Gonzaga D.C. Classic recap
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Gonzaga D.C. Classic tipped off Friday night on the campus of Gonzaga College High School. The action was tame on opening night but we mined a few young prospects from the event.
Anthony Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian)
2011, PF, 6-foot-8, 210 pounds
He wasn't a factor in the first half but stepped up in the second. The South Carolina signee is strong in the post with good instincts and hands, which complements the Gamecocks roster well. At 6-8, you can toss it to him and let him go to work plus he'll be a helper on the glass. However, developing that instinct to be aggressive all the time is an area he can work on.
2013, PG, 6-0, 155 pounds
Gonzaga lost a lot of good players from the program last year, namely Duke freshman Tyler Thornton. This year's team is much younger and its most talented prospects are sophomores, led by Britt. The lefty looks like Rajon Rondo in the face and owns Marcus Paige's body. Britt has a reliable stroke, especially from midrange and he's going to be recruited heavily at the high-major level. The next step for Britt, who has the ability to be a vocal leader, to assume command of his team and take them where they need to go.
Daniel Dingle (Bronx, N.Y./St. Raymond's)
2012, PF, 6-6, 225 pounds
He's definitely not the biggest four man height-wise, but it's not his height that sticks out. Dingle is savvy, sees the court and has a strong feel for the game. He'll be evaluated by the big schools but may find more opportunity and a better fit one notch below the big-time programs. His brother, Dana Dingle, played at UMass.
Marcus Hopper (Flushing, N.Y./Holy Cross)
2012, C, 6-8, 240 pounds
With everyone on the prowl for bigs, we offer up a guy who nips 6-8 and has huge feet. He'll be a lock lower-level signee because he has touch and can finish around the rim. However, he's not athletic, which will keep a ceiling on his recruitment. Siena, Boston University and UMBC offered scholarships.
• St. Louis signee John Manning (Chantilly, Va./Chantilly) had 16 points, four rebounds and five blocks in a loss to Holy Cross. Manning has post offense, including a hook. The next step is to develop his footwork, gain strength and be quicker with his moves.
• Kris Jenkins (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) is a 6-5 sophomore power forward cut from the Charles Barkley mold.
• Mount St. Joseph is rebuilding and down the road, we'll hear plenty from 2014 shooting guard Phil Booth.
• Junior Nkereuwem Okoro (Bronx, N.Y./St. Raymond's) is a high-energy small forward who plays with consistent effort. To move into the high-major range he'll have to pump up his skill set.
Dave Telep is the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. His college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.
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