Future150 Midwest Analyst. Covering Midwest high school basketball.
Indianpolis, IN (Future150) -- The second full day of games was even better than the first. While the first day was highlighted by big names playing well, there were some under the radar players that showed out during the action. Other big names also delivered when they needed to and helped their teams out. The 15U games brought about a high quality of talent that will translate to the highest level of colleges in a few years. Here are some of the guys who stood out:
Elijah Brown, 2013 PG, Double Pump Elite- The son of Lakers head coach Mike Brown, Eli showed a high basketball IQ as well as an ability to space the floor. He knocked down 6 threes en route to knocking out a talented New England Playaz program. His shooting ability is his best asset right now and it will be interesting to see how he takes the reins at Mater Dei during his senior year. He currently holds offers from St. Mary’s and San Francisco while Pac-12 programs like Washington and Arizona state are starting to show serious interest
Kahlil Dukes, 2013 PG, CBC- Dukes is one of the top scorers in the New England area and showed why on Friday. He finished with 39 points while burying 9 three pointers in a rout for his team. He has also shown the ability to run a team and is working on his lead guard skills. USC has offered him as well as a slew of Mid-majors but Kahlil has mentioned he wants to play at the highest level. Providence and Seton Hall will track his progress this July.
Shane Hall, 2014 PF, Louisville Magic- You would not think by just looking at Hall he is a great athlete but that is far from the truth. He rebounds the ball well above the rim and is skilled enough with the dribble to start the break. He has made his living in the tourney so far scoring off DAngelo Russell and Quentin Snider breaking down defenses and Hall finishing everything. Highlight: Hall caught the ball on the low post and reversed spun baseline off the dribble and finished a dipsy do on the other side while getting fouled. WOW.. Tons of high majors are taking notice.
Munis Tutu, 2015 PG, Team Bolt- The Canadian native was a relative unknown coming into this tournament but that will all change after his performance on Friday afternoon. Tutu showed he can run a team at the highest level, often setting his teammates up for easy baskets. He also got into the lane whenever he wanted and finished at the rim. While he is unsure where he will play his high school ball, Tutu should be stateside for it, which will be trouble for opposing defenses.
De’Ron Davis, 2016 C, Colorado Hawks- At 6-foot-8 200 pounds, Davis already has the size to play at the next level. He moves surprisingly well and reminds me a bit of Leron Black. While he lacks ball handling ability he is an absolute stud in the paint. Time and time again he got to the rim and either finished or drew a foul. At the foul line he is nearly automatic, a trait that is even more valuable given his size and position. There is no doubt that he is a top player in the class of 2016.
Leron Black, 2014 PF, Team Thad: Black and Team Thad have been arguably the most impressive team in this entire tournament. He has shown his athleticism by having a number of highlight reel dunks. Black already has a college ready body and in nearly unstoppable on the block. The next step to Black’s evolution will be working on his perimeter game but it is already clear that the sky is the limit for him.
Marcus Foster, 2013 SG, Dallas Mustangs: We were first intrigued by Foster at Rumble in the Bronx this past June when he showed that he is a fantastic shooter. Friday Foster did more of the same, scoring 18 points in the first half rout of OBC. Big 12 schools such as Kansas State and Oklahoma are coming after the shooter and for good reason.
Sedrick Barefield, 2015 PG, Compton Magic: The Compton Magic might be the best 15-U squad in the nation and they proved that on Friday. On a team that is absolutely loaded with high-major talent, Barefield is the one that makes it all work. A point guard who can both pass and score the ball, he plays at a surprisingly high level for someone his age. Due to his quickness defenders couldn’t stay in front of him and he showed a level of creativity that few point guards possess. Barefield is an elite prospect and mentioned that he grew up watching Kemba Walker so he is a fan of UConn, which bodes well for the Huskies.
Josh Spiedel, 2015 PF, Indiana Elite Orange: Spiedel was the lone bright spot during his teams loss to the Compton Magic. The big man hit three pointers, showed a mid-range game, and scored in the post to a tune of 30 points. Offensively a lot of skill and kept his composure in an otherwise ugly game for his team. As a 6-foot-6 power forward it is tough to see him playing at the high major level right now. If he grows a little more or develops his ball handling and transitions to the small forward position he will be a BCS level player. Xavier, Indiana, Purdue, and IUPUI are all keeping tabs on him.
Zak Irvin, 2013 SF, Eric Gordon All-Stars: The future Michigan Wolverine was a major factor in his teams dismantling of The Rens on Friday. Irvin scored at will, both at the rim and from the mid-range as well. He doesn’t wow anyone with his athleticism but there is no doubt he’s an effective scorer.
Jordan Mickey, 2013 PF, Urban DFW Elite: Mickey was unstoppable on Friday night as he did whatever he wanted against Kentucky Elite in the first round. He possesses a unique blend of size and speed, making him an absolute matchup nightmare. Defensively he was active and blocked shots around the rim. West Virginia, Ohio State, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Louisville have all already received visits from the big man and should be major players in his recruitment going forward.