Eight top-50 prospects including the top three undecided players headline the Chicago NeXt All-American Classic in an event featuring local products versus national stars. Take a look at what to watch for in the April 3rd game at 3:00 p.m. EST on the CBS College Sports Network
DeAndre Daniels vs. Ben McLemore
This match-up will feature two top-25 prospects and the two top unsigned prospects who play similar styles. These are the most talented prospects participating in the game and are explosive athletes who finish well around the rim. Daniels has the height and length advantage over McLemore but McLemore has the edge on defense and is slighty better at shooting. Look for these two to put on a show at the game and provide some impressive highlights worthy of ESPN top-ten plays of the week.
Adjehi Baru vs. Norvel Pelle
In the battle of the bigs, these two play different styles in that Pelle uses his length and athleticism more whereas Baru is a tremendous rebounder and has good fundamentals. Another significant difference is Baru is already solid and probably won’t improve too much in college whereas Pelle’s #50 rankings is based largely on his potential due to his physical abilities. It will be fun to see the differences between the two play out and how Baru handles Pelle’s length and how Pelle handles Baru’s size.
Michael Chandler vs. Martin Breunig
Although neither big-man is in the top-50, Chandler (UCF) just missed out and Breunig (Maryland) is worth watching since he is an athletic forward who does whatever it takes for his team to win, whether it’s rebounding, passing, or good defense. Both big men run the floor and finish through contact well so it should be fun to watch them in transition. Both are capable shot-blockers as well so everyone in the first few rows should keep an eye out for basketballs in the stands.
Trevor Lacey and Nick Faust
It’s unfortunate that these two shooting guards are on the same team because if they were on the floor at the same time they would be lighting up the scoreboard possession after possession. Both are great shooters with unbelievable range and can knock down shots from all over the floor. Lacey, the third undecided prospect in this game, will announce his decision on April 13 and is down to Alabama and Kentucky.
Jahii Carson and Dorian Finney-Smith
These two prospects round out the last of the top-50 prospects in the game and includes one of the best ball-handlers in the class in Carson. He is a very quick guard who gets by his defenders easily and can fill up the stat sheet in a short amount of time. He is also constantly in attack mode and has a respectable perimeter shot which keeps defenders honest. Finney-Smith should also be fun to watch due to his versatility and ability to consistently get in the lane and finish above the rim.