Unsigned Senior Showcase Recap

31 Mar

Forty-five players showed up to test their skills at the first ever Triple Double Prospects Unsigned Senior Showcase, played in Cincinnati on March 30th. With talent from all over the state of Ohio, as well as a couple of prospects from the Bluegrass State, in attendance, here are the ten players who stood out the most to TDP’s staff of evaluators at our showcase….

Trent Donald

Trent Donald

Trent Donald – PF Cincinnati Winton Woods: Donald is always a matchup problem in showcase events because the open style of play caters to his ability to create mismatches. The Cincinnati native was probably the most consistent and dominant scorer at the event, using his strength and handle to drive the ball from the high post and power his way through contact at the rim. He’s undersized, but Donald has put up huge numbers in his high school career, and caught the eyes of some Division II coaches in attendance.

Tim Coleman – PG Cincinnati Withrow: Coleman was the most talented guard to sign up for the showcase, and he lived up to that reputation with a good all-around performance both as a scorer and a playmaker. The Withrow guard has junior colleges begging for his services, as his combination of competitiveness and talent gives him the potential to be a star at the college level.

Patrick McClendon – PG Columbus Bexley: The “I didn’t know that kid was that good” award goes to McClendon, who was the breakout player of the Senior Showcase. The confident scoring point guard got hot from behind the three-point line, was crafty off of the dribble, and showed the ability to run a team efficiently. Coming from a program in Columbus that not everyone is familiar with, McClendon is one to keep an eye on, and will most certainly see a bump in his recruitment after his strong weekend performance.

Corey Wise – SG Cincinnati Withrow: Several coaches in the Cincinnati area believe that Wise would be a steal for a Division II college team because of his overall offensive playmaking package; based on Saturday’s results, that makes sense. Off of the dribble, Wise can get wherever he wants to on the court in one-on-one settings, he has the mid-range jumper to make him hard to guard, and he’s deceptively strong and athletic when attacking the rim. Division II coaches that attended the showcase were already recruiting Wise, and he’s going to have even more interest after another strong performance.

Alex Blink – PG Cincinnati Saint Xavier: Blink brings two things to the table that are tough to teach to college players. He’s an in-game shooter that is going to knock down three’s at a good clip, and he’s one of the tougher, more competitive point guards in the state of Ohio. The Saint Xavier product showcased both of those skills on Saturday, while also proving that he is a good enough ballhandler and passer to play the point guard position effectively.

Marquez Carpenter – PF Cincinnati West High: Carpenter is one of the most improved prospects in Ohio, and he now has the complete and full attention of junior colleges in and out of region. The 6’6 wide bodied combo forward has gotten better athletically, shoots the ball exceptionally well from deep and is a tough prospect who loves the game. With the way he improves each year, look for Carpenter to become a strong player at the junior college level, and have a great chance to improve into a true small forward on the offensive end.

Tyler Miller – SG Troy: Miller was by far and away the top shooter in attendance on Saturday, earning him the respect of a pair of college coaches in attendance. The 6’3 wing has good size, excellent mechanics on his release and is constantly working on the offensive end to find an opening for a shot. Add in a competitive desire to be a good player and Miller is just the type of guys that teams who are craving some instant offense will look for in the late signing period as a key pickup.

Dorian Jordan – PG Cincinnati Princeton: By now just about everyone knows Jordan’s game. He’s a very small (5’6) point guard with elite quickness, game-changing vision and a confidence in his game that allows him to make players better. He’s going to continue to get overlooked by some due to his size, but pound for pound there aren’t many guards in the state better than Jordan, and he continued to prove that with his overall court game from the one spot on Saturday.

Ramar Hairston – SG Cincinnati Northwest: An underrated combo guard with a utility game, Hairston is a kid that can shoot the three-pointer, play some point guard and who really excels on the defensive end. He’s being recruited at the Division II level for both his basketball abilities, as well as football, and plays with a competitive style that should allow him to be successful in whichever sport he ultimately chooses.

Jermal Richardson – SG Toledo Scott: Richardson was a virtual unknown before the showcase, but impressed junior college coaches with his first-class leaping ability. The Toledo wing explodes like a ball out of a cannon when going up for two handed dunks, making him by far and away the most impressive athlete at the showcase. Richardson will have to continue to improve his overall ball-skills, but he certainly put his name on the map with some highlight reel plays.

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