Thursday, July 14, 2016

Puerto Rico 18U National Team Player Scouting Report

Leandro Allende (Freshman/The Citadel University) 6'6 SG/SF-Allende signed with The Citadel earlier this summer. He has as pure a stroke as you will see. Leave him open and its a swish all night long.  He has drastically improved his dribble drive game and is finishing with both hands around the rim. He has a very high IQ ( his father played on PR National Team and was a pro) and is a great teammate. He has been a huge part of the youth national team program's success for 5 years straight. Leandro Allende is a winner!

Jesus Cruz (Post Graduate/Loomis Chaffee School) 6'5 SG/SF-Cruz is an elite slasher and above average athlete. He can finish above the rim with either hand. Cruz can handle it in traffic and makes good decisions with the ball below the foul line. At the next level he can play 1-3.  Streaky shooter but when left open he knocks down the 3 pointer at a high percentage. High character guy and a good teammate.  Mid major D1 programs should be all over Cruz. Playing in the NEPSAC this year will help him get the exposure he needs. He was tucked away at a small school in Miami for the last couple of years so most college programs haven't seen this guy yet.

Ricardo Erans ( Freshman/Benedictine College) 6'1 PG/SG-Erans is a crafty combo guard with above average athleticism. He has been a big time player on the island who will look to prove himself stateside this fall. Solid across the board in all the fundamentals and when he gets going he has the ability to put up major league numbers. Humble kid with a great attitude and good upside. He should be an all league selection at the NAIA level.

Marlon Hargis (Junior/St. Augustine HS) 6'5 SF-Hargis is long and talented. He is in the class of 2018 so he has time to develop his body and his game. He has a knack for getting to the rim. He runs the floor well and has a solid mid range game. He is a deceptive rebounder and defender who can disrupt offenses with his length and lateral movement. Has a chance to be really good if he commits himself to putting on some weight and being a two way player.  D1 programs should start recruiting him now!

Jhivvan Jackson (Senior/Trinity HS) 5'11 PG-Jackson is a big time athlete and a pure PG. He can pretty much get where he wants when he wants. He is highly skilled and can put up big time numbers. He is unselfish and looks to get teammates involved. He is a big time competitor who can get lured into one on one battles. He usually wins those battles though. His has an above average jump shot and can make shots from pretty much anywhere on the floor. When he decides to defend he can be a lock down defender. Needs to do that more often and improve body language when things aren't clicking. Must add 10-15 pounds of muscle to compete and play at a top 20 college program. High major programs in the Big 12, ACC, SEC and Big East are recruiting Jackson.

Elmer Natal ( Senior/Colegio Bautista de Caguas) 6'5 SF/PF-Natal is a newcomer with a great attitude and great work ethic. He has a high motor and can help you on both ends of the floor just being active and making plays. We only got a chance to see Natal in a couple of practices. He has a great reputation on the island and has a number of local colleges looking at him.

Alexis Negron (Senior/IMEI) 6'4 SG-Negron is a pure scorer who stays in attack mode at all times. He has great bounce, can finish off the dribble and plays above the rim. He isn't a pure shooter but his shots seem to fall whether he is open or in traffic. He is one of those kids who seems to love the game and love to compete. Solid defender who needs to be an elite defender to play at the next level. He is absolutely a D1 level player. With his athleticism and skill set he could be a steal for a low or mid-major D1 program.

Christian Negron (Senior/Larkin HS) 6'7 SF/PF-Christian is a an elite athlete who is incredibly long. He has a 7'2 wingspan and uses it on both end of the floor. He is an elite rim protector and finishes as well as any kid in the class of 2017. He can post, square up and make shots out to 18 feet. He is a relentless worker and loves to be coached. His is one of those rare players whose energy meets his skill set. He needs to improve his dribbling and three point shooting but that will come. Negron is a gym rat. High major offers already on deck. He should see several top 20 programs offer before the end of the summer.

Adrian Ocasio ( Freshman/UPR Rio Piedras) 6'7 PF-Ocasio has been very impressive this summer. Strong as rock with a solid skill set, he has impressed everyone with his work ethic and ability to compete at a high level. He too is a newcomer having never played on the National Team. He has a high motor and plays with a chip on his shoulder. Had he gone to high school in the states he would have garnered interest at the D1 level. UPR is getting a good one!

Jorge Pacheco (Freshman/Liberty University) 6'2 PG-Pacheco has been a leader on National Teams since Pre-Mini.  He is an over achiever with an incredible work ethic and a nose for the ball.  Plainly put Pacheco knows how to play. He as an above average jump shot and seems to always make big shots when it counts. He is an experienced, battle tested PG. His two years in Virginia along with 5 years of highly competitive international basketball will ensure great success at Liberty. Pacheco is a steal for Liberty!

Ethan Thompson (Senior/Bishop Montgomery) 6'5 PG/SG- Thompson is the son of Syracuse alum and high riser Stevie Thompson. While he doesn't have his father jumping ability he is way better then his father was at this point. Thompson can play both the one and two. He is an elite shooter and scorer who makes people around him better. A Top 100 level recruit for 2017, Thompson already has Top 20 college programs recruiting him. His older brother plays for his father at Oregon State and insiders have suggested OSU may have an inside track. Thompson has a chance to be special if he stays in the gym. Like a lot of young scorers Thompson must dedicate himself to being a two way player. Once he does that it's curtains.

Nicholas Washington (Post Graduate/South Kent) 6'8 PF-Washington defines what it is to be a glue guy. Most of the things he does don't often show up on the stat sheet but coaches know you can't win championships without guys like Washington on the squad. He is an elite screen setter who gets teammates open looks all night. He shoots the 3 ball off the pick and roll at a high rate and has a nice repertoire of moves in the post.   He can defend positions 2-5 and takes on the challenge of guarding the best big night after night. Washington must prove he can be an consistent scorer in order to contribute at the next level. Washington has Big East, A-10 and Conference USA schools recruiting him.