Zion Young 2018 SG Simeon/Young & Reckless ELITE level athlete. That’s the first thing that anybody thinks when the name “Zion Young” is said. Young has a solid, muscular body with huge calves, and he is out there trying to dunk everybody. The man has no fear as he attacks the rim relentlessly. Young put…

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Ray’Sean Taylor 5’11 PG 2020 Collinsville/Gateway Taylor is a virtually unknown guard out of Collinsville, but that is soon to change. Taylor has a very smooth game and everything he does just looks easy and natural. Hardly any defender can stay in front of him when he has the ball. Glides to the hoop and…

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Maurice Commander 2018 PG Curie/Young & Reckless Some might say Commander is a shooting guard trapped in a point guards body, but man does this kid have a burner so it’s easy to see why thats what most say. He can score from all three levels but has an absolutely deadly jumper with deep range. The…

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Ayo Dosunmu ’18 PG Morgan Park/Mac Irvin Fire The #1 prospect in the class of 2018 in Illinois as well as the #1 prospect in attendance at the Nike Summer Showdown, Ayo Dosunmu did not disappoint. With a plethora of high major coaches watching, Dosunmu went to work. Dunked and shot his way to 31…

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George Conditt 6’10 2018 PF Corliss/RWA Conditt was outstanding in the first game of the 2017 Nike Indy Live finishing with a triple double. Long and lanky 4 man who has just recently emerged on the radar but has HM upside. Showed tremendous rim-protecting potential as he blocked a ton of shots and altered many…

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 Lorenzo Ferrell 6’4 SG 2018 Rutherford (FL)/Georgia Trendsetters Hands down the best shooter at Nike spring showdown Ferrell had a great showing offensively. Sound mechanics with a quick release were key for this deadeye from outside the arc. Didn’t show much besides his shooting ability, but man can he shoot. Pull-ups, step-backs, catch-and-shoot from both…

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Jack Ellison 6’5 SF 2018 Chicago Christian/Illinois Fastbreak Ellison is making the transition from interior player to wing. The biggest improvement in his game has been his handles. They aren’t quite there yet but he has shown significant improvement with them. Underrated athlete that battles. Sound perimeter defender with solid lateral movement. Vocal leader on…

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Morgan Taylor 6’2 PG 2018 Marist/Illinois Fastbreak Morgan had a good weekend and continues to prove himself. Taylor is a next-level performer when he is playing at his best. Strong guard with a particularly strong lower body is a hard, straight-line driver. Gets to the rim at ease and finishes well at the cup. Streaky…

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Taevion Kinsey 6’4 SG 2018 Eastmoor Academy (OH)/ISG-Hidden Gems Kinsey is a lanky and rangy wing out of Ohio. Has pogo-stick like bounce off the floor. Had a few very impressive dunks. Active defender, covers a lot of ground. Crisp passer, especially good at one-hand outlet passes. Slick ball handler, doesn’t get flustered or rattled.…

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Lacey Watson 6’5 SG 2018 Whitehall-Yearling (OH)/EBC Lacey Watson may have had the best weekend overall of anyone in attendance at the 2017 Nike Spring Showdown. Watson is a big game baller that had his best showing in a close overtime loss against the Hoopers 17u. He rose to the occasion and hit two quick,…

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Ray’Sean Taylor 5’11 PG 2020 Collinsville/Gateway Taylor is a virtually unknown guard out of Collinsville, but that is soon to change. Taylor has a very smooth game and everything he does just looks easy and natural. Hardly any defender can stay in front of him when he has the ball. Glides to the hoop and…

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Bryce Kelly 6’6 PF 2019 Sandy Valley (OH)/Trinity Dream Center The 6’6 Kelly out of Ohio impressed in his game vs. the St. Louis BearCats. Already has the body of a man. Strong PF that can also play the 5. Very strong going to the hoop. Gets his buckets off junk points around the baskets…

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Tyler Cochran 6’2 SG 2019 Bolingbrook/Hoopers Cochran’s contributions to the game often go unnoticed by the untrained eye. But believe me, he has his fingerprints all over the game. He played in 5 games on Saturday between the 16u and 17u levels and looked just as fresh in game 5 as he did game 1.…

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  Zion Griffin 6’6 SF 2018 Hinsdale South/Hoopers Coaches have been hearing the buzz about this kid and wanted to know was he legit, well they got their answer indeed. Viewed as a C with his high school team, Griffin had his coming out party as a SF to start his weekend. Showed excellent mobility on…

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DeAndre Heckard 6’2 PG 2018 Romeoville/Hoops4Health This kid had a nice year at school and created a decent buzz for himself. College coaches wanted to see what the young man would bring to the table and young fella didn’t disappoint. Heckard started off Day 2 of the Nike Spring Showdown strong. The competition looked completely…

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Zaire Wade 6’1 2020 Mount Carmel/Wade Elite 16u The anticipation to see Zaire this spring was high even tho we seen him early in the year at school on the freshman level. One word comes to mind “Genes” because I actually witnessed the growth of his father “D Wade”. Zaire is very similar in structure…

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