JaMychal Green, 6-8, Power Forward, Senior, St. Jude
Committed to Alabama
Standing somewhere around 6-8, with an SEC-ready frame starting from the first day hell step on foot in Tuscaloosa, JaMychal Green is nothing short a physical specimen. Hes a good athlete who is very explosive around the rim and finishes superbly through contact, often with a powerful dunk. Hes got good hands and is tough as nails, bodying players up and doing a pretty solid job establishing position in the post--making him an outstanding target to lob the ball to inside. His feel for the game is somewhat average at this point, but he can regardless find the open man out of the post, showing an outstanding demeanor for a player his age and never getting rattled even when opposing players try to get in his face and instigate. Green was a man on the offensive glass, ripping rebounds away on a consistent basis and coming up with a number of huge put-back dunks. His length, timing and strength also made him a solid shot-blocking threat here, although he seemed to try a lot harder on the offensive end than he did on defense, failing to get back on a couple of possessions.
Although hes known mostly as an old school back to the basket pivot, Green surprised at times by stepping outside and knocking down a couple of 3-pointers. This might not be a super consistent weapon for him at this point, but it sure looked intriguing. Regardless, his overall skill-level is nothing to write home about at this point. His ball-handling is poor, and his footwork in the post could clearly use work. He doesnt seem to have a real go-to move, and proved to be effectively neutralized with a solid zone defense.
Green looks like a perfect understudy to bring in next to Richard Hendrix, provided the super-productive big man will decide to stick around for a year longer. If he doesnt, Alabama will need Green to play similarly to the way he did here in Floridathat is in dominant fashion. He still has a lot of work to do on his all-around game as most teenagers do, but the early signs look very promising from what we could tell, and he seems to be a great fit for the style of play we find in the SEC.
Jeremy Tyler, 6-10, PF/C, Sophomore, San Diego
High Major Prospect (Louisville, Texas, UCLA, USC, Arizona, etc)
Starting with the good, we find quite an incredibly intriguing all-around package. Showing good size at 6-10, an outstanding frame, and absolute freakish athleticism, Tyler looks the part of stud prospect from the first second you watch him already in warm-ups. Hes an incredibly fluid player, quick off his feet, explosive in the open court, with an outstanding 2nd bounce and a terrific first stepindeed the entire package as far as physical tools are concerned. All these things obviously make him a great threat in transition, as well as blocking shots and hitting the offensive glass.
Skill-wise, there is a lot to like here too potentially, as he already looks very advanced facing the basketwith a nice array of pull-up jumpers, 3-point range on his shot, and the ball-handling skills to create his own shot. His ability to put the ball on the floor and get by his man is pretty special for a player his sizelet alone a 16 year old who seems to have absolutely no idea what he is doing out on the court.
Has no clue is unfortunately a concept that you think of quite often when watching Tyler play. Hes incredibly raw as you might expect a player his ageswinging wildly for blocks, biting on every pump-fake, settling for terrible shots from the perimeter, over-handling the ball and running into brick walls, showing absolutely no footwork in the post, being a black hole offensively, and clearly having no clue at this point what his limitations are as a basketball player. His athletic ability is so far ahead of his skill level that he looks completely out of control for the most part, lacking any type of balance or patience, and sorely missing any real fundamentals in his game.
That would be absolutely fine if he dealt with these issues with maturity and tried to learn from his mistakes. He is, after all, only 16 years old. The problem is that he absolutely could not contain his frustration by the way he was being destroyed by Renardo Sidney, and responded by showing a terrible attitude.
He screamed at his teammates, sulked on the bench (the only one not cheering for anyone), attempted to redirect the offense and call his own plays when his team received the ball, complained non-stop to his coach, disrespected the officials, talked smack to the opposing team, showed awful body language, and generally just looked like an immature, spoiled brat for virtually the entire time he was in the spotlight.
He should have been thrown out multiple times for the way he conducted himself, but the referees could not call a technical foul on him (from what one of them told us himself) because the organizers want us to keep him in the game. It looked like his coach was afraid of telling him anything either, since he didnt seem to be bothered by his star players behavior in the least bitsitting and relaxing on the bench with his team down by 30 points, not trying to do anything in particular.
Since we dont watch as much high school basketball as some others, were not exactly sure if this is normal behavior from a star player this age, and how much to make of it. It surely cant be a positive sign. Maybe Tyler will mature as he grows older, and maybe hell get with some people that truly care about his development as a player and more importantly as a person and start to teach him right from wrong. Maybe we just caught him having a bad week, but it was very difficult not to be turned off by what we saw there.
Keith Clanton, 6-8, Power Forward, Junior, Orlando Christian
High Major Prospect (Florida, Central Florida, Indiana, Miami [FL], etc)
Clanton is a 6-8 power forward with an excellent body and wingspan, with magnets for hands and an impressive skill-set facing the basket. He can put the ball on the floor extremely well for a player his size, creating his own shot with either hand, and spinning into the lane impressively with superb body control. Most college power forwards couldnt execute most of the moves he was making here, even if Clanton overdid it at times with his ball-handling, leading to a number of turnovers. He also stepped away from the hoop and knocked down a couple of smooth 3-pointers, and then proceeded to go into the post and score with a jump-hook shot. He has terrific touch around the basket, even if he spends too much time hanging out on the perimeter at this point trying to prove his small forward skills. Considering his body and somewhat average explosiveness, hes clearly a power forward at the collegiate level, but he could be an extremely dangerous one if he truly committed to playing to his strengths.
Defensively, Clanton was not very effective, showing poor awareness and gambling excessively for steals. Hes a bit on the soft side in addition to being just an average athlete, although he did show very nice timing coming up with a couple of on-ball blocks. When he did play hard, he was very productive hitting the glass as well, not a surprise considering the quality of his hands, although like a lot of players his age (just a junior keep in mind), his good moments seemed to come in spurts.
Considering what we witnessed, its our guess that its only a matter of time before Clantons name shows up on the national radar screen, unless what we saw in Orlando was just a complete aberration to how he normally plays. After all, its not every day you see a big man with such an advanced skill set.
Jared Swopshire, 6-7, Small Forward, Senior, IMG Academy
Committed to Louisville
Taariq Muhammad, 6-2, Point Guard, Junior, Norcross
High Major (Auburn, Miami [FL], South Carolina, etc)
Justin Raffington, 6-9, PF/C, Junior, Urspring Academy
High Major Prospect (?)
Frank Wiesler, 6-1, Point Guard, Senior, Urspring Academy
Mid/High Major Prospect (?)
Christian Standhardinger, 6-8, Small Forward, Senior, Urspring Academy
High Major Prospect
Standhardinger is a tough kid, not being afraid to hit the deck to go after a loose ball, and usually being in the middle of any scrum that goes on during the course of the game. He moves off the ball well and seems to have a nose for the rim. He clearly has nice size for the small forward position, even if he might lack the lateral quickness to guard that spot on the other end of the floor.
On the downside, Standhardinger has quite a few holes in his game that need to be polished up before he can reach anywhere near his full potential. For one, his left hand is non-existent, making him pretty predictable eventually with his slashing moves going right. His perimeter shot is not a weapon for him at all from what we saw, and he doesnt seem to have a reliable pull-up jumper he can utilize to compensate for that. Defensively, his lateral quickness is pretty suspect as mentioned, so there is some concern that he might have to play the power forward position in college where he doesnt quite fit either due to his underdeveloped post-up game. These are all correctable weaknesses, but it will take time and plenty of work until Standhardinger gets there. Still, his potential is pretty intriguing considering he manages to be so productive even despite his obvious limitations. His passion for the game should carry him pretty far in the meantime.
Maurice Stuckey, 6-2, PG/SG, Junior, Urspring Academy
Richie Edwards, 6-7, Small Forward, Junior
High-Major Prospect (Illinois, Iowa, Miami [FL], etc)