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April 30, 2011
Underclassmen shine at Jayhawk
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The second day of the Jayhawk Invitational allowed for some evaluation of younger divisions and players such as 2013 wing Stephen Domingo and 2014 point guard Dominique Collier stepped into the spotlight.
Stephen Domingo, SF, Dream Vision 16's- A thin wing, the near 6-foot-6 Domingo is the owner of one of the smoothest jump shots in the class of 2013. Skilled around the perimeter, he shot faked and used a control dribble to create a little separation. A four-star prospect, his game will open up even more if he looks to get into the lane and attack the rim a bit more.
Malcolm Hill, SG/SF-, SW IL Jets-Orange- A class of 2013 wing, Hill has been earning much acclaim the past few weeks. A legit 6-foot-4, Hill has the look of a potential high major prospect and lived up to his billing. Physical and aggressive, he attacks quickly off the dribble and is particularly explosive going to his left. Hill finishes around the rim, can knock down three-pointers and is a good mid-range playmaker.
Marcus Smart, SG, Texas Assault- Anybody who has seen Smart knows what they are going to get. A total grinder, the 6-foot-4 wing is strong off of the bounce and punishes defenders physically. He rebounds, he defends and he does all the things that helps a team win. You can't really peg him into any particular position, but the effort is always there and after listening to him communicate with teammates, it's pretty clear that he's got a high basketball IQ.
Conner Frankamp, PG, KC Pump 'N Run 16's- A 6-foot sophomore from Wichita (Kan.) North, Frankamp is a very skilled scorer. A pure shooter, Frankamp can also create offense off of the dribble and will find open teammates. During June, Frankamp is headed off to Colorado Springs to try out for USA Basketball's 16 and under.
Dominique Collier, PG, Billups Elite 15's- A thin 6-foot-1 point guard from Denver (Colo.) East, Collier is smooth, under control, creates off the dribble. Equally dangerous driving right or left, defenders were unable to keep him from getting wherever he wanted with the ball. Collier is an excellent finisher, has a jumper and was basically unstoppable in a tough pool play win over the SYF 15's.
More Saturday notables
The SYF 15's put up a big fight against Dominique Collier and Billups Elite and one of the most effective weapons was 6-foot-3 freshman small forward Mikey Jones. Thin and quick, he is an attacker off the dribble who can finish at the rim. Jones played with great energy and his impact was felt on both ends of the floor. There has been a lot of hype surrounding Wisconsin sophomore Bronson Koenig. Saturday, he looked the part at times while struggling at others. A thin 6-foot-2 combo guard, Koenig appears a bit more comfortable off the ball where he is a textbook jump shooter who gets excellent lift from the floor. Koenig can handle a bit, but struggles some to beat good defenders in a one-on-one situation. There's some wasted motion in his game and he overdribbles some, but those are easily correctable issues as he develops as a player.
Sophomore shooting guard Jordan Matthews of the Dream Vision 16's is a promising looking young prospect. An excellent shooter, Matthews has a body that already handles contact and he's just alert enough as a passer and handler to help run the point in a pinch. Big man Tory Miller of the KC Pump 'N Run 16 and unders is in much better shape physically than during the high school season. A lengthy 6-foot-7 insider, he's effective when he commits to attacking the offensive glass. Khadre Lane of the KC Pump 'N Run 15's, a 6-foot-4 small forward, was too much of an athlete for his opponents to stop during a Saturday afternoon win. A big-time finisher at the rim, Lane is capable of elevating in traffic for tip slams. Lane made the only three-pointer that he took, but he needs to look for the jumper a bit more.
Mid-major programs and up will likely be curious to get a look at 6-foot-9 center Ryan Rosburg of the Gateway Basketball Club. The Chesterfield (Mo.) Marquette big man is a strong kid who runs the floor fairly well and looks to have some skill. He isn't a dominant rebounder or shot blocker, but he plays well within his area of the floor and doesn't mind it when opponents want to bump and grind under the bucket.
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