Hensley Memorial Run N' Slam Recap
Class of 2011
Anthony Davis – 6-10 big man - Meanstreets - Showed even more promise against great competition all weekend. Its cliché to say, but he really does seem to get better every game. The little things he showed like defending on the perimeter, help defense and chasing down loose balls only add to his skill set, length and athleticism. He's going to be a big-time national prospect.
Mike Shaw – 6-8 forward – Mac Irvin Fire - While his confidence seemed down on the offensive end, Shaw really got after it on the glass. Anybody who ever called him soft should have witnessed the way he crashed the glass and moved guys out of the way to rebound the basketball.
Jeremiah Davis – 6-2 combo guard – Indiana Elite - Big-bodied guard has a knack for scoring and drawing contact. He does a lot of damage off the dribble but also has the ability to knock down shots from the outside. He's also shown an ability to run the point from time-to-time when needed.
Tony Wroten – 6-4 guard – Seattle Rotary Select – It's safe to say Wroten is back from an October ACL injury. While he didn't play above the rim in any of the games I witnessed, Wroten asserted himself on both ends of the floor and carried Seattle Rotary through long stretches of games. His shot also looks much better than it did before.
Mychael Henry – 6-4 guard – Mac Irvin Fire - While Henry was a bit timid in some games, he stepped up in a big way when teammate Wayne Blackshear went down with an ankle injury in Saturday's game vs. Meanstreets. Henry showed his three-point range and also used his body to back down smaller guards and score inside. He can also finish above the rim and goes high for rebounds.
Frank Kaminsky – 6-10 center – Illinois Wolves – What separates Kaminsky from other big man his size is his ability to step out and score from the perimeter. His only scholarship offers at this point are from Bradley and Northern Illinois. Expect that list to grow in the very near future. He is also receiving interest from DePaul, Northwestern, and Wisconsin.
Chasson Randle – 6-2 guard – Illinois Wolves – The guard from Rock Island earned some praise from Scout.com's Dave Telep with his play on Saturday. His strength gives him the ability to create space off the dribble. He is meshing really well with the rest of the Wolves very talented backcourt.
James Crockett – 6-4 wing – Mac Irvin Fire – Word is that Jamie Crockett is close to committing in the near future to Dayton Flyers coach Brian Gregory. The athletic forward from Crete-Monee slashes to the hoop and finishes well.
Class of 2012
Aaron Simpson – 5-11 point guard – Team NLP - Athletically he has improved and he played more of a point guard role than he did during the high school season. Simpson looked to distribute and made some great passes to cutting teammates. He'll still take some bad shots from time-to-time but when he gets hot he can score in bunches.
Kevin Ferrell – 5-10 point guard - Indiana Elite - "Yogi" Ferrell plays at a high rate of speed and uses his incredible footwork to blow by defenders. Playing up on the 17's level with Indy Elite, Ferrell wrecked havoc off-the-dribble and also knocked down shots from the perimeter.
Derrick Randolph – 5-7 point guard - Ferrari – It's scary to think that the 5-7 Randolph could be the best point guard in Illinois' 2012 class, but he is certainly doing his best to separate himself. His intensity is his best attribute, and it seems to rub off on teammates. Randolph gets after it on both ends of the floor and has improved his outside shot significantly.
C.J. Jones – 6-0 guard - Ferrari - Jones played in attack mode off-the-dribble for much of the weekend and used his body to draw contact or finish near the rim. Coupled with Randolph in the Ferrari 16's backcourt, this duo can really get after it on both ends of the floor.
Class of 2013
Keith Langston – 6-4 wing - Ferrari - Langston spent the high school season on the sophomore level and had a good weekend hitting shots from the perimeter. Long and skilled at 6-4, Langston nails shots off the catch with ease and also put the ball on the floor for some finishes on pullups or at the rim.
DePaul assistant coach Billy Garrett was in the house to watch his son Billy Garrett, Jr. compete up a level with the 16U Mac Irvin Fire team. The freshman guard from Morgan Park is a rising star in the class of 2013.