Dominique Matthews- SG, St. Rita HS (IL)
Scoring: Matthews is a terrific scorer because of his ability to breakdown defenders and attack the basket. He uses his speed and athleticism to blow by opponents and create offense for his team. Matthews also has a nice mid-range jumper and good ball skills. He can sometimes get caught being too aggressive driving to the basket, but he will always play hard and compete on both ends. As he works to extend his shooting range, Matthews will be very difficult to guard in college.
Playmaking Ability: Matthews is working on becoming a better playmaker. He still turns the ball over too much at times and needs to work on his shot selection. However, Matthews can make things happen for his teammates with his penetration and passing. He always plays with a good edge to his game and will continue to gain experience and a better feel for the game as he matures. Right now, Matthews relies heavily on his natural talent and ability to score, but he can be playmaker in college if he figures out how to run an offense.
Defense: Matthews must continue to develop his body and become a more disciplined defender. He has trouble defending big guards and needs to work on closing out without leaving his feet. He will gamble for steals at times, but can play passing lanes pretty well overall. Matthews is also a good rebounder for his position and will compete for every loose ball. Although he is undersized, Matthews has a chance to develop into a solid perimeter defender.
Side Note: Matthews is a member of Team Meanstreets in AAU.
Offers: SMU, Chicago State, Milwaukee, Southern Illinois and Toledo.
Measureables: 6-1, 175
Ranking: A three-star in the Class of 2014.
Daviyon Draper- SF, Antelope Valley College (CA)
Scoring: Draper is a physical wing that can score in a variety of different ways. His best attribute is the fact he always plays in attack mode and loves slashing to the rim. Draper uses his toughness and athleticism to attack the basket and throw down huge dunks with authority in traffic. He is also an exceptional athlete with a great basketball frame. Draper has shown a terrific shooting touch and can consistently knock down shots from behind the arc. He still needs to add to his face-up game a little bit, but Draper has the range and bounce to dominate games with his scoring ability.
Playmaking Ability: Draper is a very smooth player with a great skill set. However, he has been turn over prone at times due to poor shot selection. He will force it in the open court too much sometimes and needs to work on his approach to the game. He is so effective in transition or when playing up-tempo that he can sometimes play out of control and make multiple mistakes. Draper has the ability to improve a lot in this area because of his great handles and motor. He just needs to learn to be patient and trust his teammates.
Defense: Draper is a very underrated defender. He is so quick and athletic that he can keep any opponent in front of him. He has the versatility to guard multiple positions and isn't afraid to mix it up with anybody. Draper still needs to get stronger, but he is a very good rebounder and decent shot blocker for his size. Along with his great motor, Draper has the length and toughness to be a very effective defender as a Division I player.
Side Note: Draper graduated from Locke in California in 2012, where he averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds per game. He was a member of the Compton Magic in AAU but attended junior college due to his poor academics.
Measureables: 6-7, 205
Ranking: A two-star in the Class of 2012.
There is no mixtape for Draper, but here is a video of his old AAU team in action (No. 5):
Sedrick Barefield- PG, Corona Centennial (CA) (2015)
Playmaking Ability: Barefield is a terrific passer with unbelievable ball handling skills. He is a very mature point guard who can break down defenders with a nasty crossover and spin move. Barefield also has a very high basketball IQ and always plays under control. He does a great job of finding shooters and keeping the ball moving in the halfcourt. Although he can get too flashy at times, Barefield is a precise passer with great court demeanor who always does a terrific job setting up his teammates to score.
Scoring: Barefield gets most of his points by attacking the basket with his ball handling and savvy. He has developed into a more dependable shooter when playing off the ball, but still needs to work on making pull-up jumpers more consistently. Barefield doesn't have the speed to blow by defenders off the dribble, but has the ability to breakdown opponents and penetrate. He should become a better finisher in the paint as he gets stronger, but already has a terrific approach to the game for a young kid.
Defense: Barefield has a long way to go on the defensive end. He needs to work on his lateral quickness to become a better one-on-one defender at the next level. He also has to add a lot of strength to his frame to help be more effective inside. Barefield doesn't compete enough on the glass and can look lost at times on defense. His offensive skill set makes him a terrific prospect, but he is going to need a lot of coaching on the defensive end after high school.
Side Note: Barefield is a member of the Compton Magic in AAU. His father Ray played at San Diego State.
Offers: SMU, Baylor, Boston College, California, Colorado State, Connecticut, Creighton, Fresno State, Kansas State, Memphis, Missouri, San Diego State, San Jose State, and Utah State.
Measureables: 6-2, 175
Ranking: A three-star in the Class of 2015 and the No. 23 rated point guard.
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