Whenever Ballard High School is motioned with basketball, the first name that comes to the minds of most is Louisville commit Quentin Snyder. However, another junior, Kelan Martin (6'6" F 2014) has been making big strides this season and has been a big part of the team's success. Last night in a thriller against Louisville Central, Kelan had a huge game scoring 22 points and pulling down 18 rebounds. Numbers like these have been the norm for Kelan this year as he is establishing himself as a for sure contender for one of the best players in the state. Kelan has the natural ability to put the ball in the basket, with is sweet spot being on the elbows on a nice turnaround jumper. He also displays very soft hands and shows a sense of urgency on the defensive end. At 6'6" and about 215 lbs, he has a nice built frame for his position. Kelan is not the best athlete in the world, but he makes up for his lack of athleticism with decent footwork and effort. The light is starting to shine on this kid, and after watching him several times this season, I'm sure that he will accept it with open arms.
After having the pleasure of watching Carson Williams (2016, Owen County High) I am wondering if this kid is the best freshman in the state of Kentucky. Carson is a very big kid standing 6'4" and about 215 lbs. and is clearly the best player on his team. He plays with a tremendous amount of poise and has a knack for putting the ball in the basket. Although he plays the 5 spot for his team, Carson can be seen breaking the press, knocking down jumpers, and finishing well with both hands. It is amazing to see such a young kid with this much talent in the state, I am looking forward to seeing more of him very soon.
The PRP VS Louisville Butler game was a very exciting game that ended in an overtime win for Butler. The floor was filled with a lot talent, with both teams having a couple of players that are getting some attention. Jeremiah Bell (2015) and Demetrius McReynolds (2013) for Butler and LaMontrae Harris (2014) and Deangelo Hunter (2013) on the PRP side. McReynolds stole the show with his smooth jumpshot helping the Bears take the lead and take control of the game; even hitting the shot that tied the game to go into overtime. McReynolds also played solid defense and showed a very poised demeanor in this rivalry game. His teammate Bell didn't have his best game on the offensive end of the floor, but displayed his very quick hands and feet on the defensive end. Harris and Hunter also played great defense showing their tremendous length and athleticism.
So I missed the Marshall County Hoopfest because of some personal obligations, but managed to get out and watch some basketball. I attended the Louisville Southern vs. Fairdale game and glad I did because I had the opportunity to scout a kid named Cory Thomas (#14 Fairdale). Cory is a Junior PG, that has a true knack for scoring and fast-break opportunities. He is definitely a kid to keep a close eye on in the Louisville area for the 2014 class.
It will be very seldom that we put player evaluations on the site, but after opening night here is a look at the work that we do. This is Allen Hudson's evaluations on Lafayette's Jackson Davis and Shon Wright.
Davis.... long athletic nimble body player who plays very well around the basket
can finish right hand or left. Has nice jump hook over left shoulder that he was
able to get off over an equally tall and athletic post defender. He was able to
knock down a few 12-15 foot jump shots...form looks to be nice and soft, would like to see him take a few more jump shots to help loosen the defense up. Davis with his lively body rebounds both ends of the floor well for his position, has good nose for the ball off the glass. On the defensive end of the floor showed good post defense holding his ground and effectively being able to challenge the shot of UK signee Derek Willis attempted post ups and force him off his spot. He is somewhat limited to what he can do at times on the floor due to the unbalanced line-ups he sometimes plays with on his high school team at times as many as three post players with no true point guard. Davis needs to continue work on his perimeter game so he can become more comfortable attacking off the bounce and loosening up defenses with a confident mid-range shot and mid post game. Overall Davis is a fine looking prospect in the 2014 junior class that shows lots of promise to continue to grow his game.
#32 Wright …just a sophomore this young man has bruising
body runs about 6’5 235lbs with lots of potential to sculpt it into a physical
specimen before it all said and done. He carves up space when he posts up due to his trunk like legs which don’t allow him to be moved off his spot. Once
receiving the ball showed good ability to pass opposite out of the post and turn
over left shoulder and shoot a nice soft touched baby hook. This young man due
to his sheer size is a definite prospect to keep an eye on…. Once he becomes
custom to his size and strength I feel he will begin too flourish athletically
and really be able to put fourth some dominant performance on the glass and in
Jackson Davis and Lexington Lafayette made a trip to the Louiville Area to face Bullitt East tonight. Bullitt East took control of the game very early and never looked back, depsite losing Kentucky signee Derrick Willis early in the second half to an ejection. It was great seeing a lot of local coaches in the building getting early looks at both talented teams. It was even greater seeing the looks on Bellermine University coach Scotty Davenport's face seeing his recent signee Rusty Troutman clean sweat off the floor, and "clean up" during this game. Troutman looked like a star tonight making the game look really easy on both ends of the court, he finished with 32 points (12 of 19). Coach D and Bellermine definitely got a steal with signing Troutman.
Despite the lost, Layfayette has a good looking team that with time (once the football guys get it together) they will be a contender in the state. With that being said, it will be up to Davis to lead this team to where they want to go. Davis played very well tonight and showed that he has added some skill to his game. I like the fact that he was very agressive in the post, and also showed the ability to put the ball on the floor on the block.
It was nice getting out for opening day tonight, l'm looking forward to a fun talented filled season.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to watch the Louisville Magic AAU 15u and 16u tryout. I left the tryout very impressed with a few youngsters that I had the pleasure of watching in drill work and in games. These kids displayed a high level of skill and athletic ability and will be ones to watch for the next several years here in the state. The list below are the guys I felt are one's to keep a close eye on and will soon be considered "elite".
Jeremiah Bell, G, Louisville Butler HS, 2015
Matt Miller, G, John Hardin HS, Radcliff KY 2016
Trevor Hill, G, Corbin HS, Corbin KY, 2016