Category: Insider! Written by Scott Burgess
The National Guard High School Hoops Showdown on Saturday featured a nice group of prospects. In this scouting report we take a look at some of the top class of 2014 prospects in attendance.
Ore Arogundade, 6’4”, shooting guard (St. Viator)
Arogundade was coming off a big performance the previous night in his team’s upset win over Marian Catholic. St. Viator fell behind early against Niles Notre Dame and couldn’t catch up. Arogundade has a good body and long arms for the shooting guard position. He is a quality shooter when in rhythm and in the catch and shoot. He made an impressive three that he hit while being fouled from the top of the key. The junior gets good height off the floor and has solid mechanics. He is improving off the bounce and his ball handling is coming along. Defensively he has some potential as he has active hands and plays hard on that end of the floor. He finished with 15 points in the loss.
Duante Stephens, 6’3”, shooting guard (Niles Notre Dame)
Stephens comes of the bench for his team, but provided a spark in the first half. He has a physical and strong body for a guard. He hit a couple nice mid-range jumpers. The junior had one of the best moves of the day as he jab stepped, spinned, and drove to the hoop for a bucket. He showed well in spurts, but was absent for a big portion of the game. Definitely has some potential though. He had 8 points.
Sean O’Mara, 6’9”, center (Benet)
The Benet offense relies on great passers and they are lucky to have the state’s best post passer. Their play on the offensive end runs through their junior big man. O’Mara ran the floor pretty well recording back to back buckets in the transition game. He struggled from the field in this game going 3-10, but did get to the foul line where he knocked down all six of his attempts. One area I would like to see the young post improve is on the boards as he only recorded three rebounds against another quality post prospect in Nick Czarnowski.
Nick Czarnowski, 6’9”, power forward/center (Naperville Central)
Czarnowski has good physical tools with a solid frame, long arms, and some athleticism. What I was impressed with was how strong he came out on the boards. Early in the game he was boxing out O’Mara and getting position. He is a solid offensive rebounder. He is more athletic than last summer and made a couple of quick moves down low. Had a little bit of trouble finishing. This junior has some face up ability too. He went for 7 points and 8 rebounds. Would be worth a look for low and mid-majors.
Jontrell Walker, 6’0”, point guard (West Aurora)
Walker is in the midst of a quality junior campaign. He is a good ball handling point guard that is strong with the rock. The floor general is a solid passer in traffic and finds his teammates. Walker is a quality jump shooter with a quick release. He doesn’t have the elite speed that you look for in a point guard. The junior finished with 14 points and 5 assists. Low-major plus prospect.