Scouting: King James Classic (2012 Prospects)

Dylan Burkhardt
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Denzel Valentine and Malik London were two Michigan targets in action at King James

The King James Classic was extremely spread out across the Akron metro area which made planning out a schedule of games to watch a little difficult. I spent Saturday morning over at Kent State, a 30 minute drive from most of the 17s action, checking out some local talent and a few Michigan targets in the class of 2012.

Denzel Valentine (Mustangs 16s, 6-foot-5): Valentine is an intriguing prospect, he’s got great size for a wing and is very strong. The problem for him going forward is that he isn’t quite quick enough to be an elite level player. He has great court vision but needs to work on his decision making. He forced the ball a few too many times and had way too many turnovers in the game that I saw. Valentine has the potential to be one of those wing players that does a little bit of everything and is definitely a prospect to watch.

Malik London (Ohio Basketball Club 16s, 6-foot-8): London is extremely raw but his athleticism and length are obvious before he even gets in the layup line. When he was on the court he blocked a ton of shots and controlled the glass. His hands and offensive game aren’t there yet but he’s on the Michigan radar based on potential alone. London is hearing from Michigan among several other midwestern schools and made an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor last fall.

Gary Harris (D3 Heat 16s, 6-foot-3, Video): Harris is a monster and anyone that has seen him play lately agrees. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Harris in 5 star territory when the national sites release their updated rankings for the class of 2012. He’s a jet quick guard that can get to the hole whenever he pleases. He’s also deadly in transition and shot the ball very well in the game that I watched. There’s not really much more to ask for, I would say Harris is the complete package.

Lorenzo Cugini (Ohio Basketball Club 16s, 6-foot-6): When I watched OBC take on The Family’s 16U team Cugini filled up the scoring column. He’s listed at 6-foot-6 and he makes his living as a shooter, loving the pick and pop, but he is capable of scoring in other ways. After hitting a couple threes he also posted up his defender, picked up a couple hoops slashing to the hoop, and a couple garbage baskets crashing the glass.

RJ Hunter (D3 Heat 16s, 6-foot-3): Hunter plays on Harris’ D3 Heat team and was the benefactor of Harris’ penetration several times. Hunter is a lights out shooter but he is also not necessarily a one dimensional player. He’s an intriguing prospect that is drawing attention from Michigan, Michigan State, and the rest of the Big Ten.

Junior Lomamba (The Family 17s, 6-foot-4): Lomamba is a Wisconsin native but he is playing up with The Family’s 17U team. He hasn’t listed Michigan from what I’ve seen but I ended up watching him play quite a few games because he was running with Brundidge and Williams. The Family played him at the point and it was clear that he isn’t a true point guard but he made enough explosive plays to prove that he has big time potential.

Anthony Clemmons (Mustangs 16s, 5-foot-10): Clemmons has the tools to be a very good lead guard and definitely showed flashes. He had a couple really strong takes to the basket but still has a ways to go.  There are several strong point guards in Michigan’s 2012 class so it will be interesting to see where Clemmons shakes out.

Marques Mondy (Mustangs 16s, 6-foot-4):  Mondy shot and rebounded the ball very well for the Mustangs. He’s not as strong as Valentine but he played well enough to garner a mention in a close loss vs. Team Ferrari.

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  • JB01

    Phenomenal freep tribute to Peedi.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20100428/SPORTS06/

  • JB01

    Phenomenal freep tribute to Peedi.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20100428/SPORTS06/

  • SamGoBlue

    Does anyone know if this Marques Mondy is related to Duke Mondy of Providence. Duke went to Grand Rapids Catholic Central and I'm not sure how common of a last name that is.

  • SamGoBlue

    Wow, absolutely incredible story. I knew about his younger brother Marcus being killed shortly after Deshawn's first preseason game at Michigan and I remember hearing that Marcus was truly his best friend. But to add an imprisoned father and brother and another dead cousin to the list is overwhelming in all respects. I don't think I could deal with one of these situations, let alone four of them. As always, I wish nothing but the best for our players in the future, but you have to have a special place for Peedi in your heart.

  • Kevin in GR

    Yes, Marques is Duke's younger brother:

    http://blog.mlive.com/highschoolbasketball/2009

  • gpsimms

    I'm torn. I have nothing but love for Peedi, but can I click that link?

    edit: ah, crap, shoulda realized no one at the freep could write a phenomenal article.

    here's a freep-free link (also to the actual source of the article):

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbask

  • JB01

    hahaha yeah i noticed it was from usa today right after i posted it. damn it. when rosenberg is writing your sports articles, it's best to just copy and paste from a better source.

  • Bergs

    I say we get London just for those dreads.

  • Colby

    Dylan, you think there is any chance Beilein takes a run at transfers Matt Humphrey from Oregon or Anthony Booker and Kevin Dillard from Southern Illinois?

  • JimC

    I've been waiting for this slant, and it's finally here,
    http://freep.com/article/20100429/COL22/4290448/

    We shall see, won't we?

  • Colby

    Dylan, you think there is any chance Beilein takes a run at transfers Matt Humphrey from Oregon or Anthony Booker and Kevin Dillard from Southern Illinois?

  • JimC

    I've been waiting for this slant, and it's finally here,
    http://freep.com/article/20100429/COL22/4290448/

    We shall see, won't we?

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  • Brian W

    Duke picked up a verbal commitment from 2011 center Tyler Adams on Sunday. Hopefully that takes them out of the Marshall Plumlee and Amir Williams sweepstakes.

    Also, here's an article from Annarbor.com about Jalen Rose being interested in coaching:

    http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-basketball/fo

  • gpsimms

    it's crazy how much rosenberg loves beilein and hates rodriguez.

  • Brian W

    Manny Harris in an article about “Early Entrant Russian Roulette.”

    http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/04/ea

    Bacari Alexander will be a hands-on type of coach:

    http://www.detnews.com/article/20100430/SPORTS0

    Article with a bunch of tidbits about Beilein, schedule, etc.

    http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-basketball/pr

  • alfredo88

    Yeah i don't get it, the personal vendetta type of activity. I guess someone somewhere wants to be able to pull the string on RR if necessary. But enough about that.

    I keep thinking: we were all fooled into believing that the BB team would be very very good last year, because of the incoming group. We can all chill our expectations for this fall, and maybe JB's right. If nothing else, we should finally have some HEIGHT for gosh sakes!

  • Colby

    Dylan, is Chasson Randle a serious target in 11? Top player who has listed us for awhile now and takes the academic side serious.

  • Brian W

    I didn't realize that Isaiah Sykes was visiting Central Florida. I'd heard he might visit or he might go the prep school route, but he has been at UCF since yesterday evidently. Time to move on for U-M in my opinion.

    http://ucf.rivals.com/

    Hopefully Marcus Thornton makes it up to Ann Arbor soon. Would have been great to have him in the Big House for the President's visit this weekend.

  • Billiam

    Presidents visiting would be helpful for recruiting. I think it would be more helpful especially if his parents came up with him…us kids don't tend to notice that significance until it hits us on the head…like…three times.

  • alfredo88

    Maybe Dylan can run a correlation on
    y = Recruiting = f(Presidents visits)

    In his free time.

  • Sub_Alum_06

    Maybe Beilein's nephew could get him a ride on a chooper.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20100429/SPORTS06/

    Sorry about linking to freep.

  • Brian W

    Marshall Plumlee and Cody Zeller are among the players whose teams are playing in a large AAU tournament in Indiana this weekend…

    http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20100430/

    Kentucky lost out on a recruit to Washington, and their plan B may be Marcus Thornton…

    http://www.kentucky.com/2010/04/30/1246650/uk-r

  • Sullycu

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  • Sullycu

    just started up my own blog. I know it wont be even close to as good as yours, but I made it about all of college basketball. I haven't made many posts yet but check it out. www. goingdeepintomarch.wordpress.com

  • Brian W

    Marcus Thornton update from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution…

    http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-high-school-sports

  • ATLblue

    Sounds to me that their are 2 things playing into his decision besides just basketball, location and academics. Michigan obviously excels in academics but i feel like it would be a major compromise for his family to send him all the way to Ann Arbor.

  • Brian W

    Marcus Thornton update from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution…

    http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-high-school-sports

  • ATLblue

    Sounds to me that their are 2 things playing into his decision besides just basketball, location and academics. Michigan obviously excels in academics but i feel like it would be a major compromise for his family to send him all the way to Ann Arbor.

  • Brian W

    Article from Indy Star says that Marshall Plumlee is getting close to making a college decision. Also Michigan is showing D.J. Balentine some major love. You need to click the page 2 link in the story to read the whole thing.

    http://www.indystar.com/article/20100502/SPORTS

  • Brian W

    Article from Indy Star says that Marshall Plumlee is getting close to making a college decision. Also Michigan is showing D.J. Balentine some major love. You need to click the page 2 link in the story to read the whole thing.

    http://www.indystar.com/article/20100502/SPORTS

  • GeorgeEsq

    A fine distinction perhaps, but it says that he's getting “closer” to a decision, not “close.”

  • Brian W

    Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam Tournament recaps.

    Day One:
    http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content….

    Day Two:
    http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content….

  • Brian W

    Cody Zeller had 12 points, Marshall Plumlee had 9 points, and Jeremiah Davis had 8 in Indiana Elite's championship win at the Bill Hensley Run-N-Slam Classic.

    http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20100503/

  • Brian W

    Cody Zeller had 12 points, Marshall Plumlee had 9 points, and Jeremiah Davis had 8 in Indiana Elite's championship win at the Bill Hensley Run-N-Slam Classic.

    http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20100503/