Here is a brief recap from Findlay Prep’s team scrimmage earlier today. Among the college coaches in attendance were UCLA’s Ben Howland and SDSU’s Steve Fisher. Though scrimmages are not the ideal setting for evaluating talent, below are some notes on some of Findlay’s more high profile players.
Brandon Ashley, 2012, Arizona- Ashley was his normal, versatile self today. He hit open shots from 3 point range, scored effectively around the hoop, and was able to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim.
More notably, though, was that Ashley appeared to be one of the vocal leaders on the team. Though he is new to Findlay Prep this year, Ashley was verbally encouraging his teammates on positive plays and advising them after mistakes. It appears that Ashley will be a leader for Mike Peck’s team this year.
Anthony Bennett, 2012- Bennett is the type of player who really shines in a scrimmage setting where the court opens up more and defenses are less stout. His combination of speed, quickness, and athleticism is jaw-dropping and it allowed him to break off a number of highlight reel dunks.
While Bennett showcased his jumpshot all sumer long, he focused on being an inside presence today. His elite strength makes it harder for slighter bodied defenders to handle him down low, which should be the case at the next level. However, whether or not he can defend taller opponents when he hits the NCAA hardwood will be Bennett’s biggest question mark.
Nigel Williams-Goss, 2013- Williams-Goss has always been a good scorer, as he is crafty around the basket and has great body control for a guard his size. He showed that today, scoring off drives and floaters. Though he had a couple nifty passes, Williams-Goss would benefit from placing more importance on creating for his teammates.
Dominic Artis, 2012 UCLA- As a member of the Oakland Soldiers AAU program, Artis is used to playing alongside elite level talent. As such, he fit in well with the talented Findlay roster. A capable shooter, Artis focused mainly on facilitating his team’s offense but still hit the jumper with consistency. Between Artis and Williams-Goss, Findlay Prep should have excellent lead guard play all year.
Winston Shepard, 2012- Shepard is an extremely versatile wing/forward who does a little bit of everything on the court. He is a capable rebounder and is not afraid to mix it up in the post, especially if he is guarded by a shorter defender. He maintains a high energy level at all times, which will be his biggest asset at the college level.
It is clear that Shepard has worked very hard to improve his handle, which looks much better than it did last year and even earlier this summer. A tighter dribble will allow him to better create his own shot, which was a big question surrounding Shepard. He appears to be a utility, glue-guy type player that will be a major asset to his college team should he keep improving along this trajectory.