Fort Wayne, IN | Spiece was filled with talent from all over the country this past weekend. In the first part of our series, we break down some of the top performers from Run n’ Slam this past weekend.
Chiozza has been shooting up in the rankings and for good reason. He put his talents on full display this weekend.
Class of 2014
Vincent Edwards – All-Ohio Red 17U | 6-7 | 208 | SF
Helping lead his team to the championship for 17U, Edwards was a force on both ends of the court. At 6-7, Vince can rebound well among taller post players and is versatile enough to defend multiple positions. Offensively, Edwards was hitting from all three levels, especially from three-point land. He’s down to Michigan and Purdue and looks to make his decision sometime in the fall after taking officials to both schools.
Jae’Sean Tate – All-Ohio Red 17U | 6-4 | 220 | SF
Tate is a ferocious forward who looks to attack the rim any chance he can. He’s a little undersized at 6-4 but makes up for that with the way he plays. This weekend the Ohio State commit showcased his rebounding and high-flying abilities on his way to a championship title. He fits the mold of a Thad Matta wing player and should make an impact in 2014.
Chris Chiozza – Team Thad 17U | 5-10 | 155 | PG
The diminutive guard from Tennessee made scouts and analysts believe he was legit this weekend. By the end of their first game against Peoria Irish, people were already walking away impressed. Chiozza uses his speed and ball handling to create for not only himself but his teammates. He proved he can score at the next level and should be considered among the top point guards in the class.
Riley Norris – Team Thad 17U | 6-7 | 180 | SF
Chiozza's teammate, Riley Norris, was also a standout. His combination of size and skill helped get Team Thad to the title game.
Riley may be the third best player on Team Thad but he is by no means a slouch. Norris was the standout player in many of their games, even over Chiozza and Leron Black. Riley can handle the ball well at 6-7 and is a fearless shooter for three-point range. He also showed some ability to get in the lane and to the basket. Norris might have been the most surprising player this weekend, even for people that have seen him play before.
Kevon Looney – Milwaukee Runnin’ Rebels 17U | 6-9 | 194 | SF
There were talented guys at Spiece, and then there was Kevon Looney. In terms of upside and talent, Looney was the best. Kevon runs floor well and is athletic and agile enough to do whatever he wants when he wants. He’ll need to bulk up as he moves towards college so he can be more functional in the post but he can stretch the floor and is a mismatch nightmare for opposing teams.
Damontrae Jefferson – Milwaukee Runnin’ Rebels 17U | 5-7 | 150 | PG
Jefferson is one of the fiercer, more confident players on the court. Damontrae put up 33 against Spiece Indy Heat hitting threes and getting to the basket at will. At 5-7, Jefferson took on the task of guarding 6-4 Jaquan Lyle. It was a site to see but he held his own and didn’t back down. Size will be an issue at the next level but I’m not sure anything could slow him down.
Trey Lyles – Spiece Indy Heat | 6-10 | 225 | PF
This was Lyles’ first game back from injury. His knee needed to rehab but it looks as healthy as ever and Trey proved that this weekend. He came out slow in the first half of their game Friday but stepped up big in the second throwing down a couple huge dunks and showing some good lateral movement. He kept that fire going all weekend and made it known that he is ready to be back full time.
Trevon Bluiett – Spiece Indy Heat 17U | 6-5 | 210 | SF
Dakota Mathias put up a couple huge games and following the tournament he committed to play for Matt Painter and Purdue.
Trevon was, well Trevon. He’s so consistent and does it at such a high level. He was scoring at will and nobody slowed him down. He was matched-up with Kevon Looney at times and had no problem dealing with his length. He looks a little stronger since the high school season and may have put on a few pounds of muscle. Bluiett said Michigan and Butler were the teams coming after him the hardest right now.
Jaquan Lyle – Spiece Indy Heat 17U | 6-4 | 190 | PG
Jaquan looked great this weekend and had the performance of the tournament going for 44 points against Eric Gordon All-Stars. He had everything working for him on offense, shooting, passing, and even rebounding. He looks a little for filled out and plays the part of an elite guard heading into his senior season. Lyle said he is still open at his point in his recruitment but will cut his list down shortly and take all of his allotted officials before deciding.
Dakota Mathias – NW Ohio BB 17U | 6-4 | 190 | SG
Lyle might have had the best performance but Dakota Mathias had the most above average performances over the course of the weekend. He has great size and a Big Ten level body that will grow into an asset for him as he moves on to Purdue, the school he committed to following the event. Mathias has the makings of a great college shooter with a quick trigger, even-keeled demeanor, and no fear.
Class of 2015
Evan Boudreaux – Team NLP 17U | 6-7 | 210 | PF
Boudreaux is a work-horse of a forward and has a nice skill set to fit with his playing style and body. He reminds you of a typical Wisconsin Badger forward. Evan plays physical and is a great rebounder. He can post up but also likes to step out and can knock down threes at a decent clip. He just picked up offers from Iowa and Iowa State in the last week and more should be on the way for the talented forward from Illinois.
Jordan Ash wasn't able to play on Sunday because of a sprained ankle but made some huge plays for Illinois Wolves Friday and Saturday.
Jordan Ash – Illinois Wolves 16U | 6-2 | 180 | CG
In the longest game of the weekend, Jordan Ash and the Illinois Wolves defeated Wisconsin Playground Warriors in double OT that lasted till 12:35 AM Friday night. During that game, Ash was outstanding while making a couple huge above the rim plays. On Saturday, Ash kept it going as he made play after play for his teammates. He doesn’t always make the flashy play but is consistent and a floor general. Jordan has shown the ability to slide over and play off the ball which will help to improve his stock moving forward.
Carlton Bragg – Ohio Basketball Club 15U | 6-8 | 205 | PF
Bragg was a beast all weekend long. His aggressiveness and skill at his size makes him a top target for high majors. Finishing above the rim all weekend, Bragg has great length and has a frame to support elite size. His ability to hit outside shots is also a huge plus for him. He showed consistent three-point shooting and a little mid-range game. Bragg was tops among the class of 2015 prospects in Fort Wayne.
Class of 2016
Derrick Daniels – King James Shooting Stars 15U | 6-9 | 180 | PF
Daniels is a star in the making. He’s already 6-9 and long at only age 15. Derrick is very athletic and has shown the ability to finish with some emphasis around the rim. He already has a knack for timing on blocks and runs the court very well. Daniels will have a wiry-strong frame and has a ton of upside. Dayton, Iowa, and Wright State have already offered the 2016 standout.
Cassius Winston – The Family 16U | 6-0 | 165 | PG
The scoring prowess of Winston against Indiana Elite 2016 was crazy. He ended with 33 but put up 22 in the first half. Winston is a scorer and does so from all-three levels. His pull-up game is the strong part at this point. Ball handling and grabbing defensive rebounds and pushing the offense into transition is great as well. Winston is already getting early interest from Michigan.
Other Top Performers:
Eron Gordon – Eric Gordon All-Stars 17U | 6-2 | 175 | SG
Chandler White – Indiana Elite 2015 | 6-3 | 180 | SF
K.J. Walton – Spiece Indy Heat 2015 | 6-3 | 175 | SG
Eric Davis – The Family 16U | 6-2 | 165 | PG
Malek Harris – Illinois Wolves 17U | 6-7 | 190 | SF
Leron Black – Team Thad 17U | 6-7 | 215 | SF
James Blackmon - Spiece Indy Heat 17U | 6-3 | 180 | SG