Tuesday's Top Prospects
Tyreke Evans puts on the National Prep Showcase's most dominant performance
Nov. 20, 2007
By Van Coleman
CSTV.com & Hoopmasters.com
Van is one of the nation's premier recruiting experts.
And, it was just that - a showcase. Many of the nation's top available seniors and post-graduate talent were on display and played at a high level considering that for many of the teams in
Over 100 Division I talents were on hand, and with that in mind, here's our look at the Top Prospects at the National Prep School Showcase.
Assane Sene 7-foot 210 C South Kent, CT School - Showed he can score and rebound with the best in
Roscoe Davis 6-foot-10 205 C Chatham, VA Hargrave Military - Has all the tools to be a scorer in the post, has quick feet, good hands, and real touch on this shot. As he adds strength and gets a little more physical look out! He averaged 9.5 points for the weekend and will be good one for West Virginia in time.
Brice Massamba 6-foot-10 260 C Henderson, NV Findlay Prep - A physical and strong post man who will be one of the nation's hottest big men in the spring. He has good hands and solid feet on the blocks. Look for his list to continue to grow, but currently UNLV, UTEP,
Terrence Jennings 6-foot-9 220 PF Fitchburg, MA Notre Dame - Had some moments, but didn't play at the level we observed all summer. He wasn't as aggressive on either end as we've seen in the past. It is a new system, so I'll take a deep breath and give him some time to adjust. The Louisville signee averaged 7.5 points and a solid 10 boards an outing in
Christian Morris 6-foot-8 275 C South Kent, CT School - A wide-bodied insider who ended his weekend with a 12 point and 6 board effort versus Summit Prep. He has good hands and is willing to use his body to score or control space on the glass. He'll be a solid freshman addition at Rutgers next fall.
Devin Ebanks 6-foot-8 215 WF Oakdale, CT Thomas More - The nation's No. 14 player looked like he's ready for the next level scoring 27 and 25 in his two outings at the National Prep School Showcase. He averaged 10 boards for good measure. He is very smooth and scores with efficiency (20-of-30 from field). He will make an immediate impact next fall with the Indiana Hoosiers.
Alex Oriakhi 6-foot-8 235 PF (2009) Tilton, NH Tilton School - Truly a physical specimen who knows how to score on the baseline. He had 19 points and 12 boards while we watched, punctuated by a sweet reverse (behind the head) jam on a post-up and spin move that had the crowd buzzing. He needs to work on his facing game, but looks to be a good one down the road at Connecticut.
Chris Braswell 6-foot-8 230 PF Chatham, VA Hargrave Military - Was as consistent as we've seen him, and capped his weekend off with a 24 point and 13 board effort versus Notre Dame Prep. He's long, can really run the floor, and has a solid jumper from the elbow. He should be a good one in time at Georgetown.
Emmanuel Negedu 6-foot-7 230 PF Wolfeboro, NH Brewster Academy is truly an athletic physical combo forward. He can catch oop pass or finish drive with the flush. He needs to work on outside jumper to go with improved handle. He had 13 points and 10 boards versus Fork Union. He will see lots of PT as a freshman at Arizona.
Clarence Trent 6-foot-7 230 PF (2009)
T.J. Robinson 6-foot-7 215 PF Oakdale, CT Thomas More - A real surprise in Lowell, as he showed he can score from 15-feet to the hoop and rebound with the best there. He averaged 17 points and 14.5 rebounds over the weekend. He has a real nose for the ball off the glass. He's had early interest from
Givon Crump 6-foot-7 210 WF (2009)
Jin Soo Kim 6-foot-7 190 WF (2009) South Kent, CT School - He's a skilled wing who can knock down three-pointers with regularity and averaged 14.5 points for the weekend. He is still a little on the thin side, but has re-classified again to the junior class so he has time to add strength before he arrives in College Park to play for Maryland two years from now.
Chris Baskerville 6-foot-6 220 PF Lee, ME Academy - Solid in game one, but absolutely was on fire Sunday morning going off for 36 points and 12 boards versus Worcester Academy. He is a real horse around the hoop who uses his quickness to get to it versus bigger men. He will have an immediate impact at
DeAndre Liggins 6-foot-6 195 SG Henderson, NV
Nigel Ajere 6-foot-6 215 WF Tarzana, CA Summit Prep - An explosive wing who can throw it down in traffic or step out and pop the 17-footer off the dribble. He averaged 15.3 points and 10.5 rebounds in
Jamal Coombs 6-foot-6 215 WF (2009)
Antiquawn Beckham 6-foot-5 190 WF New Hampton, NH New Hampton Prep - One of the weekend's biggest surprises scoring 17 points and hitting 60 percent from the field. He can explode to the hoop and finish in traffic. Look for him to be a hot spring commodity. He's currently hearing from
Mike Marra 6-foot-5 190 SG Northfield, MA Mt. Hermon - A sweet shooting wing man who surprised us with his quicks and his ability to get his shot off. He's similar in many ways to Kyle Kuric (
Larry Anderson 6-foot-5 200 WF
Tyreke Evans 6-foot-5 205 CG Aston, PA American Christian - Showed why he is among the nation's top three in Lowell when he went off for 32 points versus Winchendon School. He also handed out 5 assists and was a terror on "D" in the open court with 6 steals. He missed game two with a bruised hand. He was unstoppable and created the dribble drive with either hand. His final school list includes
Kim English 6-foot-5 190 SG
Maurice Creek 6-foot-5 190 SG (2009)
Deividas Dulkys 6-foot-4 195 SG Henderson, NV
Eshaunte Jones 6-foot-4 180 SG Chatham, VA Hargrave Military - Struggled a little early on as his shot wasn't falling like we've seen in the past. He did, however, step up in the win versus Notre Dame Prep by handing out 6 assists. He will be a good one in time at
Stacy Waters 6-foot-3 180 SG Bridgton, ME Bridgton Academy - A strong wing man who grew on us this weekend. He can pop the three (3-of-6 for the weekend) or use strength to get to the hoop and finish. He averaged 8.5 points in
Varez Ward 6-foot-3 200 CG Lenoir, NC Patterson School - An explosive combo guard who can score or get the ball to open teammates. He averaged 10.3 points, 4 boards, and 4 assists in three outings at the National Prep School Showcase. He says that UTEP,
Austin Carroll 6-foot-3 185 CG
Aaron Austin 6-foot-3 180 PG
Dee Bost 6-foot-2 165 CG Chatham, VA Hargrave Military - On fire offensively versus Notre Dame Prep scoring 28 points (four three-pointers) in just 27 minutes of action. He has point guard tools and a sweet outside stroke that will give him an opportunity to make an immediate impact next year at
Darius Johnson-Odom 6-foot-2 180 SG Lenoir, NC Patterson School - Was on fire in Lowell and is an explosive combo who can flat out score off the dribble or knock down jumpers from beyond arc or off the dribble. He is very quick and opened some eyes in the stands this weekend. He is currently hearing from Bradley and
Jorge Gutierrez 6-foot-2 190 PG Henderson, NV Findlay Prep - A tough point guard who didn't back down from anyone despite playing with a broken nose & face mask. He sees the court and can penetrate and pass or score. He is currently hearing from
Anthony Crater 6-foot-2 175 PG
Jeremiah Kelly 6-foot-2 165 PG Aston, PA American Christian - Solid in the opener, but really stepped up with Evans out in game two to score 22 points, pull down 5 boards and hand out 3 assists. He has tools to play either guard spot and that will let him see solid PT as a freshman at DePaul.
Mark Lyons 6-foot-1 180 PG
Cardell McFarland 6-foot-1 170 PG
Dominic Stafford-King 6-foot-0 PG Fork Union, VA Military - Was a real surprise as he can play either guard spot. He's explosive off the dribble and has range to three. He averaged 26 points and 4 assists for the weekend and could become a highly sought after combo guard this spring.
Lamont Jones 6-foot CG (2009)
Damier Pitts 5-foot-11 160 PG
Isaiah Thomas 5-foot-8 170 CG South Kent, CT School - Opened the weekend with 27 points and 7 assists versus Findlay Prep, but didn't play on Sunday. He is getting better at looking for teammates and is a good passer, but he still has that old score first mentality. Depending on the situation that can be good or bad and is something he needs to understand by the time he gets to Washington.
Best of the Rest:
A.J. Matthews 6-foot-10 200 C Aston, PA American Christian - Schools include Seton Hall,
Freddy Asprilla 6-foot-10 250 C Lenoir, NC Patterson School - Committed to Florida International.
Kyle Barone 6-foot-10 205 C Tarzana, CA Summit Prep - Pepperdine,
Svetsoslav Chetinov 6-foot-9 250 C
Orion Outerbridge 6-foot-9 215 C New
Will O'Huaregbe 6-foot-8 220 PF Fork Union, VA Military - Committed to UNC-Wilmington.
Eladio Espinosa 6-foot-8 210 PF Chatham, VA Hargrave Military - Committed to
Will Brown 6-foot-8 235 PF Lenoir, NC Patterson School - Committed to New Mexico.
James Southerland 6-foot-8 200 PF Fitchburg, MA Notre Dame Prep - Committed to
Martez Walker 6-foot-7 215 WF Aston, PA American Christian -
Muo Mathiang 6-foot-6 195 WF Lenoir, NC Patterson School -
Curtis Dennis 6-foot-5 190 SG
Charles Abouo 6-foot-4 220 WF Wolfeboro, NH Brewster Academy - Committed to BYU.
Randy Dezouvre 6-foot-4 180 SG
Kendall Durant 6-foot-3 200 PG New
Oscar Griffin 6-foot-4 200 SG (2009) Aston, PA American Christian - Pittsburgh, St. John's, Maryland, Fordham.
Trey Blue 6-foot-3 SG Wolfeboro, NH Brewster Academy - Drake, Harvard, Howard, Northern Iowa, Tulsa.
Melquan Bolding 6-foot-3 SG Fitchburg, MA Notre Dame Prep - Committed to
Nate Tomlinson 6-foot-3 CG
Johnny Higgins 6-foot-2 185 PG
Anthony Raffa 6-foot-1 170 PG
Hamid Ford 6-foot PG Bridgton, ME Bridgton Academy - UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly.
We hope you enjoyed our look at the top talent that appeared at the National Prep School Showcase.
We would like to thank Patrick Stevens for his help with Sunday's coverage since I had to fly home while the afternoon session was still in progress. Kudos should also go to Tournament Director Jeff Goodman who ran a quality event that was extremely media friendly and well organized.