Endless Motor was on hand for the last evaluation period in July in Las Vegas. With tons of star power in the buildings, there were a few prospects that stood out among the crowd.
REGGIE PERRY, 6’8, POWER FORWARD, ARKANSAS HAWKS 2018
25.2 PTS, 8.7 REB, 2.3 AST, 11-24 3P, 28-39 FT
Wrap-Up: In multiple games, the forward was sensational and backed up his elite status. Reggie consistently displayed the ability to grab a defensive rebound and either attack the rim in transition or find shooters filling the wings for open perimeter looks. In the half-court, he either attacked the defense with smooth footwork in the post, pick and pop perimeter jumpers, or by attacking closeouts to get to the rim where he either drew fouls or found teammates. His physically-mature frame and fluidity combined with plus ball skills makes him a near impossible mismatch for the opposition.
Stock Prediction: Ranked #56 in EM’s Top 150 for 2018, Reggie is due for a healthy bump. Not many prospects can knock down a 3, take his man into the post for a bucket and then grab and go to find his teammate in transition.
Recruitment: Committed to Mississippi State, Perry will be a day one contributor for Ben Howland’s squad with his college-ready frame and inside-out versatility.
ISAIAH JOE, 6’4, SHOOTING GUARD, ARKANSAS HAWKS 2018
13.5 PTS, 2.5 REB, 1.5 AST, 1.5 STL, 20-35 3P, 11-12 FT
Wrap-Up: Joe did what does best all week in Vegas and that was knock down perimeter jumpers. Whether off the dribble or in catch and shoot situations, Joe consistently showed range. Not strictly a shooter, the guard flashed vision in transition in multiple instances where he found teammates for lobs or transition jumpers. Joe also displayed a competent handle to attack a closeout in a straight line and draw contact at the rim.
Stock Prediction: Not currently ranked in EM’s Top 150 for 2018, Joe looks to make his entry in the backend of the rankings when they are updated this fall. Shooting and versatility are highly-valued skills and Joe brings both as a quality utility guard.
Recruitment: Committed to Arkansas, Joe gives Mike Anderson a floor spacer who can knock down perimeter jump shots at a high clip and a secondary ball handler with the proper development.
MATT BRADLEY, 6’5, SMALL FORWARD, TEAM ELEATE 2018
26.0 PTS, 8.8 REB, 3.0 AST, 12-28 3P, 40-48 FT
Wrap-Up: EM had our first look at Bradley in Vegas versus The Compton Magic and he did not disappoint. The forward started the game out knocking down multiple perimeter jumpers off the bounce after creating space with his handle. Once he had the hot-hand, Bradley took his defenders into the post where he used sheer strength to create good looks at the basket. His outside-in ability simply made him a handful all afternoon for the Magic. In addition, the forward showed good vision finding teammates every time the help defense came his way and did a great job of cleaning the glass and finding teammates in transition.
Stock Prediction: Ranked #122 for EM’s Top 150 for 2018, Bradley is set to rise into the top 100 after a strong showing in Las Vegas.
Recruitment: Committed to University of California, Bradley’s physicality and perimeter skills will make him a rotation player for Wyking Jone’s squad.
DWAYNE COHILL, 6’2, POINT GUARD, OHIO BASKETBALL CLUB 2018
15.8 PTS, 4.0 REB, 2.2 AST, 4-12 3P, 13-19 FT
Wrap-Up: Cohill was solid versus a Romeo Langford-led Twenty-Two Vision squad to cap off an eventful Saturday in Vegas. The 6’2 guard plays much bigger than his size and does a great job of cleaning up the glass and initiating the fastbreak where he found teammates again and again for buckets. As Ohio Basketball Club’s primary ballhandler, Cohill found a nice balance between running offense and attacking the rim to get to the line. Throughout the game, he had a friendly back and forth with a Twenty-Two Vision defender which only got his competitive fire and motor running even higher as he upped his play to another level as the game wore on.
Stock Prediction: Ranked #76, Cohill solidified his top 100, 4 star ranking with his strong play during both the Spring and Summer evaluation periods.
Recruitment: In no rush to commit, Cohill has a top 10 of Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Dayton, Clemson, UNLV, West Virginia, Texas, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and Penn State. He will cut his list down to 5 and set official visits soon. Whomever lands his commitment, will get a player who leads, attacks and defends at a high level who should be productive for 4 years at his program.
KAMAKA HEPA, 6’9, POWER FORWARD, PORTLAND BASKETBALL CLUB 2018
Wrap-Up: EM took in Kamaka Hepa and the Portland Basketball Club versus Houston Hoops at the Big Foot Classic, and the forward had the full skills package on display. What stood out immediately was Hepa’s feel for the game. Whether in the perimeter or post, Hepa consistently found teammates. In the interior, the forward displaying good footwork to get off clean jumpers. He mixed in post scoring with occasional 3 pointers and straight-line drives to the rim off closeouts.
Stock Prediction: Hepa solidified his EM Top 150 for 2018 ranking, currently slotted at #49. His versatility at his size makes him a borderline elite prospect with a frame that has room to grow. The Alaska native has a little Moritz Wagner in his game.
Recruitment: Hepa is receiving interest from Utah, USC, Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona, Gonzaga, Texas, Michigan and Oklahoma. He will cut down his list soon and set visits before ultimately deciding in the Fall.
MATT MAYER, 6’8, SMALL FORWARD, HOUSTON HOOPS 2018
Wrap-Up: EM watched Matt Mayer and Houston Hoops versus the Portland Basketball Club at the Big Foot Classic, and the forward had quite possibly his best game of the evaluation period. Out of ISO, Mayer was able to get any shot he wanted. Using elite footwork out of triple-threat, the forward knocked down pull-up after pull-up with range all the way out to the 3 point line. His plus-size allowed him to take defenders into the post for clean turnaround jumpers and his fluidity combined with an advanced handle led to multiple forays at the rim.
Stock Prediction: Matt more than backed up his #45 ranking in EM top 150 for 2018.
Recruitment: Committed to Baylor, Scott Drew is adding as complete a scorer in his class. He’ll need to put on strength but Matt’s ISO ability at his size with his perimeter shooting will make him a valuable asset in Waco.
JA’VONTE SMART, 6’4, POINT GUARD, HOUSTON HOOPS 2018
Wrap-Up: Smart and Houston Hoops versus the Portland Basketball Club at the Big Foot Classic, and the guard put in another textbook performance. It all started with change of speeds with the 6’4 guard, as he used stop and go ability to get into the teeth of the defense. A strong and big guard, his size allowed him to see over the defense and he consistently found the roll man or shooters out of ball screens. Combine that with a sweet perimeter stroke and you have a guard who is incredibly complete and whose versatility should allow him to see minutes at either guard slot.
Stock Prediction: Ranked #21 in EM’s top 150 for 2018, Ja’Vonte backed up his elite status with his play during the AAU circuit.
Recruitment: Committed to LSU, Smart looks to be a day 1 starter whose college-ready frame and perimeter skillset will allow him to be positive contributor for the Tigers.