I couldn't catch yesterday's two games, so I watched Scrimmage Game three earlier today. Here are a few notes on prospects in action and how they fared against their peers (plus notes from interviews):
David Duke had a nice performance in this game, hitting jumpers and consistently creating his shot. Although he had a bad pass in this game and isn't a true point guard, he can go behind the back and step back from mid range and three with nice size as a combo guard. He also communicating well in this game and was active in the defensive end. Jericho Sims was arguably the best player on the court in this game, getting 18 points and 6 rebounds and throwing down dunks. Sims showed his switchability and defense and was nice in the pick and roll, setting up his teammates.
Matthew Hurt had a bounce back game, showing his high and quick release and knocking down shots. Didn't defend well in this game, though. Moses Wright had a nice offensive showing, drawing double teams in the post and setting up teammates. Struggled to guard smaller players though.
DJ Steward and McKinley Wright IV are both small point guards reluctant to take threes, but used their speed to get to the rack and were able to knock down mid range jumpers.
Trendon Watford struggled in this game, throwing bad passes and hesitating to drive when he needed to. Also missed a three that was short. Ariel Hukporti showed his physical tools in this game, managing to score in the paint with his 7-foot frame.
Finally, let's get to the riser of this week, AJ Lawson. Lawson showed his explosiveness and bounce in his game, with a nice vertical and can defend with a lanky 6-7 frame with length. He should be in my minor update, and really showed his competitiveness and rebounding in this game.
What I learned from interviews: Herbert Jones and Austin Reaves, prospects from small ball towns, said they wanted to be good teammates. Jones also played point guard in high school and college and said he has really worked hard on his shot. Projected top five pick Jonathan Kumingashared his best Congolese foods; JT Thor, perhaps the biggest riser besides Lawson this week, was documented because of his length at 6-10 and smooth shooting stroke and pull up game. Brandon Boston Jr. elected not to play in scrimmages, but shared he watches forwards with 3-level scoring. Has a lot of talent, just needs to put it together.