Sunday, November 22, 2015

National Prep Showcase: Brown dominates
Bruce Brown could be
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The 2015 edition of the National Prep Showcase kicked off on the campus of Albertus Magnus College on Friday and Miami bound guard Bruce Brown showed why Hurricane fans were celebrating at the end of the first signing period.

I was impressed with...

With a dominant 29 point (12-20 FG), nine rebound and four assist effort on Friday Bruce Brown of Saxton's River (Vt.) Vermont Academy proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he belongs as a top 50 prospect in the class of 2016.

Brown -- who signed with Miami on Wednesday -- played a spirited game while leading his team to victory. Always known for his toughness, Brown is a strong and aggressive two guard who has taken his athleticism from good to well above average. He attacked the rim for vicious jams, dished off some nice passes on dribble drives and rebounded like a power forward.

Miami fans should be very excited that they were able to lock him up in the early signing period and I continue to feel that Brown is a potential All-ACC level defensive player.

I was surprised by...

Originally a member of the class of 2016, 6-foot-3 point guard Kellan Grady of Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon has moved to the class of 2017 and the change will be beneficial to both his game and recruitment. I've always felt that he had a good level of skill and shooting ability, but worried about his lack of physicality and assertiveness. By giving himself an extra year before college he can get stronger and become more comfortable directing traffic. He looked quite comfortable on Friday delivering 18 points four assists and two rebounds.

Grady has already been on several college campuses and said that he's taken a particular liking to Davidson. Villanova and Butler have shown recent interest but haven't yet pulled the string on an offer. Other offers for the potential Rivals150 prospect include Xavier, Richmond, Rhode Island and most of the Ivy League.
In the summer, Canadian point guard Marcus Ottey impressed with his toughness and high end athleticism. He did so again on Friday for Geneva (Ohio) Spire Institute. A tough off the dribble scorer, Ottey got to the rim over and over again while racking up 22 points and six rebounds. He is more scorer than playmaker but the three-star prospect is one of the better remaining floor generals. He took Fall visits to Valparaiso and Illinois-Chicago and mentioned New Mexico State, Toledo, Detroit, UTEP, VCU and Nevada as others currently involved.

Other notes...

He didn't check into the game until 15 minutes left in the second half, but 2017 five-star Hamidou Diallo made the most of his time scoring 13 points in just 14 minutes of action. Hopefully the 6-foot-4 shooting guard plays more on Saturday because we know he's an elite athlete but need to see how his jumper is coming along.

Perhaps UNLV stole one in combo guard Christian Vital. A sharp shooter from deep with sneaky athleticism, Vital went for 25 points and eight rebounds while making five of his seven three-point attempts.

Rivals150 power forward Tyrique Jones looks like a good fit for Xavier. They've always liked having a bouncy, rugged insider who attacks the glass and tries to dunk everything. That's pretty much his game and he appears happy to do so.

The story for Kai Toews is an interesting one. The 2017 point guard at Bridgton Academy just came to the United States from Japan and has not heard from a single Div. I school. That should be changing soon for the 6-footer. His father played pro ball in several countries and is now a professional coach in Japan and it's easy to see he has learned well. Heady, explosive when he needs it and in total control Toews looks to be at least a very good mid major prospect.

I like shooting guard Roosevelt Smart of Bel Aire (Kan.) Sunrise Christian as a good upper mid major spring target. He's improved his ball handling and decision making enough to play some point but he's most effective off the ball as a scorer with some athleticism.

Finally, you can't like basketball and not enjoy three-star point guard Ian Sistare of Northfield Mt. Hermon. Sistare is a balls-to-the-wall competitor who makes jumpers, crashes the glass and leads his team vocally. He was good for 18 points, five rebounds and three assists while only missing one shot.

Kai Toews has yet to hear from a Div. I program, but that should change soon.

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