Rondae Jefferson, SF, Team Final – Just an absolute beast on the court, Jefferson gets so much done out there. He rebounds well, is probably the best on-ball defender in the country, and scores enough to be a threat. Add in that he is a very good passer and plays as hard as anyone, and it is easy to see why Jefferson is such a hot commodity. In a team's losing effort, Jefferson ran the point, set up teammates, and was just a beast on the glass. He did anything and everything needed, and then some to keep his squad in the game.
Davon Reed, SF/SG, Team Final – Reed isn't someone who does a lot great, but he does many things well. On Thursday he showed off his ability to get to the rim and finish through contact. Reed scored in transition off the bounce, and then also in the half court as well. The negative would be he didn't shoot it well from the outside, but he defended and contributed some on the glass as well.
Kennedy Meeks, C, Team United – Big Meeks had one of his games where he shows all of the vast potential. He probably had the move of the day with a fadeaway mid-post jumper over a challenge, and then showed off his good passing ability as well as his rebounding prowess. Definitely not the most athletic kid, he will wall-up and play strong position defense down low. As he works his way into shape, his best basketball should be ahead of him.
Sindarius Thornwell, SG, Team United – Thornwell had a slow first half, but then he picked it up in a big way during the second in leading his squad to a clear victory. Thornwell is a very underrated passer and had several nice assists, but still the bread and butter is using his strength to score through contact. His athleticism allows him to get places on the court, and then his natural basketball ability shines through. At his best in the open court, Thornwell is now becoming nearly as comfortable in the half court.
Jajuan Johnson, SG, Bluff City – His team didn't have a great showing, but Johnson himself was very impressive. Johnson is an excellent athlete, and showed it finishing on several highlight reel dunks, and then also is making shots at a pretty good clip. He needs to bring it on every possession, but there is so much potential here, and his production is already at a nice level.
Andrew Chrabascz, PF, BABC – Last year BABC had an undersized post who caused havoc in Georges Niang, this year it is Chrabascz. He is just a hard playing dude with absolutely no fear. In a game against a supremely talented CIA Bounce squad, Chrabascz almost singlehandedly willed BABC to a win. Big guys couldn't keep in front off the dribble, and then he was an animal on the glass. He is slightly undersized, but Chrabascz is super productive and knows how to get things done on the floor.
Semi Ojeleye, SF, MoKan Elite – Just one of the toughest players and someone who knows how to make things happen, Ojeleye took it upon himself to prove he is one of the top wings in the country. Against a loaded Houston Hoops squad, Ojeleye had some nice moments, especially in the second half. He is physically strong and is now beginning to learn how to use that to his advantage. Add in that his shooting is improved, and Ojeleye is someone who is definitely making the right strides with his game.
Austin Ruder, SG, MoKan Elite – Missouri State did an excellent job to lock up this shooter early on. Ruder got hot from deep and really put the nail in the coffin for an evening win with a few late triples. He doesn't do a ton off the bounce, but he will try to set his man up. Also defensively he is decent at guarding the ball, and as a max effort kid, his special skill to shoot the basketball more than shines through.
Keith Frazier, SG, Houston Hoops – Frazier hit several triples using his quick release, big time athleticism, and long arms to get clean looks. However at times he almost looked gun shy, and not confident in his stroke. Frazier didn't do a ton going to the rim, which has been a focus for him, but an improved passer and a knockdown shooter, Frazier puts a ton of pressure on the defense.
Douglas Brooks, SG, Each 1 Teach 1 – In a morning win, Brooks got hot and helped his team rally to a key win. Brooks is a solid athlete, but it is his shooting that was most impressive. He knocked in several deep jumpers, and then finished through contact as well. Not a go to option, this was a huge lift for his team and could be his coming out party.
Josh Hart, SF, Team Takeover – With other Takeover stars saddled with foul trouble, Hart did what he could to get his team going and help them out. He rebounded well, scored around the rim, and got to the foul line. Hart has an excellent motor, and was clearly the top player for Takeover in a losing effort.
Chris McCullough, PF, Team Scan – McCullough's play has really been on the rise recently, but his performance on Thursday was truly special. McCullough simply couldn't be stopped as he used his size, athleticism, and skill to dominate. He can score inside and out, and then defensively rebounds well and also blocks shots. There is just nothing he can do, and McCullough is just now realizing how good he really is.
Terry Larrier, PF, Team Scan – McCullough's running mate in the front court is Larrier. A long and lean athlete, Larrier runs the floor well and is capable of blocking shots. Larrier isn't super skilled on offense, but that looks to be coming as he is coordinated and showed a decent looking touch. Still raw, there is a ton of potential here and Larrier is one to watch in the class.
Justise Winslow, SF, Houston Hoops – There isn't much more Winslow could have done to help his team. With many of his teammates struggling, Winslow went to work. He showed massive athleticism finishing well above the rim, hit from deep, and then was a leader with the ball. Also Winslow was active in passing lanes and causing some havoc on that end of the floor. One of the elite players in the class, Winslow definitely showed why.
Clayton Custer, PG, MoKan Elite – The best thing Custer does is shoot the basketball, and he did just that on Thursday evening. Custer knocked in multiple deep jumpers, and then also did a solid job of handling defensive pressure and running a team. He has a ton of confidence in his game, and uses that out on the floor to be a major factor.
Andrew Wiggins, SF, CIA Bounce – What he can do on a basketball floor just isn't fair. Wiggins had about three jaw dropping plays using his athleticism and length, and now he is adding more and more skill. Wiggins can handle the ball full court, and moves his feet unbelievably well on the defensive end. There isn't much to say about Wiggins that hasn't already been said, but again on Thursday he proved to be the premier player in his class, and arguably in all of high school basketball.
Joel Berry, PG, Each 1 Teach 1 – A tough kid, Berry was absolutely in attack mode from The Opening tip. He went right to the rim using his strength and athleticism, and finished or drew contact seemingly every time. Berry knows how to get to the foul line, and has enough floor vision to also make good passes on the move.
Theo Pinson, SG, CP3 All-Stars – An absolute freak athlete, Pinson had a filthy reverse dunk on the baseline that draw major admiration from the coaches in attendance. With long arms and a nice ability to handle the basketball, he can play all over the floor, and has the ability to defend multiple positions. In a big CP3 evening win, Pinson was absolutely dominant and showed he is back to being one of the most productive and impressive prospects in the class.
Davell Roby, PG/SG, Bluff City Legends – A big guard with a nice handle, Roby is capable of playing on or off the ball at the next level. He is a good athlete, and someone who has the strength to get his man on his hip and get to the rim. Now he didn't really shoot it from the outside, but Roby is definitely someone who knows how to play and is in a position where he could become a heck of a prospect with some more refinement.
Anthony Swann, SF/PF, Boo Williams – Swann has great length on the wing, and really knows how to shoot the basketball. Now he might be more of a face up power forward as opposing to a big small forward, but the bottom line is he can stroke it. If Swann improves his handle and continues to get stronger, he will be someone who high-majors are really beating down the door for.
Ayron Hutton, SG, Boo Williams – A guard who is a solid athlete, Hutton made an impression with his ability to make shots. He hit from the mid-range and then stepped it out to three point range. A smooth stroke, Hutton looks like he will be consistent with his jumper because of excellent mechanics. Hutton also handles the ball fairly well and has the size to defend either spot in the backcourt.
Chris Egi, PF, CIA Bounce – It is all about athleticism with Egi. He is raw and doesn't have a great idea of what he is doing out there, but he is big, athletic, and aggressive in trying to block shots. Egi got some stuff done against BABC, but it is the future that looks most impressive for this 6-foot-8 forward.
Ayron Hutton has Radford, Elon, Longwood, Liberty, VCU, and Old Dominion after his services.