Malik Monk- SG, Bentonville HS (AR)
Scoring: Simply put, Monk might be the best player in the class of 2016. He is long, fast, extremely athletic, and has terrific body control. He's a full-court terror who attacks the basket with ease and possesses an excellent mid range jumper off the catch and off the dribble. Monk can shoot with efficiency anywhere inside the gym doors and will throw down jaw-dropping dunks at any moment. He finishes so well and can get anywhere he wants on the court, but enjoys shooting step back jumpers with a smooth release and excellent elevation on his shot.
Playmaking Ability: Monk is terrific at making plays off the dribble and does a great job of passing when he draws a second defender. At times, he makes tough and questionable decisions. He will have to improve his shot selection and the way he plays in the half-court. However, his athleticism and shooting ability make him nearly impossible to guard, especially in the open court, and he has solid ball-handling skills as well. With his willingness and ability to attack the basket, Monk is an incredible playmaker and weapon on offense.
Defense: Monk holds outstanding defensive potential and can take over games on either end. He is one of the most athletic players in the country at 16 and loves to play above the rim. He uses his athleticism to block shots and is always a threat on the offensive glass. He will get multiple put-backs in a game and has shown a willingness to fight for loose balls. Monk also has great defensive versatility and the ability to defend both guard spots well. He will always be known for his terrific offensive game, but Monk has a bright future on both ends.
Side Note: Monk was on the 2013 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team and is currently a member of the Arkansas Wings in AAU. He finished No. 2 in the EYBL in scoring in Sacramento in April. He scored 59 points in a loss, going 15 of 26 from the field, 19 of 23 from the free-throw stripe, and knocking down 10 three-pointers. Monk also had three assists.
Measureables: 6-4, 170
Ranking: A five-star in the class of 2016 and No. 1 rated shooting guard.
Trey Lowe- SF, Ewing HS (NJ)
Scoring: Lowe is a long, versatile wing player with a ton of upside. He has size and length that allow him to play all over the backcourt and has shown flashes of freak athleticism. Lowe is also very quick off the dribble and does a great job finishing with body control around the rim and in traffic. He’s a tough, hard-nosed player who can also shoot the ball from deep and get hot from behind the three-point line. He still needs a little bit more consistency with his jumper, but Lowe has the potential to be a dynamic scorer.
Playmaking Ability: Lowe still has to prove he can be a playmaker in the half-court set. He needs to fill out his frame and mature physically before taking the next step and must become smarter with the basketball. He has the tendency to take bad shots and has to polish his shooting mechanics some to help his low percentage. Lowe’s long arms and athleticism give him versatility to play anywhere, but he will need to continue to increase his skill level and become a more consistent all-around player before heading to college.
Defense: Lowe is a very underrated defender who could become elite on that end of the floor. He has the defensive versatility to guard multiple positions and has shown an ability to lock down one-on-one. Lowe’s size and length allow him to get a lot of steals and deflections against his opponents. He also has shown a willingness to mix it up and fight for rebounds in the paint. Lowe is a little bit of a late bloomer and far from a finished product, but his long-term upside is undeniable.
Side Note: Lowe is a member of Team Final in AAU.
Measureables: 6-6, 175
Ranking: A three-star in the Class of 2015 and the No. 30 rated small forward.
Kerry Blackshear- PF, Evans HS (FL)
Scoring: Blackshear is a mobile big man prospect that has good versatility and can run the floor well for a player of his size. He is a tough, physical post player, but can also face the basket and knock down short jumpers. He has shown the ability to turn over either shoulder, take a player baseline, or finish strong through contact and in traffic. Blackshear is also very good at drawing contact around the rim and getting to the free throw line. He has terrific footwork, great size, and patience on the block. That combination gives him one of the most polished low post games in his class.
Playmaking Ability: Blackshear has a very high motor and makes a lot of positive plays thanks to size, skill and athleticism. He also has an NBA-type body with his long limbs and wide frame. Blackshear doesn’t mind posting up and being physical inside. He needs to improve his play against superior athletes, but has shown a knack for finishing at various angles. He also has terrific hands and is a very willing passer. He’s still a little raw, but has all the tools necessary to succeed at the next level.
Defense: Blackshear is a terrific rebounder because he plays with such energy at all times. He has good size, which allows him to contest shots and compete for every board on both ends of the floor. He isn’t the ideal rim protector and could use a shot-blocking big man next to him, but Blackshear knows how to utilize his size and athleticism to be effective. Young players, especially big men, always improve defensively the more they grow into their body and Blackshear should be no different.
Side Note: Blackshear is a member of the Q6 All-Stars in AAU. As a junior, he averaged 14 points and nine rebounds.
Offers: SMU, Arkansas, Boston College, Central Florida, Clemson, East Carolina, Houston, Georgia, Louisiana Tech, Florida State, Kansas State, Mississippi State, South Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, VCU, Virginia Tech, Wichita State, and more.
Measureables: 6-9, 220
Ranking: A three-star in the class of 2015 and the No. 21 rated power forward.