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May 30, 2014

Top Ten Prospects from SSGT David Rose Classic

The SSGT David Rose Memorial Day Classic took place last weekend in Greensboro, with many of the top prospects in the state of North Carolina playing under the same roof.

In addition to the big names in attendance, the event provided previously under-the-radar prospects with an opportunity to make a name for themselves in front of a number of scouting services and media outlets.

Below is a breakdown of 10 prospects that have either taken the next step in their development, or used the David Rose MDC to burst onto the scene.


2015 G Glen Campbell - Team Raleigh ended up finishing the weekend winless, but Campbell used his natural scoring ability to make a big-time statement.

A pure shot-maker with good lift on his jumper and range out to 22-feet, Campbell was at his best in transition, where he can pull-up from anywhere on the floor, or drop a dime to a cutting teammate.

He needs to work on lowering his dribble and adding more definition to his frame, but Campbell has the efficiency and effectiveness to be a viable go-to-scorer at the mid-major level.


2014 SF Ricky Council - An unsigned senior looking to turn a productive summer into increased exposure, Council led his Brand X squad to the tournament championship by dropping a combined 40 points in the final two games.

He's a tremendous athlete who can step out and knock down deep jumpers. He still has to work on beating his man off the dribble, but Council's versatility should earn him an offer from at a high-major program.

Council currently holds offers from a number of mid-majors, and has a Top 2 composed of Appalachian State and UNC-Wilmington. He recently gained interest from Wake Forest. He's set on making his decision sometime in the next month.


2016 G Daveon Gully - Gully was the gem of the weekend. He played limited minutes for Team Raleigh, but seemed to always make his mark, regardless of his role.

He's a relentless defender, possessing excellent length and the lateral quickness to be a lockdown defender. He was always matched up with the opposing team's best shooter, and never allowed his man to get a clean look.

Gully has a tendency to play a little out of control, and got pushed around as the primary ball-handler. With added reps at the point, and an additional 15-20 pounds of muscle on his frame, Gully has the motor and tenacity to be a special prospect.


2014 F Jeremy Harris - A high-flying wing with a steadily progressing all-around game, Harris is poised to breakout during a post-grad year at Fishburne Military Academy next year.

Playing with a senior-laden TTC Elite, Harris used the David Rose MDC as a personal mixtape, dunking on a number of defenders, blocking shots all over the floor, and simply never giving up on a play.

He flashed a soft touch from deep, but his consistency remains a major question mark. As he becomes more reliable from beyond the arc and bulks up, Harris will end up being a steal at the mid-major level.


2016 F Ebuka Izundu - Izundu was the breakout star of the weekend. In fact, he was so off the radar that nobody could quite figure out the correct spelling of his last name.

Right away, Izundu's size, and length stand out, but it's his mobility and agility that set him apart. He's an elite interior defender who has serious range as a shot blocker. His rebounding will improve with time in the weight room, but he has soft hands, and a good second jump.

He's limited as a scorer but runs the floor like a gazelle and can finish above the rim in transition. The pieces are there for Izundu to be a Top 5 player in the state. Now he just needs to put it all together.

Charlotte and Virginia Tech recently offered the 2016 big man. He told NCPreps that the 49ers are showing him the most interest. As he gains more exposure on the summer circuit, offers will continue to pour in.


2015 PG Cecil Moore - A smooth operator leading the offense, Moore is a diminutive guard who always has his head up leading the break, and rarely makes a bad decision with the rock.

He's a blur with the ball in his hands, and showed improved athleticism that adds another element to his game. He breaks down his man with ease, and has the touch to pull-up from 10 feet and drop in a floater over traffic.

Moore's biggest weakness is his left hand. He has a tendency to pick up his dribble when forced left, and struggled attacking with his off-hand. As he improves his consistency and hones his ball-handling, Moore's versatility will earn him an Ivy League offer.

Moore is still very much under the radar. He is hearing from both Dartmouth and Lincoln Memorial, but is still looking for his first offer. With his diverse skill-set and academic prowess (he holds a 4.6 GPA), look for Moore to rack up offers after attending elite camps later in the summer.


2016 G Deshawn Patterson - Playing his first tournament of the summer with MB1-Teal, Patterson showcased his trademark playmaking ability while turning in a productive weekend.

He's a skilled ball-handler who gets into the lane at will and is as effective attacking with his right hand as he is with his left. He's a good spot-up shooter with range out to the arc, and excellent body controls on finishes.

Patterson needs to work on keeping his dribble lower to the ground, and continuing to improve his perimeter marksmanship, but his craftiness at the point guard position makes him a valuable commodity at the point guard position.

He has yet to receive his first offer, but has Appalachian State and Western Carolina at the top of his list. He's taking visits to both schools sometime during the next month.


2015 F KiShawn Pritchett - Playing on a loaded PSB Select roster that features Charles Minlend and Steven Santa Ana, Pritchett was the prospect that made the biggest impression.

He's a dynamic athlete who can play a little point-forward. He has excellent vision in transition and an above-average handle for his size. Pritchett is a good shooter with a soft touch from deep, and the ability to get a rebound and take it coast to coast for the finish.

He's a playmaker in transition, but has to work on his perimeter game. He struggled handling and finishing with his off-hand, and will have to sharpen his finesse game in order to be more effective in the half-court offense.

He holds offers from a number of mid-majors in the immediate area, including: Elon, High Point, UNC-Greensboro, and Western Carolina. It's only a matter of time before he starts to pick up interest from big-time programs up and down the east coast.


2015 G Keyshawn Raleigh - Raleigh was the other half of the NC Spartans talented backcourt, and played a little Robin to Cecil Moore's Batman. He's a skilled scorer with a high basketball IQ, and a flair for the dramatic.

Armed with a nice hesitation move, Raleigh has the quickness to blow by wings and the power to go right into smaller defenders. He made a couple of no-look passes look easy, and flashed above-average athleticism to go along with a nifty pump-fake that frequently got his man to bite.

Raleigh has to work on his handle in order to be a more reliable scorer, but he has the framework of a productive guard at the low-major level.


2015 SF Bobby Stenborg - Stenborg came out of nowhere to produce the most impressive performance of the weekend. He dropped 41 points against a talented TTC Elite team, and followed it up with a 31-point effort against Brand X.

As a 6-foot-4 power forward, Stenborg doesn't scream D1, but his motor, and relentlessness will allow him to play at college basketball's highest level. He is the definition of a blue-collar big man, as he imposes his will on the low-block with his wide frame and workman-like demeanor.

Stenborg's size will always be the biggest detriment to his value as a prospect, and will ultimately prohibit him from garnering looks from a high-major program; however, he's the type of player who simply gets it done in the paint.

To this point, he's heard mostly from D2 schools, but he's picked up interest from Appalachian State since his scoring outburst.


Notes:

2015 guard Daquan Lilly returned from an ankle injury to play this past weekend with UBA-Raleigh. He's a standout athlete who is also being recruited as a wide receiver by a number of D1-AA programs. His stock as a basketball recruit will continue to take off after his impressive performance.

2015 guard Nick Smith sat out the NC Spartans' first game with a migraine, but returned to action on Saturday. He told NCPreps that he's hearing the most from Colgate, Columbia, and Northern Arizona. He's headed to Columbia's elite camp in June.

2016 guard Ty Gadsden suffered a concussion on Friday night and sat out the rest of MB1-Purple's games. He was impressive in the lone half he played, and at 6-foot-4, he has the size, length, and athleticism to be a high-major prospect down the road.


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