NEW HAVEN, Conn. -– If you look at the National Prep Showcase with a wide lens, you’ll notice that the event serves two purposes. The high-end talent has a major platform in which to state their case and solidify their standing amongst their peers.
Secondly, the event provides a stage in which seniors – or underclassmen – can either beef up their recruitments or evolve into a legitimate prospect altogether.
Saturday’s action was highlighted by a commanding performance from a top 10 recruit who recently announced he will head to Bloomington, Ind. No. 8 overall prospect and third-ranked power forward Noah Vonleh was simply amazing in leading his team to victory.
Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton), PF, 2013
There’s a way that great prospects conduct themselves in the winter of their senior year. The best players find a way. Vonleh was not himself in terms of finishing plays in the first half against Hargrave but through the slump he kept rebounding. In the second half, however, he was an absolute monster. When it was over, he had spearheaded a rally that handed Hargrave its first loss I can remember at this event. Vonleh finished with 27 points (11-20 FG) to go with 18 rebounds. That’s what an All-American performance looks like. I dare you to name a better offensive rebounder in the country than the 6-foot-8 Vonleh.
Kuran Iverson (Windsor, Conn./Fishburne Military), SF, 2013
Iverson was easily the most naturally gifted player at the event. After an opening night that lacked sizzle, he came out Saturday morning on the attack. The kid can really score and thrives in one-on-one situations. He’s a very good tough shot-maker. When he gets to Memphis, the areas of emphasis will be improving his shot selection, beefing up his rebounding totals and playing with more focus and consistency. From a talent standpoint, he’s elite. To complete the circle, he’s got to lock in and approach every game with the same intensity and there’s work to be done on focus. Hit a big 3-pointer to tie up a game late.