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Louisville and Kansas guards shine

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- A duo of Louisville guards highlighted the first day of the National Prep Showcase, and Terry Rozier backed up the praise from his future coach Rick Pitino.

Rozier will make an impact for Louisville.

Terry Rozier (#90 247Sports/ #99 247Composite; Hargrave Military; Louisville commitment)- 21 pts, 10-20 shooting, 1-4 from three, 0-1 from the line, 5 rebs, 6 steals, 3 assists, 1 turnover in 40 mins

The primary difference between Rozier from a year ago and now is that he is a much stronger and explosive athlete. He is extremely quick to the basketball, plays with a commanding composure and has no significant weakness as a point guard.

He will play a major role at Lousville next year, and he and Chris Jones will form one of the toughest small guard duos in the country.

As his future head coach Rick Pitino has pointed out, his ranking needs to be drastically adjusted.

Anton Gill (#42 247Sports/ #37 247Composite; Hargrave Military; Louisville commitment)- 18 pts, 7-17 shooting, 3-7 from three, 1-1 from the line, 4 rebs, 3 steals, 2 assists, 0 turnovers in 32 mins

A natural scorer, Gill has the shooting ability to hurt you from deep and also the strength and funky left-handed game to come up with buckets in the heart of the defense.

He is a little rawer than his fellow incoming Louisville guards Rozier and Chris Jones, but you have to love the upside of Gill as a high level scorer.

Greg McClinton (#96 247Sports/ #116 247Composite; Hargrave Military; Wake Forest commitment)- 24 its, 10-15 shooting, 1-1 from three, 3-5 from the line, 11 rebs, 3 steals, 1 block, 3 turnovers in 40 mins

As the numbers attest, McClinton had a strong outing for Hargrave. His shot looked better than it did in the summer, and he was active as an all around player. He still, however, is in need of more physical to be able to impact the game at the ACC level. If he gets that strength, he will have a positive career at Wake Forest.

Goodluck Okonoboh (2014 four-star prospect; Wilbraham & Monson; Uncommitted)- 11 points, 4-5 shooting, 3-8 from the line, 7 rebounds, 8 blocks, 1 turnover in 39 mins

There are a lot of similarities between Okonoboh and his former teammate Nerlens Noel. Beyond the haircut, Okonoboh is a long and electric athletic with a great feel for blocking shots. Offensively he isn't a perimeter shooter but he does have touch around the basket.

Okonoboh was the most electric performer of the day with his eight blocks.

Afterwards he listed "Missouri, Syracuse and a bunch of others" as his school list.

Luis Montero (2015 #13 247Sports; Wilbraham & Monson; Uncommitted)- 11 its, 3-6 shooting, 2-3 from three, 3-3 from the line, 4 rebs, 1 assist, 4 turnovers in 28 mins

Montero has the makings of an elite prospect. At 6-7 the Dominican Republican has point guard skills and shoots the ball well. His feel for the game is strong, but he does need more physical strength.

Dayshon Smith (#158 247Sports/ #136 247Composite; Putnam; Dayton commitment)- 16 its, 7-11 shooting, 0-2 from three, 2-4 from the line, 3 rebs, 1 turnover in 40 mins

Dayton will have a quick, slashing scorer at his disposal in Smith next year. Look for him to make his mark on the Atlantic-10.

Jaylen Brantley (#117 247Sports/ #186 247Composite; Notre Dame Prep; Uncommitted)- 26 its, 9-16 shooting, 6-9 from three, 2-3 from the line, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 2 assists, 1 turnover in 31 mins

Although undersized, Brantley at times dominated the game because the Hargrave defenders didn't respect his long range shooting ability. Brantley also has the craftiness to conjure up some buckets off the dribble.

It is tough to get a gauge on his recruitment. Brantley had no comment on his recruitment and grades might be an issue. That and the difficulty of Notre Dame Prep players getting through the NCAA Clearinghouse had junior colleges watching him.

Roger Moute a Bidias (Not rated; Notre Dame Prep; Uncommitted)- 15 pts, 7-12 shooting, 1-2 from three; 0-1 from the line, 11 rebs, 1 blk, 6 turnovers in 36 mins

The most athletic player on the court against Hargrave, Moute a Bidias is definitely a diamond in the rough. From Cameroon and the younger brother of NBA player Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Moute a Bidias has only been playing basketball for a few years.

So the lineage and the upside is clearly there. His number are a fair indication of his game right now, but it will be interesting to see what he looks like at the end of this season.

Marquette, Tulsa and Iona are currently showing interest.

Frank Mason (#103 247Sports/ #154 247Composite; Massanutten Military; Kansas commitment)- 21 its, 6-8 shooting, 3-3 from three, 6-11 from the line, 6 rebs, 2 steals, 2 assists, 4 turnovers in 40 mins

Mason played one of his typical games which consisted of tough defense and finding shooters throughout and then turning on his offense towards the end. There is definitely a place for him at Kansas at least as a complimentary player who will play an important role or perhaps as the leader of the team at the point. Put players around him and he has the make up to ensure wins.

Kuran Iverson (#26 247Sports/ #27 247Composite; Fishburne Military; Memphis commitment)- 19 its, 7-19 shooting, 0-6 from three, 5-8 from the line, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover in 36 mins

There is a lot to like about Iverson's game. He is long, has a feel for the game, sees the court, is a great passer off the dribble and can make unconventional shots. The question for Iverson is whether or not he will gain the strength and a consistent enough jumper for his game to translate at a high level in college and beyond. He isn't an explosive athlete, so strength will be critical defensively and on the boards. Strength and shooting will be the difference between a J.P. Prince type career or a more dominating career.

Dwayne Foreman (2014 three-star prospect; Massanutten Military; Uncommitted)- 15 points, 5-6 shooting, 5-9 from the line, 2 rebounds, 1 block in 21 mins

Foreman is a prospect to keep an eye on. At around 6-7, the lefty athlete is dangerous in transition and attacking the basket. He needs to become more productive on the glass and improve his range/perimeter skills, but there is certainly a lot of potential in him.

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