Top Prospects - Marshall County Hoopfest

No. 1 overall rated senior Brandon Jennings doesn't disappoint

Dec. 11, 2007

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Even though Brandon Jennings may have had the top performance of the weekend, a number of other top prospects showed they have game at the Marshall County Hoopfest.


We were impressed with a number of well known prospects, but also saw some seniors who will get looks in the spring as well as some underclassmen that caught our eye and could become sought after in the future.


Marshall County Hoopfest Top Prospects - (Listed By Height)


Brett Thompson 6-foot-11 C Vienna (IL) - This St. Louis signee was at his best when he stayed in around the hoop where he scored with his good footwork and soft touch. He finished the night with 25 points and 13 boards.  Look for him to be a good one down the road for the Billikens.


Stan Simpson 6-foot-10 C Chicago (IL) Simeon - This Illinois signee showed he can run floor and block shots versus Lexington Catholic.  He's got a ways to go on the offensive end, but did score 18 points and pull down 8 boards.  He needs to get stronger and work on his footwork inside, but has an immense upside that will make him a good one in time for the Illini.


Keith Gallon 6-foot-8 (JR) C Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy - Wide-bodied insider showed surprising mobility and just about tore the hoop off the backboard a couple times on monster dunks.  He scored 13 points and pulled down 10 boards.  He gave a solid performance that will draw high major interest.


Glenn Bryant 6-foot-7 (JR) WF Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy - This Detroit native is fast developing into an impact talent.  He can slash to hoop or throw down highlight dunks.  He finished with 14 points and 8 boards hitting 6 of 10 shots from the field.  Look for him to move up in the national rankings.


Chris Frank 6-foot-8 (SO) PF (Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha - This raw, but athletic young big man can run the floor and battles on the glass.  As skills come, he'll draw mid-major on up interest.


Tyler Griffey 6-foot-8 (JR) PF Lafayette (MO) - This skilled forward didn't get it going until the second half where he scored 16 of his 21 points.  He knocked down the 17-footer and did a good job taking it to the hoop off the dribble.  He has good hands on the block and touch with either hand around the hoop.


Johnny Williams 6-foot-7 (JR) PF Memphis (TN) Briarcrest - He wasn't as impressive as at the TOC, but he finally got it going in the second half versus Tilghman.  He is a physical rebounder with a knack for finishing in the paint.  He's a definite high major prospect.


Naji Hibbert 6-foot-6 (JR) WF Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha - This active wing man has good skills on the wing and can create his own shot or drives.  He crashed the glass and did a nice job finishing in traffic.  Mids on up should monitor his progress.


Richie Phares 6-foot-6 (SO) PF Georgetown, KY Scott County - He was nearly perfect from the field hitting 10 of 11 shots, while pulling down 8 boards.  He has a real nose for the ball and is a tough competitor on both ends.  Mid to high majors should monitor his development.


Will Kirksey 6-foot-6 (JR) PF Lafayette (MO) - This physical rebounder is a steady force around the hoop.  He uses his body to control space on the glass and had a 16 point, 11 rebound performance versus University Heights.  He should become a mid-major priority.


Marvin Williams 6-foot-6 (FR) PF Memphis, TN White Station - This young insider scored 16 points and pulled down nine boards in a win over Pinckneyville.  He finishes in traffic and doesn't back down from anyone around the hoop.  He has tools to face the hoop too.  Should be on everyone's radar.


Isaac McClure 6-foot-6 PF Paducah (KY) Tilghman - This athletic insider plays bigger than his size around the hoop.  He can step out and face hoop from 15-feet, attack the hoop off the dribble or pop the jumper.  He had 20 points and 11 boards versus Briarcrest.  Look for mid-majors to take a look.


Scotty Hopson 6-foot-6 WF Hopkinsville (KY) University Heights - He looked like a McDonald's All-American in the first half scoring 17 of his game high 24 points.  He added 8 boards and blocked 5 shots versus Lafayette.  He had some highlight dunks and definitely impressed those of us in attendance.  He's re-opened his recruitment and is considering Tennessee, Mississippi State, Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati.


Kyle Cassidy 6-foot-5 WF Pinckneyville (IL) - This skilled wing man can knock down threes from around the arc or take it to the hoop off the dribble.  He finished with 20 points on 9 for 14 shooting from the field.  He should hear from mid-majors this winter.


Leslie McDonald 6-foot-5 (JR) SG Memphis (TN) Briarcrest - This smooth wing man scored 21 points and pulled down 12 boards.  He can knock down three-pointers to set up his drive and finish in traffic.  He has tons of majors already calling.  Tennessee, Kentucky, and Cincinnati were in the house to watch him play.


Scottie Haralson 6-foot-5 SG Jackson (MS) Provine - He struggled in the first half as DeMatha ran two or three defenders at him whenever he touched ball.  In the second half, hard work paid off as he finished with 11 points and 8 boards.  Currently Southern Miss, Minnesota, St. Louis, and Rice are the schools showing the most interest.


Dequan Jones 6-foot-5 SG Marietta (GA) Wheeler - Make no mistake about it, this explosive wing man will make an immediate impact at Miami (FL) next year.  He scored 16 in loss to Findlay Prep, but it wasn't from lack of effort.  He also pulled down 9 boards in the loss.


Tyler Portwood 6-foot-5 SG Georgetown (KY) Scott County - This thin wing man really grew on me as he knocked down the three or pull-up jumper versus Whitney Young.  He needs to add strength, but reminds me a little of Iowa freshman Jake Kelly.


Marcus Jordan 6-foot-5 (JR) SG Chicago Whitney Young (IL) - The son of Michael started slow, but really asserted himself in the second half.  He has good range on the perimeter, but is at his best attacking hoop in the half court.  He definitely has tools to play at high major levels.


Stefon Perry 6-foot-4 SG Paducah (KY) Tilghman - This physical wing man plays inside a lot for his high school squad, but the power guard showed in flashes the ability to score off the dribble from the arc or pop 16-footers with regularity.  He has tools physically to draw lots of mid-major interest.


Taylor Stewart 6-foot-4 SG Lexington Catholic (KY) - This Air Force signee is long, lean and has the tools to create jumpers from around the arc or off the dribble.  He has a solid handle and was a force for Catholic finishing with 25 points.


Chad Jackson 6-foot-4 (SO) CG Rose Hill Christian (KY) - This smooth young combo showed he can play with the best in his class.  He hit the three and scored with pull-up jumpers.  He finished with 18 points and pulled down 9 boards from the backcourt.  He will become a high-major priority if he continues to develop.


Greg Wooten 6-foot-3 (JR) SG Memphis (TN) Briarcrest - This physical slasher lit up Tilghman for 20 points.  He scored from three or off the dribble in traffic.  He continues to impress, and look for mid-ups to take a look.


Jorge Gutierrez 6-foot-3 CG Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep - He's a tough combo who has range to three or can stick jumpers off the dribble.  He made big plays on defense and was stellar scoring 20 points, plus was a force on the glass pulling down 13 boards.  Look for high majors to take a look.


Carl Blair 6-foot-3 (JR) CG Jackson (MS) Provine - One of the biggest surprises in Benton, KY, this quality junior combo can run the show or can look to be a scorer.  He has handle to create shots or the pass.  High majors should take a look based on his play this weekend.


Josh Forrest 6-foot-3 (FR) SG Paducah (KY) Tilghman - This young wing man can finish in traffic and showed a nice stroke to the arc.  He should draw lots of mid-major and higher interest over the next couple years.


Chris Colvin 6-foot-2 (JR) PG Chicago Whitney Young (IL) - He came off the bench this weekend, but was the spark for Whitney Young's turnaround in the first half.  He has ability to play both spots in the backcourt and can create on both the offensive and defensive ends.  High-majors are already involved.


Josh Selby 6-foot-2 (SO) SG Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha - This explosive young combo is one of the reasons that the Stags will be back in a big way over the next few years.  He has range to the arc, but really impressed us with his explosive dribble drives.  Look for majors to monitor his progress.


Brandon Jennings 6-foot-1 PG Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy - The nation's top prospect did nothing to damage his rep in Benton.  He scored 36 points and handed out 8 assists as he led Oak Hill to an 83-62 victory.  The Arizona signee's performance so impressed the four thousand-plus in attendance that they gave him a standing ovation! 


Mark Rouse 6-foot-1 (JR) CG Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha - This tough hard nosed backcourt scorer can shoot it from deep or slash to the hoop off the dribble.  He finished with 13 points versus Provine.  He has all kinds of skills that mid-majors covet in a guard.


Joe Jackson 6-foot-0 (SO) PG Memphis, TN White Station - He is an explosive guard who helped turn it around for his club in the second half, hitting two straight threes and converting a steal into a bucket to seal the win in the fourth quarter.  He is hearing from all the majors across the country.


Quinn Cook 5-foot-11 (FR) PG Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha - This young point was solid throughout the game versus Jackson Provine.  He scored 14 points and handed out 4 assists.  Look for him to become one of the best in his class at some point down the road.


D.J. Cooper 5-foot-9 (JR) PG Chicago (IL) Hales Franciscan - For the second event in a row, D.J. showed he can flat out get it done.  He went off for 26 points including a game-high  six threes.  He has good quicks, can deliver the rock and can create opportunities for his teammates.


Tevin Hill 5-foot-9 (JR) PG Graves County (KY) - This small, but quick point guard was one of the surprise performers of the weekend.  He can score off the dribble or knock down open jumpers from around the arc.



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