Khadeem Lattin- C, Redemption Christian Academy
Post Play: Lattin has the potential to be one of the best big men in the country. He has terrific size and length but lacks the strength and toughness to dominate in the paint. He has a slender frame and needs to improve on his post moves when playing with his back to the basket. But Lattin is a great finisher and terrific athlete. He also has the ability to knock down jump shots and play in the high post.
Passing: One of the best parts of Lattin's game is his ability and willingness to pass. He is a very unselfish player who has a great feel for passing out of the post when double-teamed. Although he is not a skilled offensive player, Lattin has shown an ability to create offense for his teammates through smart passing and movement off the ball. This makes him especially dangerous in the open floor and on fast breaks when he can use his athleticism and versatility to punish defenders.
Defense: Lattin is a much more developed defensive player at this point of his career. He is a terrific rebounder and shot blocker who knows how to use his length, athleticism, and foot speed to dominate in the paint. He also has incredible timing and can block shots helping from the weak side. Lattin needs to add more muscle to his frame to help improve his toughness but has the potential to be one of the best defensive big men in the country.
Side Note: Last year, Lattin transferred to the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain. He is the son of former NBA and ABA player David Lattin, who was a star on the famous Texas Western team that beat Kentucky for the NCAA title in 1966.
Offers: SMU, Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, Georgetown, Houston, Marquette, Memphis, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, and more.
Measureables: 6-9, 200
Ranking: A four-star in the class of 2014 and No. 16 rated center.
William Lee- PF, Dallas County (AL)
Post Play: One of the big questions with Lee is whether he will play small forward or power forward in college. At 6-foot-9, he has the length to play in the post, but struggles with his back to the basket at times. He is a well-rounded shooter and has worked to improve his ball handling skills. He is also an excellent finisher with both hands and has great touch in the lane where he uses a lot of shot fakes to create separation. Lee doesn't really have post moves but can be an effective face-up player when he has smaller defenders on him.
Athleticism: Lee is especially dangerous on fast breaks because of his length and athleticism. He runs the floor extremely well and is an excellent finisher when attacking the rim. Lee also uses his versatility to put back offensive rebounds and seems to always be in attack mode on both ends of the floor. He is still a very raw athlete and needs to develop parts of his game, but his versatility and motor set him apart from other power forwards.
Defense: Lee has built a reputation in Alabama as one of the best defensive players in the state. He is a terrific shot blocker and rebounder who will use his length and athleticism to alter opponents' shots. Lee plays with great energy in the paint and is a terrific help side defender. His versatility helps him deny the low post, but he needs to improve on his strength if he wants to play power forward at the next level.
Side Note: Nicknamed ‘Haha' by teammates, Lee averaged 19.6 points, 17.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and a reported 15.5 blocks per game last season.
Offers: SMU, Alabama, Alabama State, Auburn, Georgia, Memphis, Miami (FL), Mississippi, Mississippi State, Murray State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tulane, UAB, Utah State, Wichita State, and more.
Measureables: 6-9, 210
Ranking: A three-star in the class of 2014.
Lee surprisingly does not have one, but you can watch him in action below:
Charles Matthews- SG, Saint Rita (IL)
Athleticism: Matthews' game is built around his incredible athleticism. He is a very smooth player who attacks the rim in the half court and on fast breaks. He also uses great body control and a soft touch to finish strong at the basket. Matthews could add a bit more strength to his game to help him deal with contact, but has a terrific first step and is very elusive in the paint. He also makes plays for teammates by creating help situations, moving well without the ball, and making smart passes.
Shooting: Matthews is comfortable shooting from anywhere on the floor. He is dangerous from three-point range as a spot-up shooter and can create his own shot off the dribble as well. Matthews also doesn't mind playing off the ball and using screens to get open. He has a very smooth jump shot with a high release point and great touch around the basket. His length and ability to drive, combined with his shooting ability, make him one of the most gifted scorers in the country.
Defense: Matthews is a very underrated defender. He has a great feel for the game and covers a lot of ground laterally. He needs to add more muscle to his frame, but doesn't get caught on screens very often and is a terrific on ball defender. Matthews is a decent rebounder, but not an explosive leaper. Instead, he uses instincts and length to pick up blocks and alter opponent's shots out on the perimeter. With his skill set, Matthews has a chance to be a shut-defender as his body continues to mature.
Side Note: Matthews is planning on going through the recruiting process for another year and making his college choice on his 18th birthday, which is November 15th 2014.
Offers: SMU, Arizona, Connecticut, DePaul, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Memphis, Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford, Wisconsin, and more.
Measureables: 6-5, 185
Ranking: A five-star in the class of 2015 and the No. 3 rated shooting guard.
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