By Bryan Kriss - firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a successful day at the Fall Exposure Combine in Minneapolis as MN Pump N Run put on a nice event. It wasn't overflowing with top talent, but there were enough prospects to make it a solid event. Here were some of the notable players:
Rashad Vaughn (2014) - Vaughn impressed today and justified his ranking as a top 20 prospect in the class of 2014. He is more polished than most guards his age and his ability to both create space for his shot as well as get to the rim makes him a difficult matchup. Vaughn displayed his tight handle and created space with crossovers and step-backs and knocked down a number of deep jumpers. He has a smooth and effortless release and can hit off the dribble as well as the catch. Vaughn is also a high level athlete and finisher in transition.
Wally Ellenson (2012) - Ellenson did his damage in transition with several athletic finishes above the rim. He barely missed on a between-the-legs dunk attempt on a breakaway in the first game, but finished plenty of other impressive slams throughout the event that caught my attention. I was fully aware that he was a very good athlete, but I may have underestimated him in that regard just a bit. Although he did knock down a few jumpers from outside, shooting and overall skill game will be an area for improvement for Wally. He's a solid prospect and if he continues to improve he could turn out to be a nice player for the Gophers.
Matt Thomas (2013) - It's tough to get a full read on Thomas from the limited action I saw in one day, but there is no doubt that he is a skilled player with a dangerous outside jumper. He has a quick, confident trigger and can hit from deep and also showed a nice handle on the ball.
Jarvis Johnson (2015) - Johnson is a nice looking point guard prospect. He has a tight handle and nice vision that he uses to set up teammates on a regular basis. He doesn't have any glaring weaknesses, but it would be helpful for him to elevate a bit more on his jumper as he seems to have more of a set-shot at this point. Johnson's potential is intriguing and we will definitely be tracking his progress.
Henry Ellenson (2015) - Potential is the name of the game for the younger Ellenson brother. At about 6'7", Henry is capable of stretching the defense at the power forward spot as he is already a capable three point shooter. He can finish above the rim when given enough room, but isn't yet the leaper that his brother is. He has a ways to go in his development, but at this time his upside is quite high.