Cincy-bound PF Jackson shines
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- The talent was plentiful at the PrimeTime Shootout. Games were held at Morgantown high school on Friday evening and Saturday morning before moving to beautiful West Virginia University Coliseum for the evening games. The Morgantown tournament coincided with the Ohio State at West Virginia game being played on Jan. 23. The Shootout was bought to Morgantown by the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau who did a tremendous job. On Friday, top performances included ESPNU No. 82 ranked player and University of Cincinnati signee PF Justin Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla./Arlington Country Day) who displayed a nonstop motor on both ends of the floor and finished at the rim consistently. Sophomore SF Jarmal Reid (Decatur, Ga./Columbia) showed strength and skill; he scores in transition and from behind the arc. In the Saturday morning session, combination forward Tobias Harris (Dix Hills, NY./ Half Hollow Hills West) was terrific. He scored about every way possible. Also impressive 6-foot-10 C Juvonte Reddic (Winston-Salem, N.C./ Quality Education Academy) repeatedly finished above the rim and rebounded on both ends in and out if his area. The night session was impressive as well as two Baltimore natives and ESPNU100 performers played extremely well. PG Josh Selby (Lake Clifton) and Connecticut commit SF Roscoe Smith (Oak Hill Academy) scored with regularity and displayed high-level athletic ability.
Justin Jackson (6-8, 210) PF
2010, Jacksonville, Fla./Arlington Country Day, Signed with Cincinnati
Jackson gets your attention right away with his constant activity. He is always around the action attempting to make a play. Jackson is an athletic finisher in transition and lob threat because he runs the floor at high speeds on a consistent basis. He hits the glass on both ends and is extremely hard to box out because of his great energy and effort. Jackson can defensive rebound and start the break where he is a decent open court ballhandler, and he can score on the offensive glass with a quick jumping tip or bring the rebound back to the floor and power it up through contact. Jackson has good touch in the lane and he is terrific at attacking the basket from the high-post area where he can get to the rim and finish with spins before he elevates over defenders. He can make straight-line drives from the wing and hit open shots with needed time and space, but these are areas he must continue to improve upon. He must work on his passing under pressure and be more disciplined on the defensive end. At times, he gambles and picks up silly fouls. What makes Jackson special is his great motor and the way he competes along with his rapidly-improving skill.
Tobias Harris (6-8, 210) PF
2010, Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills, signed with Tennessee
Harris scored early and often. He ran the floor and finished in transition, shot runners in the lane, hit mid range pull ups, knocked down a three on the move, slashed and dunked drop off passes along the baseline and had a couple offensive rebound put backs. Harris defensive rebounded and led the break at times as well. He must become a more consistent 3-point shooter, which will improve as he works to be shot ready on the catch and make more fluid moves off the dribble -- although he can beat most power forwards with straight-line drives. He has improved his ballhandling and is a good passer out of double teams. In the future, I can see Harris developing into a small forward -- especially if he can defend on the perimeter. Harris communicates with teammates, plays with passion and never gives up on the play. Harris should be a contributor from Day 1 for the Vols if he continues to improve.
Juvonte Reddic (6-10, 215) C
2010, Winston-Salem, N.C. / Quality Education Academy
Reddic played with great energy as he dunked from set plays, drop-off passes and over smaller defenders in one on one post ups. He ran the floor and rebounded on both ends. Reddic even displayed good ballhandling ability in the open court, going behind his back before outletting on one occasion. He was tough to box out because of his relentless pursuit of the ball as he controlled the glass in his area. Reddic also used his great athletic ability and mobility to block shots. Reddic made good decisions with the ball when doubled in the post with pin-point passing to an open teammate. Defensively, Reddic can defend both post positions and even a small forward in an emergency switch. He can drive from the high post area and hit the 12-15 footer with time and space. Reddic is still learning on the job and has great upside, but he is definitely one of the best unsigned players in the 2010 class.
Josh Selby (6-3, 183) PG
2010, Baltimore, Md./Lake Clifton
Selby simply attacks defenders. He can defensive rebound and go coast to coast then he can score by getting all the way to the rim or with a dribble pull-up 3 when he get the defense on its heels. Selby can bounce off defenders and hang or clutch in the air for acrobatic finishes. His range is beyond the arc and he can get on a role very quickly. Selby has a tight handle and likes to beat his defender with multiple crossovers and hesitation moves. Selby competes and plays with toughness. He is a scoring point guard who can create for others with deep lane penetration and his drive, draw and kick ability. Defensively, Selby has the strength and athletic ability to defend both guard positions. In transition he will run down a break away and come up with an above-the-rim block. At times, he will overpenetrate and take chances with the ball, but I love his aggressive approach to the game. Selby displayed why he is one of the most sought after players in the Class of 2010.
Roscoe Smith (6-8, 190) SF
2010, Baltimore, Md./Oak Hill Academy (Va.), committed to Connecticut
Smith started hot and did a good job of playing with great energy and effort the entire game. He knocked down kick out and on-the-move 3s with a smooth release. He ran the floor for lobs and spot-up jumpers. In the half court set Smith power dunked drop-off passes created by dribble penetration and hit one or two dribble midrange pull-up jumpers over smaller defenders with ease. Smith also did a good job rebounding and starting the break. Smith maintained his intensity on defense; he pressured the ball in a stance and worked to stay in front of the ballhandler. Smith did a good job of reading the defense and making the right pass when he drew multiple defenders as well. The key for Smith to take his game to the next level is to be consistent and add strength, but his skill and athletic ability are high level assets when he focused on the task at hand.
Jarmal Reid SF (6-6, 230)
2012, Decatur, Ga./Columbia
This young wing player has great strength and the ability to score. In transition, he can score through contact at the rim, finishing with either hand. He has 3-point range off the catch or dribble and consistently knocked down open shots. Reid is a good straight-line driver to the rim where he can slam it home with a clear path. Still, he must work on making a scoring moves off the dribble in order to beat his defender. Reid passes the look test right with his strength and length. He is a good passer and defensive rebounder. Reid is a coast-to-coast threat if not brought under control by the transition defenders. Defensively, Reid must do a better job of moving his feet when defending the ball and not get caught out of position so much. Overall, Reid's game is still very much under construction but he can get it going scoring wise and has great upside. He will be a hot recruit in the Class of 2012 if he continues to develop.
• Mountain State Academy (W. Va.) sophomore combination forward Anthony Bennett (Toronto) was very impressive with his ability to knock down open 3s and rebound with power in a crowd. Bennett is one to watch as the season progresses.
• Class of 2013 point guard Jevon Thomas (New York/Our Savior New American) was impressive this fall at the Marshall County Hoop Fest and has continued to improve. He has now added an improved jumper to go along with his great speed, quickness, body control and court vision. Thomas competes and plays in attack mode.
• Quality Education Academy (N.C.) is simply loaded at every position, but the talent of combination forward Quincy Miller continues to shine through. Miller is a smooth operator. He makes difficult scoring plays look easy. Miller hit open 3s, scored in the lane with excellent touch and left defenders in the dust with quick spin moves in the low post in addition to rebounding on both ends.
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton.
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