Thursday, May 7, 2009

IBCA Top 100 Work Out

Here are some of my observations from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Top 100 work out from a couple weekends ago.

Kyle Ritz PG Munster- Played very well. He looked automatic from mid-range. He made good decisions handling the ball. Someone to check out.

Jordan Manuel SF Howe- Super long, showed some handles and hit some contested 3’s with a hand in his face. Athletic but thin.

Clinton Happe PG- Does not look like a basketball player but showed some very athletic finishes including a reverse lay-up that Russell Byrd contested. Skilled and fundamental.

Greg Miller PF North Miami- Played well against Travis Carroll on both ends of the floor. Scored over and around Carroll easily a few times and made Carroll work on the offensive end for anything he got. A bit undersized for D-1 but worth a look.

Kevin Kidd PG East Central- Tiny…that’s the only problem with him. Height and frame are very small. He knocked down outside shots and finished against contact in the lane. Handled the ball very well against pressure.

Andrew Rudakas SF/PF Wheeler- Showed some things I had questioned about him in the past. He blocked a dunk attempt by Jordan Manual to show some athleticism. He showed some handles as well. At only 6’5 or 6’6, can he guard a 3? That’s what I question now. Otherwise a solid D-2 prospect.

Jordan Weidner PG Franklin Central- Not necessarily a surprise but he showed his full game. Aggressive driving the basketball and finishing. Shot the ball well. I still question if he can do it against the bigger players? Impressive day though.

Brad Karp SG Valparaiso- Undersized SG at 6’2ish but played hard and smart. Crashed the boards, showed some handles, and shot the ball from range well.

JaJuan Sarver PG- Sarver showed a good set 3 pt. Shot. Quick but failed to capitalize on a few good drives when he couldn’t finish the play.

Zach Apollos PF- Strong body that he used to finish inside well. Apollos also showed some quicks for his size. D-2 or NAIA type of player to me.

Travis Carroll 6’7 Danville- Solid as always and showed a good looking 17 foot jumper a few times.

Russell Byrd 6’8 Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian- Byrd was impressive against Justin Gant. Handled the ball well and passed very well.

Kennis White 6’2 South Bend Washington- Quick, finished well, and was one of the few players who fed the post well all day. He is only a legit 6’1 or 6’2 though.

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera 6’3 North Central- Took me awhile to recognize him on the floor (no roster in front of me) He was solid, hit some outside shots, showed a good change of pace drive and then finished in traffic.

Austin Burgett 6’7 Avon- Burgett made a good drive and then bounce pass in traffic for a finish that showed his perimeter skills. He’s not just a tall kid that can shoot, he is confident off the dribble. Guarded point guards and was not outmatched.

Tony Springmann 6’7 FW Bishop Dwenger- Springmann dominated the boards, but got lost a little bit in the up-tempo game.

Nic Moore 5’9 Warsaw- Moore showed a good looking shot from 3 pt with a defender on him. Strong although small in height.

Torrey Nibbs 6’1 Brownsburg- Nibbs showcased his explosive first step but struggled to finish the lay-ups. Made a few good passes that showed solid vision of the floor.


Leland Brown 6’3- Strong body, hit a good looking set 3. and also drove the ball well. I liked what I saw from Brown.

Justin Clemens 6’4 PF-A football recruit, but finished well inside on numerous trips. He also stepped out and hit a couple 3’s. NAIA type if he chose basketball instead of football.

Khristian Smith 6’4 SF- Showed some explosiveness on a nice drive. Smith also showed he could hit perimeter shots although he forced shots multiple times.

Spencer Comer 6’3 SG-Major athleticism but needs to work on ball handling and develop a consistent outside shot to be a D-1 player. Plays extremely hard though.

Keith Cochran 6’9 C-Long and thin, did some decent things around the basket. Doesn’t run very well.

Parker Stouffer 6’7 C- Big, strong, and played with a high basketball IQ. The one thing that impressed me a lot was his ability to find his teammates out of a double team.

Mason Gregory 6’2 SG- Shot the ball really well with a quick release. Hit a mid-range jumper vs. pressure and hit a 3 as well.

Phil Miller 5’8 PG- Small in height and weight. Bigger PG’s seem to bother him. He is lightning quick though.

Mitchell Patton 6’6 PF-Showed some solid post moves and good finishes before he twisted an ankle and left for the day.