Prospect Watch: Mac McClung

In this addition of Prospect Watch, LJ shines the spotlight on Georgetown commit Mac McClung:

Mac McClung is a bottle of excitement known for his spectacular dunking ability. His skills came to the scene more as he played AAU ball and he's much more than just a dunker.

Standing 6-2 and weighing in at 175, McClung is the type of point guard that leaves it all on the floor. Playing for Gate city high school out of Gate City, Virginia, McClung's fan base is a very loyal fan base who loves his gritty style of play. He is the no.8 player in the state of Virginia by 247 and no.9 by ESPN for the 2018 class.

He has great handles and is a certified bucket getter. He is one of those guards who doesn’t have a position; he is what Allen Iverson calls “a killer”. He averaged 29 points 5.5 assists and 3 steals in his junior season at Gate City high school, leading his team to a 23-5 record. He has a way of catching the eye of attention and even made Sportscenter top 10 with a windmill dunk that he caught off the backboard and looked to the side before he dunked it. He is amazing in the open floor and the future Hoya will bring a lot of excitement to the Georgetown program.

I see him as a 2019 or 2020 NBA prospect; he has the heart of a lion and has the ability to be a game changer with his scoring ability Mac McClung is definitely a prospect to watch.
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Prospect Watch: Jahvon Quinerly

Senior contributor LJ shines the spotlight on Arizona recruit Jahvon Quinerly:

Jahvon Quinerly, a point guard out of Hudson Catholic high school by way of Jersey City, is one of the most dynamic players in the country. Quinerly is rated a 5 star point guard by 247, Scout, Rivals, and ESPN; he is no.3 in New Jersey, no.4 among point guards and the no.15 prospect in the nation for the recruiting class of 2018.

Quinerly is lightning in a bottle and a bullet in transition. He can score from anywhere on the floor with the ability to draw double teams. Quinerly has exploded in games including 31 points and 10 assists in a sectional semifinal game and 32 point 7 rebounds and 10 assists in the Metro Classic.

Quinerly has great court vision and is able to get others involved, Quinerly is the type of point guard that can lead a championship level team. He has a game similar to Damian Lillard but with more speed (and less size).

He is a 2018 commit for the Arizona wildcats and will be a game changer with the ball in his hands. He has played against the best players in the country and against them he has proved he is one of the best in the country.

At 6-0 170 he packs a variety of offensive moves with elite dribble skills. Quinerly could be a one and done player. He has the scoring and play-making ability to be an impact point guard at the next level. I see Quinerly being a top 20 pick in the 2019 or, if he decides to stay, 2020 NBA draft. He could even have the talent to be a top 10 pick.

Quinerly is the definition of show time on the basketball court and will be a crowd pleaser. He isn’t on any NBA draft boards but I believe by the end of his freshman year Quinerly will be ranked among the best prospects in his draft, my prediction is 2019.

by LJ.

Who's Got Next? Isaiah Todd And The Top 5 Prospects in High School Basketball

Now that Marvin Bagley has moved on to play at Duke, it's time to crown the next king of high school basketball. For the past few years Bagley was widely considered the top high schooler, regardless of class, now there's a new #1 - another generational type of talent taking over that top spot and ready to become a household name:

#1)  Isaiah Todd is only a rising sophomore but he's a special talent who has all the makings of an NBA superstar. He might not be the best player in high school at this moment but he's the best long-term prospect. At only 15 years of age, the 6-10 power forward has elite size and skills and projects as a franchise altering talent. It'll be awesome to see him develop over 3 more years of high school ball. The sky is the limit for how good he can be and he reminds of a hybrid of Chris Bosh and Tim Duncan. Now he gets to carry the heavy weight that comes with being a transcendent basketball talent and the new king of high school hoops.

#2) R.J. Barrett is a much more polished player and is closer to realizing his potential than the younger players on this list. He's the front-runner for the #1 overall pick in 2019 and projects as an elite big wing at the NBA level. His game reminds of Grant Hill but he has even more physical ability and size than Hill had. Barrett could be listed at #1 on this list but for now he's a close second behind Todd. Barrett will play his final season at Montverde Acadamy and his college recruitment is still open, with all the big schools in the mix.

#3) Bol Bol has gone from having intriguing upside potential to being a legit superstar player. He's a force on both ends of the court, able to alter the game on the defensive end with his awesome length and good defensive instincts, and he's a silky smooth offensive player with an accurate jump shot and range out to 3. His shot is nearly impossible to block thanks to his height and 7-8 wingspan. He can play with his back to the basket or in the face up game. What an amazing world we live in! Getting to watch the son of the late Manute Bol rise up the rankings and become a star player. The basketball gods are very kind.

#4) Jalen Green is another young but super talented prospect who is just oozing with upside. He's a bouncy, long and explosive 2 guard who plays an effortless game. As with Isaiah Todd, there's a lot of pressure and expectations for such a young star but he seems more than capable of carrying the load. Green has elite attributes including supreme athleticism, laser-like focus and a great feel for the game for a young player. He can score from three levels and is a smooth, natural shooter who can light it up from deep. What sets Green apart is his incredible athleticism. His elevation and body control are second to none and he's truly a dynamic open court athlete. He's also a natural ball handler who plays with good rhythm and feel for the game.

#5) James Wiseman has emerged as a big time center prospect and is a potential top pick in the 2020 draft. Wiseman was always a talent but now that he's standing nearly 7 feet tall, with a 7-4 wingspan, without loosing his bounce and agility, he's emerging as an elite level prospect. There's a long way to go in his development but he shows flashes of upside that remind of Anthony Davis. Centers can take a while to develop but Wiseman is on a trajectory that points towards the top of the lottery in a few years.

It's tough to pick just 5 with so much incredible talent at the high school level. We can gladly say that there's tons of talent coming down the road and the college and NBA games will be in good hands for many years to come.

Honorable mention

Zion Williamson, Scottie Lewis, Charles Bassey, Cameron Reddish, Romeo Langford

Prospect Corner: 1on1 with Kelan Martin

LJ catches up with Butler University SF Kelan Martin, in the Prospect Corner

Kelan Martin is a 6-6 215 small forward with good offensive skills and he's a very hard worker. A leader of the great Butler basketball program, which has been underappreciated for years. Butler has done a great job of grooming some of the best talent in the NCAA and Kelan Martin continues the legacy. Martin averaged 16 points 5.8 rebounds while shooting 34.8 percent from 3 and 78 percent from the line and coming up big in big games. He is "on the bubble" in the NBA Draft Room 2018 mock draft and he's the no. 56 rated player on 2018 board. Martin would be a valuable contributor to any NBA team. Watch for him to break out even more this season at Butler.

1on1 with Kelan Martin

LJ: Butler stays in it. What makes Butler basketball so competitive?

Kelan: Butler basketball is always overlooked and underrated every year. I feel like every year we get overlooked during the preseason and there is always a chip on our shoulder, so after the first few games we play in big time tournaments during thanksgiving break and they're big time teams in those tournaments. We will play those teams and beat them then there is the media saying, "oh Butler basketball beats so and so by using the butler way", which we have good players that can match up with any team in the country. That's why we are always going so deep in the NCAA tourney.

LJ: What is the strength of your game?

Kelan: Strength to my game is my ability to knock down the mid range shot, I think that is something that separates my game from others. Also I can create my own shot, knock down the three, rebound, find open teammates and being able to get to the basket whenever I want and defending 3 positions.

LJ: Your toughest task as a player playing for Butler. How did you handle it?

Kelan: When coach brought me off the bench towards the end of my junior year. I was going through a slump and couldn't manage to get out of it, so coach Holtmann started bringing me off the bench as the 6th man and once he did that my confidence started to rise again, I was kind of down on myself during that time but I managed to be positive about the situation and regain my composure.

LJ: What was your best game last season numbers wise?

Kelan: My best game last season is probably when we played Villanova I had 22 7 2. The other one was Middle Tennessee State were I had 19 6 4. There were other games that I did really well as well.

LJ: What NBA player do you model your game after?

Kelan: Some NBA players games I watch that I like and try to model myself after is Paul George, Demarr Derozen, Devin Booker, and Kawhi Leonard.

LJ: What was your toughest game last season and how did you play?

Kelan: Toughest game of the season is when we played at Creighton. We lost by 16 and I was 3/14 from the field and was very frustrated with myself.

LJ: What part of your game has improved this season that we will see?

Kelan: My ball-handling, my shot and my ability to play with pace and not being so rushed up with things while making my moves. My footwork is a huge part of my improvement to my game.

LJ: What can we expect from Butler this season?

Kelan: The same thing people expect from us every year, being underdogs that have the ability to compete with any team in the country.

LJ: What do you bring to an NBA team on and off the court?

Kelan: I can bring multiple things to an NBA team. First I can bring a guy who comes from a great family, has high character, personality, someone who is willing to work each and every day. I can bring a person who cares and is passionate about the game and others. A great locker room guy and on the court I can bring a motor. Someone who plays hard every game, rebounding, defending no matter who it is, knocking down open shots and winning is all that matters to me.

2018 NBA Mock Draft