The Reebok Fall Showcase, which featured many of the top players in Arizona, was held this past weekend at Grand Canyon University. We were in attendance for Friday and Saturday, but there were two courts going, so we didn't get a chance to see every game. Here are some thoughts on the players who caught our attention. Demetrius Crowell, 6-6 JR PF Mesa (Ariz.) High. Big-bodied four man with very good feet and a high skill level. He's still carrying some baby fat, but he's got a young face and some bounce. He's got very good ball skills. Good stroke with three-point range, passes and handles well. A potential mid to high major prospect.
Harper Kamp, 6-7 JR C/PF Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View. Strong, physically mature post with solid fundamentals. Very good footwork and feel in the post – good passer -- showed a decent stroke out to 15 feet. A fairly polished player at a young age, Kamp is an outstanding high school player. Whether his game translates to the next level, at his size, remains to be seen. If he gets any bigger, or develops a perimeter game, we could see him going higher than the upper mid major level where we currently have him projected.
Melvin Oliver, 6-10 JR C Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne. Huge big man with soft hands and some skills. He's carrying too much weight, and needs to make a stronger commitment to the game, but Oliver has potential. He gave a good effort in the game we saw and showed a nice little jump hook. A potential high major prospect if the light turns on.
Cole Borchardt, 6-6 FR PF Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge. Good-looking young forward with a very nice stroke. Pretty good size and athleticism, moves well, should get strong. Just a youngster, but one of the top prospects at the event.
Niko Sachs, 6-2 SO SG Glendale (Ariz) Cactus. Good frame, big feet and a good athlete. Nice stroke with range, showed ability to create his own shot. Handle needs work.
Ricky Calvin, 6-6 SO C/PF Phoenix (Ariz.) South Mountain. Great body, good athlete. Inexperienced, and pretty raw skills, but has a considerable upside.
Ty Abbott, 6-2 JR SG Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista. Good-looking kid with strong body and a nice stroke.
David Jackson, 6-8 SR PF Tucson (Ariz.) Rincon. Mobile, slender forward with some upside. Needs to add strength and weight, but showed an improved shot in this event. Worth a look at low to possibly mid major level if he's still available in spring.
Mason Maynard, 6-9 SR C Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge. Good size and strength, moves well. Good competitor. Offense is still coming, but he's got some tools to work with and will be interesting in the spring if still unsigned.
Nick Witherill, 6-2 SO SG Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro. Lefty shooter with a nice stroke to 18-20 feet. Fairly good athlete – jumps well – and good size. Can get his own shot off the dribble and showed a mid-range game.
Taylor Rhode, 6-7 SO C Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle. Fair athlete with a decent frame and some length. Good passer, good hands and knows how to play. Moves pretty well, but lacks explosiveness at this time.
Marques Coleman, 6-2 SO PG Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus. Fair body and quickness, but good vision and passing ability – plays unselfishly. Shot and handle need to improve, but shows a good feel for the game.
Chris Johnson, 6-3 FR SG Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista. Good size and frame. Gets up well, young face. Pretty good stroke.
George Matthews, 6-3 8th grade SF Chandler (Ariz.) Great-looking young kid with a bball body and length. Young face, young game – still learning – but has the look of a player. Pretty good shot to the stripe.
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