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BATTLE OF THE CLASSES "Super 80" RECAP
By: Jeff Meadows
The 1st Annual BATTLE OF THE CLASSES "Super 80" which featured the top 80 prospects in the classes of 2012-2015 was a success! "I’m very pleased with our turn out as well as the play" said Event Director Chad Groth. This event featured four games, FUTURE STARS FROSH/SOPH SHOWCASE, BEST OF THE REST GAME, JUNIOR SHOWCASE GAME and the SENIOR SHOWCASE GAME.
FUTURE STARS FROSH/SOPH SHOWCASE GAME
Let’s take a look at who the top prospects were in the FUTURE STARS FROSH/SOPH SHOWCASE GAME, enjoy. (In height order).
Trye Hobee 5’11 (PG) SUNRISE MT. (2015)
Trye is a very solid prospect who continues to improve each time that I’ve seen him play. Trye is a very athletic and good rebounding (PG) who gets to the basket and creates which causes problems for the defense. Trey has converted from (2G) to the (1G) extremely well and has quickly become one of the top (PG’s) in the 2015 class and Trye’s definitely one to keep a close eye on.
Trey Ingram 5’11 (PG) PINNACLE (2014)
Trey had a solid game and showed why he’s among Arizona’s top 10-20 prospects in the class of 2014. Trey is a well-rounded (PG) who likes to put pressure on the defense with his mid range game as well as his crafty ball handling which usually puts Trey in the position to create offensively.
AD Hart 6’0 (PG) TEMPE (2014)
AD played well and has been playing well ever since the spring. AD is a very crafty (PG) who excels at setting up the defender with a couple of counter moves which usually gets the defender off balance allowing AD to get to the basket. As long as AD can continue to remain in good playing shape he will continue to improve.
Brandon Williams 6’0 (PG) PARADISE VALLEY (2014)
Brandon is a strong, scrappy (PG) who loves to mix it up with opposition. Brandon’s offensive game is solid and his defense is even better. Brandon is a very effective outside shooter mid and long range and Brandon is also very impressive when he takes the ball to the basket. Brandon is no longer under the radar
Stephen Scott-Lopez 6’1 (G) VALLEY VISTA (2014)
Stephen has really improved and has also grown over 4 inches in the past year. Stephen’s new-found height and body size growth along with good athletic abilities put’s Stephen at an advantage right off. Stephen’s basketball I.Q. has greatly improved as did his offensive game. I’m really looking forward to watching the development of this young prospect.
Kodi Justice 6’5 (PG) DOBSON (2014)
There’s really not much else I can say about Kodi aside the fact that his skill level is far more superior than the majority of his adversaries across the country not to mention the fact that he’s an outstanding prospect who on top of everything else, has a high basketball I.Q. Kodi is ranked #34 in Hoopsreport.com’s class 2014 national player rankings.
Dakota Kordsiemon 6’5 (W) CATALINA FOOTHILLS (2015)
I was very impressed with Dakota as he was among the top 5 prospects in this game. Dakota is a strong, rugged (W) who possesses very good skill, ability and athleticism on both ends of the floor. Dakota’s offensive game is high level as well as his offense and defensive rebounding. Dakota is also a very good on or off the ball defender. Dakota is definitely a national top 150 prospect.
BEST OF THE REST GAME
Let’s take a look at who the top prospect was in the BEST OF THE REST GAME, enjoy. (In height order).
Robert Ramerez 5’11 (PG) GLENDALE (2012)
Roberto is very fast, quick, and athletic and possesses a very good handle and moves with the ball. Robert was the best prospect in this game as he continued to impress me time and time again throughout the course of the game with his good feel for the game the way a true floor general conducts his business. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of high school season Robert has this season.
JUNIOR SHOWCASE GAME
Let’s take a look at who the top prospects were in the JUNIOR SHOWCASE GAME, enjoy.
(In height order).
Austin Sibbio 6’0 (PG) ARCADIA (2013)
Johnnie Panfill 6’1 (PG) BOULDER CREEK (2013)
Arthur Belvins 6’4 (W/F) INDEPENDENCE (2013)
Jonathan Wilson 6’5 (W/F) INDEPENDENCE (2013)
Nik Landeene 6’8 (PF) DESERT VISTA (2013)
Harris Tucakovic 6’9 (PF) DESERT VISTA (2013)
Jeremy Verhagen 6’9 (PF) FLORANCE (2013)
Jaron Hopkins 6’5 (PG) BASHA (2013)
Jaron is beginning to separate himself from the pack. Jaron’s size, skill, athletic ability and sheer game has become extremely obvious as he repeatedly got to the basket whether in a half court set or transition and finished with tomahawk slams. Jaron is a high major prospect that is all set to have a huge high school season and spring and summer. Jaron is ranked #45 in Hoopsreport’s class of 2013 national player rankings.
Jonah Legg 6’5 (W) NORTH (2013)Jonah is back! I haven’t seen this talented prospect play in a while but his skills definitely has not diminished, they’ve gotten better. Jonah is a very skilled and rugged (W) who loves to play physical and wear down his opponent over the corse of a game. Jonah has improved his mid range game considerably and his penetration game is top notch. I predict that Jonah’s going to have a very good high school season and I expect for him to have a very productive spring and summer as well.
Drew Bender 6’5 (W/G) PINNACLE (2013)
Drew is a solid prospect who has a very good all around game. Drew can play 2 to 3 positions on the floor and play them quite well but is best when he plays the (W). I’m eager to watch Drew play this high school season as I’m sure that he will have a very good one but I’m overly anxious to see what he does in the upcoming spring and summer.
Toure Marshalll 6’5 (W/G) COPPER CANYON (2013)
Toure was a pleasant surprise to watch as he got to the basket quite a bit and was able to finish in traffic. While Toure is a O.K. mid and long range shooter, his bread is buttered when he gets out in transition or breaks down the defender and drives to the basket. If Toure has a good high school season, he could make things even more interesting in Arizona’s class of 2013.
Tyler Roberts 6’5 (W/G) FOOTHILLS (HENDERSON, NV) (2013)
Tyler is a high energy (W) who has very good body control and change of speed and direction. Tyler played very well and drawing my attention with his very good ball handling and change of speed and direction. Tyler is a very long and athletic (W) who also causes problem on the defensive end by often getting his hands in the passing lanes. I look for Tyler to have a good high school season down in Henderson, Nevada.
Paul Watson 6’6 (W) PARADISE VALLEY (2013)
Paul is a high-flying (W) who relishes playing in transition and above the rim. Paul also shoots the deep ball very well which makes the defender have to play him honest. Paul is currently ranked #111 in Hoopsreport’s class of 2013 national player rankings which is sure to change in our upcoming fall player rankings.
Torran Jones 6’8 (F) BASHA (2013)
Torran has a superior body as well as superior athletic abilities. Torran is best when facing up to the basket as well as slashing and finishing from the weak side. Torran is also a glass eater meaning; he’s a high end rebounder. Torran’s defense is very good as well which makes him a high priority watch for the opposition. Torran Jones is ranked #58 in Hoopsreport’s class of 2013 national player rankings.
Maurice Kirby 6’9 (PF) BASHAS (2013)
Maurice had a subpar showing. Maurice has great size and descent mobility but needs to understand that he’s a (F) not a (W). When Maurice goes inside he’s somewhat effective as compared to when he attempts to take his game out to the (W) where he’s a non factor. It’s going to be very interesting to see what kind of high school season Maurice has this season. Maurice is currently ranked #61 in Hoopsreport’s class of 2013 national player rankings.
Joe Boyd 6’9 (F) CHAPARRAL (2013)
Joe looked pretty good as he displayed a very solid all around offensive game. Joe has very good size and skill as he’s able to play (F) and (PF) effectively. Joe has developed into a pretty good prospect and I’m looking forward to seeing this upcoming high school season.
Jeremiah April 6’10 (PF) JOY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (2013)
Jeremiah has good skills and good height but still needs to learn the game. Offensively, Jeremiah has to learn where he’s most effective and defensively he just needs to become more aggressive. Having said all of that, Jeremiah is still a top 200 national prospect in the class of 2013. Jeremiah is currently ranked #139 in Hoopsreport’s class of 2013 national player rankings.
SENIOR SHOWCASE GAME
Let’s take a look at who the top prospects were in the SENIOR SHOWCASE GAME, enjoy.
(In height order).
Tre Ogles 6’2 (G) DEER VALLEY (2012)
Sami Bzia 6’3 (G) MESQUITE (2012)
Isaac Vogan 6’5 (F) AGUA FRIA (2012)
Mike Jones 6’5 (F) VERRADO (2012)
Terrol Wilson 6’5 (W) ARCADIA (2012)
Chris Thompson 6’7 (W) ARCADIA (2012)
Gio Guzman 5’11 (PG) BISHOP GORMAN (NV) (2012)
Gio had a solid game he faced off most of the time against Dewayne Russell. Gio is a steady (PG) who does nothing flashy, he just goes out and completes his task. Gio’s offensive game is running a team and picking his spots and hitting the open jumper. I look for Gio to have a very solid season for one of the top high school basketball teams in the country, Las Vegas’s Bishop Gorman.
Dewayne Russell 5’11 (PG) PEORIA (2012)
Dewayne played well all game long by getting to the basket often and either finding the open man cutting to the basket or taking it himself. Dewayne has played well throughout the fall and look for that to carry over into his high school season.
Ryndall Roberts 5’11 (PG) BOULDER CREEK (2012)
Ryndall Roberts is a baller. Ryndall has been playing very well for a while now, the only problem is that he hasn’t participated in as many top flight camps and tournaments as he should have. Ryndall’s mid and long range game is highly consistant which is how it needs to be for a (PG) his size. Ryndall also gets to the basket quite often which makes him a serious threat on the offensive end. Ryndall is another prospect whom I’m very couriuos to see where and how things end up for him this upcoming season.
Demetrius Balark 6’1 (PG) KELLIS (2012)
Demitrius played about as well as I’ve seen him play this past year. Demitrius was finishing with dunks, hitting the mid range jumper consistently and defending very well. Demitrius looked very comfortable and confident all game long which is something that I haven’t seen in over a year. I’m really looking forward to see where this talented, athletic (PG) signs.
Lawrence Pierce 6’4 (W/G) PEORIA (2012)
Lawrence is another one of those prospects that had he participated in the right events and had gotten seen earlier in his career. Lawrence would probably be already signed. Lawrence is a big, strong, physical, athletic (W/G) who uses his speed and quickness to get passed the defender and get to the basket but needs to work on his outside game. Lawrence is at his best in an up-tempo style of game where he can get out on the break or lead the break or create turn-over’s and then get out on the break. I will be watching Lawrence closely this upcoming high school season.
TK Edogi 6’7 (W) VALLEY VISTA (2012)
TK is loaded with talent but for whatever reason TK has yet to put it all together. TK has high level athleticism and sometimes does things that make you do a triple take and then there are times where TK would shoot a turn-around fade away over a defender that is 5 inches shorter than he is which also make me do a triple take. Once this talented prospect puts it all together look out!
Will Marshall 6’9 (F) ESTRELLA CHARTER (2012)
Will has all of the tools that a mid major prospect has but in order to be that Will must play harder and tougher. Will seems to play down to the level of his competition or up to the level of his competition which I’m sure frustrates the mess out of scouts and coaches alike. Will showed flashes of a big time recruit earlier this past spring but really hasn’t done much of anything sense. Mr. Marshall will probably sign low or mid major scholarship sometime in the near future but he must continue to improve in certain areas in order to become the player that he says he would like to be.
That concludes our Area & State Report coverage of the 1st Annual BATTLE OF THE CLASSES "Super 80". Be sure to log onto Hoopsreport for our next Area & State Report when we bring the recap to the Phoenix Fall Showcase.
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