MLK Day from Seattle Showcases Major Talent
by Transition Hoops Report
This year’s schedule of games was a little different than previous years with Garfield not playing in their tourney, Rainier Beach playing in Portland and Bellevue College not hosting their traditional games. Garfield still had some good match ups, the Showare Center has some impressive performances, and Foss had some talented prospects in their inaugural MLK event. Here are some standout players (in alphabetical order by class):
Class of 2017
Rayvaughn Bolton (6’2 PG Kentwood HS, WA) – long and quick with a nice burst to the basket. Bolton has a great feel for jumping passing lanes and finding driving lanes. He would be a nice addition for an NAIA or D2 program.
Tayvonne Coleman (6’4 SF Mount Tahoma HS, WA) – very athletic and bouncy. Coleman is a slasher that loves to attack the rim regardless of who is in front of him. He will need to improve his skill set to be successful at the next level.
Roberto Gittens (6’5 SF Foss HS, WA) – strong body and athletic. Gittens has a huge upside with a nice skill set. He can shoot, handle the ball, play inside and out. The Boise State commit will only get better.
Corey Kispert (6’7 SG King’s HS, WA) – did not play due to a foot injury but the Gonzaga signee was still full of high energy and encouragement. He is a big time leader and winner even from the bench.
Darius LuBom (6’0 PG Kentwood HS, WA) – very strong bodied lefty. LuBom knows how to effectively push the tempo or make plays in the half court. He is a capable shooter that would be a great player at an NAIA or D2 school.
Emilio Mancol (5’9 PG Kennedy Catholic HS, WA) – strong and shifty. Mancol has a great jumpshot and shoots with a ton of confidence. He would be a nice NWAC/ small college player especially if he can become a lock down defender.
Tariq Romain (5’9 PG Timberline HS, WA) – very quick and strong. Romain can explode into the lane and draws a lot of fouls. He could be a small college player if he can control the tempo and let the game come to him.
Keannu Royster (5’9 PG Kennedy Catholic HS, WA) – strong and a quick first step. Royster does a great job controlling the tempo, finding teammates for open looks, taking care of the ball, and occasionally knocking down the perimeter jumper. He would be a nice addition to a small college that is looking for a guard that can run their team.
Dwayne Stewart (6’7 PF Prairie HS, WA) – strong body with long arms and good balance. Stewart has a couple of nice back to the basket moves, battles for loose balls inside, and is a good interior presence. He could have an impact for a small college if he continues to develop his perimeter skills.
Clayton Stultz (6’9 C Tahoma HS, WA) – long and good on the ball shot blocker. Stultz has a nice mid range jumper when he can face up. He would be a project for a small college.
Class of 2018
Trevante Anderson (6’1 PG Lincoln HS, WA) – quick with a nice burst. Anderson is explosive to the rim and is a solid pull up shooter. He has flashes of greatness but needs to play move under control at times.
Jalen Green (6’6 PF Lindbergh HS, WA) – long and great basketball body. Green is a capable shooter with range to the 3 point line and pull up mid range jumper. His body still needs to get stronger to take contact and control the ball in traffic.
Emmett Linton (6’1 PG Lincoln HS, WA) – shifty and quick. Linton can pull up and hit the 3 or mid range jumper or get all the way to the rim. When he lets the game come to him he can really make a positive impact on games.
Emmitt Matthews Jr (6’7 SF Wilson HS, WA) – long and really bouncy – quick off the ground. Matthews is a capable shooter and can make a lot of plays inside and out. He is a mid to high major prospect that is an elite athlete with a high ceiling.
Erik Stevenson (6’4 SG Timberlines HS, WA) – was the most impressive player of the day. He is athletic and competes on every play with a ton of emotion. Stevenson is a great shooter with great feet and balance. He is a mid to high major prospect because he can also defend, handle the ball, pass, and rebound.
Nathaniel Stokes (6’8 PF Wilson HS, WA) – intriguing length and athleticism. Stokes has a soft touch on his jumpshot. He will only get better the more he plays and competes.
Class of 2019
Hunter Campau (5’11 PG Timberline, WA) – very skilled and high basketball IQ. Campau is a good shooter that understands how to mover without the ball to get good looks. He is fearless and impacts the game.
Kimball Cottam (6’5 PF Tahoma HS, WA) – strong bodied lefty with good size. Cottam is effective in the mid post and finishing around the rim. His level will be determined by how much more explosive he becomes and if his perimeter game continues to develop.