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May 7, 2012
As always, the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam aka Spiece showcased a sizable amount of the top talent in the Midwest. Rivals.com came away from the weekend with some strong impressions.
Young's stock continues to rise
Not that he needed to validate things, but James Young made another loud statement on the floor in Ft. Wayne over the weekend.
Ranked No. 9 in the class of 2013, the Troy (Mich.) High wing was an unstoppable force on the offensive end for The Family out of Detroit. He stepped out and swished threes with confidence, took the ball to the cup in transition, used screens to free himself and basically did a little bit of everything.
His scoring exploits are getting him plenty of attention, but people need to be careful not to sleep on his basketball savvy and overall feel for playing the game and making decisions. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard is oozing confidence right now and has been playing at the level of a guy trying to force his way even further up the rankings.
Davis is a point guard
In the past, six-footer Kyle Davis has been given the tag of undersized shooting guard. That needs to go ahead and stop because the Chicago (Ill.) Morgan Park junior is a point guard now and will be one on the next level.
Perhaps it's because of his ability to score explosively and extreme athleticism that people have called him a shooting guard. Make no mistake, he can slide over to the two and play off the ball if that's what's necessary. However, his speed and playmaking ability make him perfect for the point and his ability to score is an added bonus.
Davis currently sits outside of the 2013 Rivals150 but it's going to be tough to keep him out when rankings are next updated. Actually, look for him to challenge for four-star status when it's all said and done.
Louisville Magic 16's are a fun group
Even though they were without their biggest headliner -- No. 16 in 2014 D'Angelo Russell -- the Louisville Magic still had more than enough talent to do some major damage in the 16-and-under bracket.
Leading the way for the Magic was Louisville commitment Quentin Snider. Versatile and talented, the six-foot four-star point guard did whatever was asked and needed to do. When he needed to score at the rim, he scored at the rim. When he needed to make jumpers, he did that. When he just needed to control the ball and get his talented teammates involved, that wasn't a problem either.
Athletic combo forward Lamontray Harris, who played with a high level of energy, also impressed at times for the Magic. Brandon Hatton was a designated shot-maker from deep who played with toughness while athletic wings Jordan Green and Trey Grundy made plays in transition and attacking the rim.
Greer one to keep an eye on in 2013
There will be several more opportunities to watch Chicago (Ill.) Orr sophomore Tyquone Greer to confirm this, but all the information we have leads us to believe that he's a no-brainer as a four-star prospect.
The 6-foot-5 small forward is a big-time athlete with a big-time penchant for getting to the rim and he's got significant upside. He can handle the ball pretty well, shows excellent instincts on the defensive end and his shot looks to be in pretty good shape.
Okafor's game at new level
Already ranked No. 3 overall in the class of 2014, there isn't exactly a lot of room for Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young center Jahlil Okafor to move up in the rankings.
However, that doesn't mean that there's not room for the 6-foot-10 sophomore to get a lot better. That's exactly what he's been doing.
Always known as a skilled, back-to-the-basket scorer on the low block, Okafor can still do that. Now, he's expanded his game and can face up and attack from the high post thanks to excellent hands, nimble feet and a surprisingly tight handle. The best thing about him, though, is that he is extremely efficient and plays with an unreal amount of patience and feel for a guy that just turned 16 years old.
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