Devin Ebanks, 6-8, Small Forward, Senior, St. Thomas More, Committed to Indiana
27 Points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 blocks, 4 turnovers, 12/21 FG, 0-2 3p, 3-7 FT
Ebanks has added a quite a bit of weight to his lanky frame since the last time we saw him, and this to have given him some newfound aggressiveness that he certainly once lacked. Hes a very good, but not off-the-charts athlete, blessed with a terrific wingspan and good fluidity and coordination. He dropped quite a few glimpses of his excellent potentialfor example facing the basket on one possession and getting to the hoop with a terrific first step to finish with an emphatic tomahawk jam.
He was also extremely active, particularly in the early going, showing terrific timing coming up with a number of on-ball blocks and getting in the passing lanes and taking the ball coast to coast himself. When hes on, hes a really impressive prospect as his lofty recruiting rankings would indicate. Hes been criticized in the past for being too passive at times, and although you could certainly see where thats coming from, he seems to be making nice strides in this area.
Defensively he showed really nice lateral quickness on the perimeter besides the havoc he wreaked with his length coming up with steals and blocks. Hes not the toughest kid in the world, but his physical tools give him great potential. His intensity does seem to waver a bit at times, though.
We didnt get to see much in regards to his perimeter jump-shot, as most of the game was played in transition where Ebanks obviously excels. In warm-ups his shot did look pretty smooth, though. In the half-court, Ebanks could definitely still stand to improve his ball-handling skills if hes to reach his potential as a shot-creating small forward at the college level, even if they arent that bad at the moment. Being a little bit tougher using his size and length in the paint could also benefit him greatly. He doesnt always finish strong through contactalthough adding weight will help to a certain extent.
All in all, there is a lot to like about Ebanks as a prospect moving forward, even if were still not sold on him as being an elite one and done type guy. How much of his vast potential hell actually realize will largely depend on him, particularly regarding the mental part of the game.
Melquan Bolding, 6-4, Senior, Shooting Guard, Notre Dame Prep, Committed to Louisville
13 Points, 7 rebounds, 0 assists, 4 turnovers, 2 steals, 1 block, 6-13 FG, 0-2 3p, 1-4 FT
Offensively, he can get to the rim thanks to his tenacity and terrific first step, but is pretty raw besides that. He doesnt see the floor well at all, driving into brick walls, missing open teammates, turning the ball over and taking ill advised shots. He only shot the ball twice from outside the paint, but it did not look pretty at all.
Bolding looks like a useful collegiate player to bring off the bench for an athletic team like Louisville. Its possible he could develop into more than that, but it will take him time.
Kim English, 6-6, Senior, Shooting Guard, Notre Dame Prep, Committed to Missouri
21 Points, 5 rebounds, 0 assists, 3 turnovers, 1 block, 8-14 FG, 3-6 3p, 2-4 FT
James Southerland, 6-6, Senior, Small Forward, Notre Dame Prep, Committed to Syracuse
2 Points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 1 block, 1-10 FG, 0-2 3p, 0-0 FT
Terrence Jennings, 610, PF/C, Senior, Notre Dame Prep, Committed to Louisville
12 points, 15 rebounds, 6 blocks, 0 assists, 2 turnovers, 2-13 FG, 0-2 3P, 8-15 FT
Jennings entire game is predicated off of his athleticism, both on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. He simply outjumped any opposing player that he was matched up against Friday, corralling rebounds and rejecting any shot that came his way. The California native ran the floor incredibly well, jetting down the floor in transition for an outstanding dunk for one of his two field goals.
On the down side, Terrence is still remarkably raw for a player considered a top 20 recruit. His skill set needs quite a bit of work, as he did very little away from the rim and bricked quite a few easy scoring attempts. His post game is just as underdeveloped, as Jennings looked completely lost a few time when he touched the ball in the pivot.
Jennings basketball IQ and feel for the game also seemed a bit lackluster. It was clear that he lacked the court awareness that most players of his stature possess, especially on the defensive end. Everything that Jennings does on the floor is at 100 miles per hour due to his jetting quicks, but his elementary feel for the game is evident to anyone watching, especially when he is forced to make quick basketball decisions.
Either way that you look at it, Jennings is a player that will be closely followed by NBA personnel throughout his tenure as a Cardinal. The package of size, quickness, and upside that he brings to the table is virtually unparalleled by most power forwards that this class has to offer. Only time will tell if Jennings develops into the budding star that he has the potential to become, or if he will just remain an athletic marvel with an underdeveloped skill set.
Chris Braswell, 68, Power Forward, Senior, Hargrave Military Academy, Committed to Georgetown
10 Points, 7 Rebounds, 1 assists, 0 turnovers, 1 Block, 1 steal, 3-8 FG, 4-5 FT
Different half, different story for Braswell. Hargrave came out and immediately got their star big man touches in the paint, which he converted on with a flurry of post moves. His soft touch was exhibited through a series of tip-ins and touch catches, a testament to the feathery paws he owns. Braswell was incredibly active, making his presence felt on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor, finishing the game with X points and X rebounds.
Motivation is a key issue with Chris, evidenced by his inconsistent play over the years. When motivated, he is one of the better scoring big men on the prep level. When he is just going through the motions however, he appears to be quite an average prospect. John Thompson III and his staff have proven that they are able to get the most out of their big men, so dont be surprised to see Braswell step in and contribute right away once he reaches campus at Georgetown.
Roscoe Davis, 6-11, Center, Senior, Hargrave Military Academy, Committed to West Virginia
11 points, 3 rebounds (0 defensive), 1 assist, 2 turnovers, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 4-11 FG, 3-5 FT
Davis is a fairly athletic big man, blessed with a good frame and very nice hands. He runs the floor well, is quick off his feet, and has an especially impressive 2nd bounce he can utilize to chase blocked shots and offensive rebounds. He also has pretty good timing to boot, offering us some really intriguing glimpses of potential that make you wonder how good he might be if he only gave a consistent effort throughout the game.
Davis is a player who constantly needs to be involved in his teams offense, as otherwise you will quickly see his body language sour and hell begin to loaf around the perimeter defensively and not run the floor very hard. Besides his shot-blocking ability its hard to say that he had any real presence on the defensive end at all in this game. He put in a sub-par effort on the defensive glass (letting a severely undersized power forward basically eat his lunch all game), gambled excessively for steals, and was caught napping on pick and rolls several times hedging and not then recovering back inside.
Offensively, Davis may want a lot of touches, but his skill-set at the moment doesnt exactly warrant that. He has no real back to the basket game, and his jumper is not a real weapon at this point. He also has a tendency to settle for bad shots going out of his element.
Although this evaluation may seem harsh, we have to remember that Davis is a late-blooming big man whos weaknesses are all still very much correctable. The talent and natural gifts are all there for him to become a very productive college player and maybe even more than that, but hell need to put the effort in first.