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Semi-Finals Take Center Stage At City of Palms
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (12:29 PM CT, Sun December 22, 2013)
Jahlil Okafor will give Duke a major presence inside
Jahlil Okafor will give Duke a major presence inside
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Ft. Myers, FL (Future150) -- The fourth day of The City of Palms Classic saw all sixteen teams in the tournament take the floor in either consolation games or in the semi-finals.  Regardless of the matchup and what was on the line, the competition level was high; here’s who stood out:

Ricky Doyle, 2014 PF, Bishop Verot: The big man showed flashes again, scoring around the rim, including a nice spin move. He isn’t overly quick but moves well and is a threat to hit shots from out to 15 feet.  As previously stated this week, it will take him some time to be ready for Big Ten play.

David Jean-Baptiste, 2016 SG, Norland: Jean-Baptiste led his team in scoring thanks to his ability to shoot the ball from deep. He has a good frame and size and can handle the ball a bit. It is hard to gauge his ceiling due to the fact that he defers to his senior teammates but he is one to keep an eye on.

John Ogwuche, 2016 SG, Greenforest Academy: He turned in a solid first half before ultimately being slowed down in the 2nd during their game vs Milton. On what is an incredibly young GFA squad, he has been the most consistent weapon. He also rebounds the ball well for a guard.  He has the potential to be a lethal scorer.

Chris Lewis, 2016 PF, Milton: He was all over the floor yet again  today scoring 18 points, blocking 4 shots, and grabbing 4 boards. He is also a decent passer for his size and had a couple of monster dunks in transition. The next step for him will be putting muscle on his rail thin frame, but he has the chance to be a monster.

Tyler Dorsey, 2015 CG, St. John Bosco: Dorsey is as gifted of a scorer as they come. He is quick off the bounce and has a decent stroke from the mid-range as well as from beyond the arc. The talented guard  poured in 26 on Saturday morning during a win over Denver East. He got to the line at will thanks to his size and speed. The next step will be for him to continue to develop his decision making abilities as a passer.

Dom Collier, 2014 PG, Denver East: Collier is a smooth point guard who can really shoot it from deep. After a somewhat quiet first half he went 4-for-7 from three en route to 23 points in the final two frames. He should give Colorado another go-to scorer and playmaker that they can lean on as the continue to build as a program moving forward.

Alex Owens, 2015 PF, Oak Ridge: Owens is a monster on the glass and finishes nearly everything around the rim. He has good hands and runs the floor well. Against an undersized Yates squad he was unstoppable; going for 23 points and 19 rebounds.  He might be the best rebounder in the class.

Antonio Blakeney, 2015 SG, Oak Ridge:  Blakeney is one of the better scorers in 2015, plain and simple. He can shoot it, and has great body control around the rim. His ability to score on all three levels makes him dangerous weapon.  He will be one of the more sought after shooting guards on the east coast.

Jacob Young, 2016 SG, Yates: The younger brother of Oregon guard Joe Young, it is clear that he has learned a thing or two from his older brother. The undersized combo guard can really shoot the ball and doesn’t lack confidence. At just 5-foot-10, 140 pounds it is clear that he will be a late bloomer. Small schools would be wise to take a flyer on him before he grows and it’s too late to get a foot in the door.

Lamarr Kimble, 2015 SG, Neumann-Goretti Kimble shot the ball well yet again, going 4-for-7 from the field.  He has a smooth release and gets good elevation on his shot.  For him to take the next step  in his game he needs to get stronger off the dribble. Make no mistake; he is one to keep an eye on.

Isaiah Whitehead, 2014 SG, Lincoln: Whitehead has long had a reputation as a big time scorer, but his play making abilities were on display against Neumann-Goretti. He is underrated as a passer and can create for his teammate. He also showed that he rebound the ball, pulling down 13 boards to go with his 22 points and 6 assists. He will be a difference maker for Seton Hall.

Jerron Love, 2015 PG, Wheeler: The Future150 Alum was in control of the offense the entire night, setting his teammates up in transition as well as scoring the ball himself. He used his speed and lateral quickness well and changed pace to get himself open. His shot has improved a lot in the past year and he is quickly becoming a handful to guard.

Josh Williams, 2015 SG, St. Vincent-St. Mary’s:  Williams had a hot shooting night and finished with 25 to lead his squad against Wheeler. He is an athletic wing prospect who can really score it. The next step for him is getting a mid-range jumper off the bounce and being able to score from all three levels.

Jayln Patterson, 2014 SG, Montverde: He hit timely shots and was the leading scorer  for Montverde in a close affair with Providence. He plays well within the offense and knows his role with this team. He is also an above average defender. He should be a nice fit for a resurgent LSU squad as someone who can defend and space the floor.

Christian Terrell, 2014 SG, Providence: Terrell had a decent all-around game, scoring 11, grabbing 8 boards, and getting 4 assists. The FGCU commit did what he could in his team’s upset bid of Montverde and he brings leadership to this team. He is the type of player that will help make sure that FGCU sustains their momentum from last year’s Cinderella run.

Jahlil Okafor, 2014 Center, Whitney Young: Okafor was the main reason that Whitney Young stayed close with Paul VI so long. The big man got good position in the post and finished everything around the rim. He has good footwork and is surprisingly mobile for someone his size.

Josh Reaves, 2015 SG, Paul VI: Reaves does a bit of everything and excels at putting up points. He can get to the rim and finishes through contact. He is an elite level defender that is an energy giver and is relentless in attacking the basket. The next step for him is being more consistent with his jump shot, once he does that he will be a bit time target for a lot of high-major programs.
 

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