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Player Evaluations 2021 Edition: Part 1

Recruit Look Hoops Crossover Culture Showcase events have featured some of the top talent throughout the Midwest and Nationally. Here are evaluations for some of the top prospects and a few that should be more household names in recruiting circles soon. 

Miles Rubin, F, 2023 Meanstreets 16U (Homewood Flossmoor, IL)

Strengths: Rubin has no wasted movement and has a steady demeanor. He can flash to the mid-post and score with a smooth jump shot. At 6-7 he has a soft touch around the rim while finishing with both hands. A back to the basket patient post player he doesn’t get sped up and has patient post moves. He knows the mismatch in high ball screen situations and seals quickly. Defensively he has really good anticipation as a shot blocker. A very high ceiling that will only get better with age. 

Weaknesses: He has a tendency to watch a little on offense instead of reposting if he isn’t passed the ball. He is young but lacks a little toughness and will need to get stronger with age. A good rebounder and out of his area rebounder. When he does he will finish with more contact and rebound better than he does already. Can play a little harder and learn to be more of a “dog” as a player. 

NJ Benson, F/C, 2022, SW Illinois Jets-Burton (Mount Vernon, IL)

Strengths: Benson has been one of the most intriguing players we’ve seen this spring. He cleans up on the glass and is an elite rebounder, if he gets a hand on the ball he is coming down with the rebound. He has a long wingspan for 6-8 and extremely strong hands. He can not just finish with contact but can dunk with contact. Showed some face-up game but is effective in traffic and transition. He catches everything, even lower passes from guards. He is a good spot up shooter from 3-point area. Has developed his game from last time we saw him to now put the ball on the deck with dribble-drive combo moves. His defensive anticipation and execution is elite — ability to block shots, hedge screeners & recover with good footwork, and has the lateral quickness to guard on the perimeter against wings and stretch-4 types. He’s been averaging 15+ppg and 8+rpg in the couple of events we’ve seen him at.

Weaknesses: He is still learning the game and what to do in certain situations. Although he is a great rebounder he doesn’t rebound out of his area that well right now. Not a long uber athlete but he doesn’t need to be. He needs to learn to keep the ball high on post touches, he does it when rebounding. Benson looks as though he is still growing and has some slimming down or baby fat on his body. He can get caught in a switch and doesn’t know what to do when he is. 

Mitchell Rylee, F, 2022, Midwest Basketball Club (Covington Catholic, KY): 

Rylee is just solid, not flashy, plays hard, has a high IQ and is a worker offensively. A ture post and a bit of an undersized post at 6-7. He’s not quick but makes up for it with his smart/crafty play inside, and he uses his body extremely well to get angles for interior buckets. He can use his shoulders to create space in the post and is a strong finisher with contact. He just gets fouled often which as a good free throw shooter is a bonus. Runs the floor well and is a smart player. Not afraid to mix it up physically. Extremely efficient around the basket and makes winning plays. Defensively he knows how to play the man and the ball. 

Weaknesses: He isn’t an outside threat at all or at least he didn’t show he can be. He struggles defensively with some length and size. Same can be said for the offensive end. He isn’t the most vertical player which can cause problems if he doesn’t create good spacing. Doesn’t handle it and can be quick to get rid of the ball in the post, needs to be a little more patient. 

D’Monyae Davis, G, 2021, Mudiay Elite 17U (Young Men’s Leadership Academy; Fort Worth, TX)

Strengths: A long, bouncy left handed guard that has some quick twitch athleticism. He plays hard virtually every possession. He doesn’t make splash plays and try to do too much on either end of the floor which is fine. A good passer in transition he is more of a combo guard than a true point guard. Davis has a fluidity about his game and likes to compete particularly on the defensive end of the floor. He is an efficient scorer that showed some ability to catch and shoot from behind the 3-point line as well as a mid-range jump shot. He’s got speed for days when he’s in the open court pushing the tempo.

Weaknesses: Not the biggest frame but he makes up for that with his athleticism and effort. He doesn’t have the tightest handle which for me makes him more of a combo guard.

Sam Lewis, G, 2023, Meanstreets 16U (Oak Park River, IL)

Strengths: Lewis has an excellent mid-range jump shot, something that you don’t see every day. At 6-5 he has great length and can elevate over wing defenders. Good enough 3-point shooter that can score easily in transition and knows how to use his body to avoid contact at the rim. Handles it well for his age and size. A true wing that is an efficient scorer. He isn’t fully developed physically. 

Weaknesses: For as talented as he is he leaves you wanting a little more. Defensively he can get a little lost and offensively he disappears at times. Needs to use his length defensively to create more turnovers and deflections. Offensively doesn’t seem to attack the basket if that is what you look for in a wing. 

Ola Ajiboye, F, 2022, Team RWA (Evanston, IL)

Strengths: Defensively he is a problem for opposing offenses. He closes out really well for his size at 6-8 and can recover well if a quicker guard gets past him. He is an elite shot blocker and is longer than tall with quickness to get off the ground and is a good rebounder. Offensively scores mostly on put-backs and in transition. He has a strong handle for mainly a post player particularly in transition. He looks as though he isn’t done growing and he definitely should add good weight in a collegiate program. 

Weaknesses: He doesn’t play hard enough, more particularly in close game situations. He looks for the highlight play rather than the easy play at times. He is a project offensively and at this point is more of a defensive player. He can settle too much on both ends of the floor. 

Amar Aguillard, G/F, 2021, Young & Reckless (Zion-Benton, IL)

Aguillard is an explosive player. He can easily catch, gather and dunk with two feet. At 6-5 he battles in the paint and is extremely strong, a natural crash-the-boards player. In four games, he averaged 10.5 rebounds per game. College ready body and build that plays hard and isn’t scared to challenge you on both ends. He just knows how to play the game. It isn’t necessarily a high IQ but more of a great feel for the game. Defensively he has really quick, strong hands and good length to create defelections. His teammates want to play with him. 

Weaknesses: Not a great shooter, particularly from range but he is serviceable. More of a straight line driver, not a ton he does on both ends of the floor that is lateral. Good not great handle and has a tendency to take some plays off which can be fine because he plays so hard. Can gamble for steals defensively. 

MIke Sharavjamts, F, 2022, Midwest Basketball Club (Mongolia)

At 6-8 he is a significant deep threat and can really shoot from distance. It feels like he is still learning the game and is more of a guard. His ability to pass is special. A skilled passer, he can start the break with a length of the floor pass for a layup and connects on difficult window passes. His length certainly helps him defensively as he can recover and get into passing lanes quickly. He likes to run and push the pace. 

Weaknesses: For as good of a passer as he is he doesn’t have a great handle. He is a below average man-to-man defender on the wing. He needs to rebound better for a player with his length. Not a great shot blocker and doesn’t anticipate at a high level. Showed no post move or mid-range game which for as good of a shooter as he is can be a concern. Needs to add strength to his long frame. 

Xavier Amos, F, 2022, Team Rose 17U (Link Year Prep)

Strengths: Amos isn’t the most explosive player but he is a worker on the glass. A thicker framed forward he gets most of his baskets with good timing on put-backs. He is capable of facing up in the mid-post and taking his defender off the dribble. Amos did show an ability to score from the mid-post on jump shots. 

Weaknesses: He didn’t show a true post move offensively and has a tendency to foul in the post defensively. He isn’t overly vertical and I wouldn’t say he is a rim protector defensively. Not overly quick with his moves to the basket offensively. He’s at a good prep school that will maximize his abilities.

Sam Somerholder, F, 2022, Team KC-Pip 17U (St. James Academy; Lenexa, KS)

Strengths: Somerholder is a slasher, scorer at 6-7 he is a true wing. A fundamental player that does virtually everything well. An athletic wing that can rise up and shoot over defenders. He can score in bunches and rebounds really well. Not afraid to go get rebounds and be physical in the post. At the next level he is likely a hybrid-4 and will be a tough matchup for true post players. A high motor player that fights for the 50/50 balls and gives his body up for the betterment of the team. His game seems to continuously get better and elevated when the competition and moments are turned up. He’s putting up good numbers this spring while facing the opposing team’s best defenders.

Weaknesses: He isn’t exceptional at one thing and isn’t a super long player. Can get caught on switches with quicker guards which can be a problem defensively. Has a tendency to be a straight line driver and not overly lateral. Would like to see him defend the post better and anticipate more as a shot blocker. 

Kel’el Ware, C, 2022, All Arkansa Red (North Little Rock, AR): A true seven-footer, Ware’s skillset was the most intriguing of the prospects in Omaha. 

Strengths: Ware’s shot blocking ability is evident. If he isn’t blocking shots he is altering them. His offensive skill level is extremely high. He has an uncanny ability to stretch the floor beyond the 3-point line while shooting over defenders. When he misses from range it isn’t by much. His handle for his height is rare. He showed a jab-step to a one dribble step-back three. 

A soft touch, his face-up game in the mid-post is excellent. His passing ability out of a double-team might just be his best attribute. He has no wasted movement on his post moves which allows him to get the ball up quickly and can finish with plenty of contact. He keeps the ball high when rebounding and out of the way of quicker guards that pinch down in the post. When he is running to the rim with his smooth gait his soft hands allow him to catch in traffic and finish with ease. 

Weaknesses: He doesn’t play hard all of the time. He leaves you wanting more. He should dominate games more than he does. Ware isn’t what you would call a rim-runner. Defensively he can help more or clean up around the rim with his shot blocking ability. 

He is a long way from being a finished product which is what makes him a high level prospect. His future is bright but he needs to learn to help defensively and give maximum effort. He could be more physical and demand the ball in key situations. 

Josh Dix, G, 2022, OSA Crusaders 3SSB 17U (Abraham Lincoln, Council Bluffs, Ia): Dix is a prototypical shooting guard. 

Strengths: He can score and score in bunches. He is strong enough to finish at the rim with contact and has athleticism to go past defenders. Dix has a bit of surprising athleticism, he can get up and finish just when you expect him to lay it in he will get up and flush with two hands. 

If he gets to his spot on the elbow, he’s going to convert at a high clip. He has a very high basketball IQ and knowledge of the game. A cerebral player that is a quiet killer. He picks his spots to be aggressive and has a smoothness about him. Defensively he uses his knowledge to be in the right position. You can tell he has been coached at a high level. 

Weaknesses: Although it goes in regularly, he could be a tick more consistent with his 3-point shot. He lacks the prototypical length defensively but he can make up for it in his strength and quick hands. 

A good rebounder for his position Dix can push the ball with an easy pace. Sometimes he can get sped up which results in turnovers or runouts the other way. 

Baye Fall, C, 2023, Colorado Hawks (Lutheran-Parker, CO): There wasn’t a player that could match his natural athleticism. At 6-foot-11, Fall is everything athletically that high-major coaches are looking for. 

Strengths: He has what is called quick bounce. His second jump off the floor is quicker than most opponents first which makes him an excellent shot blocker and rebounder. He is extremely long and when he wants to he can rim run with ease. 

He has a quick face up game. In what seemed like one motion he faced the basket, got his defender off balance with a jab step and took one dribble to finish at the rim. He can rely on his extreme athleticism on both ends of the floor. 

Weaknesses: Would like his maturity to be better. He does too many extra things in games. For example, if a call doesn’t go his way he lets it affect him for multiple possessions. His defensive awareness is a concern at times — can be coached up on this.

Offensively he didn’t show a consistent back-to-the-basket post move and didn’t move without the ball enough. He expected his teammates to just feed him the ball so he could go one-on-one too often. 

Kristian Davis, G, 2022, Team GoL1ve (O’Fallon Christian, MO): His shot making ability is extremely high. 

Strengths: At 6-2 he is longer than tall. Offensively you want the ball in his hands. In a high ball screen he can be lethal taking his defender off the dribble with his high level quickness. He has a great first step which allows him to create space for a pull-up shot or get to the rim. He makes splash plays offensively that look effortless. 

His offensive game is modeled from the likes of James Harden. If he is isolated on a defender the shot is going up and likely going in. A plus passer, his court vision and ability to anticipate where his teammates will be and connect difficult passes is rare. His ability to handle the ball is rare, specifically for someone his size. 

Weaknesses: As good as he is in one-on-one situations offensively he needs some work defensively. He has a tendency to get lazy on the defensive end likely because he expends so much energy offensively. Davis isn’t the most athletic guard, he lacks some explosiveness but can make up for it with his quickness. 

He gets lost at times and doesn’t see the ball and his man which can be coached out of him. 

Jackson Holcombe, G/F, 2021, Salt Lake Rebels Gray 17U (Timpanogos, UT): A true wing player that does a little bit of everything well. 

Strengths: Three-level scorer is the trendy word used to describe a players offensive ability. It isn’t hyperbole with Holcombe, he is a true face up three-level scorer. He can elevate over defenders from distance and mid-range and is a strong finisher at the rim. Great transition player that can score in the open floor and has a good feel for the game.

At 6-6 he is a pure wing that can handle in traffic, push the ball on a break and has a smoothness about his offensive skill set. A terrific passer for his size, he sees the floor well and seems to always make the right decision. 

His effort and energy are tremendous, you don’t question if he will play with an edge and hard every possession. 

Weaknesses: Could be a bit undersized as a post. His handle isn’t tight enough to be a true shooting guard so it would have to be the right fit collegiately. A school will need a solid plan on how to use his skill set. The age old question of who does he guard will need to be figured out. 

He can get sped up pretty quickly offensively which can cause him to turn it over. If he plays under control there isn’t much of a worry. He doesn’t necessarily have a back to the basket move in the post which makes him a face up player. 

Cole Glasgow, G, 2022, All Iowa Attack (Dallas Center-Grimes, IA): More of a combo guard because he can play both the point and off guard positions. 

Strengths: Glasgow is an effective shooter from both inside and out. He shoots for a high percentage from distance and has enough athleticism to get past defenders. A handle that is good and a good passer. He can push the pace at the right time and slow down when needed. 

A good rebounder for his size (6-2) and gets off the floor quick enough. A high IQ player that showed some significant leadership qualities. You don’t need to tell him to play hard, that is just his DNA. 

Weaknesses: He doesn’t have the quick twitch muscles and length that most higher level schools look for. He can get caught in the wash and not fight through screens on the defensive end. 

A pure shooter he is but he struggled at times to get by quicker and longer defenders when trying to take them off the dribble. He rebounds well but you want to see him rebound a little better specifically for his leaping ability. 

Josiah Dotzler, G, 2023, OSA Crusaders 3SSB 16U (Bellevue West, NE): Dotzler is impressive in every phase. 

Strengths: The pace at which he played was unmatched. He seemed to be two or sometimes three steps faster than anyone else on the court. A controlled fast pace he didn’t speed up offensively but he sped up the man he was guarding defensively. 

He is great in transition and can score with ease. Dotzler is just about as fundamental as it gets. He can pass, dribble, shoot, rebound well for his size and is strong enough to defend bigger guards. He showed toughness multiple times. On one occasion he took an elbow to the chin and came right back in the game. He isn’t scared to do the dirty work of diving for loose balls and mixing it up under the basket. 

Weaknesses: He can get caught trying to force things at times when he has scored a few baskets in row or in clutch situations. Needs to improve his court vision or trust in his teammates. 

He plays fast but doesn’t have natural quickness defensively. Not a natural athlete or doesn’t have natural leaping ability. He gets caught playing cheating or leaning forward with his chest which gets him off balance defensively. 

Quise Davis, PG, 2022, Colorado Hawks (Denver East): The most quick twitchy and explosive guard in the event. 

Strengths: Davis is listed at 6-1, he’s probably more like 5-11. His size doesn’t matter. He is a strong point guard that can really push the ball with his quickness and athleticism. His ability to elevate and finish with dunks at the rim is rare. He gets up quickly and seems like he just keeps elevating when he jumps. 

He has great body control and can anticipate taller defenders in the paint. Showed a two-foot jump stop in the lane and finish. He has some dog in him and plays with a chip on his shoulder. Love his effort and energy on both ends of the floor. Doesn’t like losing. 

Weaknesses: His aggressiveness can cause him to gamble for steals at times. The obvious weakness is his size. Will that hinder him from being a higher level prospect because he isn’t long specifically defensively. 

He can get out of control and try to do too much at times. Needs to manage a game with a little slower pace. Didn’t see him shoot from distance a lot so that is a bit of a question. 

Jordan Brown, G, 2022, Team YOBO 17U (Basehor-Linwood, KS): The best word to describe Brown is scorer. His talent offensively is absolutely there. 

Strengths: Brown has a unique ability to create space and get his shot up. If he can get to the paint it’s likely two points. Brown is an attacker of the basket. He can make acrobatic plays around the rim and can finish well with his right and left hand. He doesn’t force shots and can find his teammates if the defense collapses. 

He has great range and can hit deep shots. A quick first step allows him to get to the basket consistently. 

Weaknesses: Not the best leaper or quick bounce. He gets the job done while not being overly explosive. Can drag his feet on both ends which slows him down. 

Want to see him use his length in the post to block shots or get rebounds out of his area. 

David Harmon, G, OSA Crusaders 17U National Beck (Millard North, NE): Harmon was a surprise. Not sure how he is playing on a lower-level team. He is a player that should be recruited, maybe not at higher levels but he can play college basketball. 

Strengths: He is good in transition. He likes to push the pace and can score in a free flowing offense. At 6-2 he is longer than tall. Showed deep range and can really pass. He even made some flashy passes that looked like a gamble but they connected. 

Showed deep range and a smooth shot. It’s not a slow shot but it’s smooth. If a team plays an up and down pace Harmon would be a good fit. Length defensively helps and he showed some toughness when switched on defenders in the post. 

Weaknesses: Not an above the rim player and doesn’t have explosiveness. He can over-extend himself on the defensive end and gamble for steals too much. 

Some of the passes he tries likely won’t work at the next level. Didn’t show a mid-range game but did finish in transition. 

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August 2nd, 2019

RecruitLook Hoops will once again host the Larry Hughes Elite Camp on August 10-11, 2019 in St. Louis. This is an invite-only camp that will bring in some of the top high school basketball recruits from across the country. The two-day event will feature a mixture of 60 national recruits in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 recruiting classes – all getting the chance to learn from NBA-veteran and skills trainers.

NBA veteran, Larry Hughes, along with state-champion high school coach, Justin Tatum, will be the lead instructors for the Camp that will take place at Hughes’ brand-new facility.

Hughes has an impressive resume having played thirteen seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in the NBA. He was drafted by the 76ers in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 1998 NBA draft out of Saint Louis University, where he was named Freshman of the Year. Hughes was recognized as a versatile and athletic guard with strong defensive abilities, and was selected to the 2004-2005 All-Defensive 1st Team.

“Larry is passionate about spreading his basketball knowledge to the younger generation, which aligns with our vision and overall goal of RecruitLook Hoops,” says Mike Enright, Founder of RecruitLook. “It’s paramount that we have an influential partner like Larry to assist with the development of the next generation of basketball players.”

This camp will also feature wearable technology that is found in top-notch NBA facilities, including the RSPCT Basketball System to track shots, and the Kinexon’s sports technology cameras to measure player movement. All the data is tracked and logged into a digital locker, which will be shared to college coaches of all levels.

“We founded Larry Hughes Basketball Academy as well as our BTS (Basketball Training System) to develop athletes’ basketball abilities and basketball IQ — as well as their character and life skills,” says Larry Hughes, Founder of LHBA and BTS. “We share the same vision when it comes to assisting youth within the sport of basketball. We’re excited to build leaders on and off the court.”

The Larry Hughes Elite Camp provides athletes with an opportunity to showcase their skills against elite competition, while also learning more about the game of basketball and life-skills from special guests. In addition to the drill work and skills sessions the campers will receive, the camp will focus on teaching valuable lessons off the court.

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