“PREPTALK” (12-1-16)


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2016 STATE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

The following is the list of the Players of the Year from each state. The list was comprised by Gatorade. You will see some names on here that are having fantastic freshmen seasons right now. Just click on the players who are hyperlinked to view their basketball profile.

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  JAYSON TATUM

AK: KAMAKA HEPA

AL: JOHN PETTY

AR: MALIK MONK

AZ: MITCH LIGHTFOOT

CA: LONZO BALL

CO: COLBEY ROSS

CT: MATTHEW MOYER

DC: CHRIS LYKES

DE: JORDAN ALLEN

FL: TONY BRADLEY

GA: ALTERIQUE GILBERT

HI: HUGH HOGLAND

IA: JORDAN BOHANNON

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Kyle Guy from Virginia

ID: CONNOR HARDING

IL: CHARLIE MOORE

IN: KYLE GUY

KS: JERRICK HARDING

KY: QUENTIN GOODWIN

LA: JA’VANTE SMART

MA: ERIC SELLEW

MD: ISAIAH MILES

ME: ANDREW FLEMING

MI: CASSIUS WINSTON

MN: GARY TRENT JR.

MD: JAYSON TATUM

MS: TYSON CARTER

MT: BRENDAN HOWARD

NC: (BAM) ADEBAYO

ND: AANEN MOODY

NE: AGUEK AROP

NH: KEITH BROWN

NJ: TYUS BATTLE

NM: CLAY PATTERSON

NV: ZACH COLLINS

NY: KEVIN HUERTER

OH: XAVIER SIMPSON

OK: TRAE YOUNG

OR: PAYTON PRITCHARD

PA: LONNIE WALKER

RI: JUSTIN MAZZULLA

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Frank Jackson from Duke

SC: JOSEPH BATTLE

SD: TY HOGLUND

TN: ALEX LOMAX

TX: DE’AARON FOX

UT: FRANK JACKSON

VA: V.J. KING

VT: BEN SHUNGU

WA: ISIAH BROWN

WI: SAM HOUSER

WV: CHASE HARLER

WY: HOYT NICHOLAS

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Wendell Carter (PF) signs with Duke: The recruiting battle for the 5-star recruit is finally over. Carter, who gave serious consideration to Harvard, Georgia Tech and Georgia, will be a Duke Blue Devil next season. We personally were pulling for Harvard in this battle as it would show future prospects that it is OK to get a great education and play good basketball as well. Odds are the 6’9″ Carter takes over for Harry Giles and Amile Jefferson as the starting PF next year. Coach K has his recruiting at an all-time high.

Lonnie Walker (SG) signs with Miami (FL): The 5-star PA native has committed to Miami (FL) as head coach Jim Larranaga must be ecstatic. The 6’4″ SG is a consensus top 20-30 player among all recruiting sites and will bring scoring and athleticism to the Hurricanes.

WESTERN KENTUCKY HOT ON THE RECRUITING TRAIL

Every recruiting season there seems to be 1 team that comes out of nowhere and lands a top class. Last year, Tommy Amaker landed an excellent class for Harvard. This year, it has been Rick Stansbury and Western Kentucky.

The longtime Mississippi State head coach (1998-2012), Stansbury was hired this past March to take over the Hilltoppers, who play in Conference USA. What he has done since March has shocked many analysts, perhaps us the most.

The 56-year old had in our opinion, the biggest shocker of the recruiting season over the wku_hilltoppers_wordmarksummer, when 5-star recruit Mitchell Robinson chose WKU over a host of big-time programs. The 7’0″ center is the type of player who can instantly change the fortune of a program in the conference that they play in. Also part of the 2017 class is SG Josh Anderson, who is a consensus top 50 recruit in the country. Rounding out the 3 man class at this present moment is 3-star recruit Taveion Hollingsworth, a 6’2″ SG.

We personally love situations like this one at WKU. A star player decides to take a chance on a smaller school. A new head coach comes in and the buzz around the basketball program is at an all-time high. These are the type of scenarios that make college basketball so great. Stansbury is a proven coach. While WKU is struggling right now with a 3-4 record, the buzz is about next year. Hilltopper fans can’t wait. Neither can we.

 

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FEATURED PLAYER: KRIS WILKES- #18 RANKED PLAYER IN CLASS OF 2017

UCLA head Coach Steve Alford nailed last year’s recruiting class when he landed PG Lonzo Ball and PF T.J. Leaf. Both of those players were 5-star recruits who are playing extremely well as freshmen as the Bruins are in top 20. Alford has continued his momentum on the recruiting trail as he has gained a commitment from another 5-star recruit.

Kris Wilkes is a 6’7″ small forward from Indiana and somebody who we really like after watching his films. He combines 3 things that SF’s need in order to thrive, which are size, athletic ability, and length. He reminds us a little bit of Brandon Ingram when Ingram played at Duke last year. However, Ingram is a better shooter than Wilkes is at this stage.

Wilkes sports a nice shooting touch and is real fun to watch when playing in an open court game. He can play inside or outside, which makes him very dangerous at the high school level. Once he grows into his body and gains strength, we see him as a difference maker next season when he suits up for the Bruins.

We see a scenario where Wilkes comes in and starts right away next year. We expect Ball to leave for the NBA as he is a virtual lock to be a top 10 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Steve Alford had a rough 2015-16 season. However, with both Ball and Leaf and now with Wilkes, he seems to have righted the ship and looks to have the Bruins on the path to the top of the PAC-12. Kris Wilkes will help tremendously trying to achieve that goal.

NOTE: We will be writing a full-length player profile of Kris Wilkes in the coming months. This is part of our High School Player Profiles (Elites) page.


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