October 5, 2012

Breaking down The Workout

Inside The Gators attended "The Workout" hosted by Nike Team Florida this past weekend and we watched a number of solid Freshman and Sopomore D-1 prospects. Here are some observations from this exposure event...

Kevarrius Hayes 6-foot 8, 190 pound sophomore PF out of Suwanee. Good frame for adding muscle. When a shot goes up, he goes after the ball. Catches passes in traffic well. He often out runs the ball down the court to get into position. In one game he ran his 6-foot 8 defender into the ground. Hayes has a high motor and has been timed in the 400 meters at 50.9 seconds. Not world record speed, but those guys aren't 6-foot 8.

Haanif Cheatham is a 6-foot 5 sophomore combo guard at Pines Charter. He's a crafty lefty with good form on his jumper and a very good passer. Cheatham can defend multiple positions. He has good court vision, a move to point guard may be in his future. He plays under control, even at full speed. A skill that will catch coaches attention.

Cedric Wright, 6-foot 7, 218 pound sophomore forward at Dillard. ITG first saw him at the Easter Classic at Walt Disney World. He's a bit undersized for the "4", but he brings it on every play. He would love a Florida offer, but at this point we don't see that coming. He does bear watching to see if his game expands to 15-17 feet. If that happens, his recruitment will change dramatically.

Jonathan Jean, is a 5-foot 9, 150 pound sophomore point guard out of East Bay. This was our first look at Jean and at this point in time he projects as a mid-major plus (MM+). He started every game as a freshman for East Bay and led them to their first district championship in school history. Jean takes his academics seriously and is a really nice player for the right program.

Keyshawn Evans is a 6-foot, 160 pound sophomore point guard at American Heritage that is very quick. He changes direction on a dime and is very disruptive on defense. Other than in transition, we didn't see too much scoring from him.

We got a glimpse at Wyatt Walker from Jacksonville's Providence School. The 6-foot 8, 235 pound Center is not a great run/jump athlete but he does move well. Catches the ball on the move, has good court vision and has the size and strength to "back down" the other 'bigs' at this event. He plays hard, and drew some oohs and aahs with a nice spin move off the dribble in the lane.

Sophomore Xeo Golding played well in spurts on this day. The 6-foot, 180 pound First Academy sophomore is a combo guard that didn't get to play on the ball much at this event. His jumper wasn't falling in the morning session but he did the little things to help his team. In the afternoon session he was able to get his points in transition. He passes the "look test" but his true position may be PG and we didn't get to see him play much of that today.

Juwan Durham 6-foot 9, 180 pound freshman PF out of Tampa Prep, runs the court well but gets pushed around a little by stronger players. He is long and lanky with thin legs. Durham's ceiling is high as he's only a freshman. He catches the ball on the move and showed some skills. After scoring he sprints back on defense. He'll need to get stronger to compete against players his height but he has the frame and again, he's only a freshman so he has time.

Freshman Jean-Michel Tine, 6-foot 7, 210 pounds out of Impact Academy in Sarasota by way of Senegal is an intriguing prospect. He has only been in the country for one year, and hasn't yet turned 15, so as he gets more acclimated to American basketball we expect him to play more aggressively. Tine has good hands and feet, will defend but deferred to his teammates a bit too much on offense. He has a great personality and doesn't take himself too seriously which is refreshing.

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