#OTRHoopsReport: Hemingway’s Notebook / Spring Edition – May 26, 2016

Class of 2017 wing-forward Reid Walker of Lithia, Fla., put up big time numbers this spring. Photo cred – Ty Freeman/#EBATop40

Every evaluation opportunity provides teams and individuals to prove themselves. Regardless of the venue or whether college coaches are in attendance, players are able to build reputations that can be valuable. Here are a few players that were noted in our notebook that improved their stock this spring.

Spring Stock-risers

By: @JLHemingwayPSB

Michael Devoe (Orlando, Fla.), – E1T1 – 2018

E1T1 16U took home the Bob Gibbons championship a few weekends ago. In the process Devoe put himself on the map as one as a watch-list prospect in his class. Standing at 6-foot-4 the southpaw showed confidence in skill while leading his team to a number of wins at Suwanee Sports Academy. He has a clean stroke from beyond the arc and vision to set up his teammates with the pass. Per his twitter timeline (@Michael_devoe6), he picked up an offer from TCU in April.

Noah Gurley (Fayetteville, Ga.), – Infinite Skillz – 2017

Gurley showed terrific versatility this spring. He had a terrific showing at the OTR Sweet 16 Session II and followed it up with a solid performance at Bob Gibbons earlier this month. His ability to stretch the defense with jumpers sets up his quick step to get to the bucket with the bounce. Gurley brings an equal impact to the defensive end where he can swat shots while patrolling the lane or chasing opponents down on the break. The 6-7 wing-forward puts us in the frame of mind of Jaron Blossomgame who will return to Clemson for his senior season. Gurley has a ways to go in his development (especially physically) before he can match Blossomgame’s college production, but he is definitely trending in the right direction.

Isaiah Miller (Covington, Ga.) – Infinite Skillz – 2017

Miller is poised to be one of the most pursued point guards in the state of Georgia heading into his senior year. Our staff saw first hand why UAB sent their entire staff out to watch the 6-foot point guard at the OTR Sweet 16. He is a tough, aggressive lead guard that can get into the lane consistently off the bounce. His athleticism and ball skill make him a great threat when using the ball screen in the half court offense. Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee State have also offered Miller this spring.

Temetrius ‘Ja’ Morant (Sumter, S.C.), – Team South Carolina – 2017

Morant showed his lightning quick slashing ability earlier this month at the Bob Gibbons Invitational. He is a very tough cover for perimeter defenders, because he can get down hill and change directions as well as any. Perhaps even as important was Morant’s willingness to hit the open 3-point jumper. These skills have led programs such as Appalachian State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Clemson, UNC-Asheville and Wofford to reach out to him in recent weeks.

Ryan Schwieger (Matthews, N.C.), – PSB Select 17U – 2017

Standing at 6-6, Schwieger has the length you love to see from a sharp-shooting wing. Yet the North Carolina native has the ball skill to run the team as a lead guard. The crafty guard pushes the ball in transition for PSB Select and delivers the ball to his teammates on time, on target. He blends all of this well with the ability to finish in traffic as well. His talents are far from hidden as he recently picked up offers from George Mason and Coastal Carolina in the past weeks.

Reid Walker (Lithia, Fla.), – Tampa Titans – 2017

Walker’s skill set continues to round out and with that his production grows exponentially. In a three-game set at the Bob Gibbons Invitational, Walker put up 20 points multiple times while doing it in a number of ways. He showed solid range to the arc and the ability to finish off the move. Standing at 6-4 Walker has the length to defend the wing and the strength to rebound his position. Look for the rising senior to be a hot name from the Sunshine State this July.


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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