Top performances from MLK showcases
by Transition Hoops Report
From the Seattle area, MLK day featured three big showcase events at the ShoWare Center, Bellevue College and Garfield High School. Covering 9 of the games, here are over 30 players that stood out.
(Please note that due to the number of games and players that we covered on Monday, evaluations are still being udpated and should be published by Tuesday)
Eugene Artison (6'9 PF 2014) Franklin - great length that was a presence in the paint on defense. Played above the rim on finishes and rebounds.
Trevon Ary-Turner (6'2 SG 2017) Issaquah - Showed great range out to the three but was most impressive with his willingness to consistently make the extra pass.
Jalin Bird (6'6 C 2015) Cleveland - a little raw but he is strong and has the body to play at the next level. He may be a bit of a work in progress but looks like he has a high ceiling.
Steven Beo (6'3 SG 2016) Richland - deep range and knows how to move without the ball to get himself open.
Bogdan Bliznyuk (6'5 SG 2014) Todd Beamer- Big guard with a nice skill set and good range. Very intriguing prospect
Trey Burch-Manning (6'3 SG 2014) Todd Beamer - physical guard that showed he can score off the dribble and was a tough defender.
Josh Campbell (6'7 C 2015) Ballard - nice player with an interesting back story. Campbell played as a freshman with the school's freshman team and then missed all of last year with a heart condition. According to his coach he is fully recovered and has fully committed to basketball. He showed a real good feel in the post and was finishing over both shoulders. He boxed out well and showed signs that he can protect the basket from the helpside. He only played about 3 minutes per quarter but certainly stood out.
Kameron Chatman (6'7 SF 2014) Columbia Christian - showed a combination of the ability to get to the rim and hitting the outside shot.
David Crisp (6'0 SG 2015) Rainier Beach - great elevation and quick release. Hit several 3-pionters. He is a big time scorer.
Vionte Daniels (6'2 SF 2015) Federal Way - was very quick laterally on defense and was great in transition. Was drawing fouls on his drives and showed a knack for getting to the elbow for a pull up jumper.
Will Ferris (6'3 SG 2014) Newport - showed great range and the ability to set up teammates with a snapped pass.
Darius George (6'1 PG 2014) Ballard - showed a nice pull up off the dribble and very good vision. He played smart defense and stayed within his game.
Ty Gibson (6'3 PG 2015) Issaquah - was tasked with defending Kameron Chatman and did a very good job, strong and physical. He showed good vision and that he has a high basketball IQ while knocking down the open shot.
Londrell Hamilton (5'11 PG 2017) Lincoln - created off a very quick crossover and finished the game knocking down a timely 3-pointer.
Jake Higgins (6'3 SG 2015) Newport - made some great plays going to the basket and has 3 point range.
Tramaine Isabell (6'1 PG 2014) Garfield - confident scorer that put constant pressure on the defense by attacking the paint and hitting from deep.
Tyler Kidd (5'9 PG 2014) O'Dea - is ridiculously quick and proved he can knock down the 3 when he has space.
Dan Kingma (5'10 PG 2014) Jackson - aggressive and attacked the basket hard off the dribble. He was the main trigger man on a lot of Jackson's scoring before fouling out.
Josh Kollman (6'2 SG 2017) Bothell - was hitting from deep. He showed a fundamental jab series. He didn't show much of a burst but you can't leave him alone on the perimeter.
Jacob Lampkin (6'9 PF 2014) O'Dea - showed an awesome touch from mid range and has a very high IQ to get open shots 15 and in.
Josh Martin (6'8 PF 2014) Bothell - got injured early in the second half but was a beast on the defensive boards and showed some handle on the break.
Silas Melson (6'2 SG 2014) Jefferson - started off hot, raining 3s and hitting his pull up jumpshot.
Arkadiy Mkrtychyan (6'8 PF 2014) Columbia Christian - played the entire game with a very high motor. Was active on the boards, led the break off of defensive rebounds and was good with his rip and go.
Malik Montoya (6'2 SG 2015) Federal Way - showed toughness and smarts on defense while on offense was able to hit his pull up jumper coming off of a ball screen.
DeJounte Murray (6'5 SG 2015) Rainier Beach - length and athleticism allowed him to make high major plays on both ends of the court from start to finish.
Jaylen Nowell (6'3 SF 2017) Garfield - the freshman brought a huge spark off energy off the bench. He has a ton of potential because of his length and he has a nice skill set.
Payton Radliff (5'10 SG 2014) Richland - flied around making plays on both offense and defense. Great range on his shot.
Greyson Smallwood (6'11 C 2015) Jefferson - was completely engaged which means he blocked everything in the paint, hammered lob dunks and rebounded well above the rim.
Keith Smith Jr (6'5 PG 2016) Franklin - might be the best 2016 player in our region. Great perimeter skill set that showed he can get to the rim, pull up and hit the mid range jumper or knock down the 3.
Kadeem Strickland (5'10 PG 2015) Jefferson- known for his ability to get to the rim but on this night he multiple 3s making him really difficult to guard.
Jason Todd (6'6 SF 2014) Jackson - drew a lot of contact attacking the boards.
DeeShawn Tucker (6'0 PG 2014) Garfield - showed an explosive first step and is strong enough to take contact and finish. Played hard.
Brian Watson (6'2 SG 2014) Issaquah - was an active defender and very good on the catch and shoot.
Jamil Wilson-Jones (6'2 PG 2014) Mount Rainier - terrific going to the rim and a crafty finisher in the paint.