Friday night brought a lot of graduating high school talent to Loyola's Gentile Center for the Chicago High School Classic. Including one player, Mt. Carmel's Jon Gac, who will be playing for the Ramblers next season.
Gac was excited to play with so many talented players on the court he'll play on next season.
"It gives me a good idea of what I'm in for next year," he said. "I made this decision primarily for my family. They love to watch me play. This was close and it was just a good fit for me."
The South team won the game 117-111. Gac, a 6'7" forward, played 11 minutes and scored 9 points. He shot 4-5 from the field and grabbed 4 rebounds. He also had a block and a steal. Most of Gac's points came from put backs and activity close to the rim. To be successful at the next level he'll need to fill out his frame and work on his post up game.
"My best parts of my game are probably rebounding, defensive rebounding and blocking," Gac said. "Around the basket scoring is also a place I've improved."
Thoughts about other prospects after the jump.
I took notes on a variety of players in the game. Quick, one-game scouting reports are presented here. Remember this is a rather small sample of a player, but it'll at least give you a feel if you haven't read or seen much about them.
- Ben Brust, Iowa (for now): he has good court awareness, he had a poor shooting game (4-11) from the field, he didn't really feel like he made much of impact, especially for a player that was so highly regarded during his high school career
- Alex Rossi, Cal: he's a 6'5" wing that shoots a lot, he has a nice looking shot, but he went 3-10 from the field, was recruited for a while by Northwestern, but the Wildcats have a bunch of players just like him, he showed good hustle for an all-star game
- Alex Dragicevich, Notre Dame: was named the North's Player of the Game after going 6-13 and scoring 15 points, he has excellent dribbling and ball skills for a forward, he makes perfect sense for Mike Brey's system, he's not a guy that going to get a lot of points working in the paint, will have to work on his rebounding
- Jay Harris, Valparaiso: he's a shooter, he won the Three-Point Contest after shooting 38/55 (69%) from the college three, he doesn't need much space, he's going to need to bulk up in order to finish at the rim, he reminds me a lot Brandon Wood as a scoring guard
- Jordan Threloff, Illinois State: hard for big men to make an impact in all-star games, but he did early, he has a big body and a nice face-up game, going to be a good player for the Redbirds I think
- Ahmad Starks, Oregon State: he's 5'9", excellent ball handler with good vision, a superb three-point shooter, he finished 2nd in the Three-Point Shooting Contest, won't be able to get his own shot at the next level but should benefit from Oregon State's offensive system
- Anthony Johnson, Purdue: a tall guard (6'4"), comfortable driving to the hoop, is long but lanky, had a quiet but excellent first half, didn't do much in the second half
- Reggie Smith, Marquette: he's a big guy, he's got an extra gear that we didn't get to see too much, but when it came out it was excellent, very comfortable with the basketball, he scored 10 points on 4-9 shooting and 2-3 from the free throw line, also had six boards
- Brandon Spearman, Dayton: very impressed by his passing, didn't see much else
- Vince Garrett, Uncommitted: he had a good game statistically - 12 points, 9 boards, 6-7 shooting, he is athletic - was the runner-up in the dunk contest, but something about his attitude on the court just doesn't seem quite there
Also, it should be noted that Dwayne Evans who is going to St. Louis next season won the South Player of the Game award. He and soon to be teammate Mike McCall give Rick Majerus some talent to work with in the future.