On Saturday we were at the 10th Annual Ridgewood High School Shootout. The event had a nice field that included Fenwick, Niles North, DePaul Prep, Lindblom, Deerfield, Benet, among others. Here are the top performances from the games we saw.
Jalen Butler (Niles North): Rising junior with great length for a wing. Very active on defense and makes his impact heard. Great rebounder who runs the floor extremely well. Very solid spot up shooter and does an equally good job creating shots for himself. Has a high basketball IQ and does everything on the court well. Very athletic with great elevation on his jump shot allowing him to shoot over smaller defenders.
Colin Crothers (Benet Academy): Good frame 6’7″ power forward. Had some good strong post moves to get five post up buckets in a game. Works hard to get good position on the block. As well can put the ball on the floor to drive to the basket. Good all-around skills and knows how to play. Smart defender that moves well and is always in the right position.
- Bryce Hopkins (Fenwick): Hopkins is one of the top prospects in the Midwest and showed why on Saturday. Great combination of strength, size, and skills. The 6’6″ junior is built like a house but still has agility and quickness. Has a nice jumper from the perimeter off the dribble or catch and can also beat good defenders off the dribble. Quality three level scorer. So much he can do on the court and is an incredibly tough matchup with all that he can do. Very easy to see why he has multiple high major offers and should have more soon.
- Na’Shawn Howze (Lindblom): Dynamic, two-way point guard. Rising senior extremely quick feet allowing him to place an immense amount of pressure on opposing guards. Great energy on the defensive end and takes pride in stopping an opponent. Very shifty when attacking the rim and remains poised when being pressed due to his solid ball handling ability.
- Brian Mathews (DePaul Prep): The 6’8″ post was an absolute force. He just could not be kept off the glass. In the first game of the day Mathews has five baskets on put backs alone, in addition to a couple on post ups. He has a good strong frame and is very aggressive. Showed off some nice footwork on his post moves. Plays very hard and runs the floor. Expect Mathews to be a big name sooner than later with his size, skills, and hard play.
- Walt Mattingly (Deerfield): The lengthy 6’7″ wing once again impressed us with his play. High level scorer with a smooth jumper and good range. Hit threes threes in the first few minutes of the game. After that was overplayed and also showed the ability to take defenders off the dribble. Got into the defense offense and scored at the rim plus distributed it nicely on the drive. High ceiling for this big time scorer that should have plenty of D1 attention.
- Jack Mielke (Downers Grove North): Rising senior who uses his length as a wing to shoot the three over defenses. Nice spot up shooter and moves well without the ball. Constantly looks to get open and has no hesitation to fire once he is. Has great confidence and continues to shoot despite any misses.
- Lance Mosley (DePaul Prep): Smooth shooting two guard that contributes well on both ends of the court. Impresses most with his perimeter shooting but also did a nice job in this one of attacking and distributing the ball. Saw the floor well on the move. With his length and lateral quickness player nice perimeter defense.
- Trey Pettigrew (Fenwick): Skilled sophomore point guard that did a lot on both ends. Just overwhelmed opposing guards forcing several turnovers and turned them into fast break buckets himself. Good with the ball in his hands and can score it and distribute equally as well. At his best attacking the defense, tough to stay in front of. Has ability to be on the top 2022 point guards in the state.
- Nate Shockey (York): Well rounded player with good point guard skills. Local floor leader who is good with the ball. Quick off the dribble and does a nice job getting into the defense and distributing. Sees the floor very well on the drive and racks up the assist. In addition to being able to pull up in the mid-range plus shoot the three nicely. Already holds a couple Div. 2 offers.
- Aquan Smart (Niles North): Dynamic and shifty rising senior point guard. Plays hard on the defensive end and uses his long arms to steal the ball often. Has a really nice jumper from deep and creates for himself in the mid range frequently. Very explosive when driving and has great court vision in traffic. Does a good job coming off of screens on both ends and uses his handle and length effectively. Stat sheet stuffer.
Marshun Williams (Lindblom): Tough and bouncy 6’5” rising senior with a strong frame. Very explosive and overpowers defenders when driving to the basket. Plays above the rim for rebounds or finishing at the rim. Great at finishing through contact and just outmuscles opponents.