The scoring machine that is Malik Newman continued to build his legacy over the weekend. While we were in Jackson to check out Omhar Carter’s Global Elite Camp, we stopped over at Callaway to watch Malik’s playoff game against Neshoba Central. Not only did he drop an effortless 38 points in to take his squad one game closer to yet another state title, but he topped it off with his nasty cuff dunk.
Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more Malik Newman videos over the next few weeks.
It has been an interesting year for Marvin Bagley III. After dominating the circuit as a middle schooler with the We All Can Go All-Stars, the 6-foot-10 freshman was recruited by every high school powerhouse in the country before deciding to stay at home for his high school days. Playing for Arizona power Corona del Sol, Bagley has lived up to the hype and more. He recently dropped 23 points and 12 rebounds in his squad’s playoff win, none more emphatic than the two-handed windmill that he threw down. Corona del Sol now stands 30-1 and is one game closer to an Arizona state title.
Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more coverage of Marvin Bagley throughout the spring.
From the first time that we saw Scottie Lewis, we knew that he was not just a special athlete. He was an exceptional athlete. Having now grown to 6-foot-5 before entering the high school ranks, his game has caught up to make him one of the truly elite players in the class of 2019.
Already possessing legit size for a young wing, Lewis is a simply elite finisher in transition. He can convert with either hand, has an incredibly soft touch, and can finish above just about anyone his age. The swingman is one of the better dunkers that we’ve seen at the middle school level, blending coordination with explosive leaping ability. He has shown range out to the three point line and is an explosive straight line driver that is awfully tough to stop attacking the rack. Scottie’s ball-handling will need to progress in order for him to reach his maximum potential, but the tools and raw talent are there for him to be one of the best in the class.
Running with Mario Chalmers’ Team Rio National on the AAU circuit, Lewis is certainly going to have target on his back this spring.
Derrick Jones took high school hoops by storm when he emerged on the national scene as a sophomore and as crazy as it sounds, has gotten more athletic ever since. The UNLV recruit gets head level with the rim effortlessly and has a flurry of 360 between the legs and behind the back dunks that have never been seen in the NBA Dunk Contest. A product of WE R1 on the AAU circuit, Jones routinely had jaw dropping dunks throughout the UA Association and at elite camps nationally. Tune in tonight on TNT at 9PM EST and then let the debate start.
As far as the class of 2016 is concerned, you won’t find many big men with the perimeter skill of Thon Maker and Omari Spellman. Both have range that extends to the three point line, both are above average passers, and both can take slower defenders off of the dribble. At the 20155 National Prep School Invitational, the two went head to head.
Maker, who many consider the top prospect in the class of 2016, did the bulk of his damage closer to the rim. He stepped out to hit a three and a few elbow jumpers, but made the most impact finishing at the rim. The Australian forward showed off his outstanding hands to catch and finish above the rim. Spellman, the go to guy for victorious MacDuffie, showed off his perimeter game. Despite being 285 pounds, Spellman was able to open up the lane for his perimeter guys by being a consistent threat to shoot it from beyond the arc. Even though he finished with 27 points, he proved to be an adept passer and was tough to guard going towards his right shoulder in the post. All in all, this was the type of matchup that you’d hope to see out of two big men with this level of talent.
Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more videos of both Thon and Omari.
Adrian Moore drew national attention as a middle schooler for his freakish athleticism and in game dunks as a seventh grader. Now a junior in high school, Moore has become an incredibly well rounded basketball player and is receiving no shortage of attention from college coaches.
“Adrian has offers from Wake Forest and Tulsa right now,” his father Dennis told CityLeagueHoops. “Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, and Wichita State are showing strong interest.”
Moore, who is averaging 17 points per game for North Little Rock HS, is showing the improvement that has sparked the interest from such elite programs. He has spent time at both guard spots and the added experience playing with the ball in his hands has certainly shown with his development as a playmaker. Moore is consistent shooting the ball from beyond the three point arc and has proven to be a deadly straight line slasher, especially going left. On the defensive end, Moore’s athleticism allows him to guard both backcourt positions at a high rate.
With attributes like this, it makes sense why schools are lining him up to get him on campus.
“We are going to visit Kansas this weekend,” explained his father. “We will also visit Baylor, Arkansas, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Tulsa, Oklahoma State.”
Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more updates on Adrian Moore.
Minnesota has an abundance of talent in the class of 2018. There is size, skill, and players with massive potential. There has been a ton of debate in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as to who the best player of the class is, but in our eyes, it’s Shae Mitchell.
We checked out the 6-foot-6 wing with Lakeville South against Pine Lake on Thursday night and he did not disappoint. Finishing with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks, he impacted the game much more than his stat line reflected. Unfortunately for Mitchell, his season ended on Thursday night. With his team up double digits late in the game, he went up for a dunk in transition and was simply pushed in mid-air. It was a classless play from a Pine Lake player that ultimately left Shae with a broken wrist, ending his promising freshman campaign.
Playing power forward on the defensive end and on the perimeter offensively, we were able to see the full arsenal that Mitchell had to offer. He showed off a silky smooth jumper from mid-range, was tough to stop as a straight line driver, and simply showed off a crisp game that you rarely see out of a freshman. The Minnesota Future Stars/We All Can Go All-Stars AAU product let the game come to him, not forcing any shots and always making the extra pass to the open man. He will need to continue to work on his foot speed on the defensive end, but the combination of size and skill that he brings to the table make him an elite prospect in the class of 2018.
Mitchell has already visited Indiana, but is also hearing from Nebraska, Stanford, Xavier, Drake, Minnesota, and Creighton. While he doesn’t have a D-1 offer yet, it will come very soon after he returns to the hardwood in May after recovering from his injury.
Ahmad Caver put on a show at the National Prep Showcase and continued his strong play at the National Prep School Invitational in Providence. The scoring point guard showed off his athleticism on two separate occasions at the NPSI, putting defenders on a poster each time with his explosive takes to the rack. At just 6-foot-1, he has incredibly deceptive speed and athleticism that throws defenders off. Signed with Old Dominion, Caver has the potential to be an impact player from the second that he steps foot on campus due to his combination of scoring ability and athleticism.
Darius Garland has been turning heads on the AAU circuit with the We All Can Go All-Stars alongside Marvin Bagley for a while now, but has finally reached the high school level, where he is doing the same at Brentwood Academy.
One of the best schools in Nashville, Brentwood was the home to recent NBA players David Harrison and Brandan Wright. The son of former NBA guard Winston Garland who was with the Warriors during the ‘Run TMC’ era, Darius has shown flashes of being the next elite prospect to come out of Brentwood. Possessing outstanding court vision, he has the ability to not only make the highlight play, but the right play as well. While the elder Garland wasn’t exactly known as an elite shooter, Darius has shown some serious range that extends beyond the arc himself. He has shown some creative finishes at the rim and while he still has a bit of work to do at the defensive end, that hasn’t stopped him from making a considerable impact for Brentwood Academy as a freshman.
While Garland’s recruitment is still in his infancy, that will change shortly. A number of schools have stopped by to check him out throughout the season, but by the time the spring AAU period finishes up, expect Darius to have his first D-1 offer.
Rosters for the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game have been announced. Blending skilled guards, lithe forwards, and intriguing big men, the class of 2015 has really begun to shape itself out. There were a few notable omissions due to eligibility issues by the game’s standard, but all in all, the 2015 game has a chance to be just as good as any that we’ve seen over the last few years.
Here are highlights of all 24 of the participants that we have filmed over their high school careers. If you click on the players’ names, you will see more videos of each player.