Prospect Review KC Live Period

Peak Sports takes a look at some prospects from the RecruitLook Hoops April Live period event in Kansas City.

  • Macaleab Rich (6’6, ‘23), SW Illinois Jets McMurray/Austin, East St. Louis Senior HS
    • Wherever Macaleab Rich was playing in Kansas City, he was a dominant force on both ends of the floor and by far the best athlete on either team. Built like a bulldog, look out when Rich is coming towards you in the lane because he’s easily capable of going through you on his way to the rim to finish a powerful dunk. Don’t think about playing off Rich as well, because he’s a competent enough scorer that he can make you pay for playing his drive. What’s so impressive about Rich is his dominance on the defensive side of the floor. He constantly erased opponents’ looks at the basket, showing great vertical quickness on blocks, and great lateral quickness when guarding smaller opponents. Rich was a highlight from Kansas City, and one of the most high-profile prospects we had in the building. He recently picked up offers from St. Louis, SIUE, Northern Illinois, SEMO, and Lindenwood with a bunch of HM coaches expected to follow him in July.

  • Matthew Reed (6’9, ‘23), BMM 17U, iSchool of Lewisville
    • Reed was another one of my favorite prospects coming into the weekend. He is super skilled and crafty with either hand around the basket. He handles the ball well and knows when to pass it out of the post. A capable scorer as well, showing a good mid-range and perimeter shooting stroke, as well as being able to bang underneath the basket. Reed was another one of the major college coach attractions of the weekend. He’s recently added offers from Mizzou, Richmond, Oral Roberts, and Wyoming to go along with the other handful of D1 offers he has.

  • Jinwoo Kim (6’4, ‘22), Phenom Boys Pip 17U, Blue Valley Southwest
    • Kim made some big plays in KC for Phenom, including a pull-up jumper to close the game out with a win over BMM on the opening night in Kansas City. I really love the pace that Kim plays with, never going too fast, but also never allowing the defense to rest. He’s quick at getting to the rim and embraces contact well. Kim is the type of point guard that I would want leading my team, and one of the top unsigned ‘22’s during our live periods. **Kim recently announced via his Twitter page that he’s reclassed into the 2023 class and attending Mercersburg Academy.

  • Tucker Mills (6’6, ‘23), Rocky Mountain Select 17U, Rocky Mountain Sports Academy
    • Mills was able to do it all for Rocky Mountain Select in the few games I saw in KC. A three-point marksman, he holds a lot of gravity with or without the ball. I also really liked his ability to attack closeouts and get to the rim. A true three-level scorer that is also dominant in transition as a playmaker. Should develop to be a highly touted prospect with his shooting and playmaking ability in the coming months.

  • Connor Newton (5’7, ‘23), Dallas Mustangs 17U, Denton Guyer
    • What Newton lacks in size, he makes up for with his incredible shooting ability. In the Mustang’s big win over Rocky Mountain Select in KC, Newton was outstanding from beyond the arc, knocking down seven 3’s. He showed a quick release, and even the ability to knock down deep 3’s off the dribble. One of the top shooters I’ve seen so far this spring.

  • Olamilekan Owolabi (7’0, ‘24), Dallas Mustangs 16U, W.T. White High School
    • At 7’0 tall, it’s easy to see why Owolabi was a monster on the boards and on the defensive end in the paint. A very raw offensive talent, but showed just enough proficiency on the offensive end to get scouts and coaches excited by his potential. If he can increase his quickness and his offensive range, Owolabi will become a big-time target in the 2024 class. You can’t teach being 7’0, so it will be fun to see Owolabi progress in the next few years.

  • Kaden Year (6’6, ‘23), South Dakota Attack 17U, Jefferson High School
    • The 6’6 Small Forward is versatile on the floor for his Attack squad. He can play post and is skilled enough to play on the perimeter. He’s a player we’ve scouted a few times this season. He isn’t a player that has 1 or 2 skills/strengths that define him – he just does everything well on the basketball floor while executing it with a high basketball IQ. You know you could plug him in different roles and he’s going to produce what you need – a great role player. He’s got a good jumper, he can rebound, plays a good pick-n-roll game, and can defend outside/inside.