The annual Run-N-Slam in Fort Wayne is typically one of the better events in the Midwest, filled with elite teams from multiple circuits. This past weekend did not disappoint, as several prospects shined bright in high-level matchups. Hit the jump for a rundown of notable performances from the Spiece Run-N-Slam.
Most Versatile: Darius Bazley (2018/6’8/OH Nova)
Weekend Wrap-Up: Making a surprise appearance with OH Nova for the weekend, Bazley showed exactly why he’s going to be one of the best available prospects in the 2018 class. Darius is a legit 6’8 and displayed legitimate point guard skills, his ballhandling is absolutely elite at his size. He broke defenders down and created separation off the dribble before raising up and burying threes on multiple occasions Saturday. Bazley also played the high post as the playmaker against zone defenses and found teammates for open layups repeatedly. If that wasn’t enough, he also went down on the block where he used his superior size and length to back defenders down before knocking down turnaround jumpshots from the baseline. Darius also showed great grab and go ability, there were multiple instances where he obtained defensive rebounds and pushed the ball up the court coast to coast and finished or found teammates for easy looks at the basket. While he’s most likely viewed as a combo-forward at the next level, Darius has elite ballskills at his size that will allow him to be a primary ballhandler in college and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him running high pick and roll in a few years. He’s that good.
Stock Prediction: Coming in at anywhere from the high 40s to 80 by most rankings services, we think of Darius as a top 50 talent easily. His combination of size, length, ballskills and athleticism make him one of the most unique prospects for the 18 class. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him come in at the 30-40 range by the time Summer is over.
Recruitment: Darius just recently de-committed from Ohio State. Since that point he’s picked up offers from Maryland, Xavier, Purdue and Florida. His recruitment is essentially starting afresh, and we expect powerhouse high-major schools to become involved sooner rather than later for the ultra talented Princeton junior.
Game Expansion: David DeJulius (2018/6’1/The Family)
Weekend Wrap-Up: Known as a lead guard that is a lethal scorer, David put everyone on notice at Spiece that he can be an elite distributor for teammates as well. During the opening game against OH Nova on Friday night, DeJulius repeatedly shredded the defense off the dribble before finding teammates for open lay-ups or jumpshots. It was an impressive display of court vision and leadership for sure. The court vision was certainly the most impressive facet of his game but David didn’t stop there. He also pulled down 7 rebounds and pursued the ball off the glass with great energy. He flirted with a triple-double on Friday night and had a huge impact in a Family victory over OH Nova. During bracket play, DeJulius went on another scoring binge versus C2K. David dropped in 5 triples and once again confirmed his standing as one of the best perimeter scorers in the country. The expansion of his game is noteworthy and something that will make him much better prepared to take over the reigns in Ann Arbor in a few years.
Stock Prediction: David is currently slotted at anywhere from generic 4star to mid 160s. There is no doubt that is far too low, as David has the talent and production of a top 75 player in the country and we expect him to get a rankings boost this summer. He’s averaging nearly 14 points a game and 5 assists during EYBL play while shooting nearly 39% from distance.
Recruitment: David is a Michigan commit and appears to be a perfect fit for the John Beilein offense. He’s likely going to assume his place as the next great Michigan point guard in due time, as the Wolverines have been a PG factory recently.
Most Upside: Marcus Bingham (2018/6’9/Indy Heat)
Weekend Wrap-Up: While Pete Nance had all the pre-game buzz surrounding the matchup between the Akron Bobcats and Indy Heat, it was Bingham who stole the show. Marcus really showed a diverse skillset. He knocked down a catch and shoot corner 3, another triple off of a handoff from a teammate, then he went to work from the wing off the dribble before drawing fouls and converting at the line. On defense, he held Pete Nance scoreless until halfway through the second half. He was able to stay in front of him with good lateral agility for a prospect of his size and his length really bothered Nance around the rim. At a legit 6’9 with a wingspan that likely exceeds 7 feet, his upside and potential is off the charts. Bingham already has a nice perimeter package and he’s nowhere near reaching his full potential from a physical or skillset standpoint. With his skillset and measureables, Marcus may be able to play the 3, 4, or 5 spots at the next level. His potential and positional versatility is very intriguing.
Stock Prediction: Marcus isn’t even reflected in some of the national databases just yet, while others have him hovering around the 100 range. A relative newcomer to the national scene, his stock is no doubt about to skyrocket. He’s likely to enter the top 100-125 of most national services this summer.
Recruitment: During the past 2 weeks Marcus has picked up offers from VCU, Michigan State, Washington, Bradley, Xavier, Butler and Purdue. His recruitment is just now beginning, and his offer list is going to grow fast.
Best Post Player: Trevion Williams (2018/6’8/The Family)
Weekend Wrap-Up: This was Trevion’s best performance of the Spring. He’s not playing at 100 percent just yet, as he’s been hobbled by an injury, but he was dominant at Spiece all weekend long. Williams imposed his will against OH Nova on Friday night, using his superior size to bully defenders on the block before finishing with soft touch around the rim on his way to 20+ points. His hands are nothing short of great, as he caught several passes with zip in tight spaces from David DeJulius. The best facet of Tre’s game this weekend was his vision, he had several passes out of the post that were simply outstanding for a post prospect of his size. Trevion took his motor to another level in bracket play against C2K Elite, finishing with a 20-20 game. He absolutely dominated the glass, ran the floor as good as we’ve seen and was literally unstoppable on the block, scoring at will. That performance is what Trevion is capable of when healthy and active.
Stock Prediction: Williams is currently a 50-100 type player in nearly all of the national ranking services. His stock will be determined largely by his health, which appears to be improving. If Williams can get healthy and in tip-top shape, there is no doubt he has the skill level of a top 50 player in the country. He has amazing ball skills and vision for a prospect of his size but most don’t realize it just yet.
Recruitment: Current offers from Purdue, UNLV, Michigan State, Xavier, DePaul, Illinois and University of Detroit. Other high major schools in the Big Ten are ramping up the interest, with both Wisconsin and Michigan in the mix as well. While Michigan State has been the presumed favorite, Williams is taking his time and with MSU having 3 other post commits at the 4/5 spot in the next 2 years, nothing is a lock.