Austin's greatest strength right now is his interior defense. With his seven foot frame he alters or blocks everything that gets near the rim. His bounce is nothing to scoff at for a seven footer which is why scouts at the event took notice. He also battles constantly and never shies away from contact. He exhibited a decent drop step and an ability to consistently get to the line. His frame needs to put on more weight but should be able to do so. Big Time Prospect
Polythress was impressive for the Georgia Stars and exhibited a high skill level. He is an inside-out big man who projects to be a college big. He has show that he can score on a smaller player with the baby hook inside and can take the bigger men outside where he will bury the three or draw contact on the drive. HE has a high IQ and because of this, he has become a perpetual mismatch. His shot is getting better and his confidence is sky high.
Tokoto is an athletic specimen who is smooth as you like. He can get to the rim time and time again with his improved handle and is getting better and better at finishing through contact. His jump-shot remains an area for improvement, but he has improved. His mechanics look better than a year ago and his shot selection has improved too. All of that said, the kid's strength is jumping. He is an athletic killer in transition.
The star of the weekend was a center who might not have the highest ceiling, but is the most college ready right now. Tarczewski has an array of post moves and has exhibited an ability to hit the 12-15 footer when his defender slacks off. His offensive repertoire is the most sophisticated of the big men in his class. He has improved since last summer at recognizing rotations and defensive movement. Put him in a weight room and under a good coach and he will shine
Tidbits and Rumors
(1) Kaleb Tarczewski- While many seem to think that Tarczewski is Kansas' to lose, a number of people close to Kaleb seem to think that he is more wide open than most suspect.
(2) Rodney Purvis- Purvis maintains that he is committed to Louisville, but many of the people I talked to believe it could just be a matter of time until he opens his recruitment back up as he will not want it to be a drawn out process the second time around and would like to have a better idea of what rosters look like next fall or later.
(3) Shabazz Muhammad- It recently came out that Bazz was very close to committing earlier in the process. Many believe this recruitment will go to the end, but this is no longer a consensus opinion on the summer circuit. I heard from multiple sources that the school he almost committed to was North Carolina. One source told me, "Carolina was his first love and you know what they say." However, Carolina's commitment to Bazz and playing time issues remain points of interest moving forward.