Majzoub Mixtape Reviews

We evaluate a trio of SMU basketball prospects inside!

Tyler Davis- C, Plano West (2015)

Post Game: Davis is an incredibly skilled post player for his size. He has terrific hands and touch around the basket to go along with his excellent post moves. Davis is also very patient and smart in the paint, which allows him to score with jump hooks, drop steps, and up-and-under moves over his left shoulder. Davis has also shown he can even score from the high post with a 15-foot jumper comfortably. He has good ball handling skills for a big man and doesn't turn the ball over much at all. With his ability to score inside and outside, Davis has a chance to be a dominant center at the next level.

Size: Even after losing 35 pounds, Davis is still one of the bigger post players in the country. He is incredibly tough and competes on both ends of the floor at all times, but needs to work on his conditioning even more to help him dominate entire games. Davis isn't an explosive athlete at all and must control his weight some in order to play at a fast pace in college. He does a great job using his power to his advantage and is very light on his feet. He also plays with a great motor and attitude. For Davis, it will be all about working on his conditioning.

Defense: Davis has learned to utilize his size to help him on the defensive end of the floor. He is an elite rebounder on both ends and decent shot blocker. He does a great job playing vertical and making defenses shoot over him, but needs to improve on his help side and team defense. Davis is a pretty good one-on-one post defender, but the big man needs to work on his condition and foot speed to help him get up and down the floor easier.

Side Note: Davis was ruled ineligible this season after transferring from Frisco Liberty last year where he averaged 15.1 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. He is a member of the Texas Titans in AAU.

Offers: SMU, Arizona, Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Miami, LSU, Purdue, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and more.

Measureables: 6-9, 270

Ranking: A four-star in the Class of 2015 and the No. 8 rated center.

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Jawun Evans- PG, Dallas Kimball (2015)

Playmaking Ability: Evans is one of the fastest players in the country from one end of the floor to the other. He has an extremely quick first step and can get to the basket against just about any defender. Evans loves to push the ball in transition and play at very high speeds. He is also an excellent passer and floor general with a very high basketball IQ. He makes everyone around him better because of his great feel for the game and has worked to improve his ball handling more. With his toughness and willingness to always compete, Evans makes it fun for his teammates by playing in attack mode constantly.

Scoring: Evans is always putting pressure on the defense with his speed. He is very dangerous in the half court and transition because of his ability to get to the rim at will. He also utilizes a pull up jumper and very good floater when he is in the lane to help him finish over bigger defenders. Evans does, however, need to improve on his strength and add more muscle to his frame. He also must work on becoming a more consistent outside shooter, so he can continue to dissect defenses and makes plays off the dribble. With his speed and passing, Evans would be nearly impossible to defend if he had a consistent outside jumper.

Defense: Evans isn't a great one-on-one defender by any means, but he can still cause some havoc on the defensive end. He does a great job of pressuring the ball, forcing turnovers, and setting the tone for his team. Evans will also pick up a couple of steals a game out of the perimeter by jumping passing lanes, but must improve his rebounding a lot. He needs to add more muscle to his frame and continue to mature into his body, so he can help his teammates on the glass on both ends. Evans is a good athlete, but still has strides to make on defense.

Side Note: Evans transferred to Kimball from Legacy Charter in South Carolina after his mom found a job in Dallas. He was a member of the South Carolina Raptors Elite in AAU.

Offers: SMU, Charleston, Cincinnati, Clemson, DePaul, Illinois, Memphis, USC, VCU, and more.

Measureables: 6-0, 165

Ranking: A four-star in the Class of 2015 and the No. 5 rated point guard.

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Terrance Ferguson- SG, Prime Prep (2016)

Shooting: Ferguson can do a little bit of everything on offense, but shooting is by far his biggest strength. He has a very quick, consistent release and terrific range on his jumper. Ferguson also has the size and length that allow him to shoot over defenders when out on the perimeter and in the paint. He is a very good athlete who finishes well under the basket and can throw down some big time dunks. Ferguson needs to work on scoring off the dribble more and being assertive at all times. Still, his size and ability to score make him an incredibly intriguing prospect for his age.

Playmaking Ability: Ferguson possesses a terrific basketball body with incredibly long arms. He is still developing his ball skills as a sophomore, but has shown he can handle the ball pretty well and doesn't turn the ball over much either. Ferguson still needs to continue to work on passing and shot selection. He can get trigger-happy at times and forget to play within himself. His athleticism makes him especially dangerous in transition, but he doesn't always play hard. With the right coaching, Ferguson could be the best shooting guard in the class.

Defense: Ferguson needs to improve on his strength and toughness to become a better defender. He plays passing lanes well and has the ability to be great on the defensive end, but doesn't always assert himself. Ferguson must also become a more willing rebounder on both ends of the floor. He has the length and athleticism to be terrific on the glass if he wanted to. He will occasionally pick up a run-down block in transition and show his defensive potential, but will have to be more consistent on that end in college.

Side Note: Ferguson was named to the 2013-14 USA?Basketball Men's Developmental National Team. He averaged 10 points per game last season as a freshman at Prime Prep and is a member of DJH5 in AAU.

Offers: SMU, Baylor, Houston, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, and more.

Measureables: 6-5, 175

Ranking: A four-star in the Class of 2016 and the No. 3 rated shooting guard.

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