2016 IMSC Player Evaluation
May 9, 2016
Written by: Nick Milosevich (Top 100 Talent)
Coach John Lucas puts on many fantastic camps and clinics, but perhaps his signature event is the International Middle School Combine, which was held this year at Legends Sports Complex in The Woodlands, Texas. Gathered in the gym were nearly 200 of the nation’s finest 7th and 8th graders, who put their talents on display over Mother’s Day weekend. Below are evaluations of the 25 players who stood out the most at the event, listed in alphabetical order.
Jabri Abdur-Rahim (2020/6’6’’/165/W) - Long and athletic, thrives on competition and takes over games for long stretches. Despite his slender frame, is not afraid of mixing it up inside, and is a proven finisher through contact. His size allows him to get off perimeter jumpers without much space. Excellent rebounder on both ends and takes pride in playing strong defense.
Allen Adenadu (2020/6’9’’/210/F) - Raw prospect and excellent athlete who made his presence felt on the defensive end and proved capable of initiating the break when grabbing a rebound. Offensively, can make short turnarounds in the paint, but his overall skill set needs some polish. Plenty of upside here, keep a close eye on his progress over the next year.
Posh Alexander (2020/6’0’’/150/G) - An absolute revelation. Made the biggest impression on me of anyone at the camp. Insane handles with an explosive burst at the rim. High motor, lock-down defender, and can score from distance. A complete package, and I would be stunned if he did not become a household name on the national scene.
Joe Bamisile (2020/6’1’’/140/G) - Was paired on a team with Alexander on Sunday, and played on the ball the majority of the time. Nice handles and changes speeds well. Also capable of moving without the ball, and can rain in long jumpers. Sent shockwaves through the gym with the biggest dunk of the event, which you're certain to see on social media in the coming days.
Robby Beasley (2020/6’1’’/160/G) - Fantastic all-around skill set. Great motor, plays the game with pace while giving excellent effort defensively. Strikes a nice balance on the offensive end, gets his teammates open looks, and possesses a solid perimeter jumper. Not flashy, but extremely productive.
Hayden Brittingham (2020/6’3’’/195/F) - Made a significant impact without the ball. Impressive motor, played as hard defensively as anyone at the camp. Disruptive in the paint, blocked multiple shots on the same possession on several occasions, and also showed the capability to step out and make perimeter jumpers.
Greg Brown (2020/6’6’’/170/W) - Going to be one of the best in his class nationally, and has gotten better recently. Looked supremely confident against his peers after showing flashes of brilliance against 16U competition over the past month. Excellent decision-making, spent plenty of time attacking the rim, and got his teammates involved as well.
Jordan Burch (2020/6’5’’/225/W) - Perimeter force who possesses a grown man’s body. Capable of taking almost any defender inside, and has no problem finishing through contact. Outmuscles opponents on the glass, and his wide frame makes him tough to get past defensively. Knocks down mid-range jumpers with range out to the 3-point line.
Eric Butler (2020/6’1’’/150/G) - Seemingly everywhere on the court making plays, he uses his quickness and athleticism to impact the game on both ends. Creates offense with straight-line drives to the basket, and is an excellent rebounder for his size. Also made a big improvement on his perimeter jumper in the past few months.
Cameron Byers (2020/6’6’’/235/F) - Uses strong frame to overpower opponents in the post and on the boards, but has also improved key skills recently. His face-up game is coming along, and he is making more mid-range jumpers, especially from the baseline. His handles have gotten much better, as has his footwork when making moves inside.
Ryan Conway (2021/6’0’’/170/G) - Serious scorer who fit like a glove when on the court with Alexander. Can get buckets from anywhere on the floor, and has no problem creating his own shot. Pure shooter from three-point range, and is a willing defender and passer. Will be battling with Zion Harmon for 2021 supremacy over the next few years.
LJ Cryer (2020/5’11’’/150/G) - Ultra-consistent and can score at all three levels. Excellent shooter, quietly goes about his business of making a positive impact. Made significant contributions when playing against Posh Alexander and Zion Harmon. As he gets stronger, he will be tough to contain offensively.
Cade Cunningham (2020/6’5’’/170/W) - Physical force who uses his strength to effect the game on both ends of the floor. Can play just about anywhere offensively, and is able to exploit weaker defenders, especially around the basket. Often seen making multiple efforts, and plays with a high motor from end to end.
Trey Hall (2020/6’7’’/190/W) - Exciting wing prospect who can score from all over the floor. Spends most of the time on the perimeter, where he is adept at pouring in shots from distance. Also flashed a mid-range game, and is fierce when attacking the basket. His elite size and length also help him defensively and make him a force on the offensive glass.
Zion Harmon (2021/5’8’’/140/G) - Never seems to have a bad outing. Has several gears, and often dominates despite not being fully cranked up. Wonderful passer who sees everything on the court. Looks for his teammates first, but capable of taking the game over as a scorer despite his size. Rarely gets his shot blocked inside, and has an extra-smooth perimeter jumper.
Jace Howard (2020/6’4’’/145/G) - Loved the attitude and effort he displayed over the two days. Competed as hard as anyone, used his quickness and handles to consistently get to the rim and make plays for others. Also possesses one of the best-looking outside jumpers in his class, and shoots the ball with confidence when he is open. Solid performer.
EJ Jones (2020/6’8’’/180/C) - Although he still has a ways to go in terms of development, this prospect has shown marked improvement over the past six months. Uses his body well to shield defenders, and is adept at making the short turnaround hook over either shoulder. Definitely one to keep an eye on moving forward, as he is just scratching the surface of his potential.
Isaiah LeBlanc (2020/6’3’’/160/G) - Spent plenty of time in the paint, did not shy away from contact, and showed the capability of making tough finishes with either hand. Rebounded well, especially on the offensive glass. Hit 3-ball with regularity, and did good job of getting teammates involved. Elite offensive talent set to dominate as he matures.
Micah Peavy (2020/6’4’’/150/G) - Plays on the ball the majority of the time, and uses his size and length to cause problems on both ends for opposing guards. Is at his best attacking the basket and creating offense for himself and others. Excels in transition and can handle the speed of a fast-paced game. Capable of knocking down mid-range jumpers.
Jaden Springer (2020/6’3’’/170/G) - As athletic as they come, the game looks easy for him. Can score from all three levels, and will finish with authority at the rim. Is also a willing passer, and can lock down the opponent’s best player defensively. Among the very best in his class, and has every right to remain at or near the top throughout his high school career.
Myles Stute (2020/6’5’’/180/W) - Among the best of the players I saw for the first time over the weekend. Was a dominant force on Sunday, making an impact on nearly every possession. Got to the rim from the top of the key, knocked down perimeter jumpers with confidence, and was lethal in transition. Possesses all the tools, definitely look forward to seeing him again.
Joshua Taylor (2020/6’6’’/175/W) - Terrific throughout the weekend at making his presence felt on both ends of the floor. His motor never stops, and he was among the best passers outside of the guard position. Stepped out and hit multiple perimeter jumpers, and thrives in a transition setting. Held his own amongst a strong collection of wings at the camp.
Carter Whitt (2021/5’10’’/140/G) - I usually refrain from comparing kids to former players, but it’s hard not to think of Jason Williams when watching this kid go. Plays the game with a flair, has excellent handles and court vision, and makes difficult passes look routine. Can knock down the 3, and is also capable of executing the simple play when the situation calls for it.
John Wilson (2020/5’10’’/115/G) - Has many of the qualities you would expect from a New York City point guard. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in toughness and creativity. Excellent passer, scrappy defender, and especially adept at making tough finishes at the rim. Attacks constantly, and caught fire from three on a few occasions.
Quron Zene (2021/6’4’’/185/W) - Glue guy did a number of things very well. Plus rebounder, excellent outlet passer, consistently knocked in mid-range jumpers. Ran the floor end to end, and is the player who can start and finish a fast break. Handles the ball well enough to get to the rim from the top of the key, and made several unselfish plays throughout the camp.