July 8, 2011

From the road: Reebok Breakout notes

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PHILADELPHIA - Rivals.com analyst Eric Bossi has been at the Reebok Breakout Challenge in Philadelphia and offers these nuggets of news:

Earlier in his high school career, Carlton Ford was able to stand out thanks to his outstanding athleticism, strength and speed with the ball. However, the 6-foot-1 point guard's game seemed to stagnate a bit. In Philadelphia, though, Ford has been a beast getting to the rim in both transition and half-court sets. A bubble high-major prospect, Ford has been catching the attention of coaches thanks to his improved skill and feel for the game.

Reclassified 2013 wing Anton Wilson is proving to be legit. At 6-foot-5 he can drain jumpers from deep range, is a big time finisher in transition and very slick passer in the lane. The thin wing already claims offers from Baylor, Central Michigan, Rhode Island and Cleveland State to go with attention from Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Michigan, Detroit, Boston College, Ball State and both Northern and Southern Illinois.

New Jersey combo guard Dallas Anglin has had two strong days in Philly. At 6-foot-2, Anglin is an excellent shooter from deep who shows a high basketball IQ and he doesn't make many mistakes when he slides over to run the point.

Another New Jersey product who has had a solid outing at Reebok is 6-foot-5 wing Chris Jones. A dirty work guy who does the little things, he will defend, finish in transition and can do some things off the dribble.

Chicago point guard C.J. Jones informed Rivals.com that as of last Friday he has backed off of his verbal commitment to Ball State. Jones is a physically tough kid who defends and likes to get to the rim.

Another Michigan product who has left the state to finish high school is athletic point guard Ray Lee . A creator off the dribble, he listed offers from Iowa State, Baylor, Florida State, Xavier, UCF and Dayton. Those who will follow him in July include Texas, Tennessee, Louisville, Marquette, Georgia and West Virginia.

Combo guard Seth Allen was the new Maryland staff's first commitment. After a bit of a slow start, the 6-foot-2 rising senior got things rolling a bit on Thursday. He can shoot from outside, creates offense for himself and is a sneaky athlete. He looks to be one of those guys who will serve the role of designated jump shooter in college.

One of the more physical wings in camp is Brooklyn native Kedar Edwards. Prepping in Florida, Edwards is all about getting to the rim and he doesn't mind trading a little paint with his defender. He listed interest from Dayton, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Long Island, Lehigh, Fairfield, College of Charleston and Cincinnati.

When he hits the floor with Texas-based SW Elite for the rest of the month, C.J. Rodriguez should be a prime target for regional mid-majors. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard is a solid all-around guard who knocks down shots and makes good decisions.

It's too bad that Juwan Parker has been forgotten by his teammates at times. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard is a high level shooter from deep and has a body built for contact. Already a four-star in the class of 2013, he continues to show high major potential.

Georgia guard Justin Seymour was yet another who settled in on Thursday. Seymour knocked shots from deep, used his body to shield defenders and looked much more comfortable on both ends of the floor.

DePaul assistant Billy Garrett has to be excited about the prospect of coaching his son Billy Garrett Jr. in college. The rising junior isn't at all flashy, but he's solid across the board and contributes in every aspect of the game.

Rex Walters and his staff at San Francisco have to be happy about getting three-star power forward Matt Christiansen locked up prior to the evaluation period. Well built, tough and agile in the lane, he plays a physical style of ball and is committed to playing big in the lane.

Class of 2013 wing Travis Hammonds doesn't have what would be described as classic form on his jumper. But the 6-foot-5 wing from South Carolina sure makes a lot of them. Add good size and a strong frame and he's a guy that regional programs on the mid- to high-major programs will track over the next year.

There wasn't anybody at Reebok who played more physically than well built 6-foot-7 power forward Michael Obacha. He didn't get many touches on the offensive end, but when the brutish insider was involved with a play, bodies were hitting the floor and he was coming up with a loose ball.

Finally, the camp's youngest player, Horace Spencer, a 6-foot-7 freshman, didn't rack up huge numbers, but he belonged and is a high level athlete with huge feet and a body that seems to be made up entirely of arms and legs. Hopefully the hype machine will allow him time to develop, but it's hard not to notice his potential.


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