Friday, September 27, 2013
Who just missed making ESPN 100
By Reggie Rankin
Here are 10 prospects that are very talented, tough, competitive and productive but just missed the cut in the ESPN 100 and have the potential to be excellent, immediate contributors at a major college and deserve to be recognized for the their high level of play.
Larry Austin (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier)
2014, PG, 6-1, 161 pounds -- Committed to Tennessee
Austin is a tough, competitive, hard-playing point guard who has the ability to lead his team. He is a good athlete that pushes the ball on the break and can run the team in the halfcourt set. He is an improved shooter who can make open shots with time and space and cause the defense stress when he attacks the lane. Austin also sets the tone defensively with his ball pressure.
Larry Austin can shoot and attack well on the dribble.
Darrell Davis (Detroit/Douglas)
2014, SG/PG, 6-4, 170 -- Committed to Dayton
Davis is a combination guard who can score in a variety of ways. He is an excellent finisher for his size and plays in attack mode on the offensive end of the floor on every touch. Davis also has the IQ, feel and court vision to be a very effective scoring point guard. Davis is terrific when the play breaks down or in end-of-clock situations.
Melson is an attacking guard who is tough, competitive and explosive. He can hit the open triple and can get to the rim, where he is an excellent finisher for his size. He is a good rebounder for a guard and can defend both guard positions with great energy and urgency.
Ahmaad Rorie (Tacoma, Wash./Montverde Academy)
2014, PG, 6-foot, 150 -- Committed to California
Rorie is an excellent point guard who brings two very important assets to the court -- he can score and facilitate. Rorie has 3-point range and can deliver the ball while attacking at high speeds. Rorie will also work to be his own outlet pass by sneaking in for a few defensive rebounds to then pusheing the ball on the pass or bounce. He consistently applies pressure to the opposing defense.
Sam Logwood (Indianapolis/La Lumiere)
2014, SF, 6-7, 205 -- Committed to Auburn
Logwood is an excellent athlete who excels on the break, where he attacks the rim relentlessly. He gets to the rim with short, strong straight-line drives, where his great strength allows him to finish through contact on a consistent basis. Logwood is a good perimeter rebounder and shot-blocker that can defend both forward positions.
Gary Clark (Clayton, N.C./Clayton)
2014, PF/SF, 6-6, 215 -- Committed to Cincinnati
Clark might be a little undersized as a power forward, but this strong and explosive athlete plays much taller and he already has the strength to get the job done. He scores with midrange jumpers and straight-line drives and is a tough matchup on the perimeter for less mobile forwards and can take smaller forwards to the low post. He power-dunks on all clear paths to the rim and is fun to watch compete.
C.J. Turman (Madison, Ga./Morgan County Crossroads)
2014, C/PF, 6-8, 240 -- Committed to Tennessee
Turman is a strong, physical and tough center who runs the floor well, finishes and is a terrific area rebounder. He has undervalued skill and touch around the basket to go along with a college-ready body and possesses great upside.
Bonzie Colson Jr. (Fall River, Mass./St. Andrews)
2014, PF, 6-6, 200 -- Schools considering: Pittsburgh, Miami (Fla.), Connecticut, Florida State, George Washington, Georgetown, Minnesota, Notre Dame and Temple.
Colson very simply gets the job done. He has a mature game and scores in all three post areas at a high percentage. He has great length with matching hands and touch. He rebounds everything that hits his hands in his area and competes at a high level. Most of the time scouts say, "don't let the size fool you" about small guards that can play well, and this is the case for Colson at the power forward position. He is undersized and won't blow you away with crazy bounce, but he is a winner and can flat-out play and produce on a consistent basis at a high level.
Ben Bentil (Middletown, Del./Saint Andrew's School)
2014, PF, 6-8, 225 -- Schools considering: Miami (Fla.), Georgetown, Delaware, LaSalle, Providence, Rutgers, St. Joseph's, Seton Hall, Temple and Xavier
Bentil wins you over with his college-ready body, strength, motor and his sense of urgency. He finishes through contact with ease and can hit the medium-range jumper when open. He runs the floor extremely well and is a glass-eater on both ends.
Quadri Moore (Linden, N.J./Linden)
2014, C, 6-8, 225 -- Committed to Cincinnati
Moore's combination of size and skill is what makes him special player. His touch around the rim and his jump shot with range to the arc makes him a tough center matchup. Moore does a good job on the defensive glass as well.