outrun Usain Bolt anytime soon, quickness and athleticism is much more than running really fast in a straight line or jumping high and Marshall is an example of this. He changes directions well, can handle and pass just as skillfully at full speed as he can in slow motion and he's always on balance.
Added strength has made it a little easier for him to get his shoulders around defenders and his jumper looks to be pretty solid. Sometimes the mid-range pull-ups that he favors aren't falling, but they look good each time and that dimension of his game is something few point guards in the class of 2010 have. A leader who surveys the floor as a heads up dribbler, he remains among the top prospects at his position nationally for good reason.
Harrison Barnes, SF, Howard Pulley - Perhaps Barnes' most endearing quality is how much winning matters to him. Losing really bothers him and when it happens he spends an awful lot of time focusing on how to prevent it from happening the next time out. Incredibly well rounded on the offensive end, he scores in the paint, shoots mid-range jumpers and is a dangerous three-point shooter who shoots a technically sound and aesthetically pleasing jumper.
A high level athlete who has incredible body control, his quickness and desire allow him to be a high level rebounder on both ends of the floor. He had his struggles at times defensively against smaller quicker guys like Baltimore Elite's Josh Selby, but he gets extra credit points for wanting the toughest assignment on the floor each time out and not caring what position he has to defend. He's the nation's top prospect in the class of 2010 and there's no reason to think that will be changing anytime soon.
Terrence Jones, PF/SF, I-5 Elite - One of the hottest names in the country right now -- with college coaches -- Jones has put together a monster spring without getting a ton of headlines or publicity for it. A gifted and versatile forward with excellent size and strength in his 6-foot-8 and 220 pound frame, he's a tough guy to match-up with. Faced with smaller players, the southpaw took them into the post and scored on spins, short jumpers and jump hooks around the rim. Lined up against a bigger guy, he used his superior ball handling ability and perimeter skill to terrorize them from the outside. A very good rebounder, he sometimes drifts a little too much to the perimeter and needs some more work on his jumper, but he generally stays active. A winner who wants the ball in his hands during crunch time, he could sort of be looked at as a power point guard with the way he's deployed by his coaches with I-5.
Michael Gbinije, SF, Team Takeover - Speaking frankly, it was a tough weekend for Team Takeover as the team lost a couple of games in the waning seconds. As for Gbinije, he was relatively quiet at times but you have to remember that he's a 2011 kid playing up on the 17 and under level. A finely built and proportioned wing, he's a balanced prospect who mixes drives and jumpers and has the athleticism you'd like to see out of a wing. A little upright in his playing style, he'd benefit from playing a little more on his toes and getting into a bit better position defensively to make sliding and reacting on that end of the floor much easier. Then again, his "quiet" games also tend to result in somewhere between 15-20 points and 5-7 rebounds so it's not like he's taking things off, he just picks his spots.
James McAdoo, PF, Boo Williams - Really, what isn't there to love about this young man's game? He's big, he's strong, he's versatile and he plays the game with passion and enthusiasm. Thanks to some dedicated work in the weight room, he's become a superior finisher at the rim who punishes defenders on his way to jams and finishes or draws trips to the free throw line. He runs the floor extremely well, can step out and shoot with regularity to 15 feet and doesn't complain very much when he doesn't get the ball. An intelligent kid with a great attitude, he's a serious prospect. In fact, while New Jersey wing Michael Gilchrist probably has a pretty firm grip on the No. 1 spot in the class of 2011, McAdoo just might be next in line.
Quincy Miller, PF/SF, D-One Sports - A native of Chicago, Miller himself said that he sees himself as more of a faceup four man and that he hopes to one day transition to the three. It's actually a pretty good description of where he is as a prospect and where he could go. Standing at least six-foot-seven (perhaps even 6-8), he's a long and lean kid who can run the floor and likes to face and shoot jumpers from between 15 and 20 feet. He's got a sweet stroke, is already comfortable putting the ball on the floor for a few dribbles and is quick in the lane. What he's lacking right now is strength and because of that he can be knocked off course, pushed around in the paint some and struggled to finish at times. A work in progress, he's a kid with a pretty high ceiling and the talent to develop into a top 50 type prospect is there if he's willing to put in the work.
Shannon Scott, PG, Southern Kings - It's pretty easy to like this point guard from the class of 2011. Obvious Carolina ties aside (for those that don't know, his father is UNC legend Charlie Scott), he's the type of young player that is going to draw some long looks from UNC-level programs. Very fast with the ball, he loves to attack the lane and make plays for teammates off the dribble. He pushes the tempo, is an athletic finisher around the cup who has added strength (though he remains pretty slender) in the last year and he's got a nice feel for the game. While he's not a prolific jump shooter at this point, he shows promise on dribble pull-ups where he explodes off the floor and finishes good looking shots.