Monday, April 20, 2015

Baltimore's Bookends Ballout In Spring Jam Fest

Murphy checks in at 6’7” and roughly 230 pounds must immediately considered as one the top ranked centers in the country and mentioned with the Nobel Days, Francis Okors, and Balsa Kiprovic.

Jason Murphy an elite big man from the Baltimore region at his size, he is as athletic as they come for centers, which helps him cover more ground down low and challenge more shots. In fact, he will swat plenty of shots into the crowd in any gym or venue that he steps on floor. Murphy does more than just dart around the floor down low and block shots though. He is incredibly strong, which helps him hold his ground against the majority of other big men across the country, and his leaping ability means he swallows up almost any rebound that falls in his vicinity. Murphy will be a rim protector and overall enforcer from the moment he steps foot on any high school campus and will take this special skill to the next level.

Offensively, he is still developing a complete low-post game. He doesn’t quite have a go-to move on the block but as a back-to-the-basket scorer his aggression and desire to attempt to dunk every ball he can will bode well as he progresses. Still, his athleticism means he can run the floor like a small forward and finish in transition, which will pair nicely with the size and skill set of the players placed around him at the Team Melo organization.

Scouts mustn’t overlook Murphy’s impressive strength though when assessing his future as an high end offensive prospect. He can finish through contact at the rim and has demonstrated the ability to hit from the short mid-range if defenders play off him.

If you are evaluating “impact guys” down low on the offensive end Murphy rawness does not in any way prevent him from showing great productivity and his improvement in recent months have been nothing short of impressive.  Playing up at the 15U EYBL level and learning that he is being exposed to some of the top coaching at the youth age group indicate that the ceiling remains high and the future bright for him and his program.

Che Evans Baltimore, Maryland point forward has triple double potential each time he takes the floor.  In our recent evaluation of the 6’6 forward he showed tremendous versatility and feel for the game that only a very few in the class possess.  Reports indicate that the current 2019 stud will be reclassifying to the class of 2020; if reports are true we are talking top 10 prospect in the class in the country without question.

Evans does an excellent job of moving the ball ahead in transition, finding shooters, bigs, and cutters in the half court – he showcased his tremendous ambidexterity with some next level off-hand finishes in traffic.  Whereas there is room for improvement as a natural shooter; overall he is possess the tools to be a big time scorer as he can get it done off penetration, in transition, and wowed us with is breakdown ability even against smaller guards.  As all pure scorers his ability to get to the charity strip was consistent and impressive.

The IQ and awareness to post smaller players and use his diverse skill set verses bigs make him a tough cover unless you have someone like him to go up against.  He is a unique talent that can play multiple positions and is a big factor in his team’s success.

From a defensive perspective Evans is great off the ball and uses his length to erase mistake for his teammates.  An exceptional shot blocker both on and off the ball; Evan is able to sit down well enough to match up with the most skilled perimeter players out there.  Leadership and coach ability speak to the maturity that Evans has undergone in the past year and must be commended.  The skill and execution exemplifies the hard work he has done in the gym to hone his game.  Playing for Team Melo the program has another elite level prospect that project two levels up and whose ceiling is nowhere in sight. 

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