Showcase and Portland Seattle Recap
by Transition Hoops Report
Last weekend Transition Hoops made a trip to Portland and Seattle. Whether it’s at an open gym or one of our showcases, our eyes and ears are always open to find talent in the northwest region. Below is a list of standout players we saw from the weekend listed in alphabetical order by graduation year.
Class of 2016
James Edwards (6’9 PF Franklin HS, WA) – Edwards could be a high level prospect because of his length and athleticism. He can jump out of the gym and has an incredible reach but is raw and needs to work on his interior skill set and hands.
Justin Martin (5’9 PG Lewis and Clark HS, WA) – Martin is a tough and skilled PG. He is really quick with the ball and, defensively, can turn athletic guards in the full court. His ability to consistently knock down the 3 and handle pressure makes him a small college prospect.
Joseph Smoyer (6’11 C Franklin HS, OR) – Smoyer runs the floor extremely hard and uses his length to his advantage. To play at his best he needs to work on his back to the basket game and be able to move on to the next play when he makes mistakes. Smoyer is a legit D1 prospect that will only get better as he gets stronger and more mature.
Joran Ticeson (6’7 PF Kentridge HS, WA) – a physical and skilled forward that can score from inside and outside. Ticeson can be a tough matchup when he is knocking down 3s. He would be a nice asset for a NAIA or D2 program.
Class of 2017
John Hansberry (5’11 PG Evergreen HS, WA) – Hansberry is a shifty PG that can get separation thanks to a good change of pace. He is a good shooter off the bounce and could be a nice small college player.
Luke Lovelady (6’6 SG Life Christian HS, WA) – very competitive wing that doesn’t back down playing against elite competition. He is versatile enough to step outside and knock down the perimeter jumper or battle inside for rebounds. We caught him playing in a D1 atmosphere and he fit right in.
Class of 2018
Cade Beresford (6’6 C Wilsonville HS, WA) – Beresford is a hard nosed interior player that battles for every rebound. He could play at the next level if he can improve his interior footwork and finish through contact.
Spencer Birkeland (5’11 PG Bellevue HS, WA) – Birkeland is a shifty combo guard that can beat you off the dribble or catch and shoot. He can score and set up his teammates.
Alex Flor (6’0 SG Seattle Prep HS, WA) – Flor is an intense and competitive guard that can shoot and defend. As his athleticism improves his level will get higher.
Andrew Kenny (6’5 SG Bellevue HS, WA) – Kenny is a big shooting guard with D1 ability and size. He understands the game and how to move without the ball to get good looks. Kenny is also an excellent student which makes him appealing to high academic D1 programs.
Nicholas Lynch (6’9 C Seattle Prep HS, WA) – Lynch is a big bodied and skilled big man that bangs for position on both ends of the court. He has some great back to the basket moves and the ability to step out and hit the mid range shot. He is definitely a D1 prospect worth looking into.
Jacob Medjo (6’8 PF Bothell HS, WA) – long and athletic stretch four man. Medjo has a ton of potential. He is a really good perimeter shooter and can beat bigger defenders off the dribble and finish above the rim. Medjo is definitely a prospect to watch at the D1 level.
Kalu Stricklin (6’3 SG Seattle Prep HS, WA) – Sticklin is a talented guard with a lot of potential to play at the next level. To improve his stock he needs to continue to tighten up his skill set but his athleticism is very noticeable.
Carson Tuttle (5’10 PG Kamiak HS, WA) – Tuttle constantly puts pressure on the defense and is always in attack mode. He has a good handle on the ball and when he lets the game come to him is a terrific lead guard.
The Next Showcase Series Events
Coming up next in the Showcase Series are the Idaho Basketball Showcase for 9th-12th grade prospects on October 1-3. Then there will be a special Middle School Showcase on October 23-24 for 5th-8th grade players.
Click here for the Idaho Showcase, October 1-3.
Click here for the Middle School Showcase, October 23-24.