SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. -- While the mega events opened in Vegas and Orlando, the Hoop City Classic…
Hoop City Classic Wrapup
Dau Jok – All Iowa Attack Red – Elite level shooter cooled off a little since a scorching start to the month, but still got it done when it counted. Hits shots off the catch or with a hand in his face and also shows a good patience within the offense. I'd like to see him more off the bounce, but his specialty is stretching a defense.
Zach McCabe – All Iowa Attack Red – Iowa commit can score inside-and-out and uses his body well to create space. A deceptive athlete, McCabe brings toughness from football with him to the hardwood that helps him with rebounding and defensive assignments.
Trayvonn Wright – All Iowa Attack Red – Long and bouncy forward has mid-majors tracking his every move. Wright can get well above the rim, does a good job as a weak side shot blocker and even occasionally steps out for a jumper. An ideal face-up four, Wright needs to add some weight to be able to contribute immediately.
Cameron Wright – King James Shooting Stars – Wright has had the look of a high-major caliber player throughout the month of July with his ability to create. The athleticism has always been there, but now Wright is using it to finish in the air and find teammates when the defense collapses. He still disappears at times, but his presence is felt in a big way when he strings together highlight reel plays.
Will Spradling – Spiece Mo-Kan – Consistency is Spradling's trademark as the Kansas State commit brings the same high level of play every time out. Steady with the ball and a marksman from three-point territory, Spradling has added to his dribble drive game with a floater.
DeShaun Thomas – Spiece Indy Heat Betts – Ohio State commit continues to improve and has now turned into a consistent rebounding force. With his vision and ability to put the ball on the floor, Thomas can quickly turn a defensive rebound into a fast break opportunity. His outside shot is also becoming more consistent since the spring.
Isiah Jones – Meanstreets – Playing with Meanstreets, "Hoopy" never seemed to find a consistent rhythm in the Hoop City Classic. His shot stilled looked good, but it wasn't falling and it seemed to affect his confidence.
Cameron Clark – Team Texas – Clark has prototypical size and skill to be a superstar but sometimes doesn't display the toughness or the passion to go along with it. There were times when he would float on the court and disappear and other times when he would arrive in style with a thunderous tip-slam or silky smooth three-pointer. If the consistency and passion come on, watch out!
Phil Pressey – Team Texas – I can definitely see what the hype is about. Although he wasn't shooting lights out like the reports from Peach Jam indicated, Pressey still does an impressive job getting in the lane and scoring for smaller guard. He does a good job changing tempo to confuse defenders and also knows when to score and when to pass.
Daniel Alexander – Texas D-1 Ambassadors – Texas A&M commit is smooth all-around and has a feathery touch from beyond the arc. In one game, Alexander hit four three-pointers in the first half and also had a nice drive off a pump fake that kept defenders honest.
Class of 2011
Marquis Teague – Spiece Indy Heat Betts – Teague is an elite talent who excels in every aspect of the game. He can score in every conceivable way, has tremendous handles and supreme athletic ability. That being said, I would like to see Teague create more easy baskets for teammates. For all his drawing power in the lane, he should be getting assists left and right.
Nnanna Egwu – Illinois Wolves – The big man once labeled a "project" is quickly shedding that label with his rapid improvement. While he still has a ways to go, Egwu controls his area, runs the floor and now has a faceup game out to 13 feet. Once Nnanna, a DePaul recruit, gets used to how fast the game is around him, more post moves will come.
Chasson Randle – Illinois Wolves – Randle played with tremendous confidence and ability every time out. His play was recognized as he was awarded the MVP after leading the Wolves to the 16U championship title. A hallmark of consistency, you know that in watching Chasson play you will get good shots, trips to the line and a tough and determined effort every time out. Although he is not a freak athlete and is more of an undersized two, Randle does a great job creating space on his jumper by using his dribble moves and body.
Jacob Williams – Illinois Wolves – The athleticism is high major, but Williams needs to corral all his ability into some better shots. Many times, Williams will get to the rim and then make a poor decision and throw up a wild shot. For the wild shots, there are also glimpses of greatness when Williams puts it all together and makes it look easy. He's a tough one to peg and I would like to see him put it all together in a string of plays like he did back in May.
Cinmeon Bowers – Playground Elite – The undersized big man is quickly becoming one of my favorite players to watch. He's not flashy or tremendously athletic, but Bowers is an absolute beast inside who rebounds over bigger players and finishes strong during contact. He also is improving his jumper and his handles. If he sheds some weight he could possibly defend the three at the next level.
Jonathon Holmes – San Antonio Rohawks – Caught a peek at this emerging big man in the opening round of pool play and loved the way he ran the floor and finished above the rim in traffic. His athleticism is very good for a forward and Holmes also played with a high motor.
Amir Williams – The Family – The game I saw featured little in the way of touches, but I was impressed by the way Williams played. He has soft hands that enable him to catch tough passes and he converted those passes into easy layups in smooth and effortless motions.
Class of 2012
A.J. Hammonds – Spiece Indy Heat Betts – Hammonds might have been the biggest player there and also continues to improve in his development. Footwork looks better on offense and defensively his timing is improving on blocked shots and rebounds. When he boxes out, it's nearly impossible to get around his massive frame.
Raphael Davis – Spiece Indy Heat Betts – Purdue commit plays with great confidence and pace for such a young player. Although his shot wasn't falling, Davis still creates good looks and isn't afraid to mix it up.
Bobo Drummond – Illinois Wolves – Playing up on the Wolves 16's, Bobo looked comfortable running the point and setting up teammates. His defensive effort was also solid as usual, as Bobo can defend on-the-ball the length of the floor. His shot needs work, but I liked that Drummond looked to score more often than he did earlier in the month.
Ron Patterson – Spiece Indy Stars - A big time talent, I only caught a glimpse of Patterson in Kansas City but came away impressed at his ability to score from anywhere on the floor.
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