Posted On: 01/24/18 11:30 PM
Wednesday night PrepHoopsIllinois caught some JUCO action as we headed to Kaskaskia to see them take on John A Logan. KC jumped out to an early lead and looked like they were going to give Logan another tough game on their home floor. It was all John A Logan from then on with their pressure defense, passing, and well balanced scoring. They took home the win 93-60. Here are our Standout Performers from the game.
SG Jaiveon Eaves (John A Logan – Sophomore)
Big fan of this well-built 6’3” shooting guard. Strong guard with athleticism. He is at his best using his lethal jump shot. Hit a couple of threes off the catch, but might be even better pulling up. Slick mid-range shooter that had a sick cross over where he created space and drilled a three. Eaves had 13 points. Low-major plus/mid-major prospect.
PG David Sloan (John A Logan – Freshman)
Sloan was the best player on the floor and it wasn’t close. This freshman guard from Louisville is an absolutely electric passer with the ball. After an early run by KC he completely took over with his passing and vision finding others in the half court. He is a conductor out there on the floor making great passes one after another. Sloan had 8 dimes, but should have had more if his teammates would have been ready for passes on the money. He has a great burst off the bounce both in transition and the half court. KC couldn’t stay in front of him all night. As a scorer he gets to the rim with his speed and is a solid shooter from three. He had 10 points and 8 dimes. High-major after another year of JUCO.
F Vonnie Patterson (John A Logan – Freshman)
Patterson dominated the game in the first half with his athleticism, energy, and tenacity on the interior. He is a combo forward that is more of a small ball junk yard four man at this stage. The freshman seals well on the interior. Such a quick second jump around the hoop and is explosive finishing. Finished through and around contact. He had 12 points.
PF Melo Burrell (John A Logan – Freshman)
The former Morgan Park standout is one of the top interior players for Logan. The 6’6” freshman played with a high activity level in this game. He ran the floor hard consistently and made an impact on both ends of the floor. Offensively he scored in transition and had a couple nice finishes including a spin move. Made some nice passes that led to buckets. Active on the defensive end with his length making it tough for KC to score inside. He had 10 points.
SG Jonah Jackson (John A Logan – Freshman)
Probably not a good idea to leave the Merrillville, Indiana native open! He was absolute money in the bank from three in this game. That has been what he has always done. The plus shooter drilled five triples off the catch and was particularly effective from the corners. He finds vacated spots and is ready to let it fly when the ball hits his hands. Jackson had 15 points.
SG Ronnie Carson (John A Logan – Sophomore)
Carson is a 6’1” shooting guard from Louisville that has good strength. He is a tough and gritty kid that gets out in transition and makes plays in the open floor. The two guard actually made several nice passes that led to buckets in this contest. He hit a three off movement and got on the glass for a put back. Carson had 8 points. Low-major prospect.
PF Quamain Nelson (John A Logan – Freshman)
Nelson is a thick bodied 6’7” power forward that plays really physical around the rim. Gets on the offensive glass for put backs and is tough finishing around the hoop. Good area rebounder. Hands need to improve. Showed a soft stroke on his free throw. He had 8 points.
SF Justin Shaw (Kaskaskia – Sophomore)
It was a bit of a slow start for this 6’5” small forward, but he got into a rhythm as the game went on. Well-built wing with solid athleticism. At times he can be loose with the ball and a bit wild. There is definitely scoring potential there. He drilled multiple mid-range jumpers and runners. Shaw projects as a D2 player with low-major potential in the right fit.
PG Jamal Thomas (Kaskaskia – Freshman)
This freshman point guard had it working early for KC. He got them out to a fast start by hitting a couple threes and distributing the rock. Tough and competitive point guard that plays with pace. Thomas had 8 points.
PG Arthur Carter (Kaskaskia – Freshman)
We liked Carter a lot last year as a senior at East St. Louis. He made plays for Kaskaskia playing the combo guard spot. Bullied his way into the lane for a couple finishes and scored a layup on a give/go play. Flashy passing point guard had one of the best dimes of the night to a shooter. He finished with 7 points.