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Spiece Run n Slam Standouts

Posted on 06. May, 2010 by Rodger Bohn in High School, Tournaments

 

The annual Bill Hensley Memorial Classic kicked off this past weekend at the Spiece Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne, IN. The competition was fierce, the talent was abundant, and the event was run extremely well, as always.
 

Home state Indiana Elite took the crown in the 17-U bracket, while gritty Martin Bros. Select won the 16-U Champsionship. For the youngsters, All-Ohio Red was tops in the 15-U division.

 

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Here’s a look at some of the top performers we saw:

Anthony Davis, 6’10, PF, Mean Streets 17U, 2011- There was no player who has risen more in the spring AAU circuit than Davis. Going from virtually unknown on the national level, it appears that he will be ranked amongst the top 25 by virtually every major recruiting service when the next set of rankings come out, and for good reason. Having grown 5 inches in the past year, he still has the mobility of a wing player with the size of an elite big. Despite his John Henson-esque body, he is tough enough to mix it up in the paint and have a major presence on the defensive end. The Chicago native is a bit of a jack of all trades offensively, handling the ball in the open floor, making great passes out of a double team, and hitting turnaround jumpers out of the post. It’s clear that he’s most comfortable as a pick and pop player due to his perimeter skills at this point, though. Word is that Davis has received over 20 offers based on second hand information from his play this weekend. Check out the highlights, created by Ty Kish of City League Hoops.

 

 

Wayne Blackshear, 6’5, SG, Mac Irvin Fire 17U, 2011

Before going down with an ankle injury, Blackshear was having an outstanding tournament. Known as a guy who doesn’t always bring it, he was definitely on point at Spiece. Not sure if there was a better one on one player there, given his advanced skill set and variety of score in every imaginable way for a shooting guard. Hopefully the ankle injury wasn’t too serious, because the Louisville commit looked like he was going to be shooting up the recruiting rankings before he went down.

 

J.P. Tokoto, 6’6, SG/SF, Wisconsin Playground Warriors 16U, 2012

As far as 16’s were concerned, Tokoto was easily the best. Having not seen him since the AAU season last year, I was impressed with how much he’d grown and how much more explosive he’d become. J.P. simply did whatever he wanted on the court, whether it be slashing to the rim, knocking down open jumpers, making great passes, or playing killer defense. If he continues his play like this throughout the rest of the spring/summer, he’ll be making a legit case for best wing in 2012.
 

BJ Young, 6’4, SG, St. Louis Gameface 17U, 2011

Aside from Davis, young made more of a splash than anyone at Spiece. The wiry slasher dropped 42 points on Tony Wroten and Co., en route to leading his team to the championship game of the 17U bracket. Young proved to be a pure scorer, getting at you from mid-range, finishing with acrobatic takes to the rim, and hitting the 3 when left open. Definitely a high major guy that slipped under the radar a bit, but academic issues may deter him to the prep school route for next year.
Wayne Blackshear, 6’5, SG, Mac Irvin Fire 17U, 2011- Before going down with an ankle injury, Blackshear was having an outstanding tournament. Known as a guy who doesn’t always bring it, he was definitely on point at Spiece. Not sure if there was a better one on one player there, given his advanced skill set and variety of score in every imaginable way for a shooting guard. Hopefully the ankle injury wasn’t too serious, because the Louisville commit looked like he was going to be shooting up the recruiting rankings before he went down.
 

Tony Wroten, 6’5, PG, Seattle Rotary 17U, 2011

Coming off of a terrible knee injury that forced him to miss his entire junior year, it was our first chance to get a glimpse at Wroten since last season. The explosiveness definitely isn’t quite there yet, but the skill set definitely is. Wroten did an outstanding job running the pick and roll and his ridiculous court vision was on center stage. He was consistent shooting the ball and getting to the basket, but lacked the explosiveness to finish above shot-blockers that he once had before. Tony was also incredibly left hand dominant, but still appears to be a top-10 guy in this class at this point.
 

Shaheed Davis, 6’8, PF, Ohio Basketball Club 16U, 2012

Davis is a guy who has really made a splash on the AAU circuit, going from a virtual unknown outside of Ohio to getting the best of a number of top 50 big men. Davis was dominant against the duo of Obij Ajet and Hanner Perea, changing the game defensively with his athleticism and getting buckets inside with his quick leaping ability. Shaheed showed off his perimeter game a number of times too, handling the ball in the open floor and knocking down a couple jumpers. Still very rough around the edges, Davis is definitely a guy who could develop into a HM kid down the road.
 

Devauntes Smith-Rivera, 6’2, SG, Indiana Elite 16U, 2012

There wasn’t a better pure scorer on the 16U level than Smith-Rivera. The stocky combo guard got to the cup going both left and right, drilled a number of deep jumpers, and made some crafty euro-steps around defenders maneuvering to the basket. Many feel that Smith-Rivera may have peaked early, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a guy who is going to immediately put points on the board at the next level.
 

Cody Zeller, 6’10, PF/C, Indiana Elite, 17U, 2011

Zeller has really come a long ways over the last year, emerging as a solid go to guy in the post offensively. While he’s still not the strongest guy on the planet, he has put on weight and is able to hold his own on the low blocks. Zeller is not quite the pick and pop threat that his older brothers were at the same stage, but is making strides to hit that status.
 

Adam Woodbury, 7’0, C, Martin Bros. Select, 16U, 2012

Woodbury was a surprise for me, having never seen this 7-footer before and seeing how productive he was. Although he’s quite mechanical, he got the best of the more heralded 6’11 Willie Cauley in their head to head matchup. Adam is a good rebounder, fights for position, and can consistently drill a left handed hook shot. Woodbury does not run the floor very well at this point, but would be a nice fit at a MM+ to HM program with a slower tempo offense.
 

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