Posted On: 05/2/19 10:14 AM

Five Takeaways from Hard Work Live in Madison, Wisconsin.

Somebody Needs To Sign Leondre Townsen… Quickly

Leondre Townsen of the Illinois Vipers is a bit of an aberration. Typically, prospects who are as talented as he is would have already been locked up by a top tier school.  However, Townsen recently reopened his recruitment. Because of this, he was allowed him to compete this past weekend at Hard Work Live. In front of multiple college coaches, he did not disappoint. Townsen is extremely athletic and will make one college program very happy when he commits. The 2019 SG had one of the best single-game offensive performances when he torched his opponent, going for 38 total points. Townsen also had a myriad of nasty dunks throughout the weekend. The Vipers standout has the potential for greatness at the next level. 

Jacob Newhouse Is Primed For A Breakout Senior Season

Playing with the Wisconsin Crusaders this past weekend, Jacob Newhouse had a nice showing at Hard Work Live. With his unique skillset, Newhouse is ready to dominate the FVA in the 2019-2020 season. The 6’6″ PF can handle the ball well for his size, has a nice shot from downtown, and has great touch around the rim. With Keaton Ferris passing him the rock, Newhouse should have no shortage of good looks next year. Newhouse has improved exponentially over his high school career, expect next year to be the culmination of all his improvement. 

16U Teams Have Talent Too

Many college coaches flocked to Madison to check out the 17U squads play. However, most of my attention last weekend was focused on the 16U age group. After watching the younger guys play, I can confidently say that 16U is not lacking any talent. Ashawn Burbridge, James Dent Jr, and Ronja Kelly all showed that 16U’s talent pool is just as deep as 17U’s. 

College Coaches, Take Note Of Illinois Vipers 17U Team

If any college programs played musical chairs and were unable to get a seat in the 2019 class, look no further than the Illinois Vipers. A team made up of mostly unsigned seniors caught my eye this weekend in a win over a talented NLU team. The previously mentioned Leondre Townsen was this squad’s fulcrum, but he was not the only quality player. Joseph Doyle was also extremely impressive. The 6’10” center would be a nice pickup for a college program that is in need of a talented big man. 

Plenty Of Hidden Gems Have Yet To Be Discovered

The Prep Hoops Circuit allows for diamonds in the rough to be uncovered. This past weekend at Hard Work Live, there were plenty of prospects who have been concealed by most media outlets. Here is a quick list that highlights some of the top underrated prospects: 

Ronja Kelly of BC Swag did not have a great start to Saturday afternoon’s game, but he did not hang his head. Despite his 1-4 start from the field paired with a couple of turnovers, Kelly mitigated his shaky start as he still finished with an impressive stat line. This kid was one of the best bucket-getters in Madison last weekend. 

Caden Hinker is a budding PF who has a chance to be something pretty special. Due to his youth, Hinker is lacking in recruiting attention. However, if he stays on track, it will come as he gets older. Hinker has a number of inventive posts moves to go along with a solid jumper. 

Oscar Antanaitis, similar to Caden Hinker, is still in his development stage. In a couple of games on Saturday, the 6’6″ center showed off his surprising agility. Antanaitis will be a prospect to keep an eye on as he improves. 

Stephen Pugliese was a good looking prospect on Sunday afternoon. I only caught a couple minutes of his game, but I left impressed. Pugliese used his long strides to beat his defenders to the cup for a couple of easy layups.