Spiece Run N Slam: Day Two
Brevin Pritzl, SG, Wisconsin Playground Warriors – Pritzl has had an incredible spring already, and a 41 point performance in an evening win was just the capper of it. At 6-foot-3 he is a big time athlete and an elite shot maker. Also he is pretty good off the bounce and brings a combination of confidence and toughness that is nearly impossible to defend. He was absolutely on fire all day long, was efficient, and didn't even dominate the ball. Pritzl only has mid-major offers right now, but if schools are paying attention that is about to change in a big way. He has had as good a spring as any guard in the Midwest. Glynn Watson, PG, Illinois Wolves – It was a heck of a day for Watson. The talented floor general was instrumental in his leading his team to an afternoon win. He controlled the flow of the game, made good passes, got into the lane, and overall just created things. Then in a comeback playoff win, Watson hit a pull up bank shot to win it as the buzzer sounded. Overall it was an impressive stretch for Watson who answered the bell in every possible way. Prentiss Nixon, SG, Illinois Wolves – He is explosive and when he gets going it can be impressive to watch. In the afternoon win Nixon was on fire in the second half. He was scoring going to the rim, hitting from deep, and making plays on the defensive end as well. If Nixon can find a way to gain consistency with his offensive game, he will really see his stock go up. Roosevelt Smart, SG, Illinois Wolves – It was a buzzer beating kind of day for the Wolves, and the first one to do it was Smart. He got his feet set and drilled a 22 footer at the buzzer to get a win. It was the third three in a row for Smart to cap it off and complete an impressive second half. Smart definitely has to play off the ball, and isn't great off the dribble, but he has good size, is a good athlete, and is more than capable of knocking in the perimeter jumper. Devin Cannady, PG/SG, Spiece Indy Heat – In a game that was dominated by guard play, Cannady had it working early for Spiece. A very good athlete with good quickness, Cannady was getting into the mid-range and making shots and then he caught fire from three. He is more of a combo than a distributor, but he has good size and some good physical tools. He has to do a better job at limiting turnovers, but when the offense is cooking he is fun to watch. Deyonta Davis, PF, Spiece Indy Heat – Davis is headed to Michigan State and the Spartans clearly got a good one. He is a big time athlete at 6-foot-8 and showed a solid touch out to the mid-range. At least in an afternoon showing he was more flashes than consistent production, but all the tools are there for Davis to make a big impact in college, and look for him to vault quite highly in the 2015 rankings when they are updated. MaCio Teague, SG, All-Ohio Red – Teague is a role player most of the time for All-Ohio, but he was completely on fire in a morning win. He hit four threes early, and then also scored going to the rim. Not an elite athlete, or a point guard, Teague is probably best at the mid-levels, but there is no doubt that the kid knows how to score. He was putting up points in bunches as his team cruised to a blowout win. Jalen Coleman, SG, All-Ohio Red – All weekend long Coleman has been on fire with his jumper. Not a great one-on-one player in isolation situations, Coleman is tremendous coming off of screens and also off of drive and kick situations. Coleman has a very quick release and his footwork is impressive which makes him very difficult to defend. He has put up points all weekend long and is continuing on what was an extremely productive high school season. Ed Morrow, PF, Mac Irvin Fire – Morrow definitely isn't the prototype in terms of size, but he is productive. He plays with a tremendous motor and then has springs for legs which allow him to play taller than his height suggests. Morrow also mixed in a mid-range jumper or two, though that still definitely isn't his game. Always he will rely on toughness and athleticism, and all game long Morrow used that to his advantage putting up big numbers. Davon Dillard, PF/SF, Mac Irvin Fire – An elite, elite athlete who combines explosion and power, Dillard brought down the house in an afternoon game with a transition dunk in traffic. He followed it up by knocking in a few jumpers as well. Dillard can't do too much off the dribble yet, but his physique and athleticism suggest he should be an elite defender going forward, and there is no doubt in transition he is a nightmare to deal with. Harris Brown, SG, Progeny – A recent de-commitment from Loyola, Brown can put points on the board in a hurry. Not an explosive leaper, and undersized for his position, Brown just has that ability to score. He is not just a volume shooter, he is a volume maker. He can get to the rim, hit from the mid-range, or score from deep. As usual the numbers were impressive for Brown despite his team's loss. Caleb Swanigan, C, Spiece Indy Heat – There is so much that Swanigan does well, that when he isn't completely and totally dominant you walk away slightly disappointed even though he showed well for himself. Swanigan missed a few shots down low that he usually makes during an afternoon loss, but in the process he was a beast on the glass, showed tremendous hands, ran the floor, and hit shots out to the three point line. There is no doubt that he is one of the premier players in the class, and easily one of the most dominant on the low block. Reggie Jones, SG/SF, Spiece Indy Heat – Jones is the second or third option on his high school team, but as the go to guy for the Spiece 16's, he put on a show. Jones did every single thing you could want a wing to do. He hit from deep, got into the lane and found open teammates, and then also scored around the rim and in the mid-range. Quite simply it was the best game seen from him in a long time, and showed what potential he does have if he can put everything together. Cassius Winston, PG, The Family – Winston is clearly at his best when he is playing the point guard position, but on his team sometimes he is forced to play off the ball. That limited him some, but still Winston showed his impressive skillset. Winston was hitting from deep, got to the rim, and then also showed pretty good floor vision. Even in his team's loss, Winston found a way to definitely standout. Barret Benson, C, Illinois Wolves – A developing post prospect, Benson played both at the 17 and 16 under levels and was solid all day long. He has good hands, runs the floor well, and will compete on the glass. Right now he shows a decent touch, though he doesn't have refined post moves. Benson needs to continue to get stronger, but he definitely has the tools you look for in an underclass post prospect. Howard Washington, PG, Albany City Rocks – There aren't many point guards who combine good size and tremendous basketball IQ like Washington does. He is around 6-foot-2, makes the right play at the right time every time down the floor, and then on top of that is a knockdown shooter. Washington isn't a blur with the basketball or a super explosive athlete, but his feel for the game is tremendous and he really gets how to lead a team. Anthony Gaines, SG/SF, Albany City Rocks – A physical wing who just gets things done, Gaines got buckets in a pair of viewings today. Standing around 6-foot-4 it is tough to define Gaines in terms of a position, but he is tough, plays hard, attacks, and uses his broad shoulders to his advantage. Add in that he has a decent jumper out to 15 feet, and Gaines is a productive and fun player to watch. Jaylen Nowell, SG/PG, Seattle Rotary – This prospect from the city of Seattle is bordering on elite. He is near 6-foot-3, is a high level athlete, makes shots from deep, gets to the rim, and has a tremendous mid-range game. He is somewhat similar to a former Seattle star from the same high school in Tony Wroten. Nowell also brings a great motor, and definitely proved to be one of the best players in the event even though he is one of the youngest. Daejon Davis, PG/SG, Seattle Rotary – Nowell gets the majority of the attention no his team, but Davis is no slouch. He is a good athlete, hit shots from the mid-range and deep, and then also showed pretty good floor vision. Add in that Davis has a decent feel for how to get others involved and he definitely will find himself on the high-major radar. Brian Bowen, SF, The Family – Bowen has an elite skill level for a player nearly 6-foot-7 and just a freshman in high school. Now he does need to continue to get tougher and impact the game more from a rebounding perspective, but Bowen has a nice looking jumper to 18 feet, is a solid athlete, and then can really handle the ball in the halfcourt. Overall there is a lot to build on, and he showed well for himself while playing up and age level. Justin Smith, SF, Playground Elite – Playing against kids from his home city of Chicago, Smith put on a show. He has good size at around 6-foot-5, showed big time athleticism with an impressive tip dunk, and then was good at getting to the rim with a tight handle and strength. He has to continue to rep the jumper, but there is a lot to like about what he brings to the floor. Jaylen Nowell added an offer this week from Washington. Prentiss Nixon has interest from California, Wichita State, Tennessee, and Valparaiso Brevin Pritzl has yet to accumulate a high-major offer but notes that Marquette, Wisconsin, Xavier, and Creighton are picking up their interest.