#E75 – Top Scholarship Prospects
With 70 college coaches on hand for last Thursday’s showcase, the Elite 75 was exactly what we said it would be – a gym full of legitimate college prospects playing in front of more college coaches than any other individual event in New England.
Not all scholarship level prospects are created equal though and of the 70 coaches on hand, roughly 20 were from the division II level as the vast majority of the Northeast 10 was in attendance along with other D2 schools from New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Here’s a look at the prospects that generated the most buzz at those levels coming out of the event:
Christian Lorng, Putnam Science – The incoming PSA big man already has high-major offers on the table, but came to Elite 75 to announce his presence to New England and boy did he ever. He has incredible size with a chiseled frame and physical style inside the paint. He was a man among boys and should be ready to go once the fall comes around and he steps into the pivot spot for an always talented Putnam squad.
Terion Moss, Portland – Stories like these are the ones that the Elite 75 is all about. Moss was already widely credited with being the best prospect in the state of Maine, but didn’t yet have a full scholarship offer to his name. That all changed by the time the night was done and it wasn’t hard to see why. He’s long and muscular, able to push the ball with the dribble or the pass, picks his spots to attack the basket, and also able to get his teammates involved.
Jarred Houston, Beaver Country Day – With a D1 offer already to his name, Houston didn’t shy away from the competition. Instead, he showed up and showed out. He’s absolutely still a work in progress but you don’t find many 6-foot-10 big men these days with a willingness to play with their back to the basket and an ability to turn both shoulders in the post. He also showed potential in the pick-and-roll with an understanding of how to seal his man.
Cantavio Dutreil, Trinity Catholic – It should be only a matter of time before this high-motored big man starts picking up the offers. He was the most active player inside all night long, routinely getting three of four offensive rebounds in one possession. He gets off the floor quick to rebound & block shots, showed an improved touch, and more face-up ability driving the ball as well.
Tyler Thomas, Amity – Perhaps as versatile and talented a perimeter player as there was in the field, Thomas is a definite scholarship player. He owns good all-around skill – He can handle, pass, shoot, and even rebound. He has exceptional touch at the rim as a lay-up maker and the potential to take over games when he plays with the assertiveness necessary to maximize his tools.
Tyler Arbuckle, St. Paul Catholic – Arbuckle made a name for himself this winter, has followed it up with an equally impressive spring, and is now hearing from a few D1 schools because of it. The lefty guard can really light it up from deep but is also crafty getting to the rim and finishing. He showed good court vision as well, throwing some high level passes in the open court and off the bounce.
Taylor Schildroth, George Stevens Academy – One D2 coach referred to him as “the best shooter in the gym,” and that was certainly possible as he drilled jumpers all night long. He actually scored the ball from all three levels though as he was also able to put the ball on the floor and finish with some running floaters. He used ball fakes and shot fakes well and had a strong overall I.Q.
John Bella-Hunter, MacDuffie – The lefty four-man drew rave reviews from the coaches on hand as they noted his passing and feel for the game from the frontcourt. With soft hands, a sharp intellect, good finishing ability, and a high released shooting touch that is gradually extending away from the basket his scholarship level interest is bound to only grow.
Jared Whitt, South Kent – The big man was dominant on the block, finishing over both shoulders with jump hooks and also showing the ability to score from 15-18 feet. Whitt was equally impressive on the defensive end where he was blocking and altering shots. He’s also shown great improvement with his mobility as he moved his feet much better in pick-and-roll situations.
Tyler Kolek, Cumberland – One of the few rising juniors in the field, Kolek stood out early with his basketball I.Q. as both moved beautifully without the ball and also showed off his court vision and passing ability. As the night went on he caught fire with his jumper and went on a tear late when he seemed he didn’t even hit the rim for a large portion of the final game.