June 17, 2012

Xavier Team Camp - Sunday Review

On the second day of Xavier's team camp several new teams joined the action, with a few others coming back for another run. Here is a look at who impressed the Musketeer coaching staff the most with their high level of play.

Isaiah Johnson - '13 Cincinnati (OH) Walnut Hills C: The fact that the Xavier staff has been high on the potential of the 6-foot-9 local post has been well publicized. Sunday at camp, Johnson took another step towards becoming one of Xavier's top targets. The powerful low block scorer, who has an offer from Coach Mack, was productive all day against some above average interior competition. Johnson took a couple of fellow 6-foot-9, but two years younger, bigs to school in early games; working hard to seal before the catch and scoring with a simple drop step. He showed better touch on his hook shot, did his usual good job of keeping the ball high to pass out of double teams, rebounded well out of area, and most importantly showed a good level of conditioning in moving up and down the floor. The only true question mark for Johnson in our eyes is his defense of the pick and roll. He has good feet, but isn't great laterally, and could be exposed on the next level by that. If he's willing to come into a college and work feverishly on his body he'll be a great player, he's always going to be a below the rim throwback scorer; but his skill level is so high that he's got a chance to be a good one.

Brandon Hatton - '14 Erlanger (KY) Dixie Heights SG: Hatton took big steps on Sunday in showing the coaching staff that he is capable of doing more then just hitting spot-up three-pointers. The 6-foot-2 guard was aggressive off the dribble and hit a number of tough leaning floaters over longer defenders in traffic. Hatton displayed his usual competitive fire, knocked down his open looks, and showed intriguing distributing abilities off ball-screen situations. He's still limited athletically, but if he can continue to play with a high basketball IQ and toughness he has a chance to be really good; especially since he has a skill (in his shooting ability) that makes him a commodity.

MaCio Teague - '15 Cincinnati (OH) Summit SG: Xavier has been one of the first high major schools to show interest in the rising sophomore, who stands 6-foot-3 with long arms and a good muscular frame. Teague isn't a great athlete but he's an elite shooter who can create shots for himself off the dribble and simply knows how to find ways to score. Teague has improved drastically in his dribble game over the last year, and showed off some new scoring moves in transition where he is a very crafty finisher. He's still working on his distributing skills, but he's getting better at it; his role on Summit is to knock down open shots and that's his main focus. The biggest area where he can help himself in the eyes of coaches is to keep on improving as a defender and rebounder. Using his size and length, we though Teague did a good job over the weekend (especially on Sunday) of getting his hands on loose balls and creating turnovers.

Dontonio Wingfield - '13 Cincinnati (OH) Walnut Hills SG: Wingfield is a player who the Xavier staff focused in on when he was a freshman, but the 6-foot-5 rising senior hasn't gotten much love from the Musketeers lately; in large part to some sporadic and inconsistent play. Over the last few months on the AAU circuit "DJ" has been really good, and he was equally that on Sunday playing for his new school (Wingfield just transferred in from Cincinnati Lockland). He's a big time playmaker off the dribble that can pass, score at the rim with his big and physical frame, or pull-up in the mid-range game and score. Very few in-state players have the basketball IQ, or smooth all-around game of Wingfield; when you factor in that he has a world class basketball body he's an interesting prospect. Not saying that Xavier will start to recruit him again, but if he continues his high level of play he could re-emerge as a potential wing target after turning heads with great play on Sunday.

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