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November 21, 2011
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sunday was the last day of the 2011 National Prep Showcase. But, perhaps the event's best prospect was saved for last as 2013's third-ranked player, Nerlens Noel, thoroughly dominated. Another 2013 big, Dominic Woodson, looked poised to make a jump up in his class.
Nerlens Noel, C, Tilton: As good as Noah Vonleh was, the event's top prospect may very well have been Noel. The 6-foot-10 junior was swatting shots as usual and controlling the glass. Additionally, he was quick to the rim and aggressive offensively while converting on 9-of-10 shots from the field during a blowout win. Noel's skill level on the offensive end has improved considerably and he's coming after the No. 1 spot in the class of 2013. Kentucky (which had John Calipari and an assistant on hand to watch him), Connecticut (two assistants at game) and Syracuse are generally considered the frontrunners but Noel declined to list any specific schools but mentioned he will try to visit Florida unofficially in December.
Semaj Christon, PG, Brewster: Christon capped his weekend with an 18-point performance. The Xavier signee can play either backcourt spot, has a tremendous first step and is positioning himself to make a nice climb in the 2012 rankings.
Jakarr Sampson, SF/PF, Brewster: It was an electric weekend for the lengthy 6-foot-8 combo forward. He backed up a high-level Saturday performance by racking up 20 points and seven rebounds on Sunday.
T.J. Warren, SF, Brewster: Put the five-star wing on the court and he's got one thing on his mind, getting buckets. Warren is physical, converts at a high rate and can score in an up-tempo or half-court setting. He had a team-high 22 on 11-of-18 shooting.
Ryan Oliver, SG, Northfield Mount Hermon: The senior wing from Los Angeles showed a controlled and versatile game. At 6-foot-4, he's got a body built for contact, can shoot with range and will go to the rim. He looks like an attractive mid-major option for the spring signing period.
Ethan O'Day, PF, Northfield Mount Hermon: A Vermont commitment, the 6-foot-8 power forward was outstanding at the NPS. He scored with efficiency near the rim, showed some toughness and was very active on the glass. He looks capable of making an instant impact for the Catamounts.
Dominic Woodson, C/PF, Vermont Academy: Vermont Academy is a bit of a newcomer to high-level prep basketball and they've got a nice player to build around in the 2013 Texan. A four-star prospect, Woodson used his strong 6-foot-8 frame, skill and length to control things in the paint. He's got legitimate three-point range making him difficult in pick-and-pop situations. He finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and listed Michigan, Michigan State and UConn as schools that were showing him attention.
Mike Tobey, C, Blair Academy: Virginia is very excited about the signing of the 6-foot-10 center and it's easy to see why. Though slender, Tobey fights on the glass, can really run the court and finishes with a high degree of skill around the rim. Tobey also serves as a rim protector and looks to have big upside.
Antonio Drummond, PG, La Lumiere: He's not the biggest guy on the court, but Drummond was in total control of his team on Sunday. He's not afraid to get vocal with his teammates, has a low center of gravity and is a surprisingly good rebounder. He finished with 25 points and eight rebounds.
Georges Niang, PF, Tilton: Iowa State fans are going to love everything about the skilled senior. He scores with efficiency near the rim, can shoot the ball and is a competitor on every level. He dropped in 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in just 21 minutes.