Showcase Series Features the Best of the Northwest
by Transition Hoops Report
Over three days and 1,200 miles, the Transition Hoops Report evaluated basketball recruits in Spokane, WA, Missoula, MT and Shelley, ID. It was a great opportunity to see a lot of different players and styles of play It was also a great chance to update player evaluations we had seen from several players the year before.
Here are some of the players that really stood out.
Spokane, WA (Gonzaga Prep High School)
Michael Wilson (6'3 SF Grangeville, ID) - plays with a huge motor and is extremely aggressive. Because Wilson plays so hard and is always in attack mode he makes good things happen.
Tre'von Allen (6'2 PG Lapwai, ID) - we have talked about Allen a lot recently but he continues to impress us with his ability to score and handle the ball. His length as a combo guard is impressive and separates him from most point guards.
Jake Bruner (6'5 PF Cottonwood, ID) - was very fundamentally sound and versatile. Bruner was able to knock down the perimeter jumpshot or make quality back to the basket moves in the post. He has great hands and is capable ball handler.
Davian Sobotta-Clavon (5'11 SG Lapwai, ID) - showed a tight handle and good court vision. When Sobotta-Clavon stays aggressive he makes good things happen.
Wyatt Hardin (6'6 C Kendrick, ID) - very solid interior player that has nice fundamentals. Hardin has nice length and is active around the rim. He rebounds with two hands, pursues the ball and plays hard.
Jett Sobotta (5'11 SG Clarkston, WA) - was really impressive in the second session. Sobotta played with extreme confidence and was scoring from everywhere. He was hitting 3's, pull up jumpsuits and scoring in transition.
Missoula, MT (Adams Center, University of Montana)
Rhett Baerlocher (6'3 SF Missoula, MT) - is extremely tough and plays really hard. Baerlocher shot the ball very well from 3 as well as knocking down mid-range jumpshots. He plays with a high basketball IQ.
Matt Wyman (6'5 PG Great Falls, MT) - long and bouncy lead guard. Wyman is really good in transition and when he gets around the basket can score by elevating over defenders and finishing.
Collin Achenbach (5'10 PG Choteau, MT) - quick lefty that makes good decisions and creates space off the dribble. Achenbach is also a good shooter off the dribble or knocking down the 3.
Derrek Durocher (6'0 SG Choteau, MT) - has a really nice stroke with deep range. Understands how to get open without the basketball and has a nice handle.
Dylan Pannabecker (6'2 SG Choteau, MT) - athletic and long wing that can really get it going. Showed a knack for getting to the rim and score or getting fouled. He is a streaky shooter that can hit the 3 or pull up jumper.
Brendan Howard (6'4 SF Great Falls, MT) - is a force around the rim because he consistently finds a way to get the ball in the basket. Played really hard and is tougher than nails.
Shelley, Idaho (Shelly High School)
Carter Cannon (6'3 SF Shelley, ID) - was elite on the boards. Cannon is a very good spot up shooter and was crafty going to the rim and finishing strong.
Cole Critchfield (6'2 PG Star Valley, WY) - only played in the second session due to injury but was really good getting to the rim and knocking down his jumper.
Brandon Hamilton (6'3 PF Challis, ID) - really tough and athletic. Hamilton can finish above the rim and is a powerful presence in the paint.
Alek Johnson (6'3 SG Evanston, WY) - is a long and fundamentally sound wing. Johnson has good footwork and a high basketball IQ.
Keion Peterson (5'10 PG Twin Falls, ID) - showed a great burst of speed and toughness on defense. Peterson played hard on every play and was a great leader.
Connor Burkhart (6'6 PF Firth, ID) - good length with a soft touch on his jumpshot. Burkhart runs the floor hard and is a versatile player.
Henry Geraci (5'11 PG Jackson Hole, WY) - tough competitor that makes plays on both ends of the court because he plays really hard. Garaci showed he can create to score or set up teammates.
Lucas Orme (6'2 PG Firth, ID) - very good athlete that can get separation off the dribble and shoot the pull up jumpshot or finish at the rim.