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2014 Under Armour Invitational: Saturday Standouts
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (10:38 AM CT, Wed May 21, 2014)
2016 SF Josh Jackson is making a strong case for #1 in 2016.
2016 SF Josh Jackson is making a strong case for #1 in 2016.
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Houston, TX (Future150) -- On the first full day of action at the 2014 Under Armour Invitational, there were several prospects who stood out as teams from East and West met each other for the first time. Here is who Future150 thought highly of throughout the day:

Tres Tinkle, 2015 SF, Earl Watson Elite: A pleasant surprise over the weekend was the 6-foot-7 forward from Montana. The son of new Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle, he is exacty what you would expect from a coach's son. He is a highly skilled prospect who has good bounce and plays with toughness. Utah, USC & Boston College have all offered already, and you can add Oregon State to that list as well. 

Ty-Shon Alexander, 2017 SG, Team Charlotte: The Northside Christian Academy (NC) 6-foot-3 wing had an outstanding weekend playing in the 17U division, helping to lead his team to the UA Invitational Championship. A cluch shooter and relentless penetrator, Alexander accepted the challenge of being a go-to scorer for his team in late game situations. Look for him to land in the updated class of 2017 national rankings when they release next week.

CJ Williamson, 2015 CG, Team Breakdown: Williamson is an intriguing prospect due to the fact that he can play anywhere from point guard to small forward. At 6-foot-6, he has great size and sees the floor exceptionally well. His ball handling ability is also impressive and he found a number of ways to put points on the board and keep his teammates involved throughout the weekend.

Josh Jackson, 2016 SG, One Nation: Jackson made his case for the top spot in 2016 this weekend, and it was a convincing one. He got to the rim at will, rebounded the ball well, and brought the ball up the floor. His blend of size and skill make him an absolute nightmare to guard and he has the mindset to take over games. Make no mistake, he is hot on Thon Maker’s trail.

Markis McDuffie, 2015 SF, Sports U: McDuffie is another player who has an intriguing blend of size and skill. At 6-foot-7 he has great size for the perimeter and possesses great court vision. He showed that he has an improving jumper from beyond the arc as well as his ability to slash to the basket. Once he improves his ball-handling a bit more, he will be an absolute nightmare to cover and his recruitment will take off.

Tyler Kohl, 2015 SG, We-R-1: One of the reasons that We-R-1 made such a deep run this past weekend was the strong play of Tyler Kohl. The shooting guard showcased why schools such as Minnesota and Xavier are hard after him, providing the scoring punch for his undermanned We-R-1 team.

Develle Phillips, 2015 PF, DC Premier: DC Premier fell to Team Charlotte in the 17U title game, but showed why so many have raved about him this spring. He is an athletic and active big man that plays at 100% at all times. He must be considered one of the better defensive big men in this class thanks to his aggressiveness and relentless nature of play.

Jayce Johnson, 2016 C, Earl Watson Elite: His team made it to the elite 8 this weekend and Johnson was a major reason why. He rebounded the ball well and showed a good amount of skill as a big man. He has good touch from ten feet and in and hit the occasional foul line jumper as well. With good hands and the ability to run the floor well, there is a lot of upside to his game.

Noah Blackwell, 2015 PG, Team Superstar: Blackwell has seen his recruitment begin to take off a bit and with the way he played this weekend, it’s easy to see why. He is a pass first point guard with fantastic speed and good ball-handling ability. He is a blur in the open floor and has great vision and can also score at the rim or from the perimeter.

Jordy Tshimanga, 2016 PF, NE Playaz: Tshimanga has been a well-kept secret in the Northeast over the past year but that has begun to change. The massive big man has soft hands and good touch around the rim, and is a solid defensive presence as well. He has improved greatly in a few short months and is one to keep an eye on.

Tevin Mack, 2016 SG, Carolina Wolves: Simply put, Tevin Mack is one of the most improved players that Future150 has seen over the past year. He has become more aggressive and few players can shoot it from deep like he does. When he is engaged, he is an absolute scoring machine, as he showed on Saturday afternoon. At 6-foot-6 he has great length for a perimeter player and could see his recruitment take a jump to the next level.

Jimmy Whitt, 2015 SG, KC Run GMC: Another breakout performer this season, Whitt showed why so many college coaches want to get him in their program. He is a talented combo-guard who takes care of the ball and can really shoot it from range. Combine that with a high basketball IQ and good ball-handling ability and you get a guard that will draw interest from schools all over the country.


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