Rysheed Jordan- Jordan, one of the elite point guard prospects in America, had himself quite a busy week leading up to the Summer Classic. As one of the top lead guards in the class of 2013, a number of schools are vying for his services. Two of those schools, Xavier and Villanova, hosted him for unofficial visits last week. It is worth noting that Rysheed has a close relationship with current Xavier assistant Ashley Howard, who was previously in the same position at Drexel. On Saturday, Hawk Hill Hardwood watched Rysheed's Philly Pride team fall to Team Takeover. Philly Pride played without Miles Overton, Jeremiah Worthem, Darius Robinson, and Quadir Welton in this one, and only had six players active. Despite being shorthanded and ultimately losing, Rysheed showed off the skill set that has him being so heavily recruited. With his size, length, and exceptional quickness, he was able to get into the lane at will, as is usually the case. Rysheed also connected on shots from both three and the mid-range. That is the next step for him to make in order to really solidify himself as one of the top guards in 2013. On Saturday, that jumper was working. If that continues in July, with college coaches looking on, the unsigned rising senior will draw even more attention.
Isaiah Washington- Penn State has been recruiting at a high level under Coach Pat Chambers. In 2013, they have guards Brandon Austin and Geno Thorpe inked, and they're already on the board in 2014 with Isaiah Washington, who was one of the most impressive performers on Saturday. The 6'4 wing from Williamsport (PA) runs with the We R 1 16u squad, and Hawk Hill Hardwood caught him twice on Saturday, against Sportsfest and against Team Philly. Against Sportsfest, Washington was the best player on the court, and it wasn't really all that close. Washington possesses elite level athleticism that impacts the game on both the offensive and defensive end. Offensively, he scored on a myriad of dunks, in the open court, off the drive, and off the offensive glass. Isaiah also showed a willingness to take his man off the dribble in iso situations. While his handle could use a bit of tightening, it was good enough on Saturday to get to the hole. He didn't shoot much from the perimeter in either game, so that is also another area where he is likely looking to improve over his next two years of high school. Defensively, Washington was a menace. He had close to double-digit blocks against Sportsfest and would have likely matched that total against Team Philly, but opponents got smarter and stopped driving the ball against him. With his top-notch athleticism, length, and ability to slash from the wing, 2014 Isaiah Washington looks like a really promising recruit for Pat Chambers and Penn State. Some added time in the weight room will go a long ways in his development. That didn't stop him Saturday from being arguably the most entertaining player to watch in the gym.
Phil Booth- Playing for Team Takeover's 16u team, 2014 Phil Booth put together a strong April that resulted in him reeling in a number of high-major offers. Saint Joseph's and Xavier are two Atlantic 10 schools that have already extended offers to the 6'1 combo guard out of Mount Saint Joseph's (MD). Last season, Booth took in two St. Joe's home games, but the Hawks would have a long ways to go if they hope to sign the talented guard, who is quickly amassing high-major offers. On Saturday, Hawk Hill Hardwood caught Team Takeover as they defeated Philly's Finest. Booth, who checks in right around 6'1 or 6'2, played more the role of facilitator than scorer. At his size, Booth would be best suited at the point, and he showed Saturday flashes of being able to play there, especially considering the two years he has left to develop under tremendous high school coach Pat Clatchey. In transition, Booth was able to weave in and out of traffic and push the tempo. In the half court, he showed an ability to regularly find the open man, spotting Team Takeover teammates behind the three-point line and in the high post. Saint Joseph's is actively recruiting a number of 2014 guards, like Shep Garner, Austin Tilghman, Kaison Randolph, Rashad Figures, and JaQuan Newton. Phil Booth is another highly-regarded guard that the Hawks are hoping to stay involved with during July.
The We R 1 Summer Classic was a solid event littered with Division 1 talent. The six players that we looked at over the last two days are just a glimpse of that talent.
We R 1 Summer Classic: Part B
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