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 2015 prospects at the 2012 State Farm Tournament of Champions.
Charles Matthews, shooting guard, (St Rita High School, IL)
The state’s top sophomore prospect opened the day up with a solid performance. He was running the point for his team. I thought he was efficient with his offense picking spots to score. Early in the game his jumper wasn't falling, but as the game went on his offense started to get going. He attacked the hoop hard and scored off the bounce. I was impressed with how well he hit the boards. He looked good getting his teammates involved and should have had more assists with several missed layups. Matthews went for 17 points and 9 boards in the win. He is becoming more than just a scorer which could be scary for opponents!
Myles Carter, power forward, (St. Rita High School, IL)
Carter knows his role and plays it to perfection. The 6’8” sophomore rebounds at a very high rate and is active on the glass at both ends of the floor. He is a big time presence on the defensive end with not only with his rebounding, but his shot blocking. Carter swats everything that is in his area and has a great feel for it at a young age. Offensively he is still a bit raw, but has potential.
Ethan Stair, shooting guard, (Hazel Green High School, AL)
The 6’4” sophomore has great size and a mature understanding of the game. It seemed like he was always in the right place and made great decisions with the ball in his hands. Stair had a nice feel in the passing game for finding his teammates. He moved well without the ball setting up his jumper which is a plus asset of his game. Stair is a good athlete that accelerates with the ball in his hands. In the game I scouted he went for 27 points against Greenwood Elzy.
Peter Hanley, power forward, (Peoria Notre Dame High School, IL)
The 6’6” sophomore had a very nice game against South Miami where he went for 14 points. Hanley plays strong and has a good frame to continue to add weight. He plays hard and was aggressive around the hoop finishing well throughout the game. He displayed a soft touch on several shots and put backs. His range stretched out to 15 feet on one shot. Hanley ran the floor well. I thought he did a nice job on the boards.
Nick Rogers, point guard, (Traders Point Christian Academy, IN)
The 6’1” point guard was excellent at getting in the lane with his quickness off the dribble. He got to the hoop consistently throughout the game. Rogers was also good at driving to the basket and kicking to open shooters. He shot the ball pretty well finishing with 17 points.