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Nike Skills U Evaluations
Saturday, 21 July 2012

by Alex Schwartz

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The inaugural Nike Skills U event at T.C. Williams High School featured about 80 talented high school hoops prospects of all different levels.

Included amongst the group were a number of players who are receiving interest from mid-major programs.

Recruit Recon was on hand for the event for a day and had the opportunity to see quite a few of these players in action. Check out our evaluations of 13 prospects from Nike Skills U.

Jamel Artis turned in one of his better performances in quite some time and seems to making nice progress as a player. The 6-foot-6, 218-pounder from Vermont Academy (VT) looks to developing into more of a combo forward. Artis, a 2013 prospect, looked good around the basket and did a nice job on the offensive glass. Additionally, he has a thick build and passed well out of the post.

AJ Davis is the son of ex-NBA player Antonio Davis, but he is a talented player in his own right as well. A 6-foot-8, 194-pound combo forward out of Buford (GA), Davis has some nice length and is the type of guy who can create major mismatches. That is due to the fact that Davis, a 2013 recruit, has the ability to play on the perimeter offensively despite his height. Davis has a real good body and showed in this game that he has shot blocking ability.

Neville Fincher
has finished up his high school career at Teaneck (NJ) and now the 6-foot-9, 225-pound center is headed to prep school as a 2013 prospect. Fincher has a good build and lots of physical ability, but the question has always been effort level. Well, in this game he was playing really hard and turned in a superb performance. Fincher showed that he runs the floor quite well for a post player and also that he can hit the midrange jumper. In addition, he worked to grab rebounds.

Jay Henderson is a 6-foot-2, 162-pound shooting guard out of Lake Highland Prep (FL). A class of 2014 prospect, Henderson has a slender build and will likely need to add some bulk. Luckily, he has two years of high school left to do so. The forte of Henderson’s game is clearly shooting the rock, as he was really good from long range in this game. He is especially adept when shooting off the catch.

BJ Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 170-pound small forward, is a player who just continues to get better and better. The 2013 recruit from Lower Merion (PA) has developed into a very nice player over the last year and a half and his stock continues to rise. Johnson is a long kid who has become a solid 3-point shooter. However, he also possesses solid athletic ability and is a bouncy overall player. The Philadelphia-area prospect can handle the ball, too.

Tosin Mehinti is not a guy who is going to wow observers, but that does not mean that he is not a quality player. Mehinti is a solid guy down and the 6-foot-9, 209-pounder from Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy (GA) makes his presence felt mostly on the defensive end. A class of 2013 recruit, Mehinti possesses nice length with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, so he can be imposing around the basket.

Chika Obi, a native of Nigeria, may not have ideal size for a big man at 6-foot-6, but the 2013 recruit is a nice player nonetheless. The power forward is a rock solid 248 pounds and has a very strong frame that allows him to muscle up taller guys. Obi, who attends Chapelgate Christian Academy (MD), was most effective on the defensive side of the floor and did not show much offensive arsenal in this one.

David Onuorah has already made a verbal commitment to attend Cornell as a class of 2013 recruit. A 6-foot-8, 217-pound center out of the Marist School (GA), Onuorah has a chance to eventually be an impact player in the Ivy League. Onuorah is a strong kid with a real good frame and he possesses solid athletic ability. All of this helps make up for him being a touch undersized at the five. Although he is a bit limited from a skill set perspective, Onuorah manages to impact the game anyway.

Chris Perry is only 6-foot-8, but the class of 2013 center has a wingspan of 7-foot-4 and he tips the scales at 239 pounds. Those two factors combine to allow the Bartow (FL) prospect to play like a much taller player than he is. Perry can handle taller guys with his build and also, due to his length, contest shots in a way that opposing player would not expect. He is fairly skilled overall and he even knocked down a hook shot. Perry showed that he is an effective finisher around the cup.

Kendall Pollard is a solid wing prospect from Chicago, one of the nation’s hoops hotbeds year in and year out. A 6-foot-6, 215-pound small forward from Simeon (IL), Pollard has a thick build and that helps to do a quality job of rebounding the basketball. A 2013 prospect, Pollard is also more than capable of scoring. He does not have a loud game, but Pollard is a solid and effective player.

Austin Price is, quite simply, a big-time shooter. Although at 6-foot-3 he may not have ideal height, Price has good length—his wingspan is 6-foot-6—and that helps him get his shot off against taller guys. The 161-pounder out of Detroit Country Day School (MI) is most effective when he is shooting off the catch. A 2013 recruit, Price also showed a bit of ability to attack the rim, but that is not really his game.

Tahj Shamsid-Deen is certainly an undersized player at 5-foot-10, but the 162-pound point guard manages to be productive nonetheless. Shamsid-Deen, a 2013 prospect out of Columbia (GA), showed off a very nice ability to run an offense in this game. He did a superb job of getting the ball to his teammates in positions to score it. Shamsid-Deen has a strong build, nice quickness and can hit floaters.

Tarique Thompson, a 6-foot-5, 208-pounder, is more of a slasher at the small forward position. Thompson, who has a sturdy build, is at his best when attacking the rim. Additionally, his build allows him to be effective down low. A 2013 prospect from Hoke County (NC), Thompson is a kid with a high motor too. He does need to show that he can effectively and consistently shoot the basketball, though.

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