MLK Day Showcases Top NW Prospects
by Transition Hoops Report
From Seattle, Washington, the Emerald City and surrounding areas always produces some of the best Martin Luther King, Jr Day showcase events in the northwest. On display this year were prospects from all classes, getting a chance to compete and prove that they deserve a look at the next level.
Class of 2016
Jashaun Agosto (5’11 PG Garfield HS, WA) – knocked down multiple 3’s and really pushed the tempo. Agosto can get the ball from one end of the court to the other as fast as anyone in the Northwest.
Alphonso Anderson (6’7 PF Garfield HS, WA) – the Montana signee is a beast. He is physical and can finish through contact in the paint as well as step out and knock down perimeter jumpshots. Anderson is a major force in the paint.
Terrell Brown (6’1 PG Garfield HS, WA) – showed how his anticipation and feel can make plays on the defensive end. Brown’s ability to transition from offense to defense and vice versa is elite.
Trevion Brown (6'1 PG Lincoln HS, WA) - Brown was constantly in attack mode and was getting to the lane repeatedly, finding creative ways to be productive.
Michael Carter (6’4 PG O’Dea HS, WA) – is a very long and athletic guard that can make a lot of plays off the dribble. He is a capable 3 point shooter and can score it off the bounce. Carter is an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on for the rest of his senior year.
Spencer Dowers (6'2 SG Tumwater HS, WA) - showed a very good looking shot off the catch and consistently made on point passes to teammates.
Ty Gentry (6'5 PG Tumwater HS, WA) - long and athletic point guard that made a variety of plays on offense.
Carter Golgart (6’2 SF West Seattle HS, WA) – plays with a great motor. He is a big time slasher that can finish through contact or above the rim. Golgart really competes and would be an asset for a small college.
Jaydon Grant (6'0 PG West Linn HS, OR) - stood out because of his solid on ball defense plus knocked down a few shots.
David Jenkins, Jr (6'0 SG Wilson, WA) - attacked the West Linn defense off the dribble all game. Showed that when he is engaged he is a tough player on offense and defense. (See where Jenkins ranks in his class)
Iain McLaughlin (6’6 PG Eastside Catholic HS, WA) – has great length for a guard. Can handle the ball well enough to be a primary ball handler and his size allows him to see over a defense. McLaughlin would be a good small college player.
Tony Miller (6'7 PF Woodinville HS, WA) - Miller has continued to add strength to his frame and really used it to finish through contact inside. Also showed that he can knock down the outside shot.
Weston VandenHazel (6'9 C Tumwater HS, WA) - showed a good touch around the basket with an ability to finish.
Sam Yates (6’4 SF Vashon Island HS, WA) – good slasher that can finish around the rim or hit the mid range jumper. Yates is a nice athlete with good length. He would be a contributor for an NWAC team.
Class of 2017
Rayvaughn Bolton (6'1 SG Kentwood HS, WA) - Bolton was all over the court and had a big impact on defense. His length and athleticism makes him a very versatile defender.
Daejon Davis (6’3 SG Garfield HS, WA) – is still one of the most versatile and athletic players in the west. The Washington commit can do it all and always makes the right and unselfish play.
Corey Kispert (6'5 SG King's HS, WA) - showed the ability to score in every way possible. Knocked down the catch and shoot 3, pull up 3in transition and was posting smaller players. He also showed off a high level of passing skills. Incredible feel for the game.
Darius LuBom (6'0 PG Kentwood HS, WA) - showed very good feel with the ball in his hands. He puts a lot of pressure on the defense by attacking and by knocking down open shots.
Aaron Nettles (5'10 SG Seattle Prep HS, WA) - offensively he didn't light up the stat sheet but did do a good job of keeping his team settled and running their stuff. (See where Nettles ranks in the Class of 2017)
Jaylen Nowell (6’4 SG Garfield HS, WA) – puts so much pressure on the defense. He can make all the plays on offense and is extremely confident. Nowell is a high major talent.
Nate Pryor (6’1 PG West Seattle HS, WA) – showed he can control a game with his ability to get his team into their offense and set up his teammates for success. Pryor is a D1 prospect because of his ability to get separation off the dribble and run his team.
Michael Roth (6'5 SF, Woodinville HS, WA) - a threat every time he touched the ball, Roth was athletic, showed good touch and played hard.
Fahad Sharif (5’10 PG Cleveland HS, WA) – surprised us with his ability to make big time plays off the dribble. Sharif got to the rim and is a crafty finisher. Plus he hit multiple 3’s off the bounce.
Collin Welp (6'8 PF Seattle Prep HS, WA) - Welp had the 3-point shot going, nailing several from the corner. It was also good to see him mix it up inside for rebounds.
Class of 2018
Trevante Anderson (6'1 SG Lincoln HS, WA) - Anderson showed off a good looking shot from behind the arc off the catch.
J'raan Brooks (6’9 C Garfield HS, WA) – gets better every time we see him play. Brooks battles for position on every play on both ends making him a major factor. His willingness to play inside makes him unique, special and a high major prospect.
CJ Elleby (6’6 PG Cleveland HS, WA) – very smooth and talented guard with great length. His length allows him to make a lot of plays on both ends. Elleby plays at a great pace that controls the tempo for his team making him a D1 prospect.
Jalen Green (6’5 SF Lindbergh HS, WA) – has grown noticeably since the last time we saw him. Green is very long and has a nice looking shot. He is one to keep an eye on.
Nicholas Lynch (6'9 C Seattle Prep HS, WA) - really took advantage of an undersized Lincoln team by posting up hard and finishing a soft right handed jump hook. He was constantly getting in to the right position and producing. (Click here to see where Lynch ranks in the class of 2018)
Brock Mackenzie (6’1 PG Eastside Catholic HS, WA) – showed he can make big plays in big moments. Mackenzie is fundamentally sound, plays low to the ground, and uses great footwork to set up his jumpshot. His ability to consistently make smart and tough plays make him a nice prospect.
Emmitt Matthews, Jr (6'6 SF Wilson HS, WA) - showed off some real touch on his shot, both getting to the basket and hitting the outside shot off the catch.
Willie Thomas (6'5 PF Lincoln HS, WA) - had a impact on the game because he continuously attacked the boards.
Class of 2019
PJ Fuller (6’3 SG Garfield HS, WA) – is such a huge talent. His feel and understanding of how to move without the ball allows him to get good looks on the perimeter. And his explosive first step and ability to get above the rim in a hurry makes him a high major prospect.
Abdullahi Mohamed (6’6 PF West Seattle HS, WA) – very long and athletic. He is a prospect to keep an eye on because of body.
Noah Williams (6’4 SF O’Dea HS, WA) – was definitely one of the most intriguing young prospects of all the MLK tournaments. Williams plays with a big motor and his length and athleticism are elite. If he continues to work on his ball skills he could be a mid to high major prospect.