Monday, October 25, 2010
Elite Athletic Training Clinic recap
By Joel Francisco ESPN Recruiting
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- The inaugural Elite Athletic Training (E.A.T.) All American Clinic brought together a bevy of talent from around the country. The chosen prospects went through a series of skills development drills in the morning session and capped off the night session with a scrimmage.
Although there was a plethora of outstanding performers, when the dust settled junior Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) and sophomore Jonathan Williams III (Memphis/Southwind) were the cream of the crop for their respective teams.
2012, SG, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds
Maybe the most accurate way to describe Muhammad is relentless. He can score in a variety of ways and his full arsenal was on display at this event. Whether it was posting up his defender and scoring over the top of him or slashing his way to the rim and finishing with an array of spectacular dunks, Muhammad was dominant. He plays with a warrior's mentality and he has a tremendous knack to score. He still needs to continue to improve his shot and handle, but he is definitely a menace to deal with each and every possession.
Jonathan Williams III is the No. 23-ranked player in the 2013 class.
Jonathan Williams III
2013, SF, 6-7, 185 pounds
Williams is a versatile wing-type with an impressive skill set for someone so young. The left-hander can attack the defense in a variety of ways, especially in the open court. He handles the ball well in transition and is a gifted passer. In addition, he has a fairly soft touch out to the elbow. He needs to get stronger and utilize his length and dexterity in the paint at a more consistent rate, but he is a talent out of the Lamar Odom mold.
Archie Goodwin (Little Rock, Ark./Sylvan)
2012, SG, 6-5, 180 pounds
This was our first look at Goodwin and we came away extremely impressed. He is blessed with that prototypical wing-type frame (broad and rangy) as well as a fairly polished skill set. He is tough to handle in transition, where he can weave his way to the rim due to his quickness and bounce. In addition, his pull-up game is quite good, as is his handle. He needs to continue to improve the range on his shot and finish at a more consistent rate with his left hand, but he is a high-–level talent.
Ricardo Ledo (Providence, R.I./South Kent)
2012, SG, 6-5, 170 pounds
No one in attendance had the quickness and elusiveness of Ledo with the ball in his hands. His crossover is deadly and he brings new meaning to the description "slasher" while getting to the rim. He excels in transition, where he can pull up from the 3-point line and drill it or explode to the rim with a tremendous burst. Although he is a gifted passer as well, his decision-making and overall approach needs refining. He forces the issue far too often (turnover prone) and has a tendency to over-handle it without getting anywhere with the ball. If he cleans up the aforementioned issues, his upside at the 1 or the 2 is terrific.
Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C./Upper Room Christian Academy)
2012, PG, 6-2, 180 pounds
While Ledo was dazzling the audience with his flair for the spectacular, Purvis displayed an efficient all-around game. He was exceptional off the bounce and either exploded to the rim or set up one of his teammates with a terrific pass. His midrange jump shot is solid and he gets nice lift on it. However, as his shot extends to the 3-point line, it has a tendency to get very flat with little touch. Although he is listed as a scoring guard he displayed enough during the scrimmage where playing point guard at the next level could be an option.
Rhon Mitchell (Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood)
2011, SG, 6-3, 170 pounds
He wasn't on the original roster, but Mitchell showed enough at both ends to prove that he will warrant Division I interest during the regular season. He is extremely explosive while attacking the rim and he has a terrific first step off the dribble. He gets great lift on his jump shot as he nailed a couple of deep 3s. He has a tendency to force the issue too much, but due to his lengthy frame and natural scoring instincts, he should shed the "sleeper" tag and become a Division I priority by the time April comes around.
• Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young) is one of the most, if not the most, fundamentally sound high-level freshmen. He has magnetic hands, long arms and very good feet. He doesn't have great bounce, but his savvy around the paint may remind some of incoming Ohio State prospect Jared Sullinger.
• A few Southern California youngsters, 6-5 freshman Shaqquan Aaron (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) and 6-2 sophomore Jordan Mathews (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica), more than held their own in the scrimmage. Aaron displayed his slashing style and high-level passing game, while Mathews knocked down open jump shots and attacked well off the dribble.
• If coaches are looking for a blue-collar winner, then look no further than 6-7 sophomore Tyrek Coger (Raleigh, N.C./Upper Room Christian Academy). He won't shock you with above-the-rim finishes, but he'll win games based on toughness and a knack to score in the paint.
• Northern California has a good looking sophomore in 6-5 Stephen Domingo (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius). We're not sure what position he'll be at the next level, but he rebounds and passes the ball at a high level and can knock down the 3-point jump shot.
Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.