Category: Insider! Written by Scott Burgess
The State Farm Tournament of Champions is always one of the top events to attend every season in Illinois. This year the talent was at Washington High School again. Here we take a look at the top prospects at the 2012 State Farm Tournament of Champions.
Here is a look at the top prospects from the 2013 class.
Alec Peters, small forward, (Washington High School, IL – Committed to Valparaiso)
Peters continued right where he left off in July with four huge scoring out puts at the State Farm TOC. On his home court he scored a high school career high 40 points and became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the event. He is known as a lights out shooter and showed that off, but mostly from mid-range. The skilled forward displayed more in his game in this one as he is more of a versatile player than people give him credit for. He scored on the interior through contact. I was impressed with his low post game and how hard he worked to post and repost in the paint. He will bring Valpo a mismatch as he can play the three and four at the next level.
Scott Kingsley, shooting guard, (St. Rita High School, IL)
The Whitney Young transfer has fit in nicely at St. Rita. Kingsley is a sharp shooter that can really stroke it from behind the arc. He is a specialist at the next level with his ability to shoot the ball.
Xavier Martin, power forward, (Champaign Central High School, IL)
Martin is an undersized power forward at 6’5” that is very active around the hoop. He has a strong body and is quick to the glass. Would be a nice pick up for a JUCO looking for an energy guy inside.
Janarius Middleton, center, (Greenwood Elzy, MS)
Middleton was very impressive early in the day Friday. He is a 6’8” center with good size, strength, and length. The senior consistently finished around the hoop right from the jump. He displayed a soft touch around the basket and good footwork. He ran the floor well in transition. I was also impressed with his passing out of the post and throwing outlet passes to begin the break. Defensively he is a good defender that is a shot blocking presence. Middleton went for 24 points and double digit boards.
Antravious Simmons, center, (South Miami, FL – Committed to VCU)
The VCU commit is a big boy at 6’9”. He has a thick body and eats up space in the paint. Offensively he is athletic around the hoop and moves bodies. Lacks skill, but makes up for it with power. He is a volume rebounder.
Joel Heesch, shooting guard, (Mauston High School, WI – Committed to Wayne St)
Heesch is a heck of a steal for Wayne St! He is a plus shooter that made tough and contested shots from all over the floor including acrobatic finishes at the rim. The senior is always around the ball and making plays.
JeQuan Lewis, point guard, (Dickson County High School, TN – Committed to VCU)
Lewis lit it up in an afternoon game on Friday against Grandview. He went for 50 points and was about as on fire as you could get. He is quick with the ball in his hands and has good acceleration to get past the defense. Lewis was great at getting in the lane and playing strong through traffic. Overall he just takes what the defense gives him. He was knocking down NBA threes on pull up jumpers and off screens. Although he scored 50 points he showed a nice passing ability and pushing the ball in transition. Steal for VCU!
Milos Kostic, power forward, (Traders Point Christian Academy, IN)
Kostic was very impressive in the game against Creating Young Minds Academy. He showed excellent footwork in the post and good strength backing his man down. The senior has a soft touch around the basket and showed off some range on his shot. The main concern with Kostic right now is his lack of athleticism, but showed a high skill level in this game going for 18 points.
Detrick Mostella, shooting guard, (La Lumiere, IN – Committed to Oklahoma St)
This was my first time seeing Mostella play and I came away very impressed. With his future coaches in the stands, Mostella came out with a bang. He is a big time wing scorer that can get anywhere he wants on the floor. The senior attacked off the bounce and got to the rack. On one play he went baseline and posterized a kid. His jumper is also a plus asset as he nailed several from all over. He filled the stat sheet contributing across the board on the glass, assists, and steals. Mostella finished with 23 points.
Jalen James, point guard, (La Lumiere, IN)
Although he didn’t score much in the game he got everyone involved right from the start. James pushes the ball in transition with his speed. This has been the consistent aspect of his game throughout his career. La Lumiere wings Sam Logwood and Detrick Mostella were rolling and it was James that was getting them the ball. On this team he doesn’t really have to score. Just set others up. His jumper needs to get better so people will have to guard him a little closer in the half court which will open up more avenues for James to beat the defense.