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#OTRHoopsReport: Summer Commitments – July 3, 2017

Class of 2018 guard Javonte Smart of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, committed to LSU in June. Photo – Jon Lopez/Nike

July is right in front of us with the final weekends of exposure for high school prospects. The shoe circuits will be holding there national championships this month. OntheRadarHoops.com will host a number of tournaments that will feature high profile teams and prospects varying from shoe sponsored teams to the biggest independent teams as well. That said, several prospects have come off the board with commitments during the month of June. Here is look at a few of the notable commitments and its’ significance.

By: @JLHemingwayPSB

Darius Bazley of Finneytown HS (Photo by Jon Lopez)

Darius Bazley (Cincinnati, Ohio), C2K Elite – SYRACUSE COMMIT

Size: 6’7
Position: Forward
Specialty: Athleticism/Versatility

Eval (June 11, 2016) Nike Elite 100 Camp

Bazley is a hybrid forward as a face up 4 guy based on his play here. He was much more comfortable in that role than he was back to basket. A left-hand dominant prospect, Bazley didn’t showcase the ball skill needed to play the perimeter full-time but did a myriad of things well in this elite setting.

Spencer Freedman of California Supreme. Photo Jon Lopez

Spencer Freeman (Santa Ana, California), California Supreme – HARVARD COMMIT

Size: 5’11
Position: Point Guard
Specialty: Shooter

Eval (June 11, 2016) Nike Elite 100 Camp

Freedman is an elite shooter as a left-hander. He is a heady play-maker and can get the ball to his teammates well. He is not left handed dominant as he can make plays going either way. He knows his role, but defense could be an issue eventually.

2017 EYBL Numbers

12ppg, 46% 3pt, 4.2 assists

Matthew Mayer #87 of Westlake HS (Photo by Jon Lopez)

Matthew Mayer (Austin, Texas), Houston Hoops – BAYLOR COMMIT

Size: 6’7
Position: Forward
Specialty: Shooter

Eval (June 11, 2016) Nike Elite 100 Camp

Mayer is a shooter, but he showed more to his game than just being a spot up kid. He flushed dunks on the break and showed some juice off the bounce. His quick release and accuracy are still the strong points to his game.

2017 EYBL Numbers

9ppg, 41% 3pt, 4.1 rpg,

Javonte Smart (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Houston Hoops – LSU

Size: 6’4
Position: Point Guard
Specialty: Play-Maker

Eval (May 24, 2015) Nike EYBL Circuit Session IV

Smart is an elite handler of the basketball. He can handle pressure without being sped up. He shows poise while also being able to get others involved. He is not a great shooter at the moment as he finished shooting 33% from the field during the circuit season. His 66% from the line is further proof that he has some mechanical issues with his release. He averaged 10.5 points and 3.6 assists this year while playing versus 2016 grads as a 2018 prospect.

2017 EYBL Numbers

15.1ppg, 40% 3pt, 80% Free Throw, 4.2 apg

Cole Swider (Portsmouth, Rhode Island), BABC – VILLANOVA COMMIT

Size: 6’7
Position: Forward
Specialty: Shooter

Eval (May 12, 2017) Nike EYBL Circuit Session III

Swider played the 4 here today. He was active in the half court as he flashed high post versus the 2-3 zone, he stepped out to the corner to hit 3s and he finished off the move.

2017 EYBL Numbers

19.4ppg, 50% FG, 42-120 3pt (35%), 6.3rpg

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Coach Hemi-100-100Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on  twitter @JLHemingwayPSB

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