The final live evaluation period of the Summer was in full swing in Las Vegas on Thursday. Hit the jump for five under-the-radar names that displayed big game on Day 2 in Sin City.
I. Dana Tate (2018/6’7/Expressions Elite) – Dana was stellar in the Fab 48 event in Expression’s opening game Thursday versus a talented Team Breakdown squad. After his high-scoring teammate Marcus Zegarowski went down with an injury, Tate put the team on his back in the second half and nearly willed his team to victory. Dana looked very impressive creating his own shot off the dribble from the wing and converting at the rim on several occasions. On one notable possession he created separation on his defender with a nice crossover before finishing through contact with the and 1. Tate also went to work on the block, backing his defender down before knocking down a nice turnaround jumpshot from 12 feet. He also brought a hardhat and attacked the glass and came down with boards in traffic. In a ten minute stretch during the second half, Dana scored more than 10 points, grabbed 5+ rebounds and kept the game close until the end. Tate is an undervalued combo-forward with good ball skills, a college ready frame and plus athleticism. While Dana holds offers from a handful of mid-majors and UMass, his skillset and athletic abilities seem to warrant mid-major plus/high major consideration based on what we’ve seen this Spring and Summer.
II. Daylen Kountz (2018/6’4/Colorado Hawks) – This was our first time viewing Kountz live, and he was one of the most productive players at the Adidas Summer Championships on Day 2. He has good size for a guard at a legit 6’4 with good athleticism and is constantly in attack mode. Matched up against Urban DFW, Daylen repeatedly got to the rim off the dribble with a quick first step before consistently finishing contested shots at the rim utilizing great body control and good verticality. Kountz finished the game with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in helping lead the Colorado Hawks to a victory. Daylen currently holds offers from Colorado, VCU and Rutgers in addition to some mid-major offers, but may be trending toward collecting more high-major offers assuming he can continue producing at the current rate. His natural combination of size and athleticism screams high-major prospect, and although his jumpshot appears to still be a work in progress, he gets in the paint off the dribble at will.
III. Matt Mitchell (2017/6’5/Dream Vision) – Mitchell played with a purpose against the Atlanta Celtics on Thursday night. Matt did not waste dribbles or play around with the ball, he consistently got into the paint on straight line drives and got into the chest of the defender before finishing with superior strength or drawing fouls. He also looked very good as a spot-up shooter on the wing. Mitchell went 3/5 from distance while displaying a nice release point and good arch on his shot. He finished with 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in a Dream Vision win against versus the Celtics. We absolutely love the fact that Matt is very productive and efficient while not being ball dominant. While he doesn’t necessarily have the flare of some of the big-name prospects, he produces at a level that is simply undeniable and takes care of business game-in and game-out. Mitchell recently re-opened his recruitment and has received multiple high-major offers in recent months. Its easy to see why the efficient scorer is so coveted at this point, as he has a college ready frame and will be a day 1 producer at the next level for whichever school receives his services.
IV. Dontarius James (2018/6’7/SC Supreme) – while Zion Williams0n and Immanuel Quickley had much of the pre-game buzz in the highly anticipated matchup between SC Supreme and Team BBC, James was a huge part of the show. Dontarius was absolutely lethal from distance, knocking down five triples that rarely touched the rim on his way to 19 points for the game. His shot looks pure, with good rotation and consistent mechanics. While his shooting touch deservedly receives the most attention, his passing really stood out against BBC. He displayed good vision from the post on numerous possessions, finding teammates for open shots once the double came on the block and connected for 4 assists. James appears to be a really good stretch 4 prospect at the next level, and while his recruitment is mostly at the mid-major level currently, we expect additional mid-major plus and perhaps a few high-major schools to jump in the mix soon should he continue to play at the current level.
V. Demetric Horton (2018/6’4/Garner Road) – Demetric nearly beat Urban DFW by himself in the second half of their Thursday contest. The 6’4 guard knocked down perimeter shot and perimeter shot, from both distance and midrange. Horton went 4/6 from deep and finished with 20 points. His shooting prowess off the catch is impressive in its own right, but his ability to attack closeouts and shoot off the dribble is what caught our eye. Demetric got out in transition and had a few nice finishes in the open court as well. While we’re not aware of any current offers for Horton, mid-major schools looking for a shooter with good size should certainly be looking at him in the next few days with his Garner Road (Coleman) squad at the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas.