Author: Mike Enright

Standout Performer: Marzouq Abdur-Razaaq

Looking at some of the top performers we saw during the April 22-24 Kansas City NCAA Live Period…

Marzouq Abdur-Razaaq (6’6, ‘23), PLUTO Prospects 17U, Overland High School

PLUTO Prospects brought in college coaches all weekend in Kansas City (April 22-24), with the catalyst being 6’8 forward Kadyn Betts, but Abdur-Razaaq was the prospect that grabbed my attention. I was really impressed with his ability to handle the ball at his size, and score while driving to the basket. A good shot-maker from the perimeter, too. He has an ideal frame to translate to the next level and showed some good playmaking in KC as well.

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Program Look: Pure Prep

Pure Prep has been a fun program to watch this spring on the RecruitLook Circuit. Their 17’s are headlined by a couple of surprise players from the CIML this past season. I’m very intrigued by 6’7 Lincoln Cantrall and 6’6 Samuel Tornabane, both of these forwards can shoot the three, and have frames to be very defensively versatile as well. I really liked what I saw from Tornabane at the State Tournament a few weeks ago. He played fantastic off the bench for a loaded Johnston squad that finished as state runners-up. Tornabane averaged 11 ppg at the State Tournament, while also tallying a 7 block game versus Ankeny in the quarterfinals. That versatility has carried over this spring on both the offensive and defensive end. Cantrall is a knock-down shooter, nailing 42% of his 3 pointers last season for Southeast Polk. He had his clip loaded in Des Moines during the first live period, shooting nearly 50% of 3-point land. His shooting combined with his size will make him a valuable prospect to keep an eye on.

Sam King (6’4, 2023) is a combo guard that thrives at getting buckets at the rim and in the restricted area. He scores in a variety of ways and is best off the bounce. He’s got a solid frame to him which allows him to be effective in scoring and rebounding down low. He probably fits off the ball best at the next level, but he is a very capable ball-handler.

Pure Prep is also bringing up a few 2024’s to play with their 17’s this spring in 6’3 Mason Costello and 6’4 Jacob Simpson. Costello is another strong shooter on this Pure Prep team, being one of Waukee’s top shooters this season. His upside is huge and he shows flashes of being next up for Pure Prep. Simpson is another prospect that I’m very high on. I was very impressed with his ability to play alongside very high-usage players in Trey Lewis and Steven Kramer during his high school season. He played his role very well for his Johnston team, so I’m excited to see him get to step into a more offensive role this season for Pure Prep. 

Program Look: South Dakota Attack

South Dakota Attack has been one of the top programs early on in April on the RecruitLook Hoops Circuit. They are a quality program with a few division 1 prospects on their rosters. You can’t start a conversation about SD Attack without bringing up 7’1 stretch-center JT Rock. This 2024 big has come off a great season with Sioux Falls Lincoln and is the type of modern big man that every major college wants. A developing three-level scorer at over 7 feet will certainly get noticed, and rightfully so JT holds multiple high-major offers, including Iowa, Nebraska, Creighton, Wisconsin, and Iowa State — all schools have been in to watch him this AAU season. It’s hard to find a player of his size that can score in the ways that he can, play the pick-and-roll and make the right reads, and be a stout defensive presence down in the low post.

The other prospect that are showing out for SD Attack comes from their 17’s in Isaac Bruns. He is the younger brother of a division 1 player and currently holds a few division 1 offers himself (North Dakota & South Dakota). I was very impressed with his ability to control the tempo of the game this AAU season. I really like his ability to shoot it both off the dribble and off the catch, making him a capable scoring threat from anywhere on the floor. He just led his Dakota Valley team to an undefeated state championship this spring as well.

As a whole, I really liked how the SD Attack 17’s played with each other this year. They have a really quick guard in Taylen Ashley who is a great athlete and dangerous scorer in his own right. Kaden Year (2023) is another valuable piece to this team, he has a good frame at 6’6, and can also shoot the three well. Year is a high IQ stretch-4 type at the next level. A couple of other guys to monitor in the Kansas City Live Period April 22-24 are 6’5 Porter Ihnen and 6’4 Jacob Mehrman. Both have been key contributors with high upside.

16u Elite Performers: RecruitLook Hoops Omaha Showcase

Here’s a look back at some top performers in the 16U division of our Omaha showcase last weekend.

  • CJ Mitchell – ETG Adidas Gold
    • Strong lead guard, finds his way into the lane easily and is good at finding the open man. Crafty finisher around the rim, and showed some range from three as well. Was a huge spark early in ETGs big win over D1 Minnesota 3SSB.
  • Jack Cooley – Kingdom Hoops UA Rise
    • Explosive forward who started off hot in Kingdom Hoop’s win over 816. Capable of scoring both inside and out, as well as above the rim. Showed a tight handle, and was able to blow by defenses to easily get into the lane. Willing passer, as well, throwing out some really nice dimes in the same game vs 816.
  • Caden Wilkins – Iowa Barnstormers Gold
    • High upside forward who showed some flashes of being truly special this weekend. Had a couple of strong drives to the rim, especially when attacking from the baseline. Had some great stretches on defense as well, showing quick footwork, and great timing. Capable of blocking shots with either hand and was able to hold his own against bigger opponents.
  • Kareem Earl – Iowa Barnstormers Gold
    • Another top slasher for the Barnstormers is Kareem Earl. He dominated the Stormers game vs FabSo Elite in transition, being able to push the ball up the floor via dribble or pass for easy buckets. Didn’t back down when attacking the basket as well, finishing through contact multiple times. Earl and Wilkins form a strong slashing tandem that should be fun to watch going forward.
  • Jacoby Mehrman – South Dakota Attack
    • In games where SD Attack struggled tearing the seal of the rim, Mehrman was excellent in creating drives to the rim, and initiating the offense for the attack. A three-level scorer, that was always making something happen on the offensive end.
  • Jailyn Buchanan – Kingdom Hoops UA Rise
    • Was really impressed with how Buchanan handled himself in Kingdom’s games. Played with a really good pace, and was able to use changes in speed to get by his defender and make something happen in the lane. Was a strong playmaker for Kingdom, making difficult passes to open teammates that other guards wouldn’t be able to make.
  • Zachariah Aganovic – 816 Hoops Shamet
    • Agonovic was dominant on both ends of the floor in 816’s game vs Kingdom Hoops. He was able to score both inside and out, and showed some great footwork in the lane. A workhorse on both ends of the floor, he was impacting the game in close to every possession.

17u Elite Performers: RecruitLook Hoops Omaha Showcase

Here’s a look back at some top performers in the 17U division of our Omaha showcase last weekend.

  • Taison Chatman – D1 Minnesota 3SSB
    • High-profile prospect with loads of D1 interest/offers. Was outstanding in the pick and roll, knew exactly when to reject the screen, when to dish to the roller, and when to shoot the 3. Holds multiple power 5 offers.
  • Baye Fall – Colorado Hawks 3SSB
    • Consensus 5-star prospect, and played like it in Omaha. Has great touch around the basket for somebody his size, and is an above-average passer, especially with teammate Assane Diop, hitting high-lows all weekend long. A menace on the defensive end as well. His length makes it very hard for opposing bigs to operate with Fall on them.
  • Caden Kirkman – Iowa Barnstormers Gold
    • One of the biggest stock risers of the weekend in Omaha. Was really impressed with his overall feel for the game. Showed athleticism around the basket, with great finishing ability, as well as the ability to stretch the floor and hit the three. Works hard on the defensive end of the floor as well, and projects to be a versatile 4 at the next level on both ends of the floor. One of my favorite players to watch in Omaha.
  • Blaise Porter – Iowa Barnstormers Gold
    • This floor general for the Barnstormers commanded them to a 4-0 weekend against some shoe circuit competition. He’s relentless in attacking the rim, and welcomes contact for easy and-1s. Tenacious on both ends of the floor, with the ability to heat up and light up the scoreboard on any given night.
  • Dylan Jones (2022) – Salt Lake Rebels
    • Jones had one of the best weekends in Omaha, netting a spot on the 1st Team All-Tournament squad. This unsigned senior has a slightly unorthodox jumper, but it goes in at a very consistent clip. He hit 4 3’s within the first 6-8 minutes of the game in the Rebels big win over the Colorado Hawks. He also showed an ability to drive to the basket and playmake.
  • Ahlante Askew – Sho-Me Assault
    • A really shifty point guard, he showed a quick first step and smooth stroke around the basket. Really impressed with his ability to get into the lane and draw help-side defenders for easy dishes to open teammates. Spark plug type of point guard. Really crafty passer as well.
  • Assane Diop – Colorado Hawks 3SSB
    • Diop is consistently one of the best athletes in any gym, but I was really impressed with his fundamentals this weekend. He showed flashes of being an outstanding passer, and I was very impressed with his ball-handling in transition. He uses his length effectively on defense, altering shots similar bigs wouldn’t be able to.
  • Martel Evans (2022) – Powerhouse Sierka
    • Evans is an ultra bouncy unsigned senior, capable of making highlight reel dunks and oops all night long. Runs the floor quickly in transition, and is capable of finishing with a powerful slam or a crafty lay in. One of the top unsigned senior guards in the midwest, definitely a prospect to keep an eye on.