USA Basketball: Saturday standouts
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Fifty-four of America's top high school basketball prospects have made U.S. Olympic Training Facility the place to be this weekend. During Saturday's first session, 2017's No. 2 player Michael Porter and No. 7 player Collin Sexton were dominant.
PORTER AND SEXTON DOMINATE FIRST SESSION
Often times matched up with prospects from the classes of 2019 and 2020 that they have at least two and three years of age and experience on, the two were mostly unstoppable.
Headed to Washington, the most noticeable thing about Porter was his added strength and the alpha mentality he played with. The No. 2 player in 2017, Porter has sometimes been timid at USA Basketball events, but on Saturday morning it looked like he was trying to send a message that he is the best player in attendance. He buried several mid-range jumpers, had numerous towering jams and was also doing a little trash talking.
When Sexton got the ball in his hands, you could see his eyes light up at the prospect of attacking younger defenders. He's a natural born scorer who was getting to the rim, pulling up for jumpers and playing with lots of confidence. Having visited N.C. State, Kansas, Alabama and Oklahoma State officially and having seen Georgia Tech and Georgia unofficially, his decision should be coming soon.
Sexton was matched up with 2017's top ranked point guard Trevon Duval for a stretch during the scrimmaging, hopefully there will be more of that throughout the weekend.
TODD THE MAN TO BEAT IN 2020?
It's way too early to even start thinking about who the top ranked player in the class of 2020 is going to be. However, after one session of workouts 6-foot-9 small forward Isaiah Todd looks like he might be the top freshman prospect in attendance and it's not out of line to envision the product of Richmond (Va.) John Marshall eventually ranking quite highly in 2020.
Generally, when we hear about a wing with Todd's size and ability we are skeptical. They either end up much shorter than advertised or are not natural wing players. In this case, Todd is as big and as natural on the perimeter as advertised. The thin forward moves with ease, has a good looking jump shot and advanced ball skills.
Size may eventually dictate that Todd plays as a skilled four man, but regardless he's a potentially big time talent. Hampton was first to offer and Baylor, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Central Florida, Miami, James Madison, Wake Forest, Penn State and St. John's have followed suit.
MORE NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS FROM SESSION ONE
The No. 10 ranked player in the class of 2010, James Wiseman looked even better than his lofty ranking. The thin and skilled four man has grown to 6-foot-10, added some strength and is playing with more of a physical edge. He said that Duke and Kentucky have been by recently but haven't yet offered. Others new to his recruitment include Florida and Iowa with Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Xavier and Stanford making a consistent effort.
The son of former NBA star Shareef Abdur-Rahim, 2020 shooting guard Jabri Abdur-Rahim wasted little time making his own name. He's got terrific 6-foot-5 size, is comfortable with the ball in his hands and makes good decisions. Abdur-Rahim has the tools to be a big time prospect in his own right and said that Rutgers and Texas A&M (where his uncle is an assistant coach) are his first two offers. California, Connecticut, St. John's, Michigan State and Kansas have all reached out early.
It was productive morning session for 2019's No. 45 ranked player Wendell Moore. The 6-foot-4 wing fought as best he could with Michael Porter but also hit on a few nice looking deep jumpers and he was active on the glass. Moore listed offers from North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Georgia and Charlotte.
Another really impressive looking player from the class of 2020 is 6-foot-8 forward Xavier Foster. A product of Oskaloosa (Iowa) High, he can shoot to 17 feet, is a very springy athlete and he has a high basketball IQ. He is very skinny and was a little timid at times, but he looks like he could be the next big time prospect out of the state of Iowa. Iowa and Iowa State have already offered and Notre Dame is supposed to be in soon.