Spiece Run 'N Slam recap
Adam Woodbury dominates Spiece and establishes himself as high-major target
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The Spiece Run 'N Slam, one of the nation's top regional events, was an excellent opportunity to evaluate juniors, sophomores and freshmen under one roof. With an excellent facility, a schedule that takes into account three classes and a loyal collection of travelling teams, this event has become a must-see in the spring.
Adam Woodbury (Sioux City, Iowa/East)
2012, C, 6-11, 225 pounds | Team: All-Iowa Attack
Woodbury is a big lefty who simply gets things done in the paint. It may not always be pretty, but he is almost always productive. He has solid moves in the low post and knows how to use his big body to gain position and then finish inside. Woodbury is a solid, active two-handed rebounder. He does not have a lot of range, but can knock down 12- to 15-footers. Though not an elite level athlete, Woodbury does a good job on the block both offensively and defensively. He will be a priority for most high-major schools in the Midwest.
Sam Dekker (Sheboygan, Wis./Lutheran)
2012, SF, 6-6, 195 pounds | Team: Wisconsin Playground
The Badgers love their forwards who can shoot and Dekker will slide right into the mix for Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan. Particularly useful, and what sets him apart from his predecessors, is Dekker's handle, ability to use both hands at the rim and his legitimate jump shot. Don't be shocked if he debuts in the ESPNU 100 around the 50-75 range.
Denzel Valentine (Lansing, Mich./Sexton)
2012, SF/PG, 6-5, 205 pounds | Team: Michigan Mustangs
College: Michigan State
Every class has its share of unique talents. Valentine, along with Kyle Anderson (Paterson, N.J./St. Anthony) are two of the 2012 classes more versatile players. Valentine's usefulness at Michigan State be measured until practice starts and Tom Izzo can see with his own eyes where Valentine's size, basketball ability and hoops IQ fit in with the Spartans. If he proves he can handle ball pressure, don't be surprised to see him morph into a point on offense who guards small forwards on the other end.
Deonte Burton (Milwaukee, Wisc./Brewster Academy)
2013, SF, 6-4, 220 pounds | Team: Terry Porter Elite
The first thing that grabs you about Burton is his physique. He is big, strong and long. He has very long arms, which kind of gives him a baby Zach Randolph look, and is an exceptional and explosive athlete. Burton is best in transition where he out-muscles or out-athletes his opponent. His lefty slashes are tough to stop in the half court too. Burton is an average shooter right now with range to 18 feet. He is a solid rebounder especially on the offensive end where he can smell points. Burton is a very good prospect who simply needs to improve his skill base in order to realize his enormous potential.
Players to watch
Ray Lee (Romulus, Mich./Huntington Prep)
2012, PG, 6-3, 180 pounds | Team: Reach Legends
The Michigan native can blow up man-to-man defenses and destroy ball screens with his penetration. Coming into the event we'd heard rumblings that he was having a good spring and he capitalized on his chance. Lee has speed, decent size and finishing ability.
Jaquan Lyle (Evansville, Ind./Bosse)
2014, PG, 6-4, 185 pounds | Team: EG10
Taking into account this was our first weekend's worth of viewings and he's only a freshman, we'll paint you a picture. He's got good size ala Kyle Anderson (not as tall) and has a feel and passing ability, which blends Anderson with Shaun Livingston. Neither were great shooters and he's not yet either, but we saw a distributor who was good from midrange and to the rim against players in his age group. Easily one of the most impressive underclassmen at the event.
Tre Lyles (Indianapolis, Ind./Arsenal Tech)
2014, PF, 6-7, 200 pounds | Team: Spiece Indy Heat
He is a skilled, athletic and talented big man. The Indiana commit kind of reminds you of a young Tim Duncan with his offensive skills. He is a good shooter to 17 feet and has been working to increase his range. He has good feet, good hands and the ability to score on the block or the high post and is a solid rebounder. Lyles is good now but has an even better upside. Though he could use a little more toughness he is definitely one of the top 10 players in the 2014 class with a lot of upside.
• Junior Lomomba (Madison, Wis./Madison Memorial) is a classic, hard playing small forward. West Virginia is on him the hardest with Cincinnati, New Mexico State, Nevada and Baylor tracking him.
• Three of the best prospects in Wisconsin play with the Playground Warriors. J.P. Tokoto (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) and Dekker are the program's 2012 standouts. Next in line is combo guard Bronson Koenig (La Crosse, Wis./Aquinas), a 2013 standout with offers from UNC and Wisconsin.
• Michigan may enter the mix for 2013 big man Mark Donnal (Montclave, Ohio/Anthony).
• The Illinois Wolves have a smattering of mid-major talent and their top wing last weekend was Jerron Willbut (Downers Grove, Ill./South). DeAndre McCamey and Evan Turner are recent products of the program.
• Jameel McKay (Milwaukee, Wis./Southern Carolina Prep Academy) was a force for T.P. Elite. He'll either find a prep school or take a two-year junior college tour. If that happens, expect him to be one of the elite juco recruits in the nation.
• The U-17 championship was won by All Iowa Attack in double overtime, 87-80, over Terry Porter Elite. All Iowa Attack was led by 6-8 PF Daniel Jansen (Orange City, Iowa/MOC Floyd Valley) with 30 points. Jansen has been a fast riser this spring and has been one of All Iowa Attack's best players the past month. Woodbury added 21 and PG Mike Gisell (South Sioux, Iowa/South Sioux) chipped in 19 for the victors. Anthony Carroll (Milwaukee, Wis./Wauwatosa East) led T.P. Elite with 20.
• The U-16 championship was won by All Ohio Red over Mean Streets of Chicago, 81-65. All Ohio Red was led by its twin tower tandem of PF Marc Loving (Toledo, Ohio/ St. John) and PF Nigel Hayes (Toledo, Ohio/ Whitmer), who combined for 34 points. SG Alvin Ellis (Chicago, Ill./ DeLaSalle) led Mean Streets with 12.
• The U-15 division was won by All Ohio Red as it defeated the Illinois Basketball Association 45-39 in double overtime. All Ohio red was led by its fabulous freshman combo guard D'Angelo Russell's (Louisville, Ky./ Central) 22 points.
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. John Stovall, a recruiting coordinator, has worked as director of scouting for Prep Spotlight Scouting Service and magazine for 15 years.
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