Posted On: 12/20/17 6:00 AM
The 2017 Ramey Midwest Showdown Shootout this past weekend at Webster Groves High School featured some of the best talent in both Illinois and St. Louis. PrepHoops was in the house to evaluate prospects all day. Here are our evaluations of the Missouri prospects at the event.
PG DeAndre Campbell (Parkway Central – 2018)
The 6’1” senior point guard is built like a middle linebacker with his strength especially in his upper body. He is at his best getting downhill and finishing through contact. Not the most explosive athlete, but when he gets in the paint he is tough to stop scoring through opponents. He is a good enough shooter that teams have to respect it as he hit a three late and also can pull up from mid-range. He is definitely best scoring inside using his physicality. He had 27 points. Really solid D2 prospect.
SG Devin Rice (Parkway Central – 2018)
Rice is a physically built 6’0” wing that isn’t overly athletic, but this kid was lights out shooting the ball from the perimeter. Drilled a ton of threes off the catch with his quick and concise looking three point shot. Plus spot up shooter that isn’t the most physically gifted athletically, but could find a home at a small college as a shooting specialist.
PF Devion Harris (Parkway Central – 2020)
Harris is intriguing with his size at 6’6” and length. Should grow a couple more inches in the next two and a half years of high school. Opened up with a sweet left handed hook shot showing skill on the block. Displayed nice footwork on several other moves, but lacked the strength to finish. Hit a short jumper and had the crowd buzzing with a posterizing slam! Length plays well defensively altering shots. Once he adds more strength it should take his game to the next level. Harris had 7 points. Worth monitoring by low-major and mid-major programs early.
PG Jared Phillips (Cardinal Ritter – 2018)
Phillips is the player that makes everything go for Cardinal Ritter. The compactly built 5’11” point guard is like a bowling ball with the rock in his hands. Powerful attacking downhill. Finishes well through contact and likes to get out in transition. Defensively he is active and creates turnovers. He had 14 points. Most likely a football player at the next level, but on the hoops side would be a D3/NAIA prospect.
SG Malek Davis (Cardinal Ritter – 2019)
Davis is a junior guard at 5’10” that ran really fill it up scoring the basketball. Finishes acrobatic layups at the rim and is a plus shooter as he drilled multiple pull up jumpers and threes. Shooting is probably the strength of his game, but his athleticism plays well too. Finished with 22 points. D2’s should take a look.
SG Mario Fleming (Cardinal Ritter – 2021)
Fleming has a chance to be one of the better 2021 prospects in the St. Louis area. He has size at 6’3” with the ability to get to the basket. Slippery with the rock in his hands getting through traffic. Almost all of his scores come at the rim many converting in an acrobatic fashion. Didn’t see if he could shoot the ball in this game. Scoring two guard that we will continue to monitor closely over the next few years. He had 14 points.
SG Shaun Williams (Hazelwood Central – 2018)
Williams is a Kansas State commit that is a beast on ball defender. The 6’4” shooting guard has the ability to defend multiple positions and gets steals doing it. Offensively he showed well especially in the transition game where he gets out and finished with acrobatics at the rim. Quality body control around the hoop converting difficult shots. Plays with a great motor. Streaky shooter that can hit threes drilling two in this game. Williams is going to be an outstanding glue guy for Kansas State at the next level. He had 26 points.
SF Cameron Williams (Hazelwood Central – 2018)
Williams is a 6’4” strong and freakishly athletic small forward prospect! He is powerful with the ball and has a burst with the rock in his hands especially in transition. Plays above the rim on both ends of the floor swatting shots and having high flying dunks. Overall skill level could improve. Did hit one 15 foot jumper. Williams has upside with his athleticism. Went for 8 points.
PG Telly Wright (Hazelwood Central – 2018)
Wright is a tiny 5’9” point guard that pushes the pace and likes to get in the lane for floaters and runners. Can hit an occasional three, but is streaky from there. He finished with 9 points. Small college prospect.
C Xavier Bell (Hazelwood Central – 2018)
Bell was a name we didn’t know much about coming into the game. The 6’7” post has good strength to anchor inside on the defensive end. Very good area rebounder that snatches them in traffic with his strong hands. The thick bodied and broad shouldered post is efficient with his touches around the hoop. He had 9 points. Small colleges and JUCO’s should have him on their radar.
C Carte’Are Gordon (Webster Groves – 2018)
Gordon who is one of the top prospects in Missouri was clearly frustrated on the floor without his running mate Courtney Ramey who is out with an injury. On their home floor Webster Groves got ran out of the gym. Gordon did flash some of the tools that make him a top 100 recruit. The SLU commit is in the best shape of his career as it seems he has dropped some weight and leaned out. The 6’8” center is best when he gets the ball from 15 feet in where he can attack with quick moves including a nice spin. With Ramey out he tries to do too much at times especially dribbling way away from the basket and that leads to turnovers. When he sticks to being powerful and athletic in the paint he is a force. Gordon rebounded well in his area and had a couple big blocks. We had him for 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Will be a nice player at St. Louis University.
PG Mario McKinney (Vashon – 2019)
McKinney didn’t shoot the ball as well as he usually does from three, but still managed to get his points. The 6’2” point guard has jets with the ball in his hands. Tremendous speed in the open floor. Definitely plays with a chip on his shoulder and is super competitive. All of his points came in the paint with runners, layups, and scoring on junk points. For a point guard he has a nose for the basketball inside and seems to always be around it to get the ball and put it in for a bucket. At times he was a bit wild and out of control with the rock causing some turnovers. Did make some nice passes as well showing off a flair for passing the rock. He had 19 points and 5 dimes. High-major prospect.
SG Donyae McCaskill (Vashon – 2019)
McCaskill was the go to player early for Vashon in their rivalry game. The 6’1” junior guard has a physical body and finishes well through contact in the paint. Contributes on the boards and overall is just a great role player that does the little things. He had 16 points. Most likely a small college prospect down the line.
SF Cam’Ron Fletcher (Vashon – 2020)
Fletcher is a player that we are huge fans of and think he has top 100 talent nationally in the 2020 class. He didn’t shoot it well again in this game struggling to connect from three. Clean looking stroke and he was great at hitting from deep over the summer. Just in a shooting slump in the two games we have seen. Plus athlete that caught an alley-oop and swatted tons of shots emphatically both inside and jumpers on the perimeter. Has a chance to be a big time defender at the next level. Showed some nice passing. He rebounds well for a wing. Finished with 7 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 blocks. When it is all said and done I think he will be a high-major prospect.
SG Kobe Clark (Vashon – 2020)
Clark is another wing with size at 6’5”. He has a ton of upside, but just flashes it right now and isn’t overly productive. Got on the offensive glass for a put back and hit a three from the top of the key. Definitely has D1 potential and time to get there. More prospect than player right now. He had 5 points.
PG Phillip Russell (Vashon – 2020)
Russell was the man for Vashon as he was absolutely on fire from three. He was unconscious shooting it for stretches and had the entire gym buzzing! He is only 5’9”, but can really shoot it from three. He had five or six triples in this game including a barrage to start the fourth quarter. Has some shiftiness to him as well. Went for 23 points. New name to track!
SF Jericole Hellems (Chaminade – 2018)
The NC State commit didn’t necessarily shoot the ball at his usual clip from the perimeter, but he went to work in the post. The small forward did most of his damage getting on the offensive glass for put backs and scoring with his back to the basket. Played with a lot of toughness on the interior. Rebounds well in traffic. Hellems had 22 points and 12 rebounds.
PG Jadis White (Chaminade – 2018)
White had a quietly impressive performance for Chaminade. The 6’2” point guard has broad shoulders and a slender build. He was a standout on the defensive end with his active hands and pressure that he put on the opposing backcourt. Capable shooter from mid-range and also hit a three on the wing. Went for 10 points. D2 lead guard that with a big senior season could sneak into low-major consideration.
SG Keyyaun Batchman (Chaminade – 2019)
Batchman is a role player for Chaminade that continues to produce. The 6’2” junior is a lefty that lets it fly from deep. Best as a spot up shooter. Also has a nose for the ball and can mix it up on the offensive glass from time to time. He had 14 points.
SF Luke Kasubke (Chaminade – 2020)
Kasubke could be the next star at Chaminade. Great height at 6’6” with long arms. This kid can flat out shoot the basketball! Drills threes especially from the corners consistently. Quick release from deep. Also can mix in a runner on occasion if they run him off the line. He finished with 16 points. Low-major and mid-majors should be keeping tabs on him.