LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Real Deal in the Rock proved once again to be one of the premiere basketball events on the spring circuit as over 300 teams from around the country converged in Little Rock, Ark. Here is a look at some of the performers who stood out:
Nate Britt (Upper Marlboro, Md./Gonzaga)
2013, PG, 6-foot-1, 165 pounds
College: North Carolina
This may not have been Britt’s best overall statistical weekend, but he understands that a point guard’s job is to lead while putting his team in position to win and Britt showed that he knows how to do just that while leading DC Assault to the Joe Johnson Division Championship over a loaded Houston Defenders team, featuring the Harrison twins.
Isaac Hamilton (Los Angeles/St John Bosco)
2013, SG, 6-5, 180 pounds
Hamilton was an unstoppable offensive machine most of the weekend and was able to rally his team to victory from double-digit deficits multiple times throughout the weekend. His biggest basket was a 3-point dagger with one second left to beat the Dallas Trojans in the semifinals.
Austin Nichols (Memphis, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian)
2013, PF, 6-9, 205 pounds
Consistently scoring the ball inside-and-out while helping M33M to the Mike Conley, Jr. Division Championship, Nichols reminded me a lot of Kentucky’s Kyle Wiltjer. He understands the nuances of the game and his play had college coaches in attendance buzzing about his development. He still needs to gain some strength, but he has a chance to be one of the better power forwards in the 2013 class.
Detrick Mostello (Decatur, Ala./Austin)
2013, SG, 6-2, 155 pounds3
Mostello has been in need of a major upgrade in his player rating for sometime and his stellar play this weekend at the Real Deal provided a perfect platform. He stayed positive and focused on the game and showed that despite his thin frame, he is one of the most dangerous scorers in the 2013 class.
Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis)
2013, PG, 6-5, 210 pounds
The physically-imposing point guard uses his size advantage to bully opponents into submission. Although he still needs to develop a more consistent stroke from behind the arc to keep defenders honest, he is near impossible for high school guards to keep out of the paint, where he is a good finisher and decision maker.
Christopher Obekpa (Centereach, N.Y./Our Savior New American)
2012, PF/C, 6-8, 225 pounds
As one of the few unsigned seniors playing at this event, the ESPN 100 player displayed why he is considered one of the best shot-blockers in the 2012 class. His prowess in the paint forced as many altered shots as blocks and he also caused many Lebron James-type misses in transition as opponents were trying to find where he was before attempting a layup.
Jerrell Martin (Baton Rouge, La./Madison Prep)
2013, SF/PF, 6-9, 215 pounds
The skilled combo-forward showed the whole package on both ends of the floor. He possesses the skill set and feel of a small forward and rebounds and blocks shots like an interior player. He can score in all three phases and also has great court vision and passing ability. He will be a major priority for the new LSU staff.
Leron Black (Memphis, Tenn./White Station)
2014, SF, 6-7, 210 pounds
Black can do it all. He is effective playing at the break-neck speed that his club team (Team Thad) plays or he can punish his opponent in the post when the game is slowed down. He is developing into a potent perimeter scorer who can knock down the pull-up jumper or get to the rim. He led his team to another championship at the Real Deal.
Jordan Mickey (Dallas/Grace Prep)
2013, PF, 6-8, 210 pounds
Mickey’s game continues to progress at a consistent rate. He is more polished offensively and he is starting to develop a dominant attitude in the paint defensively. He blocked shots, rebounded at a high level and his body is beginning to mature and take on weight; he still has a high ceiling.
Stephen Domingo (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius)
2013, SF/PF, 6-8, 190 pounds
The versatile Domingo is a tough matchup for opponents. He can play on the wing or be a stretch 4-man who excels in the pick-and-pop. He showed a big-time stroke with good shot selection doing most of his damage from the perimeter, but also showed he is not afraid to mix it up on the glass or attack the rim in transition.
Kris Jenkins (Upper Marlboro, Md./Gonzaga)
2013, PF/SF, 6-5, 250 pounds
Jenkins’ body type may be difficult for some college coaches to get over, but there is no denying his production. The kid knows how to play and is excellent at taking what the defense gives him. He is a deceptive athlete who can finish plays around the rim or make his opponent pay playing face-up.
Jaron Hopkins (Candler, Ariz./Basha)
2013, SG, 6-4, 185 pounds
Hopkins is quickly developing into one of the best shooting guards in the 2013 class. He knocked down the 3-ball more consistently with improved shot selection and is a handful in the open floor who gets to the rim in a blur and can finish with either hand. He also showed some playmaker instincts and has the ability to be a defensive stopper.