December 7, 2015
By Trevor Andershock, NY2LA
The second day of the Chicago Elite Classic featured six games with stars like Jayson Tatum, Alterique Gilbert, Markelle Fultz, Charlie Moore and DJ Harvey. Here is a look at the top prospects and performers.
Jayson Tatum – 6-8 – SF – Chaminade (Mo.) - 2016 Tatum took over in the third quarter. Chaminade was only up two points at the half but were leading by 14 points heading to the fourth. Most of that was thanks to the scoring of Jayson Tatum. He scored 29 of his 40 points in the second half and overtime. It was a special performance by Tatum. He was 10-11 from the field after halftime. The Duke signee also had 11 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and two steals in the game. He powered Chaminade to the victory over Miller Grove.
Alterique Gilbert – 5-10 – PG – Miller Grove (Ga.) - 2016 There are not too many players at any level as explosive as Alterique Gilbert. He finished the first quarter by shooting the passing lanes on the defensive end for steals and then finished the play with incredible dunks. He scored 17 points in the first half. The UConn signee finished with 32 points, five assists and three steals in the loss to Chaminade. He is a little undersized for a high-major point guard but he makes up for it with his supreme athleticism. Gilbert is more than an athlete though. He has excellent rotation on his jump shot and dribble moves to leave defenders looking silly.
Christian Negron – 6-6 – F – Larkin (Ill.) - 2017 Negron set the tone for the day with his performance in the first game of the day. He had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Negron was the glue for Larkin's win over East St. Louis. It was a classic Negron performance where he was constantly crashing the boards and finishing with efficiency. He was changing shots on the defensive end all game as well. It was a great game by Negron.
DJ Harvey – 6-5 – SG – DeMatha (Md.) – 2017 Harvey was extremely efficient shooting the ball against St. Vincent-St. Mary. It seems like Harvey is one of the best mid-range shooters in high school basketball right now. He elevates really well on his jumper which allows him a clean look even when defenders are in position then he converts the shot at a high rate. Harvey also used his leaping ability to pull down 11 rebounds in addition to his 15 points on Saturday. The downside was that Harvey committed five turnovers against St. Vincent-St. Mary. They were mostly off passes during traps. He will have to improve that going forward.
Markell Fultz – 6-3 – PG – DeMatha (Md.) – 2016 The Washington-bound guard was unstoppable against Riverside-Brookfield. The only thing that slowed down Fultz was a bit of foul trouble. That led to Fultz only playing 24 minutes. He tallied 23 points, six assists and four rebounds in the game. He is an explosive athlete with size and skill. That is a tough trio of attributes for opponents to handle. Fultz has established himself as one of the top players in the 2016 class.
Henry Baddley – 6-4 – SF – St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) – 2016 The Butler signee had a slow start to the game, but he was dominant before it was over. Baddley finished with 23 points and eight rebounds. Five of his rebounds were on the offensive end. That is a staple to Baddley's game as he plays with a great motor. His athleticism and motor has given Baddley a great base to build from and his skill set continues to improve. He will fit into the Butler system very well.
Kenny Roberson – 6-2 – SG – East St. Louis – 2017 Roberson used his athleticism to make an impact on the game against Larkin. He had a couple of highlight blocks in transition where he blocked the layup attempts off the backboard. Roberson also scored in transition and off the dribble at the basket. He was a stand out for East St. Louis.
AJ Hunter – 6-0 – G – Larkin (Ill.) - 2016 Hunter had 19 points in Larkin's win over East St. Louis. He was drilling three pointers from way behind the line all game. Hunter has proven to be a consistent outside shooter. He has some quickness off the dribble as well to keep defenses honest. Hunter would be a steal for a small college team.
Prentiss Hubb – 6-2 – SG – Gonzaga (D.C.) - 2018 The star sophomore started off the game against Riverside Brookfield a little slow, but he picked it up as the game developed. He had his hand in a number of areas in the second half. Hubb is a fantastic athlete that has feel for the game, so he anticipates what is going to happen and has the athleticism to execute the next move. Hubb proved that he is a top prospect in the 2018 class.
Eddie Scott – 6-4 – SF – Gonzaga (D.C.) - 2017 Scott is a versatile, athletic forward for Gonzaga College Prep. He finished with 15 points, three rebounds and three assists in just over 20 minutes of action against St. Vincent-St. Mary. Scott played really well in the mid-range. He hit a couple of mid-range shots with good form and he also passed the ball well in that area. Scott is a player that can fill many roles and that will make him extremely useful at the next level.
Myles Dread – 6-4 – SF – Gonzaga (D.C.) - 2018 Dread does not get the headlines at Gonzaga College Prep yet, but he is a skilled sophomore. He has the strength, skill and understanding of the game well beyond his years. He nearly had a triple double against Riverside-Brookfield. With 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Dread only committed two turnovers in 23 minutes as well. He was only 1-4 from three point range, but his form is pretty good and should be able to continue to develop over the next few years.
Mark Smith – 6-7 – C – Riverside-Brookfield (Ill.) - 2016 Smith an offensive bright spot for Riverside-Brookfield against Gonzaga. There was a stretch where Smith converted four straight shots from the post on his way to 19 points. He had four offensive rebounds against the talented Gonzaga team. Smith had nine overall rebounds as well as three assists. Smith has extremely long arms that he uses to shoot over defenders. It was an impressive performance by Smith.
Charlie Moore – 6-0 – PG – Morgan Park (Ill.) - 2016 Moore had 53 points in the first game of the season for Morgan Park. He didn't come close to that total against Evanston, but Morgan Park was able to win with ease. Moore had a strong second quarter where Morgan Park took control of the game. Moore finished with 14 points and five assists in the victory.
Jamal Burton – 6-2 – SG – Morgan Park (Ill.) - 2016 Burton was the star of the second half for Morgan Park against Evanston. He finished 18 points and 10 rebounds along with five steals as well. He was 2-2 from three point range and 4-4 from the free throw line. Burton showed his complete game on Saturday. He is an available prospect in the 2016 class.
Reggie Crawford – 6-2 – SG – Chaminade (Mo.) - 2016 Crawford was the outside threat for Chaminade against Miller Grove. The senior guard hit four of seven shots from the outside. Crawford finished with 17 points in the game on just nine shots from the field. He was the beneficiary of Jayson Tatum drawing attention and the defense forgetting about Crawford. He made Miller Grove pay for doing that.
Zach Norvell – 6-4 – SG – Simeon (Ill.) - 2016 Norvell was hitting step back jumpers with great consistency in the first half. He nearly outscored Whitney Young by himself in the first half, 13-12 in favor of Whitney Young. The Gonzaga-bound guard tallied 19 points in the game on 11 shots from the field and 8-8 from the free throw line. He also brought down eight rebounds in the game.
Nojel Eastern – 6-4 – G – Evanston (Ill.) - 2017 Eastern was been sidelined with injury over the summer and fall. He looks fully healthy now although he came off the bench for Evanston against Morgan Park. He was a bright spot for Evanston as he scored 19 points on 11 shots. He shot 7-8 from the free throw line. It looked like his athleticism was nearly back to 100% after his injury as well. Although he did not start the game, Eastern played 28 minutes in the loss.