#OTRHoopsReport: Super 6 Showcase run down – Aug 31. 2015
Recent Mississippi State commit Eli Wright stole the show at the Super 6 Showcase.
Atlanta, Georgia- Division I coaches were traveling up and down the roads, flying state to state during this the second evaluation period in the month of July. If coaches are in the gym that means that there are players all around and there were more than a few familiar faces at On the Radar Hoops Super 6 Showcase.
The Wright Way
As we entered the building for the 3:10 game at Emory University, we noticed the first couple of chairs seated directly on the baseline were taken by head coaches Rick Barnes (Tennessee), Ben Howland (Mississippi State), Travis Ford (Oklahoma St), and Danny Manning (Wake Forest). All three were in attendance to evaluate rising senior Eli Wright of Hoop Dreams. I’m more than certain the three coaches walked away with positive thoughts on their minds after they watched Wright go for 21 points, including knocking down three consecutive free throws with one second one the to win the game after being down by two.
Wright got his points today in a few different ways. He was shifty in transition, avoiding offensive fouls in the paint after receiving passes when he ran the lanes, he ran the baseline looking for holes throughout the zone defense his team faced slipping behind defenders for easy buckets, and he also put the ball on the floor and showed that he had no problem creating his own shot. One of the knocks on Wright use to be that he didn’t handle the rock to well going right, but that didn’t seem to be a problem at all today. He constantly used one or to dribbles before he sprang up for good looks at the basket going both to his left and his right.
Polley On His Way To Being Elite
Tyler Polley (Each1Teach1) has been one of our favorite players throughout the spring and summer because he has managed to continue to get better and better. At almost 6’8 the small forward should be on his way to reaching elite status if he keeps up his rate of improvement. The biggest deficiency in Polley’s game is that he lacks the necessary upper body strength that will be needed to endure the bumps at the next level. The way Polley can take opponents off the dribble he would add about an additional 6 points a game to his average if he were stronger so that he could finish through contact time and time again.
The lack of strength isn’t something coaches should be to worried about, that’s what good strength and conditioning coaches are there for. The rest of Polley’s game is packed with versatility and skill. At the high school level he almost certainly has a mismatch whenever he steps out on the floor. He shoots over the top of defenders with ease, he’s sharpened up his shot from three which opens up those driving lanes where he uses a controlled handle to get by opponents. Going forward Polley needs to work on his vision when putting the ball on the deck so that when he attracts defensive attention he will know where his shooters are which in turn will make him more dangerous.
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Colin Sexton 6’2 PG Southern Stampede 16U
The point guard has had an outstanding spring and summer so far that has earned him Division I interest and an invite to Nike Elite 100 Camp back in June. Today used speed and on ball defense to create some easy scoring opportunities for himself and his team by rattling ball handlers. It goes unnoticed, by Sexton is a really good finisher around the rim. In the half court he only needed one dribble before he found himself in the paint, and he’s starting to show more of a take charge attitude.
Mike Diggins Jr. 6’7 F Las Vegas Prospects 17U
Diggins was very noticeable due to him being so active in the paint and on the glass today. Right now he’s stuck between a small forward and power forward, but he found ways to be effective whether it was scoring in the paint, deflecting passes, or chasing down long rebounds. When his team faced a zone defense he made plays by popping in and out of the high post area where he turned, faced the basket and used one dribble to get to the rim. Diggins and his motor finished out the game with a double-double.
Lorenzo Jenkins 6’6 SF Team Speights 17U
Lorenzo, or Doobie as his teammates called him was originally in the 2015 class, but will be prepping this upcoming year. The lefty shot it well from the mid-range area coming off screens and although he isn’t crazy athlete he threw down a couple coming down the middle of the lane. He has range out to the three, and was really good in the short corner where he either knocked down the baseline jumper or used a quick spin to the middle of the floor and finished with his off hand.
Kohl Roberts 6’7 PF Georgia Heat 17U
Roberts surprised a big crowd of coaches as he displayed a pair of nibble feet. He over powered his defenders on the block and threw his weight around when he caught the ball and ripped it through on his way to the basket. Roberts plays under the rim, but gave max effort every possession. He was very vocal on defense yelling out to his guards that screens were coming and calling out when cutters were coming threw the lane. When Roberts caught the ball on the block in scoring position he got the ball out of his hands and up to the rim really quickly with flips shots similar to former UNC Tarheel Antwan Jamison.
Al Durham 6’3 SG Southern Stampede 17U
Durham sprints the wing and can get to the rim with his speed and quickness where he can finish at the rim. In the half court Durham displays good ball handling ability when he slashes to the rim from the wing or along the baseline using his length to get around defenders. Durham will be a player to watch in the class of 2017.
Tyrie Jackson 6’2 CG Smyrna Stars 17U
This shooting guard is a deceptive athlete that gets into the paint at will. He has a very solid mid-range game; he understands when to drive to the rim and when to pull up before the bigs can contest his shot. Jackson attacks the rim in transition as well as in the half court with good speed and strength with the ball.
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