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April 19, 2006

Real Deal eye catchers

After breaking down the top performers at the Real Deal on the Hill with the Real Deal top five performers, Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Jerry Meyer goes even deeper and looks at five prospects that caught his eye and should be making a lot more noise in the future.

Here is a look at the Real Deal eye catchers.

Cameron Tatum, Tucker (Ga.)
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 190 pounds
Position: Shooting guard
Cameron Tatum captured a lot of attention with his high energy play at the Real Deal on the Hill.

A long 6-foot-6, Tatum impacted the game with and without the ball. He continually slashed to the basket with either hand and converted a number of difficult shots. When the defense sagged off him, he nailed shots from outside.

As for his play without the ball, Tatum was a terror on the offensive boards. He was also very disruptive in the Atlanta Celtics' press. Perhaps most representative of Tatums' development as a player, Tatum hustled back on defense a number of times and blocked shots in transition.

Once a Charlotte commitment, Tatum is leaning towards Tennessee, but look for a host of schools to try to make inroads with him after his outstanding play last weekend.
Click here for video of Tatum in action

Romero Osby, Meridian (Miss.) Northeast Lauderdale
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 210 pounds
Position: Small forward
Romaro Osby is a 2008 small forward prospect with the size and all around game that is rarely found on the circuit.

A vocal communicator and leader, Osby plays somewhat of a point forward role for MBA Magic. The offense often goes through him either in the high post or on the wing. Osby passes the ball well, loves to drive it left and can hit the midrange jumper off the dribble with proficiency. He is also a threat to hit the three-pointer.

Defensively, he can guard both in the post and on the perimeter. In fact, he is often matched up with the opposition's top wing scorer. And he is an aggressive defensive rebounder.

With his versatility and intangibles, Osby is the type of player that coaches love to work with.

Anthony Randolph, Dallas Woodrow Wilson
Height: 6-foot-10
Weight: 210 pounds
Position: Power forward
Anthony Randolph is a far from a polished prospect, but the long, athletic lefty has the tools to be a big time player.

Randolph handles and passes the ball proficiently for a player his size. He is constantly a threat to turn a steal or defensive rebound into a scoring opportunity on the other end. He also has a very nice shooting stroke although his shot selection can be questionable.

Not much of a post up player at this point in his development, Randolph does his damage around the basket as an offensive rebounder. Around the basket on defense, he is very difficult to score over.

If Randolph gets stronger and learns to discipline his game, the sky is the limit for him. So expect quite a heated recruiting battle for Randolph's services.

Matt Howard, Connersville (Ind.)
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 215 pounds
Position: Power forward
Matt Howard has added some strength and increased athleticism to his highly skilled post game within the last year.

Howard was quick to the ball and his sure hands hold on to the ball. Even though he is not a great athlete, Howard also has the timing and quick bounce off the floor to come up with some blocks.

A very skilled player in both the high post and low post, Howard establishes position early down low and has a variety of post moves to work with. From the high post, he is an excellent passer with both instinct and touch.

Right now Howard has a mix of mid and high-major schools after him, but look for the number of high-majors to increase over the summer.

St. John's and UMass have already offered and look for more schools to offer this high energy player.

Casey Mitchell, Savannah (Ga.)
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 225 pounds
Position: Shooting guard
Casey Mitchell's clutch and aggressive play made him the x-factor in a number of the World Wide Renegade's victories.

Mitchell gets good elevation and natural separation on his accurate jumper. He also makes good decisions with the ball and has a knack for finding the open man. Coming of the bench, Mitchell found the challenging balance between making plays to spark his team and not forcing the action.

Not the quickest player laterally, Mitchell does bring a competitive attitude to the defensive end and uses his jumping ability and strength on the defensive boards.

Expected to prep and reclassify to the 2007 class, Mitchell, who is a definite high-major prospect, will make some noise on the summer circuit.



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