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Big Shots Clemson: Saturday Recap
by Garrett Tucker, Future150 (10:09 AM CT, Wed April 24, 2013)
Big Shots Clemson Saturday recap.
Big Shots Clemson Saturday recap.
Garrett Tucker
Garrett Tucker:

Future150 Southeast Analyst. Covering high school basketball across the Southeast.

Clemson, SC (Future150) -- Clemson was one of the more popular places to be on Saturday in the Southeast for the opening live period weekend. With Big Shots' big event came ons of standouts and tons of college coaches from every level.

Here is a list of the players that stood out, ranging from the Carolinas to Texas...

Justice Green, 2015 SG, Alabama Challenge: If anyone had a coming out party this weekend, it was Justice Green. On a stacked Alabama Challenge 16U team, Green was drawing the most buzz from fans and coaches. He made plays all over the floor, whether it was finishing in the lane at the rim or shooting it from outside. He is a great athlete and is totally under-the-radar at this point. Expect to hear more about this guy heading into the summer.

Jalen Perry, 2015 SG, Kentucky Travelers: Perry was one of the more impressive athletes and prospects we saw this weekend. He excelled in transition and showcased his ability to get to the rim at will. The 6-foot-3 wing used his agility and quickness to get to the goal and get fouled. Right now he is a solid mid-major prospect, but if his shooting progresses, he could make the jump to a high-major caliber player.

Tommy Burton, 2015 CF, Alabama Challenge: Burton continues to prove he will be one of the better players in the state of Alabama for 2015, if not the country. He continues to get better game by game. This weekend, he showed the ability to play around the block, whether it was with his back to the basket or his face-up game. He is very crafty around the goal and can finish in a variety of ways. Already with an offer from UAB, don’t be surprised if he adds a couple of more in this early period.

Matt Rose, 2015 CF, Kentucky Travelers: The basketball always seemed to find Rose, as he constantly earned easy put-backs off rebounds and fought for loose balls. The Lexington native is what one would call a ‘ball magnet.’ He was also very fundamental with his game, including good handles from the wing and post.

Keyshawn Gibbs, 2015 SG, Atlanta Celtics: Gibbs was one of the best scorers to come out on Saturday, as he put up big numbers in his games. He scored the ball from all three levels, with most of his damage coming closer to the goal. He is another nice prospect to keep an eye on from the state of Georgia.

Christian Thieneman, 2015 PF, Kentucky Travelers: The best way to describe Thieneman is as a solid basketball player. He was very fundamental and skilled for a post man at 6-foot-7. He showed the ability to be patient in the post and execute several post moves. He also rebounded very well. Thieneman is a solid wide-bodied big man that will be a nice low to mid-major player in the future.

Jhealan Wesley, 2015 CG, Texas Runnin’ Rebels: Wesley was one of the best pure shooters in attendance for the event, and he showcased his sweet stroke early and often. The 5-foot-11 southpaw hit several three-pointers as he was off the ball for his team. In the future, he will need to continue to work on his point guard skills, as his size could be an issue at the next level.

Brady Schuck, 2015 PG, Team TMP: Schuck was as good as a true point guard as anyone on Saturday. He was very smooth with his game, whether it was handling pressure in the backcourt or finishing layups in the lane. He did great playing with contact and under pressure. Schuck showed he has great poise and composure, something that really impressed college coaches. He could be a nice sleeper for a low-major program in need of a point guard that can distribute the basketball.

D.J. Johnson, 2017 PF, Team TMP: Johnson was literally a man amongst boys this weekend, yet he still got the best of several older prospects. With his length at 6-foot-7, he spent most of the tournament blocking shots and grabbing tough rebounds. He is definitely a prospect to take note of as he enters high school at Timberland High in Charleston, South Carolina. He has all the tools to be a high-major shot-block in the future.

Oteriah Lee, 2014 PG, Tennessee Chosen Few: Lee was the sparkplug that ignited his squad, as he set the tone on the game from the tip. His gnat-like annoyance on defense troubled many opposing players, as he was in their jersey in the backcourt, where he got steals for easy buckets. Despite his size at 5-foot-11, he showed the ability to be crafty around the basket and finish with contact. If it wasn’t for Lee, the Chosen Few would have had a tough weekend. He was the difference maker.

Justin Simmons, 2014 SF, Tennessee Chosen Few: Simmons was a nice complement to Lee, as he scored the basketball most of the time. He showed the ability to score from all three levels at some point during the game, with most of his damage coming inside the paint. He finished with hard contact throughout the tournament, but with his great motor and toughness, he played on. He also showed some sneaky athleticism at 6-foot-5. Several NAIAs are expressing interest, but expect more Division II programs to begin showing interest.

Brandon Roddy, 2014 PG, Team United: Roddy was another nice point guard prospect in attendance for Clemson Big Shots. He is a very intriguing prospect with his size and length at 6-foot-1, as well as his agility and quickness. He faired very well in transition, whether it was finishing for himself or making plays for his teammates. He did a nice job opening things up for others, as he was in the lane driving and kicking to open shooters.

Joseph Lopez, 2014 PF, Gold Coast: Lopez was arguably the most skilled post player Future150 saw in Clemson, and he showed his fundamentals were second-to-none. He executed several post moves, as well as showing a face-up game from 15-feet out. At 6-foot-7, he was much quicker than opposing big men, so he took them off the dribble to the basket. Lopez also beat his man down the floor in transition, leading to easy baskets. American is the only school showing interest as of right now.

Matthew Woods, 2014 PG, Team Vision: Woods was another steady point guard that played very well on Saturday, including under pressure. He helped notch a big win for his Team Vision squad with a couple of game-icing free-throws down the stretch. He showed he was very clutch. He also handled the ball well and had a nice shooting stroke. He is very comparable to Michael Carter-Williams with his body and certain aspects of his game.

Elbert Robinson, 2014 C, LBA Dallas Seawolves: A no-brainer high-major prospect, Robinson was probably the best overall player in attendance at Clemson. At 6-foot-10 and 280-pounds, he is a force in the paint. He takes up tons of space with his wide body, and his shot-blocking ability causes problems for others. Surprisingly, he showed a nice touch around the rim and from the free-throw line. He will need to get in shape when he hits the next level, but he is definitely an elite prospect for now.

Phil Cofer, 2014 PF, Team Georgia Elite: Cofer was Robinson’s biggest competition as they matched up Saturday night, and the Atlanta native came out on top. He was very active on the glass, as he grabbed rebounds to begin transition. He also showed a nice face-up game from the mid-range, whether it was hitting some shots or taking his defender off the dribble. It’s easy to see why tons of schools are tracking him to this point.

Jordan Dingle, 2014 PG, SC Kings: Dingle showed an impressive overall skill-set as a point guard for his squad. He controlled the game very well and understood when to push the ball in transition, as well as when to slow things down in the halfcourt. He has outstanding point guard attributes, including his ball-handling and passing ability. He also has a nice body that will be ready for the next level.

Matthew Fisher-Davis, 2014 SG, Charlotte Nets: Fisher-Davis was another great shooter that came out hot on Saturday. He showcased a nice shooting touch, as he hit several three-pointers and mid-range shots. He has a great shot and can handle the ball for a shooting guard at 6-foot-5. He also has a high basketball IQ that he showed in transition to go along with his vision. He will need to add some strength and weight at the next level, but he will be a nice shooting guard for a low-major program.

Jarron Shivers, 2015 PF, Douglas Brothers Elite: Shivers isn’t necessarily the best prospect right now, but with time and maturity, he could mold into a very nice prospect in the future. A 6-foot-7 raw post man, Shivers still has room to grow basketball-wise and size-wise. He will add a few more inches, as well as more muscle and strength. He still has some baby fat on him for now. With patience, he could be a solid mid-major prospect.

Donta’ Hall, 2015 PF, Alabama Challenge: Hall showcased yet again that he could be another great shot-blocker to come out of the state of Alabama. He constantly affected shots for the opposition as he protected the rim for his squad. Hall also runs the floor well and can get some easy baskets. He has a shot to be a solid high-major player in the future. He resembles 2013 Alabama-commit Jimmie Taylor.


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