NY2LASPORTS.COM - 2013 RIVERSIDE-BROOKFIELD SHOOTOUT - SUNDAY RECAP
Scott Phillips — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
The Riverside-Brookfield Shootout ended on Sunday as some of the top teams in the Chicagoland area came together for the summer's first big high school tournament in the state of Illinois. Cliff Alexander continued to show his massive upside while Lamont Walker played well for Morgan Park.
Cliff Alexander -- 2014 -- PF -- Curie H.S.
6-9 -- Chicago, IL
Alexander continues to make his push towards the top of the 2014 class by playing aggressively and improving each time out. Lately, Alexander has shown that his jumper is getting better as his catch-and-shoot mid-range game is expanding and getting more consistent. Alexander has also improved the rotation of his jumper and when you couple that with his ability to score inside, he's an absolute load to handle. Alexander's timing as a shot blocker is also improving as he's learning how to position himself better to deflect guys attacking the rim.
Ore Arogundade -- 2014 -- G -- St. Viator H.S.
6-3 -- Arlington Heights, IL
Arogundade has had a nice spring with the Illinois Wolves and continued his scoring touch with his play at Riverside-Brookfield. After multiple big outings on Saturday, Ore had another solid scoring outing in a win over Marian Catholic, attacking off the bounce and also knocking in some jumpers. Mid-majors have made Ore a priority and he'll get a lot of traffic from college coaches in July with the way he's playing.
Jalen Brunson -- 2015 -- PG -- Stevenson H.S.
6-1 -- Lincolnshire, IL
Watching Jalen Brunson play with his high school teammates is a very enjoyable experience. While Stevenson's supporting cast is obviously not as talented as Brunson's teammates with the Mac Irvin Fire, you can see Brunson -- and Stevenson's -- high basketball IQ with the way they play team ball and share the basketball. Brunson's unselfishness and steadiness shows through with the way his team takes the floor and Brunson is the type of point guard that can call his own sets and a coach will feel fine about it.
Charles Matthews -- 2015 -- G -- St. Rita H.S.
6-4 -- Chicago, IL
Matthews combination of size, speed, athleticism and skill makes him the top prospect in Illinois' 2015 class and on Sunday, he had it all on display in a morning win over Homewood-Flossmoor. Matthews can score in a variety of ways and gets to any spot he wants on the floor in whatever fashion he pleases. Charles is the type of guard that is hard to get out of his comfort zone because if he's pressured by multiple defenders, he'll utilize his excellent passing ability to find an open teammate because of his size. Matthews also has great instincts on the defensive end and with the help of his quick hands and first step, he can be great at picking off passes.
Tai Odiase -- 2014 -- PF -- Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.
6-8 -- Flossmoor, IL
Odiase has shown flashes all spring but on Sunday he showed confidence in his offensive abilities while also rebounding and defending his area. Odiase is Homewood-Flossmoor's best player, so it was nice to see him play assertively on the offensive end as he showed confidence in his elbow jumper and also showed a few post moves. Although some of the moves ended in misses, Odiase's confidence showed that he's close to making those plays with added repetition and strength.
Josh Cunningham -- 2014 -- SF -- Morgan Park H.S.
6-7 -- Chicago, IL
A good athlete on the wing, Cunningham scored off the bounce, rebounded, and also made some plays as a passer and showed a better IQ than I've probably given him credit for. The interesting thing with Cunningham will be how he reacts to being Morgan Park's alpha dog. Cunningham has plenty of time to grow into that new role as Cunningham has been a big part in a number of successful teams as a second or third option in the past.
Aaron Jordan -- 2015 -- SG -- Plainfield East H.S.
6-4 -- Plainfield, IL
Playing with the Illinois Celtics this spring, Jordan has been strong attacking the basket and that type of play continued from him at Riverside-Brookfield. Jordan is at his best attacking the rim and although his jumper needs plenty of work mechanically, it will fall at times when Jordan is rolling offensively.
Glynn Watson -- 2015 -- PG -- St. Joseph H.S.
5-11 -- Westchester, IL
The Illinois class of 2015 has a nice group of guard prospects and Watson is among the most fun to watch because of his poise and ability to run a team. Watson is comfortable running half-court offenses, but will just as easily go into attack mode and slither his way towards the rim on a drive. Watson is a tad small, but isn't afraid to put the ball on the floor going towards the rim and if he develops more mid-range pull-ups and floaters, his own scoring ability will improve dramatically.
Connor Cashaw -- 2015 -- SG -- Stevenson H.S.
6-3 -- Lincolnshire, IL
Cashaw played well for Stevenson in a loss to Morgan Park, and although his handle still needs to improve, it has gotten better over the course of the spring and offensively, Cashaw is playing with quite a bit of confidence. Like teammate Jalen Brunson, Cashaw plays with a great sense of poise and has a high IQ for a young player and he's played in a lot of big games thanks to Stevenson's run to the state finals last season.
Lamont Walker -- 2014 -- G -- Morgan Park H.S.
6-4 -- Chicago, IL
I listed Walker as a guard because of his ability to handle the ball in transition, but with his defensive versatility and team mentality, Walker could be plugged into multiple positions on the floor and still thrive. Walker is usually tasked with guarding the other team's top player and he relishes this role and doesn't need a lot of offensive touches to be happy. Although not a primary scorer for Morgan Park, Walker gets things done on the offensive end in transition and can handle a little bit as well. His spot-up jumper is also improving throughout the spring and if his skill level keeps improving it'll be interesting to see how he develops through the summer.
News and Notes:
Charles Matthews said that Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State are the newest schools to enter his recruitment.
Tai Odiase listed scholarship offers from Valparaiso and Ball State and said Drake, Saint Louis, Tennessee, Iowa, Jacksonville, Western Illinois, Southern Illinois, UIC, Dayton and Georgia have all shown interest. Odiase said he plans to take unofficial visits to Ball State, Drake and Saint Louis this summer.
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