Saturday, a number of Badger basketball recruits put their games on display at Mequon Homestead (Wis.) High School during the NY2LA Invitational.
Badger247 was in attendance to see prospects such as Charles Harris, Nick Fuller, and Luke Fischer, among others.
The following are observations from Evan Flood.
Austin Arians (Wisconsin Swing) - Arguably one of the top shooters in the state, Madison Edgewood (WI) senior to be Austin Arians torched the competition Saturday, knocking in triples from all over the court. Arians showed the ability to rise and fire over his opponents along with an excellent catch and shoot game. Still waiting on his first division one offer, Arians won’t have to wait much longer if he continues to play like he did this weekend.
Charles Harris (Full Package) - There is nothing spectacular at all about the way Lake Forest Academy (IL) standout Charles Harris plays the game of basketball. You won’t see flashy passes, fancy ball handling, wild shots, or stunning breakaway dunks. What you will see is the definition of a fundamental player. Harris makes the right plays at the right time and always hustles. That was evident when Harris missed a lay up, then dove on the ground to take the lose ball away from an opposing player. Harris then had the presence of mind to shovel it underneath the hoop to a teammate for the go ahead points to put Full Package ahead for good in a close game against 43 Hoops. However, at 6-foot-4, Harris plays more like a point guard and might not be exactly what the Badgers need to round out the class of 2012. Harris is an average scorer and his jump shot often comes out flat.
Luke Fischer (Wisconsin Swing) - Fischer’s minutes were limited Saturday as the forward from Germantown (WI) appeared to be battling a pre-existing injury. Fischer can shoot the ball from 12-15 feet and appears to be deceptively strong inside. Fischer made his living Saturday by battling for offensive rebounds and sealing his man to get good post position inside.
Nick Fuller (Wisconsin Swing) - The Sun Prairie (WI) star is probably one of the smoothest players you’ll see. The lefty knows how to put the ball on the deck, finish at the rim, and also has a sweet stroke from deep. At times Fuller put his post game on display, which still needs some work. Once he adds some size, Fuller should be unstoppable. Add 10-15 pounds of muscle with his dynamic versatility and Fuller should shoot up the class of 2013 rankings.
Phillip Nolan (DTA Spartans) - The most impressive thing about Phillip Nolan is his body. He is no longer just a lanky forward a limited basketball skills set. His potential off the charts at 6-foot-10 with the ability to handle the ball. Nolan is most dangerous in transition as he is able to get up and down the court just as fast as the guards. Most impressive was his ability to round out his game by doing the little things. Nolan took the time to box his opponents out properly and contested shots without fouling. Nolan did look uninterested at times against an outmatched Missouri Impact squad, but Nolan has all the tools to be successful at the next level.
Zak Showalter (Wisconsin Swing) - Showalter knows how to run the show and is a nice compliment to Fischer and Fuller for the Swing. Showalter also showed the ability to score as he shot the ball well from outside and had a number of drives into the paint and finished around the rim. Showalter may have had the play of the day as well. The Germantown (WI) guard took the ball from the top of the key, took one dribble left, then went behind his back around the defender to get into the paint. Next, Showalter made a ball fake out to the wing, but proceeded into the lane where he absorbed contact and made a tough one footed fade away jumper.