SOPHOMORE WATCHLIST (2018)

 

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In what seemed like the blink of an eye, the high school regular hoops season has to come a close. Playoff battles are now full throttle heading towards regional battles as visions and goals shift towards championship glory.

Once March rolls around, hoops hits another gear. It marks the beginning of the spring AAU circuit, and our staff has compiled a list of Greater San Antonio sophomores that you should keep an eye on for this later this spring and heading into the summer.

**Listings are in no particular ranking or order**

Gerald Liddell 6’6″ SF Steele HS
Lanky, super athletic wingman who is an elite national prospect. Rated Scout.com 5-Star, ranked the #3 overall player in the nation for ’18. Can attack the hoop and score at will, with range out to the 3-point line. Is a very underrated rebounder. Getting stronger and improving consistency from outside could vault him to #1 overall.
Offers: Texas, UCLA, Arizona, Creighton, Baylor, Iowa State, Florida State, SMU, North Carolina State, Tennesse

Tristan Green 6’8″ PF Boerene Champion HS
An old school low post, who excels on the block. Has good reach and keeps the ball high away from defenders. Stands out with his footwork, can go over his left or right shoulder, with a soft touch. Has no issue in finishing above the rim either. Showed improved accuracy in his face up game. Will hit the jump shot out to the free throw line and elbow.
Offers: Houston and Texas-Arlington (UTA)

Quenton Coleman 5’9″ PG Stevens HS
Quick handling point who is a dual threat, will score or facilitate. Because of his speed, is a threat to get by his man and attack the hole. Small stature, but uses his quickness to compensate. Has good range from beyond the three point line. Shows uncanny ability as the Falcons floor leader.

Jonathan Salazar 6’3″ PF Stevens HS
Constantly active on both ends of the floor. Can play with his back to the basket and has good enough handles to go at other post defenders. Will shoot effectively, out towards the 15-18 feet range. Plays physical down low, and benefits by cleaning up the glass. Lacks ideal height for low post, but his skill set allows him to be productive.

Alex Wise 6’2″ SG Brennan HS
Athletic two guard who can stroke it from all over the floor. His range is effective up to and beyond the arc. Does not always settle for the three, will attack off the dribble and has a smooth mid-range jumper. Gets after it on the defensive end, and has a nose for logging steals.

Daraun Clark 6’3″ SG Wagner HS
Rangy two man who is one of the more deadly shooters in the ’18 class, will hit well beyond the arc. Known for his shooting ability, he can constantly be seen open, getting away from defenders. Credit his ability to work off the ball, and fire away. Improvement in his mid-range game, and adding weight/strength will be a plus.

Justice Tolbert 6’5″ PF Wagner HS
An undersized, but effective post player at the high school level. Shows flashes of ability to score down low, even with taller defenders on him. Not overly athletic, but positions himself well to battle for rebounds. Uses length to also alter and block shots. Must always play at a high level and incorporate an outside game to his skill-set.

Rashard Smith 6’1″ SG East Central HS
Smooth shooting lefty who will stroke it and can handle the rock. Shows good athleticism excelling in the open court or half-court setup. Similar to Clark, is often found open on the wings or corners. A testament to his ability to move without the ball and attack the perimeter weak spots.

Jayden Martinez 6’5″ PF Steele HS
Athletic prospect who is long and active down low. Still raw on the offensive side, but will hit the glass, and clean up on second chances. Has quick leaping ability that makes him effective on both ends. It’s that skill that also lets him make a defensive impact by being able to alter or block shots.

Marshawn Sparks 6’0″ SG MacArthur HS
Can play either the one or two spot. Is reliable with the ball and can hurt you from the perimeter. Has a well balanced offensive game, does not solely rely on the three ball. Will drive to the hole, or take a few dribbles and utilize his mid-range jump shot.

Charles Henderson 6’4″ SF MacArthur HS
Very active body, with a good frame, who is a part of the young nucleus for Mac. Shows a good shot that stretches along the baseline and out towards the wings, in the 12 to 15 foot range. Uses his strength to fight for boards and can impact the game on the glass.

Julius Nwosu 6’4″ PF Madison HS
Strong bodies low post who is load to handle on the block. From short range, will square his shoulders and attack the hoop. Creates space using his girth, plays physical, and finishes. Is effective on the glass and has no problems standing his ground defensively.

Stanley Lambert 6’3″ SF/PF Marshall HS
Well built sophomore, with really good athleticism. Runs the floor with a fire and will finish strong above the rim. Is tough, hard nosed, and gets after it. Will clean the glass. Can step out along the baseline and be effective from short range, 8-10 feet out. Lacking ideal height for the post, will have to work on his outside game in order to possibly transition to the wing.

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