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2012 NATIONAL PREP SCHOOL INVITATIONAL — DAY THREE
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By Brian Bosworth, National Recruiting Analyst
With most college programs having games of their own on Saturday fewer coaches were on hand at Rhode Island College to take in the action but that didn’t stop the players from putting on a show. The best game of the day and arguably the weekend thus far was between New Hampton Prep and Canarias Basketball Academy. Canarias got out to a lead using their incredible size and strength but New Hampton came storming back to force overtime. New Hampton had lost stud sophomore Noah Vonleh to five fouls towards the end of regulation and it caught up with them in the extra session as Canarias prevailed 82-77. Despite coming up five points short on the scoreboard New Hampton had the top individual performance of the day from a somewhat unlikely source.
Top Performer of the Day:
Olivier Hanlon (New Hampton 2012) – committed to Boston College – Of the 10-12 times I’ve seen Hanlon play both with New Hampton and on the summer circuit with Albany City Rocks today clearly stands out as his best overall performance. The 6’2” physical point guard carried his team on his back for the entire 2nd half and overtime session by scoring and creating for others. Hanlon is at his best in screen and roll sets where he turns the corner aggressively and attacks the lane. In those situations he scored with the floater, got all the way to the rim, drew fouls on Canarias’ bigs, and found open teammates on the perimeter. New Hampton ran the same high ball screen seemingly every time down in the 2nd half and Canarias never found an answer for Hanlon’s fearlessness turning the corner. He also showed off his 3 point stroke as he played off the ball at times and knocked them down in catch and shoot situations. Just as impressive as his offense is Hanlon’s intensity and ball pressure on the defensive end. He never takes a possession off on that end and got multiple steals with his quick footwork and great hands. Boston College fans should look forward to a bulldog at the point guard for the next four years.
Be sure to check out our additional coverage from a great weekend of hoops at the 2012 National Prep School Invitational:
’12 NPSI – Day Four Report
’12 NPSI – Day Three Report
’12 NPSI – Day Two Report
’12 NPSI – Day One Report
Sleeper Performance of the Day:
Shaq Keith (REDA 2012) – Coming from Ontario and having this tournament as one of their only opportunities to impress US college coaches, REDA’s entire roster is by nature loaded with sleepers. None stood out more than 6’5” combo guard Shaq Keith. He has a long and lean frame which helped him create havoc defensively in REDA’s constant full court pressure style. Offensively Keith knocked down multiple long range shots and repeatedly worked his way into the paint to create for others. According to his head coach academic reasons make JUCO the only realistic option for Keith at this point but he does have some of the nation’s top JUCO programs pursuing him. Assuming that process goes well Shaq Keith is a name high major programs will want to remember in two years when they’re looking for guard help in the JUCO ranks.
Other Top Performances:
Kaleb Joseph (Cushing Academy 2014) – The 6’2” lengthy point guard rebounded from an up and down performance on Thursday to put on quite a show in Cushing victory Saturday. He admitted to me after the game that he was a little bit nervous on Thursday playing in front of major college coaches for one of the first times but had clearly put that behind him by the time he took the court Saturday. Joseph was in complete control of his team from the point guard spot and despite only being a sophomore is the unquestioned leader of the group. He was at his best in transition where his high athleticism shined as he pushed the ball hard towards the rim and always seemed to make the right pass to get a layup for a teammate. He was also a beast defensively blocking 3 or 4 shots on unsuspecting players who didn’t view a 6’2” point guard as a shot blocking threat. Joseph needs to do a better job of limiting turnovers but has big upside and is a definite high major point guard.
Dominic Woodson (Vermont Academy 2013) – Woodson is a frustrating player to watch because of his immaturity and general poor attitude on the court. He is still young so these things are correctable but will need to be corrected if he is to reach his massive potential. Talent is not a question with Woodson as the 6’10” 240 pound big man can do just about everything on the court. He bullies defenders on the block, can make shots to the 3 point line, is a gifted passer from the post, can rebound at a high level when he gives effort, and can take guys off the dribble. If Woodson can figure out the mental aspects of the game he has the chance to jump from being a top 50 player in 2013 to around the top 15 range.
Darrick Wood (Bridgton Academy 2012) – After struggling on Friday night the super bouncy scoring guard rebounded Saturday and gave the crowd a chance to see what he is capable of bringing at the next level. Wood is most dangerous in a up-tempo setting where his athleticism shines and he can fill lanes and try to rip the rim off. He is still effective in the half court because while his jumper is streaky Wood has the ability to make a bunch in a row and fill the scoreboard in a hurry. With the game in the balance Saturday Wood calmly buried an 18 foot corner jumper to give his team a 3 point lead with 12 seconds remaining. More than just willing, Wood truly wanted that big shot and told me just that after the game. It’s that scorer’s mindset that will help make him successful at the next level at whichever high major program lands his services.
Myles Davis (Notre Dame Prep 2012) – committed to Xavier – Davis has long been known as an elite shooter and certainly fits that bill as he may be the premier long range sniper in the 2012 class. In my opinion, however, the rest of his game is often overlooked because he is labeled as “just a shooter” when that is far from the truth. Davis is great using screens to turn the corner and get in the lane where he uses his physical body to draw contact. Defensively he draws more charges than just about any major scorer you’ll ever see always willing to give himself up for the good of the team. His basketball IQ is fantastic as he always seems to make the smart play on offense and truly understands team and help defense on the other end. Davis is going to make a living busting zones at Xavier but Musketeer fans are going to learn to love him for a lot more reasons than that.
Shane Hammink (Canarias Basketball Academy 2012) – Hammink nearly made his way into my recap with his strong play on Friday and after another standout performance Saturday left me no choice but to include him. The 6’5” lefty combo guard does his best work getting in the lane and facilitating for others in either screen or roll sets or by breaking his man down off the dribble. He is strong enough to finish through contact at the rim and also showed off a solid stroke from the 3 point line. A relative unknown in the states, Hammink looks the part of a high major guard who can help out at both back court spots.
Kachi Nzerem (Marianapolis Prep 2012) – Nzerem is a tough, physical wing who scored the ball for his team in a variety of ways. He started by making jumpers and while his shot is a little bit flat it was effective for him Saturday. His best work came from roaming the baseline and either driving to the rim himself or grabbing offensive rebounds and getting buckets that way. His motor and intensity never wavered and almost helped his team upset a far stronger St John’s Northwest Military Academy group. Low majors in the Northeast should be coming at Nzerem hard before he plays his way out of their reach.
National Prep School Invitational Free Throws:
Andrew Chrabascz had another great day Saturday picking up an offer from Iona to go along with the list I reported in my Thursday recap… REDA’s Patrick Audu is a Siena commit who will bring the Saints deadly long range shooting… Malik Nichols had another strong day as a physical wing that can score inside and out while defending anywhere from the 2 to the 4… Ethan O’Day is going to bring strong post scoring to Vermont. He does his damage with outstanding footwork which allows him to make complicated moves without having to think or worry about traveling… Steve Adams didn’t put on quite the show he had the last few days for Notre Dame Prep but only because his guards all had mismatches and the score got out of hand quickly… Adams’ Prep teammate Matt Atewe impressed today as the 6’8” big man runs the floor hard, rebounds the ball, and finishes at the rim. The 2013 prospect will become a high major target over the next year… Noah Vonleh wasn’t as dominant in this tournament as he had been at the Prep Showcase in New Haven but still flashed the tools that make him an unquestioned top 10 player in 2014.
Kaleb Joseph (Cushing Academy 2014) – Joseph is still very new to the recruiting process and frankly hasn’t even thought about it much at this point. He is focused on basketball and will deal with his college choice down the road. He does already hold offers from Providence, Boston College, Maryland, TCU and Tennessee along with interest from Connecticut and Wake Forest. Providence, Maryland, and Boston College were on hand to watch him Saturday.
Jamel Artis (Vermont Academy 2013) – Artis has yet to be offered by any of his major suitors which include Providence, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Miami, and Florida. The fact that he chose not to mention mid major suitors who have offered suggests that Artis views himself as a high major player and will wait for those offers to commit. He doesn’t have any visits officially planned but expects to take trips to both Providence and Pittsburgh with any others not yet decided. He isn’t sure whether he will play AAU with Baltimore Elite in the summer or take the time to train individually and that decision will effect Artis’ commitment date. If he plays summer ball he expects to commit sometime in mid-July. If he goes the personal training route a commitment isn’t forthcoming unto next January.
Dominic Woodson (Vermont Academy 2013) – The enigmatic big man is a high major priority given his immense physicality and skill. He holds countless offers from the highest levels but chose only to mention UConn, Louisville, Baylor, and Oklahoma as those most involved.
Darrick Wood (Bridgton Academy 2012) – The former St. John’s commit decommitted about a month ago citing that he just wanted to take more time to make the best decision for him and his family. Steve Lavin’s health was a non factor in the decision according to Wood. As it stands Wood still cites St. John’s as the leader in his recruitment but is also mulling offers from Connecticut, Washington, Texas, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Maryland, Georgetown, and Providence. He plans to visit Washington, Texas, and Maryland after the high school season and said that aside from St John’s no one is standing out to him at this point.
Shane Hammink (Canarias Basketball Academy 2012) – Originally from Louisiana where his dad played college basketball at LSU, Hammink has been playing overseas with CBA. He currently holds offers from LSU, Miami, Northeastern, and Iowa. Coaches from LSU, Miami, and Northeastern have all been on hand this week to watch Hammink.
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