Posted On: 11/20/18 12:00 AM
PrepHoopsIllinois started off the high school season on Monday night at the Pyramid Plus Tournament. The first contest featured the top prospect in the event with Collinsville point guard Ray’Sean Taylor leading his team against Marion. Collinsville jumped out early and dominated throughout winning by a final of 64-33. Here is our 10 Best: Collinsville vs Marion.
PG Ray’Sean Taylor (Collinsville – 2020)
Taylor is a dynamic scoring combo guard that emerged over the spring and summer picking up three D1 offers. He proved that he is one of the better guards in the 618 heading into the season. In his debut as a junior he was very good. Early on in the game he came out aggressive attacking off the bounce with speed and athleticism. So much more physically gifted than the opponents that were trying to defend him. Burst with the ball in his hands and has a knack for making difficult layups. I thought he was excellent rebounding from his guard spot. Consistently he got up for defensive boards and either took it coast to coast or threw a long outlet on the money. Got a couple put backs on the offensive end too. Showed an overall decent feel at the lead guard spot. More of a combo than true point. Gets after it on the defensive end with his quickness and pressure especially in full court press. The area that he struggled was shooting the basketball. Hit one early, but never found the touch the rest of the night. Missed quite a few threes. This isn’t overly concerning for us as the top 15 2020 prospect shoots a clean shot mechanically and made them at a nice clip during the summer. Finished with 18 points.
Best Post Prospect
C Keydrian Jones (Collinsville – 2020)
Jones is a top 50 2020 prospect that brings a different look in a class deep with potential bigs. Jones is a wide body inside that takes ups space. It wasn’t his best outing, but he still managed to do some quality things. Converted a sweet pick and roll. And was decent on the boards. For how big the 6’6” post is he is actually fairly mobile. Struggled finishing through contact and brought the ball down low too much. Finished with 3 points and 5 boards.
Best Defensive Performance
PG Cawhan Smith (Collinsville – 2020)
Smith is a rangy point guard that is quick twitched. Not the biggest guard, but he makes up for it with his speed and anticipation on the defensive end. Was all over the floor with his ball pressure that caused quite a few turnovers. He quickly turned those into points with either scores of his own on layups or dishing it ahead. Offensively he pushes in the open floor, displayed a sound pull up mid-range jumper, and was a solid passer. He had 8 points.
SG Mashall Harrison (Collinsville – 2019)
Harrison is a long and rangy shooting guard that jumped off the floor……literally! He was outstanding on the offensive glass with his second jump. Lived off offensive rebound put backs. His second jump might have been better than his first. Plus athlete that also finished an alley-oop. Didn’t really shoot it much. Worth a small college investing some time in.
PG Zane Baker (Collinsville – 2019)
Baker is a scrappy point guard that plays off the ball a lot because of his ability to shoot the rock. He drilled a pair of threes including one to close the first quarter. Does a lot of little things well that might not show up in the stat sheet. He had 8 points.
Best Guy off the Bench
PF Aaron Molton (Collinsville – 2020)
Molton is a big bodied 6’6” junior that looks like a Power Five college football offensive tackle. Comes off the bench providing rebounding and energy. Mobile and light on his feet for size. Scored 5 points.
PF Hunter Campbell (Marion – 2019)
This 6’4” post is another bigger bodied undersized four. Decent athlete that flashed with a turnaround jumper and his scrappy brand of play.
Best Under-the-Radar Performance
PF Donte Williams (Collinsville – 2020)
Williams is a 6’4” power forward that is a little undersized, but has a strong build. Solid mobility. Funky release on shot.
SG Boston Ziegler (Marion – 2019)
Zieger stands at 6’2” with a thick build. He was a little wild at times, but had his moments. Got to the line and scored on runners.
Best Junk Yard Dog
PF Brent Lewis (Marion – 2020)
Lewis is a thick four man that is a quality rebounder. Scored on an offensive rebound put back. Mixed in some skill with a mid-range jumper and sealing off on a high/low.
PG Rayzhaun Bardo (Marion – 2022)
Young point guard who started the first game of his high school career. Good strength at a young age. Decent passing feel.